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Jules Feiffer

JULES FEIFFER  (1929 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Anthony Rose         Bad Friend, A         Carnal Knowledge         Cohn Of Arc         Crawling Arnold         Dick And Jane         Dicks, The         Elliot Loves         Explainers, The         Feiffer's People         God Bless         Grown Ups         Hold Me!         Knock, Knock         Little Murders         Munro         Oh! Calcutta!         Rope-A-Dope         Superman         Think Piece, A         Unexpurgated Memoirs Of Bernard Mergendeiler, The         Urban Blight         Watergate Classics         White House Murder Case, The         World Of Jules Feiffer, The         You Should Have Caught Me At The White House



Anthony Rose

Synopsis:
Once a renowned Broadway playwright, but now a disenchanted screenwriter, anthony Rose has taken to travelling around the country visiting regional theatre groups who are producing his famous comedy success, The Parent Lesson. His aim is to rewrite the play on the spot to reflect his changed perspectives, and td reflect the events in his life which, he believes, have given the lie to the motives which guided him when he first wrote the play some 25 years earlier. Then he was a neglected, angry son; now he is a neglected husband and father who has left his wife and feels that his son cares only for his money. So far some nine theatres; upset by his disruptive tactics, have shown him the door but finally, in Kansas City, he finds a receptive director - and sets about working his "magic." Ignoring the objections of the actors, Rose adds new scenes, changes relationships between the characters and even transforms the very natures of the figures in the play. Consistently funny as they struggle to deal with these w

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1st Produced:
Philadelphia    1989

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1990   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Bad Friend, A

Synopsis:
Set in Brooklyn during the 1950s, a BaD FRIEND brings us into the household of Shelly and Naomi Wallach, a middle-aged couple who are as fervently opposed to McCarthyism, anti-Semitism and exploitation of the working class as they are passionately committed to the Rosenbergs, civil rights and Stalin. Their independent-minded teenage daughter, Rose, squirms under the weight of her parents' oppressive Marxist principles. Maybe I'm only a liberal, Rose says, which provokes a stern lecture from her mother; and as the antagonism between the rigidly ideological Shelly and her questioning, rebellious daughter grows, it becomes increasingly clear that politics is personal and that developing your own beliefs comes at a price.

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1st Produced:
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Off Broadway, NY    2003

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Carnal Knowledge

Synopsis:
Childhood buddies and then college roommates, Sandy and Jonathan seem more concerned with mysteries of women than with their respective studies in medicine and law. Sandy has been dating Susan, and as he reports on his "progress" to date the intrigued Jonathan decides to find out for himself just how available Susan might be. although he never tells his friend, he is the first to succeed with her; but while Susan is strongly attracted to Jonathan it is Sandy she decides to marry-a rejection that is deeply disturbing to Jonathan and which sets a pattern he follows for the rest of his life. Choosing sex over love, while failing to realize his need for both, Jonathan embarks on a long and varied series of liaisons that, to Sandy, seem to embody a sexual freedom and excitement that far outstrips what married life can provide. Eventually his marriage to Susan founders, and he emulates his friend by seeking fulfillment in a series of affairs. But, like Jonathan, he also finds that fantasies are no substitute for stable commitment, and that while chasing money and women may seem enough when you are very young it can become shallow and even pitiful as you grow older. Told in a series of brief, fast-paced scenes, filled with the sharp, satiric dialogue for which the author is so justly famous, the play, in the end, moves from biting humor to poignant self-realization as Sandy and Jonathan become aware that what they really need and want they have never found-and that their long and tumultuous odyssey, for all its indulgent excesses, has left them both feeling empty and embittered.

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originally A screenplay

1st Produced:
Houston    1988

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1st Published:
Farrar StrAus, New York, 1971   -

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Genre:
Comedy Drama Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Cohn Of Arc

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in "Partisan Review, 40, 2", New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1973   -

