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BecauseHeCan - Full Length Play, Drama

BecauseHeCan

Arthur Kopit

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573627415

"Sizzling. A horrifying cautionary tale [that] plays with questions of reality." - The New York Times


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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

90 minutes

Time Period - New Millennium/21st Century, 1990s

Settings Of Play - Just before the turn of the century

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Marriage

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

He calls himself ISeeU, but you can't see him. And if it's you he wants, nothing can stop him. In a plot worthy of Kafka or Orwell, this alarming, sinister and erotic tale propels an unsuspecting married couple into their worst nightmare: a world with no secrets in which private lives are no longer private. For this couple, the future has arrived and they are among its first casualties. BecauseHeCan was initially produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Off Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club under the title Y2K.

REVIEWS

"Sizzling. A horrifying cautionary tale [that] plays with questions of reality." - The New York Times

"A technological thriller, like Pinter in cyberspace. Just as we have begun to doubt the modern theater's ability to compete with Hollywood for the most visceral scares, along comes Kopit to mine the terrors of the late 20th century." - Newsday

"Kopit's zippy, creepy thriller turns on authentically disturbing questions. All reality is a little virtual." - Variety

"Underneath the cyber thriller aspect of Kopit's story, his sense of the bewildering mystery and fragility of relationships comes through loud and chillingly clear." - The New Yorker

"Mesmerizing." - InTheatre

"Decidedly new age." - Star Ledger


BecauseHeCan premiered under the title Y2K at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville in February 1999 under the direction of Bob Balaban.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 1f

COSTA ASTRAKHAN - 19, a.k.a BCuzICan, FlowBare, and ISeeU
JOSEPH ELLIOT - early 50s
JOANNE SUMMERHAYS ELLIOT - late 30s
ORIN SLAKE - looks to be in his late 40s
DENIS MCALVANE - a bit younger than Slake
Author
Arthur Kopit

Arthur Kopit

Arthur Kopit (born May 10, 1937, New York, N.Y., U.S.), American playwright best known for Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad (1960). Subtitled “a pseudoclassical tragifarce in a bastard French tradition,” the play parodies the Theater of the Absurd, the Oedipus complex, and the conventions of avant-garde drama.Kopit attended Harvard University (A.B., 1959), ... view full profile

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