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Lewis John Carlino

LEWIS JOHN CARLINO  (1932 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Beach People     Brick And The Rose, The: A Collage For Voices     Cages     Dirty Old Man, The     Doubletalk     Epiphany     Exercise, The     High Sign     Junk Yard     Mr Flannery's Ocean     Objective Case     Postlude     Sarah And The Sax     Snowangel     Telemachus Clay: A Collage For Voices     Used Car For Sale



Beach People

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1st Produced:
Madison, Ohio    1962

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Brick And The Rose, The: A Collage For Voices

Synopsis:
an expressionistic reading, in which ten actors, portraying forty-seven characters, are seated on stools behind music stands. a powerful and compelling drama. The entire action takes place in front of back drops. This is the kaleidoscopic drama of a young boy of the slums from the moment of his birth in a charity hospital, until his tragic death. In an effort to find something besides "hardness and hitting out, and twisted people all afraid", Tommy turns to narcotics, and thus creates his own world: one in which he is not constantly gnawed by an acute awareness of the meaninglessness of what is going on around him. He meets alice, in whom he sees his life-long search for beauty: the rose behind the hard brick city. He knows that he has only touched this beauty for an instant, and he sees it moving farther away from him. at last, in a final escape from the squalor around him, he takes an overdose of narcotics, and ends his search.

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1st Produced:
Ivar Theatre, Hollywood, Los angeles    1957

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1959   -

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Genre:
a Collage for Voices One act

Parts:
Male:  7    Female:  3    Other:  playing 47 characters

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Cages

Synopsis:
EPIPHaNY. This is a play about a man who has failed so miserably as a man, that he decides to become a chicken, a rooster. It is about his wife, a successful advertising executive, who taunts him with memories of his failures, memories which include a homosexual experience she witnessed between her husband and another man. Years have gone by since this occurrence and her husband, driven by his inability to assume the dominating role and by his wife's constant undercutting and reminders of the incident, plans horrible revenge. The play is a mixture of savage humor which gradually turns to horror as the man, donning a steel beak, begins his metamorphosis, his epiphany into a rooster, so that he may completely rule. He locks the bedroom door and then proceeds to assemble a roost on which he perches and gives orders. Just as all seems to be going in his favor, he has a grotesque demise. He ventures a rooster crow, but does not quite make it. Suddenly, his body contorts. He screams in agony. an egg drops from unde

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includes Snowangel And Epiphany

1st Produced:
New York    1963

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1963   -

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Genre:
Two 1 act Plays One act

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Male:  1    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Dirty Old Man, The

Synopsis:
On a lonely stretch of beach in Northern California sits an old man. In his hand is a notebook in which he copies impressions of the colors of sunsets, the smell of trees and flowers, the feel of wind on his face. To this spot come two high school students, a boy and a girl. an argument flares up and the boy storms off, leaving the girl stranded with the old man. They begin to talk and as they do, each of them opens up. The girl, touched by his loneliness and sorrow, tries to shake him out of his mood by teaching him how to "twist." Suddenly the old man's face contorts with pain as he suffers a heart attack. after taking a pill his pain eases. The girl, upset by his condition, relates the death of her grandmother who died of the same ailment. The old man grows more and more uneasy as she details the events. He doesn't want to hear about death! He is only old outside. The girl looks deep into his face and somehow in his eyes, behind the old, sagging skin, she can see a glimpse of this caged soul. She asks if s

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in Double Talk

1st Produced:
New York    1964

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1964   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  1    Female:  -    Other:  1b 1g

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Doubletalk

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includes Sarah And the Sax And The Dirty Old Man

1st Produced:
New York    1964

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1964   -

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Genre:
Two One acts

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Male:  -    Female:  -    Other:  -

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Epiphany

Synopsis:
This is a play about a man who has failed so miserably as a man, that he decides to become a chicken, a rooster. It is about his wife, a successful advertising executive, who taunts him with memories of his failures, memories which include a homosexual experience she witnessed between her husband and another man. Years have gone by since this occurrence and her husband, driven by his inability to assume the dominating role and by his wife's constant undercutting and reminders of the incident, plans horrible revenge. The play is a mixture of savage humor which gradually turns to horror as the man, donning a steel beak, begins his metamorphosis, his epiphany into a rooster, so that he may completely rule. He locks the bedroom door and then proceeds to assemble a roost on which he perches and gives orders. Just as all seems to be going in his favor, he has a grotesque demise. He ventures a rooster crow, but does not quite make it. Suddenly, his body contorts. He screams in agony. an egg drops from under him. His

