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Hello And...Goodbye!
by Arthur Meiselman

(Play and Screenplay)

This is not a play about the politics of social issues. It is a
portrait of a relationship. Except for the very end, this entire
two-character work takes place over the telephone.

DANNY is a young man with AIDS. He refuses to bend to the
obvious depression accompanying his illness. Instead, he is
enraged, defiant, acidly humorous. He spends his days sleeping
and his nights drinking and calling everyone he knows in a
lonely desperate effort to keep himself focused. He is in the
process of overusing his friends and family, and reduced to
talking to long distance operators for companionship.

One day, he receives a call from SANDRA. She is a straight,
narrow-viewed, homophobic, suburban-type who has been
traumatized when diagnosed HIV positive, a "gift" from her
husband. She calls DANNY as part of an outreach program to help
her cope. They clash immediately.
We see them both on stage at the same time, each in his/her
respective room.What follows is a blizzard of telephone conversations
that becomes a kiln in which an unusual and rich relationship is
forged. Each is defiant while at the same time reaching out for
nurture and healing. This unlikely duet creates a portrait of
human weakness and strength, of passion and hope.
The ending is surprisingly uplifting and sings with the curative
power of reconciliation

 

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Aladdin's Electric Lamp
by Arthur Meiselman

An apparently light, comic fantasy with a strange, sinister undertone. It uses a continuous flow of lyric dialogue, time-shifts, backflashes, comedic bits, music and dance.

ROBERT, who describes himself as a "New York night-owl with steel fingers and a tongue of ice", narrates a chain of incidents that changes his life forever.
One unusual morning, he finds himself in Central Park and is suddenly overwhelmed by a young woman, SHE, who attaches herself to him and follows him home. She communicates with him in ways that he doesn't understand; all he knows is that she is the most beautiful, desirable, all-embracing person he has ever encountered.

But he has a problem: He is living with another woman, MADELINE, who he considers the most fulfilling woman he has ever met. Aye, there's the rub! And rub they do as they take us through what makes ROBERT run, what makes MADELINE rebound, and what makes SHE... she!

 

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