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The Great Labor Day Classic and The Former One-on-One Basketball Champion - Collection / Anthology

The Great Labor Day Classic and The Former One-on-One Basketball Champion

Israel Horovitz

Collection / Anthology

ISBN: 9780822204824

The scene is a city playground, where an undersized teenager is shooting baskets. An enormously tall man of middle age stops to watch; then to give pointers to the boy; and finally to challenge him to a one-on-one competition. As they play, it is quickly evident that the older man was once a professional and, in fact, the boy is aware of who he is and of what happened to his once promising career.

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THE FORMER ONE-ON-ONE BASKETBALL CHAMPION. The scene is a city playground, where an undersized teenager is shooting baskets. An enormously tall man of middle age stops to watch; then to give pointers to the boy; and finally to challenge him to a one-on-one competition. As they play, it is quickly evident that the older man was once a professional and, in fact, the boy is aware of who he is and of what happened to his once promising career. It also develops that the father of the boy was killed by the son of the older man during a robbery—and now the man has come to atone for his son's crime. He wants to even the score, by letting the boy shoot him (as his father was shot), or, less drastically, by allowing the boy to win over him on the basketball court. But the boy rejects both alternatives—when he wins he wants to "win straight," and all he asks for is a rematch in ten years, when he will be taller, stronger, and more skilled, and able to go "one-on-one" without any concessions given. (2 men, one is a teenager.) THE GREAT LABOR DAY CLASSIC. A group of runners, of various ages and backgrounds, are discovered midway in a marathon race. As they pull abreast of each other they chat amiably; renewing old friendships; introducing themselves to new participants; and discussing their lives beyond the world of racing. Some are young, some old; some veterans, some novices; some married, some single. As they jog on, signs pass by announcing the miles left to go until, at last, the finish line appears. All complete the course, and while the competitive spirit quickens as the end of the race nears, it is also clear that in their shared enthusiasm each is rooting for the others as much as for himself. It is how the race is run that matters most and, in the final essence, all who compete—and go the full distance—are winners, no matter when they cross the finish line. (3 men, 3 women.)
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Israel Horovitz

Israel Horovitz

Isreal Horovitz is a playwright, director and actor. His plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His 70+ plays include Line (now in 38th year of continuous performance, off-Broadway, at 13th St. Repertory Theatre), The Indian Wants The Bronx (Steppenwolf: Gary Sinise & Terry Kinney), Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays, The ... view full profile

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