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1st Produced:
London    1974

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1963   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  1    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Exercise, The

Synopsis:
as the Long Island Press comments: "Playwright Lewis John Carlino has drawn a gripping and completely fascinating portrait of a man and woman, trapped in an unreal and yet hauntingly real world, both at the same time. They are actors, caught up in their hate-love game, standing on a rehearsal stage living out their fears, and their fantasies with almost uncontrollable vengeance. Desperation demands they play on. Carlino calls them simply "The actor" and "The actress." They appear early for a rehearsal on a bare stage. They begin to go over lines for a new play. It is immediately apparent that they have been lovers but that a strange anxiety has invaded this love. Soon they decide to try a bit of "improvisation." It is then that the hate-love world, riddled with fear and insecurity, comes forth. Reality turns on and off like the footlights. One minute he is acting out a "scene" about a mythical Irish uncle seducing the local barmaid. The scene changes almost nightmare style and they are both reliving a very re

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1st Produced:
Stockbridge, Massachusettsachusetts    1967

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1968   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1    Female:  1    Other:  -

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High Sign

Synopsis:
This is a play about a search for personal identity by seeking out the identity of God. It takes place in al's Gayway Bar; a refuge for derelicts. Guido, agnostic and broken down self-styled actor, works here, performing scenes for al in return for drinks and a warm spot near the radiator. The play's action is centered on the antagonism between Guido and Donald, an ex-Trappist, who spends his time carving religious symbols on the bar in hope that God will recognize them and show Himself. In a moment of spiteful perversity, Donald taunts Guido into reenacting a scene most painful to him, a real scene; his betrayal by the woman he once loved. Guido leaves but then in revenge, he returns in a strange disguise, creating weird effects to dupe Donald into believing he is God, finally making His sign. The figure he presents is comic, grotesque, but Donald, who has been waiting so long, accepts it as the real thing. Guido subjects Donald to a series of ridiculous and humiliating trials, then reveals himself. Donald i

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1st Produced:
actor's Studio    -

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1962   -

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  5    Female:  -    Other:  -

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Junk Yard

Synopsis:
Simon Peterson and his daughter, anne, run a junk yard. Both have a special feeling about their work. To them, a junk yard is a place where things come to keep from becoming junk; things that can be patched and painted and become useful once again in people's lives. Into this atmosphere comes a wounded young stranger who has just attempted a hold-up. at gunpoint, he forces Simon to hide him from the police. Instantly, Simon realizes the great challenge. Here is the most valuable piece of merchandise he's ever had in his yard; a piece of human junk! a man frightened and discarded by a society he can neither face nor understand. The only thing that can save him is love and gentleness. The gentleness, Simon can offer, but the man needs the sort of love only a woman, only Simon's daughter, anne, can give. Simon contrives to leave the two alone for a while, and in those magic minutes, we realize anne, also, longs for this kind of love. The two reach for each other like little children. Simon returns to find his pl

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1959   -

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  4    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Mr Flannery's Ocean

Synopsis:
Jim Flannery, 79, retired seaman, belligerent, cantankerous and very human, has laid claim to an ocean. On the terrace of an old weather-beaten resort hotel on the southern coast of England he sits in his deck chair, ever watchful, ever ready to defend his right to ownership; an ownership which grew simply out of a need to belong to and protect something. Flannery is absolutely convinced he owns this body of water, and surprisingly enough, is successful in intimidating everyone else around him into treating him correspondingly, everyone that is, except Maug, the cockney maid who can never seem to bring Flannery's tea hot enough. These two spend their days in perpetual combat. To the hotel comes an american, Mrs. Pringle; widowed and childless, to spend her wheelchair days in the hope of getting some health from the sea breezes. Mrs. Pringle is a woman with a wistful sadness in her eyes; a look of surrender and reconciliation to long hours of sickness and the despair of being completely alone. How and why Jim

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includes Piece And Precise

1st Produced:
Westport, Connecticut    1962

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1961   -

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  2    Female:  4    Other:  1b 1g

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Objective Case

Synopsis:
This is a play which vacillates on a thin line between expressionism and realism. Essentially, it is a story of a man and woman desperately and pathetically in love. Each of these two people has a defect. He likes to pull his ear and scratch his teeth. She likes to blink her eyes and droop her lip. These defects become the symbol of each other's human imperfection and, tragically, also the focal point for each other's ambivalent feelings of hate. The entire play builds to a love scene in which, still cursed by their inability to bare themselves, he and she take refuge behind mannequins. The love scene begins and goes along well enough for a while, both of them expressing their affections from behind the refuge of their inanimate counterparts. Then, each sees the other's defect and the scene explodes in chaos. He and she scream hate at each other as they run off the stage. a moment of silence passes. Then, the mannequins continue the love scene. They introduce themselves as Him and Her, the objective case of H

