Top of 16
Dashow, Ken (American playwright, actor, director, writer, radio personality, ____-____), “Top of 16,”
a __-minute comedy-drama in English, set onstage at rehearsal for a new play, U.S.A., U.S.A., 1996,
© 1996 by Ken Dashow;
• in Ken Dashow's Da-show Must Go On: Six Plays about Love, Death, and Bad Acting, acting edition (New York : Dramatists Play Service, 1996), 144 pp., ISBN 0822215357, DPS 6158, containing “He Ain’t Heavy,” a comedy-drama, 4m; “Joey Boy,” a comedy-drama, 3m1f; “Sing This,” a comedy-drama, 3m1f; “Thanks”; “Time Out,” a comedy-drama, 3m; “Top of 16”;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10015, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com;
• contact Ken Dashow by e-mail email@example.com.
_______ (m), __, the director; _______ (m), __, actor; _______ (f), __, actress.
“At rehearsal for a new play, the scene is fairly physical and must be rehearsed over and over but it only gets worse and worse. When questioned about this, the director begs for commitment... that is until he gets a call saying he’s wanted for a bigger show; then he’s out the door in a flash and the actors commit to directing themselves.”–Ken Dashow - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsD/dashow-ken.html#8825, accessed March 21, 2008.
Interview in New York Post, February 22, 1996: “KEN DASHOW has been a DJ at WNEW-FM since 1982. In addition, a collection of his one-act plays is about to be published by the Dramatists' Play Service, and he the scheduled to make his feature-film directing debut this summer. 1. What are you reading at present? What's your favorite book of all time? I'm into a remarkable book about life's revelations and the New York theater titled 'The Celeste Holm Prophecies,' and my favorite is the bookie at the Sands in Las Vegas. 2. What album are you listening to? What's your favorite? At the moment, it's the Subdudes' Primitive Streak, and guitarist Julian Bream's "Sonata" recordings of the Italian Baroque. Real favorites are Dylan's 'Street Legal,' the Radiators' 'Law of the Fish,' Miles Davis' 'Concerto de Aranjuez,' and any Louis Jordan. 3. What was the last film you saw? What's your favorite film? Broadcast Bombshells, a cheapo movie in which I play a cheapo, sleazo general manager of a TV station - I based it on every radio GM I've ever known! I love The Producers. Nothing else comes close, although Diner and This Is Spinal Tap are in the ballpark. 4. In which restaurant did you eat last? What's your favorite restaurant in New York? The Royalton Hotel on West 44th Street - coolest bathroom in New York City. The big one for me is Marylou's on West Ninth Street - Thanksgiving dinner, burgers, or just a place to get drunk - it's always what I want it to be. 5. In your profession, whom do you admire most? In radio, Scott Muni - proof that 'living legends' can still be great human beings as well. For playwrights, David Ives. He wrote 'Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread' - 'nuff said. 6. What is humanity's most useful invention? Most useless? The 'Flow-Bee.' It's a vacuum! It's a barber! It's BOTH!!! The most useless has to be Siegfried and Roy (a Las Vegas circus act). 7. Who's the first person you'd invite to your birthday party? And the last? Dennis Rodman - talk about a guy who knows how to party. Leonard Cohen - talk about a guy who could stop New Year's Eve on a dime. 8. If you weren't in your present career, what one would you have chosen? Either an embattled New York City schools chancellor (like there are any other kind), or a Midwestern religious zealot (with requisite deviant sex-life). 9. What period of history would you have liked to have lived in? When there were three baseball teams in New York, and men wore their pants-waist just under the nipples, like Fred Mertz. 10. If you were told the world was ending tomorrow, what would you do? Return my videotapes. Word has it Blockbuster will haunt you forever - literally. [John O'Mahony]” –dashow.com <<< Ken in the News >>>, http://www.dashow.com/news_post.html, accessed March 21, 2008.
acting, directing, obligation, rehearsal, responsibility, theatre ethics.