Publisher’s Spotlight

From time to time the Publisher’s Spotlight page features a new recommended play.

SHARON AND BILLY by Alan Bowne

The venerable Manhattan Class Company produced the Off-Off Broadway premiere of Alan Bowne’s BEIRUT (with a 22-year-old Marisa Tomei!) in 1987. Later it transferred to the Westside Arts Theater for an extended run. While the AIDS crisis was at its height in the late ’80s, AIDS is never mentioned in the play, which makes its apocalyptic vision of a plague and forced quarantines resonate even more strongly today than it did then. BEIRUT has gone on to countless subsequent productions and has been referred to as a modern ROMEO AND JULIET. The following year Manhattan Class Company produced Alan’s SHARON AND BILLY, again with Marisa Tomei, which unfortunately I missed. But I did have lunch with Alan around then; he died the next year. I must have read SHARON AND BILLY a little later, and it’s been one of my favorite plays ever since. I’m a sucker for love stories, and it’s nothing if not that. And Alan’s twist? The lovers are brother and sister. You may think, “Eeewww, gross,” but it’s utterly convincing. Like so many wonderful plays, it’s timeless and deserves to be produced again and again.

—Christopher W D  Gould, Publisher

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    Alan Bowne
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    Description

    Sharon and Billy, sister and brother, are typical adolescents growing up in a tract home in 1950's Southern California... [read more]


    Production Info

    Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
    Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
    Single Set
    Contemporary Costumes

NATIVE SPEECH by Eric Overmyer

In 1983 the manuscript for Eric Overmyer’s NATIVE SPEECH came into my possession by way of New York theater agent Steven Dansky. At the time Eric was a relatively unknown playwright. From page one the writing was startling, rich, and lyrical. Eric’s three-dimensional characters inhabited a dangerous world where language was both art and a weapon. The play was engrossing, impossible to put down, and I was thrilled to have discovered such an original voice. Not long after NATIVE SPEECH, Eric went on to write his amazingly inventive and ever-popular ON THE VERGE, and the rest is history. But NATIVE SPEECH does not belong in the shadow of ON THE VERGE. It is a fantastic play that deserves its own singular appreciation, and I’m pleased to here recommend it to you as the title for the inaugural Winter 2019 Publisher’s Spotlight.

—Christopher W D  Gould, Publisher

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    Eric Overmyer
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    Description

    In a futuristic city, one man tells it like he sees it — Hungry Mother! He's the DJ with a strong pulse but a weak signal... [read more]


    Production Info

    Cast: 10 total (3 female, 7 male, multiethnic cast)
    Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
    Single Set
    Contemporary Costumes

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