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Crawling Arnold

Synopsis:
Barry and Grace Enterprise, a couple in their seventies, have two sons; one a thriving two-year-old and the other arnold, a young man in his thirties who crawls on all fours, insists on a lemon peel in his martini, and is forever misplacing his coloring book. The Enterprises also have a lavish air raid shelter complete with a library of old "Our Gang" movies and four years' worth of "Readers Digest" back copies; plus a rather snippy black maid whose feelings have been ruffled by their offer of a separate-but-equal shelter for her. as for arnold, the Enterprises' concern about him has led to a consultation with Miss Sympathy, a pert, young psychiatric social worker who comes by to do what she can to help straighten him out-and up. She and arnold are hitting it off rather well when the alert sounds for an air raid drill, and it's down to the shelter for everyone-except that Millie, the maid, has already locked herself in, and the "white imperialists" out. So Miss Sympathy joins arnold on the floor (an accepted crisis position) and their increasingly intimate confessions continue to an off-stage obligato by the senior Enterprises. arnold admits that he has rediscovered the forgotten value of being naughty, and Miss Sympathy concedes that she finds him overpoweringly attractive but what if the all-clear should sound? But it won't. It's broken. That's what arnold did that was naughty today.

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1st Produced:
Spoleto    1961

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1st Published:
in "Best Short Plays of the World 1958-1967", Crown, New York, 1968   -

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Genre:
Play One act

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Dick And Jane

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in Oh! Calcutta!

1st Produced:
New York    1969

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1st Published:
Grove Press, New York, 1970   -

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Dicks, The

Synopsis:
Ed the hotel detective is not pleased with his new partner. He doesn't want to peep through keyholes or take candid photographs of guests in their rooms and he doesn't know the difference between dames and broads.

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Contained in "Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays 9" published by Samuel French Inc, New York,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Elliot Loves

Synopsis:
Elliot has been dating Joanna for the last six weeks when the curtain rises on his brilliant monologue which in a nutshell captures sex and love in the '90s. Elliot describes that gap between the sexes with shape and substance-the gap that people talk over, go to movies over, drink, go to parties and make love over. That gap is revealed when Elliot brings Joanna to meet his friends. Joanna, not quite ready for this, bolts in front of the elevator that is to take them to this dinner party. The party, dampened, happens anyway and in the course of it, much is revealed about the relationships of these four life-long friends. In the middle of all of this, Joanna arrives and causes a sensation much to Elliot's displeasure. The final scene in the play is a reconciliation in which Joanna and Elliot move across the "gap" to tentatively touch each other with honesty-and with love.

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Grove Press, New York, 1989   -

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Genre:
Four sketch like scenes

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Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Explainers, The

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1st Produced:
Chicago    1961

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Feiffer's People

Synopsis:
a unique conception by America's renowned humorist, cartoonist and social satirist, FEIFFER'S PEOPLE offers a characteristically inventive and flexible kind of experimental theatre. Made up of brief sketches, monologues and playlets which are wildly funny yet bitingly acerbic in the sharp observations that they provide on the state of the union and the modern world in general. No specific casting or staging requirements are designated, and producing groups are invited to give full rein to their creative imaginations in selecting, arranging and mounting the various excerpts which will be shaped into their own presentation of FEIFFER'S PEOPLE. This could be a curtain-raiser for a longer play; part of an omnibus program; half of a double-bill; or, because enough basic material is provided, even a full-length program. Staging can range from an open area with stools to a series of stylized settings, and it will be readily apparent that the imaginative use of lighting and appropriate music will add much to production values. But the intrinsic merit-and joy-of FEIFFER'S PEOPLE lies in its complete freedom of form. It provides the essential ingredients for a revue-type program of richly comic dimension, and magically suggests a variety of means for bringing this to life theatrically. It is the starting point for a creative theatre experience which will be shared by all as they participate in the excitement, and sheer fun, of using the stage as a forum for projecting a wry and perceptive world-view, encyclopedic in its awareness of human frailty but always softened by the gentle balm of laughter.

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music And lyrics by Mike Moore

1st Produced:
Edinburgh    1968

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Sketch Play Sketch

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Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  6 total

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God Bless

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1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut    1968

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1st Published:
in "Plays and Players", London, January, 1969   -

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Male:  9            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Grown Ups

Synopsis:
an affluent New York Family, with a self-pitying protagonist, spiralling into emotional chaos

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1st Produced:
Cambridge, Massachusetts    1981

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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1982   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Hold Me!

Synopsis:
Blending together a series of sketches, skits and vignettes, this delightful revue peoples the stage with the engaging and all-too-human characters made famous through the author's renowned cartoons. The theme is the plight of today's city dweller, and the hang-ups, personality difficulties, identity crises and assorted mishaps which beset those trapped in what may begin as urban confusion but all too often ends as urban anguish. Staged with the utmost simplicity, and with each performer assuming a variety of roles, the play abounds in warmth and humor, and in the sad/funny truths that, in the final essence, are the very stuff of life.

