Henry Lumper

Henry Lumper

Henry Lumper

by: Israel Horovitz

by: Israel Horovitz

Henry Lumper

Henry Lumper

by: Israel Horovitz

by: Israel Horovitz

Overview

Using 24 actors to portray 46 speaking roles, and drawing on the characters and form of Shakespeare's timeless original, the author creates an epic drama which captures the sense and shape of life in Gloucester, Massachusetts, from the 1950s to the present day. Prince Hal, Hotspur, Falstaff and many others are on hand in the guise of Hal Boley and Harry Percy (sons of two rival union leaders) and Jack Silva (Hal's drinking companion) and, as in Shakespeare's play, they are inexorably drawn into scandal and dispute. In the present play the action focuses on "Glossop's" waterfront which, as the traditional fishing industry declines, finds itself the center of illicit drug trafficking, venal real estate speculation and union corruption—all of which add to the woes of a local citizenry already beset by economic and social problems not of its own making. Inevitably the growing tensions build to a climax which is both theatrically explosive and tragic—but which also offers the hope that the bitter lessons learned might lead on to positive change once the overheated emotions of the moment have cooled.

Authors

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 ...

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