Defiled

by  Lee Kalcheim

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 1f

"Kalcheim has written fine, funny parts.... His ending is a coup de theatre that's both logically satisfying and genuinely startling." - Time

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A nerdy, technophobic librarian clutches in his sweaty hands the detonator that will obliterate the library if his beloved card catalog is carted away. He is pitted against a harried police negotiator in this fast paced debate on society's obsession with computers. Jason Alexander and Peter Falk starred in the California premier.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Kalcheim has written fine, funny parts.... His ending is a coup de theatre that's both logically satisfying and genuinely startling." - Time

"A bomb threat play ... fueled by the librarian's primary fear: that the printed word will soon go the way of the buggy whip, and computers will suck us all into their maw." - Los Angeles Times

"Entertaining, thoughtful." - Hollywood Reporter

"Harry's not your typical terrorist; he's a bookish nerd who's taken all he can take of so called progress.... Similarly, Falk's Dicky is a fully dimensional character [in this] ... lighthearted drama." - Variety

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The main room of a large metropolitan library. The late twentieth century.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 1f

HARRY MENDELSSOHN - a librarian
BRIAN DICKEY - a detective

Off Stage Voices:
MELINDA
SENTANA

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Authors

Lee Kalcheim

Lee Kalcheim

Defiled premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA in 2000 under the direction of Barnet Kellman.

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