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1st Produced:
Westside Theatre (Downstairs), Off Broadway, NY    1977

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1977   -

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Genre:
Sketch Play Sketch

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Knock, Knock

Synopsis:
pair of old Jewish bachelor recluses, Joan of arc and part Mephistopheles part Groucho Marx combine in farce

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1st Produced:
Circle Theatre, Off Broadway, NY    1976

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1st Published:
Hill and Wang, New York, 1976   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Little Murders

Synopsis:
Intermarried, urban and domestic blight illustrated by a family who shoots at passerbys through their nice middle class windows.

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1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut    1966

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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1968   -

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Genre:
Black Comedy Comedy. - - Gay, theme/character full length

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Male:  6            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Munro

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1st Produced:
New York    1971

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Oh! Calcutta!

Jules Feiffer
Oh! Calcutta! was a long-running avant-garde theatrical revue, created by British drama critic Kenneth Tynan. The show, consisting of various sketches on sex-related topics, debuted in Off-Broadway in 1969. It proved, once again, that sex sells, running in London for over 2,400 performances, and in New York for over 1,600. The show sparked considerable controversy at the time, because it featured extended scenes of total nudity, both male and female. The title is taken from a painting by Clovis Trouille, itself a pun on "O quel cul t'as!", French for "What an ass you have!". Tynan had hoped that Harold Pinter would direct the production, in order to give it avant-garde legitimacy, but Pinter declined. (The original director was Jacques Levy, remembered by most now as the songwriting partner of Bob Dylan on his album Desire.) Most of the sketches (written, amongst others, by Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett, John Lennon, Sam Shepard, Edna O'Brien, Jules Feiffer, and Tynan himself) featured the cast naked (including Bill Macy). Peter Schickele (aka 'PDQ Bach'), Robert Dennis and Stanley Walden were the revue's composers, known as The Open Window. a pay-per-view video production played on closed-circuit TV in select cities in 1971, and in 1972 a motion picture version was also released - in both cases many cities and municipalities banned its showing. a 1976 Broadway revival at the Edison Theatre ran for thirteen years, briefly becoming the longest-running play in Broadway history, with a total of 5,959 performances.
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Conceived by Kenneth Tynan; Contributions by Samuel Beckett, Jules Feiffer, Dan Greenburg, John Lennon, Jacques Levy, Leonard Melfi, David Newman, Robert Benton, Sam Shepard, Clovis Trouille, Kenneth Tynan And Sherman Yellen; Music And Lyrics, The Open Window: Robert Dennis, Peter Schickele And Stanley Walden; Musical Director: Norman Bergen

1st Produced:
Eden Theatre, Off Broadway, NY    17 Jun 1969

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1st Published:
Applause Theatre Book Publishers 1988   978-09368339486

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Genre:
Musical

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Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Rope-A-Dope

Synopsis:
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written with others, in Urban Blight

1st Produced:
New York    1988

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Genre:
Musical Revue

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Superman

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Genre:
play One act

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Think Piece, A

Synopsis:
The trivia of daily existence shows "the nothingness that constitutes so much of our lives."

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1st Produced:
Circle Theatre, Off Broadway, NY    1982

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Play/Drama

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Unexpurgated Memoirs Of Bernard Mergendeiler, The

Synopsis:
Once they realise that sex is dirty newly acquainted couple release their inhibitions

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1st Produced:
Los Angeles    1967

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1st Published:
in Collision Course", Random House, New York, 1968   -

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Genre:
Satire

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Urban Blight

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Genre:
Book

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Watergate Classics

Synopsis:
Spoof on the Nixon presidency

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written with others

1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut    1973

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1st Published:
in "Yale/Theatre", New haven, Connecticut, 1974   -

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Genre:
Farce

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White House Murder Case, The

Synopsis:
Hypocrisy of American government and military exposed through involvement in a war in Brazil

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1st Produced:
Circle in the Square Downtown, Off Broadway, NY    1970

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1st Published:
Grove Press, New York, 1970   -

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Genre:
Satire

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Male:  9            Female:  1            Other:  -

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World Of Jules Feiffer, The

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1st Produced:
Hunterdon Hills, New Jersey    1962

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You Should Have Caught Me At The White House

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1st Published:
in "Holiday", June, Indianapolis, 1963   -

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