World Without Memory
Other Plays by Seth Kramer
Kramer, Seth (American playwright, screen writer, 19__-____), “World Without Memory,”
a 25-minute drama in 10 scenes in English, set in _____, 2002,
(+ m or f voice; can play with either 4 or 5 actors)
© 2002, 2005 by Seth Kramer;
• in The Best American Short Plays 2000-2001, edited by Mark Glubke (New York: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2002), ISBN 1557834806, ISBN 1557834804, ISSN 0067-6284;
• script/rights available from agent Ronald Gwiazda, Rosenstone/Wender, 38 East 29th Street, New York, New York 10016, U.S.A.
Abe (m), 75, fairly fit for his age; Bob (m), 45, a chunky balding man; Bob-2 (m), __, _______; Robin (f), 35, a handsome woman.
“For Abe, the world keeps slipping away a moment at a time. At first he forgets little things—appointments he's made, videos he’s rented—but things get worse. Abe becomes a stranger in a strange land, unable to remember where he lives or the face of his own son-in-law.
• “This play takes a look at life from Abe’s perspective—how do you live in a world without memory?”—Kramer Seth - playwright, http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsK/KramerSeth.htm, accessed July 23, 2007.
• Adult language.
• Set: minimal furniture elements and a phone.
• “Since moving to New York City nine years ago, Seth Kramer has been honored to receive such playwriting awards as the George R. Kernodle Award, the Kennedy Center's Award for Playwriting Excellence, the New York Thespian Award, the Iowa Writers Alliance Prize; he has also been a three-time finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. In 1999, Mr. Kramer was one of three writers to receive a grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation. He was a quarter-finalist for the 2001 Nicholl Fellowship, and a semi-finalist in the Reader's Digest Hollywood Screenwriters Contest (2002); his writing has received praise from the Iowa Screenwriters Alliance. Mr. Kramer's play Debt is published by Playscripts, Inc.; his collection of seven short plays, After the Beep, is published by Dramatic Publishing Company. His plays can also be found in the Dramatic Publishing anthology 25-in-10, and in the Applause anthology Best Short Plays of 2001. His latest collection of short plays, Special Days, is forthcoming from Playscripts, Inc. Mr. Kramer is the founder of Word of Mouth Productions.”—Playscripts, Inc. - Seth Kramer, http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=166, accessed August 19, 2004.
• “Seth Kramer has been producing, writing, and directing award-winning television documentaries for more than a decade. He is currently producing for PBS The Last Speakers, America's first look at how languages become endangered, and the awesome task of recording, archiving, and returning them to use. In 2003, Seth was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming for Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans (PBS, 2002). Entertainment Weekly gave it an ‘A’ and called it a ‘grim, searing documentary.’ The New York Post gave it four stars and characterized it as a ‘vivid retelling of events.’ The program won official selection in Jewish film festivals in Denver, New York, Washington, Toronto, and Australia. Seth produced and wrote America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero (PBS, 2002), for which Mayor Rudolph Giuliani granted exclusive access to film cleanup and recovery at the World Trade Center site. Narrated by two-time Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, America Rebuilds premiered September 10, 2002, as PBS’s signature broadcast of its 9/11-anniversary programming. The Arizona Republic said the show ‘neither exploits the tragedy... nor allows us to forget its impact.’ The New York Post ranked the program among its five favorites about 9/11. New York Newsday's Marvin Kitman called it ‘the one show I will be watching.’ Time observed, ‘We could have used more coverage that looked forward, like the PBS documentary America Rebuilds.’ America Rebuilds was so successful that it launched the production of a multiyear trilogy. America Rebuilds II: Return to Ground Zero (PBS, 2006), which Seth also produced and wrote, premiered September 11 as PBS's signature broadcast of its 9/11-five-year-anniversary programming. Narrated by two-time Emmy Award-winner Mariska Hargitay, the show was praised by New York Newsday as ‘life-affirming,’ salon.com as ‘detailed ... concise ... moving,’ and the New York Daily News as ‘a valuable service.’ America Rebuilds III: Ground Zero Rebuilt is scheduled for the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 in 2011. Seth produced and wrote The Big Dig, which aired in the four-part series Great Projects: The Building of America (PBS, 2002). The Big Dig chronicles the politics and engineering of Boston's Central Artery and Tunnel Project, the grandest, most technically complicated, and costliest urban highway project ever attempted. The Boston Heralds John Ruch called it ‘exciting—detailed and fascinating.’ Seth produced and wrote The Empire State Building (Discovery, 1999), which aired as an episode of the series On the Inside during its premiere week. He co-produced A Tale of Two Rivers for the Great Projects series (PBS, 2002) and Adolf Eichmann: Hitler's Master of Death (A&E Biography, 1997). Seth produced and directed The Hut (1996), about visionary architect Charlie Szoradi, for the Hut event space in Philadelphia. The Hut received the Black Maria Film Festival Director's Choice Award and a CINE Eagle Award. Seth also produced and directed Untitled (1994), which explores the magnitude of the Holocaust, for the New York Jewish Museum exhibit Too Jewish? Untitled toured for six years with Witness and Legacy, an exhibit of Holocaust art, and received the Black Maria Film Festival Director's Choice Award. Seth co-founded Ironbound Films in 2003. He lives in Red Hook, New York, with his wife Kristen, their daughter Lillian, and their pit bull Celia.”—Ironbound Films, Inc., http://www.ironboundfilms.com/foremen.html, accessed July 23, 2007.