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The Indian Wants the Bronx - Full Length Play, Drama

The Indian Wants the Bronx

Israel Horovitz

Full Length Play, Drama


ISBN: 9780822205685

Winner of the Obie and Vernon Rice Awards. A resounding Off-Broadway success (in tandem with It's Called the Sugar Plum), this powerful and disturbing study of the mindless cruelty of two teenage toughs towards a helpless stranger earned its author unqualified critical praise, and established him as one of our theatre's most important young playwrights.

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: DPS Acting Edition

Full Length Play



Bare Stage/Simple Set


Obie, From Off-Broadway

Winner! 1968 Obie Award, Distinguished Play 
Winner! 1968 Vernon Rice Award, awarded by the Drama Desk organization

An East Indian gets lost on his first day in New York as two teenage punks find him waiting at a lonely bus stop. He cannot understand English, and the boys have some fun with him—at least it starts out as fun. But little by little, as the minutes go by and the bus doesn't come, they get bored; then annoyed; then vicious. It is the very pointlessness of their brutality that makes the play—with its awful final image of the Indian jabbering into a dead phone—so disturbing. We are convinced that this is exactly what would happen at this particular bus stop on this particular night; we see, again, that violence in the big city is as much a child of ennui as of anger. And, as the nightmare spell of the play takes hold, and the boys torture their victim with increasing relish, we are brought to a shocking awareness of how thin the veneer of civilization can be—of how close beneath the surface of all men lurks the primitive impulse to hurt and humiliate those whose very helplessness and inability to communicate can only frustrate and enrage.


"The best Off-Broadway play of the season."The New York Times




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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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