Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1920s
Settings Of Play - Two apartments in a house in Greenwich Village in the late 1920s,
Al's below, Mary Margaret's above.
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In Greenwich Village in the late 1920s Al, an artist, moves into a rooming house on Macdougal Street and finds himself being pulled deeper and deeper into the lives of its inhabitants. Above him live Mary Margaret, a lost actress from Ohio, and her philandering poet boyfriend, Jem. Al meets Mary Margaret when she comes home drunk one night and blunders into his bed. He falls in love with her. The landlord, McLish, keeps bursting into Al's room to help him with his romance. McLish, a failed writer, has his own troubles: a beautiful but compulsively disloyal wife. And somebody keeps playing "The Saint James Infirmary Blues." Al's attempt to rescue Mary Margaret is the core of this richly atmospheric love story which vividly recreates the world of artists and writers in this era. (Mary Margaret also appears in his Anima Mundi, Laestrygonians and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.) This play is part of the author's long series of Pendragon Plays.
First produced at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1975, directed by Gary Stewart.