The Man in 605

by  Alan Gross

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m

"The playwright is a man of emerging talent." - N.Y. Post

"Engaging." - Variety

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The Man in 605

by  Alan Gross

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    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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Eldon Schweig, a once famous poet; is on the skids. He is eking out what is left of his lungs and guts in a seedy Greenwich Village hotel. When he isn't struggling with writer's block, he drinks and smokes in the White Horse Tavern, not unlike Dylan Thomas. His life is complicated by an uncooperative desk clerk and by an energetic college freshman, perhaps Eldon's last fan. Set in 1966, the story of this confrontation between hopeful youth and disillusioned old age is seen though the eyes of the youth.
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"The playwright is a man of emerging talent." - N.Y. Post

"Engaging." - Variety


Aging, Love


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day, 1960s
  • Setting: The Camridhe Hotel Lobby; the White Horse Tavern; Eldon Schweig's room, Room 605. 1966 and the present.


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


NARRATOR - Exisits in present; mid-30s; speaks to audience.
JERRY GREEN - He is the narrator some 50 years ago; 20s; aspriring writer.
GRABISH - A realist, therefore a villain. 50; strong NY accent
ELDON SCHWEIG - Close to 60. Crosses the fine line between eccentric and bum.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The NARRATOR and JERRY GREEN are played by the same actor. Age transformations separate the two.




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