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The Indian Wants Bronx and Other Plays

By: Israel Horovitz
Directed by: Joli Tribuzio & Greg T. Parente
Performed by:Thomas James Lombardo, Derrick Blacknall, Robert Soto, Joli Tribuzio & Greg T. Parente
UNDER St. Mark's Theatre
94 St. Mark's Place, New York, NY
The Indian Wants the Bronx and other plays performed on September 5th- 24th, 2006

PLAYS

Indian
Shooting Gallery
Leader
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  • Synopsis
  • Artistic Team
  • Photo Gallery

Synopsis

The Indian Wants the Bronx by Israel Horovitz


An East Indian gets lost on his first day in New York as two teenage punks find him waiting at a lonely bus stop. He cannot understand English, and the boys have some fun with him—at least it starts out as fun. But little by little, as the minutes go by and the bus doesn't come, they get bored; then annoyed; then vicious. It is the very pointlessness of their brutality that makes the play—with its awful final image of the Indian jabbering into a dead phone—so disturbing. We are convinced that this is exactly what would happen at this particular bus stop on this particular night; we see, again, that violence in the big city is as much a child of ennui as of anger. And, as the nightmare spell of the play takes hold, and the boys torture their victim with increasing relish, we are brought to a shocking awareness of how thin the veneer of civilization can be—of how close beneath the surface of all men lurks the primitive impulse to hurt and humiliate those whose very helplessness and inability to communicate can only frustrate and enrage.

Shooting Gallery by Israel Horovitz


The scene is a carnival shooting gallery, where a young man has (for several months) been shooting at a "mechanical bear," obstinately determined to win his wife a goldfish. He has spent all their money, his wife is exhausted from being sent to fetch hot dogs and orange drinks, and their children have been virtually abandoned. Still he persists, firing away demonically and excoriating his long-suffering wife—until an unexpected and ironic happening brings a sudden, shattering calm to the scene.

Leader by Israel Horovitz

Successfully produced Off-Broadway, this biting and satirical study of the paradox of "leadership" is offered here in a shortened version prepared specifically by the author for nonprofessional production. Moving swiftly to its shattering climax, the play exposes the destructive fears which preoccupy a group of anxious and concerned followers—fears to that their Leader can only reply "It's not important"—until Leader is revealed as a robot, and the others lapse into helpless, babbling lunacy.

Artistic Team

PERFORMERS

DESIGNERS & CREW

Thomas James Lombardo Director: Joli Tribuzio & Greg T. Parente

Derrick Blacknall

Fight Director: Ron Piretti

Robert Soto

Stage Manager: Erica Terpening-Romeo

Joli Tribuzio

Sound Design: Ann Marie-Elder
Greg T. Parente Set Design: Greg T. Parente & Joli Tribuzio
  Lighting Design: Amith Chandaskar
  Costume Design: Greg T. Parente & Joli Tribuzio
  Graphic Design: Joli Tribuzio
  Photos by: Jason Vail

Photo Gallery

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