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1st Produced:
Westport, Connecticut    1962

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1961   -

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  1    Female:  2    Other:  -

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Postlude

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1st Produced:
New York    1962

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  -    Female:  -    Other:  -

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Sarah And The Sax

Synopsis:
It is early morning in a tiny park hidden somewhere in the labyrinth of downtown city streets. Sarah Nodelman, a plump Jewish woman, sits crocheting. She has been shopping and is enjoying a few moments respite before taking her bundles home. Into the park floats The Sax; a black saxophone player. Sarah immediately begins a conversation which becomes anathema to The Sax. She is square. She is conventional. She is everything he avoids in society. Sarah continues to talk. The Sax answers her by playing passages on his saxophone. Sarah tells him of her son, Herbie, who lives on Long Island in a nice home with a nice family; a son she hardly ever sees any more. The Sax is also alone. Sarah invites him to come home for dinner. The Sax takes this as a gesture of charity and furiously upbraids her with his saxophone, playing a theme of rebellion and anger. Sarah is shocked that her offer is so misconstrued. She feels something is wrong and the cause of it has been her lying. She confesses what she has been telling hi

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1st Produced:
London    1968

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1962   -

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  1    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Snowangel

Synopsis:
Tormented by the memories of a past love, John comes to Connie, a prostitute, to get her to reenact certain scenes which have etched themselves in his mind and which have become the symbol for all that was ethereal and beautiful in his life. He makes her wear certain clothing. He applies make-up to her face, trying to get her to resemble the girl he lost. He feverishly constructs a scene where he first met this girl, in a museum. The action builds until he almost feels the moment is being relived that Connie is really the other girl. at this moment Connie shatters his illusion by screaming "I'm not her! I'm me! I'm me!" Shocked, John starts to leave, saying he is sorry, that he only wanted to feel the affection of those lost moments. Connie, shaken, asks him if he wants affection what does he give? Quietly, she tells John what she imagines in this dirty little room while strangers use her. She tells her tale simply. When she finishes speaking, John is ashamed and has learned a simple lesson; that he must give

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1st Produced:
New York    1962

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1963   -

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  1    Female:  1    Other:  -

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Telemachus Clay: A Collage For Voices

Synopsis:
about a journey. It is a work that seeks to encompass in this voyage, the experiences of Telemachus Clay, bastard and dreamer-as he moves through a kaleidoscope of human joys and griefs, seeking to touch the shadow of some distant trinity; a Godhead, his father and the salvation of his race. It is a play in which eleven actors play ninety-nine characters, forming a great human collage of voices and sounds as Telemachus lives his search. It begins in a small, down-east town and traverses a continent, to Hollywood where Telemachus seeks to sell a story he has written, a story which shows the painful mistakes of mankind. The story in his dream, his answer to the chaos of the world. He leaves behind him an illegitimate son. What happens to Telemachus, the despairs, the frustrations, is the stuff this play is made of. He meets a jaded Hollywood writer who makes him see his story is too true, too naive for anyone to produce. "Who's going to pay admission to see the sins of the world?" The writer tries to convince T

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1st Produced:
New York    1963

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1964   -

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Genre:
Collage for Voices

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Male:  7    Female:  4    Other:  -

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Used Car For Sale

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Charlie Ingersoll lives alone on the outskirts of a midwestern town. His only companions are a parakeet that refuses to talk, and Desdemona, a vintage Ford; still bright and shiny under Charlie's careful hand. Charlie refuses to grow old from loneliness. He runs an ad in the town paper offering Desdemona for sale, with the sole purpose of getting people to come out and talk to him. Sunday of each week, when the paper comes out, Charlie gets his visitors. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Charlie suddenly finds himself confronted by the classified ad clerk of the newspaper, who has come to tell him people have been turning in complaints. He must either sell his car or the paper will cancel his ad. after he leaves Charlie feels a bitter loneliness crashing down around him. His thoughts are interrupted by the appearance of a young girl who has come to inquire about Desdemona. Charlie pulls the tarp off the car, and for the first time someone sees Desdemona just as he does; not as just a car, but as

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1st Produced:
american National Theatre and academy    -

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1959   -

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  3    Female:  1    Other:  -

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