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The Castro Complex - Full Length Play

The Castro Complex

Mel Arrighi

Full Length Play

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780822201885

Smitten by fantasies of Fidel Castro, Betsy finds that she cannot resp…

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Smitten by fantasies of Fidel Castro, Betsy finds that she cannot respond to the advances of her fiance, Hadley, unless he assumes the guise of the Cuban leader—beard, army cap, cigar and all. Hadley has reached the point of suggesting psychiatric help when onto the scene bursts Paco, a bearded revolutionary, seeking refuge from (he says) the CIA men who are pursuing him. Betsy's immediate attraction to the debonair stranger is the last straw for poor Hadley—and from there on the plot twists and turns hilariously until the truth is out (or is it?) and Betsy's hang-up has (or has it?) been overcome for good.
This zany comedy deals with the romantic problems of a young girl who is "turned on" by thoughts of the hirsute Cuban leader—much to her clean-shaven fiance's discomfort. "…[a] merry little farce for three…" —The New Yorker. "…he has a good-natured sense of humor that is disarming and all three of his characters are engaging creatures." —NY Post.


2m, 1f


Mel Arrighi

Mel Arrighi was a successful writer of stage and screen. Screenwriting credits include “Murder by the Book” (1987), “McCloud” (1971), “N.Y.P.D.” (1961), and “We Shall Return” (1962). His comic play The Castro Complex was produced by Pheasant Run Theater in St. Charles, Illinois, in 1986, directed by Gary Houston. He also authored The Ordinary Man. view full profile

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