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Harry Kondoleon

HARRY KONDOLEON

  (1955 - 1994)

Nationality:    USA
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below is a list of Harry Kondoleon's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Andrea Rescued         Anteroom         Brides, The         Christmas On Mars         Clara Toil         Cote D'Azur Triangle, The         Fairy Garden, The         Half Off         Houseguests, The         Linda Her         Little Book Of Professor Enigma         Love Diatribe         Play Yourself         Poet's Corner, The         Rococo         Saved Or Destroyed         Self Torture And Strenuous Exercise         Slacks And Tops         Vampires, The         Zero Positive



Andrea Rescued

Synopsis:
The walking dead and human dogs

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1st Produced:
New Theatre, New York    02 Jun 1982

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1st Published:
Caliban Press, Montclair, New Jersey, 1987   -

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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Anteroom

Synopsis:
the action of the play takes place in the butler's pantry of Fay Leland's lavish seafront estate on Long Island. Parker, the flamboyant son of Fay's friend and neighbour, Craig (whose wife ran off with Fay's husband), has inveigled a job for his cash-poor friend, Wilson, as Fay's cook and butler - which is part of Parker's scheme to convince the pill-popping Fay that Craig is secretly in love with her, Craig is planning to sell his property and business and retire to Switzerland, and Parker's thought is that if he can send Fay off with him he will inherit her mansion and, at last, be able to establish himself as a "celebrity" in his own right. But problems crop up when it develops that Wilson can't cook; the Polish maid, Maya, goes "on strike"; and Parker alienates his father's black mistress by showing up at the second act costume party (where everything comes to a riotous conclusion) masquerading as Josephine Baker. although Parker is prepared to commit murder, if necessary, it is all wasted on the other-wo

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1st Produced:
Playwrights Horizons, New York    1985

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1985   -

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

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Brides, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
aka Disrobing the Bride, music Gary S. Fagin

1st Produced:
Yale Drama School    29208

Company:
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1st Published:
in "Wordplays 2", Performing Arts Journal Publications, New York, 1982   -

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Christmas On Mars

Synopsis:
Set in a bright, starkly bare apartment, the action centers on a young couple, Bruno and Audrey, who are planning to marry now that Audrey is pregnant. In order to pay the rent Bruno has invited Audrey's mother, Ingrid (whom Audrey detests), to move in with them, but he is not prepared for the unexpected arrival of his lifelong friend Nissim who, upon learning of the expected birth, announces that he will also stay on. He, like the others, looks to the baby for redemption from the disappointments and emptiness of his own life-and the hope, at last, of pure and ennobling love. It is in the barbed and very funny exchanges of these four unlikely roommates that the more serious concerns of the play are shadowed, culminating, after Audrey has departed for the hospital, in a bizarre but genuinely moving scene in which the wonder and promise of the Nativity are strikingly invoked.

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1st Produced:
Playwrights Horizons, New York    1983

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1983   -

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

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Clara Toil

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Cote D'Azur Triangle, The

Cote D'Azur Triangle, The
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1st Produced:
Actors Studio, New York    17 Apr 1980

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1st Published:
Vincent Fitzgerald, New York, 1985   978-0313322327

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Fairy Garden, The

Synopsis:
Dagny married her husband, Boris for money and now regrets it She has invited a gay couple, Roman and Mimi, around for drinks and tells them of a new love in her life. Though she is coy about saying what he does for a living, just saying that he is the Mechanic. So they think he works in a garage when in fact he is a male stripper and that is his stage name. Dagny complains about her husband and then goes indoors where her husband is. Whilst she is away Mimi and Roman end their own relationship. Dagny decapitates husband Boris. then a real life genuine fairy turns up - re-unites Boris' body with his head and runs off with him. Mimi tells Dagny he loves her. Roman is left alone in the garden when the Mechanic turns up.

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1st Produced:
Double Image Theatre New York    1982

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1st Published:
in Linda Her & the Fairy Garden, Dramatist Play Service, NY, 1985   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play One act. - - Gay, one act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Half Off

Synopsis:
Teenage brother and sister have been orphaned and two of their aunts vie to adopt them. the boy, Buddy, is not interested - he wants to make his own way. He has written a song entitled "My Fly Is Open" the words go "It is my intention, to keep it open, to gain attention". a homophobic porn producer is interested in promoting the song - and getting the brother and sister into a porn movie

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Houseguests, The

Synopsis:
Vera and John are lounging in their summer house on a July weekend, playing a game of one-upmanship, comparing how much they hate one another and loosely planning to kill their weekend houseguests, Gale and Manny. the fuddy duddy pair of guests are easy targets for their hosts' scathing hostility, but beneath their middle-class aspirations lurk hidden passions: Gale desperately declares love for Vera, but emotions confuse the highly verbal and intellectual Vera, who ultimately prefers Gale to play the submissive to her dominating contempt. Manny, in turn, convulses from the memory of the abuse he received as a child after Vera's husband, John, mocks the women's supposed lesbianism by seducing her. the loathsome Vera proposes an insane contest of misery in which she tastes each of the others' tears; the bitterest, she says, will win her hand. Manny "wins" and Vera proposes that they swap mates for six months and meet back at her unfinished winter house. act Two takes place six months later in January, and the four have been affected by more than the punishing weather. each has been stricken with a debilitating accident or disability: Vera is in a body cast; Manny is partially deaf; John is a multiple amputee from a car accident, and Gale is blind and half-mad. there is nothing to eat, nothing to drink but bottled water, and no facilities in the unfinished, snow-bound skeleton of a house. In the Jacobean extremity of their suffering, and having proved that life is nothing but a bitter joke, the two couples repent their evil ways and skeptically pray for love to return and once again grace their lives.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Comedy. - - Lesbian, theme/character, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Linda Her

Synopsis:
Carol an insomniac lies awake pondering her dissatisfaction with her boring husband and brat of a daughter. She is thoroughly fed up with domestic life - however,, her unmarried friend Janet thinks this sort of life would be great. So Linda leaves her family to Janet and goes.

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1st Produced:
Second Stage, New York    1984

Company:
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1st Published:
in Linda Her & the Fairy Garden, Dramatist Play Service, NY, 1985   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Little Book Of Professor Enigma

Synopsis:
at an artists colony a manipulative member tries to run other people's lives - with disastrous effects

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1st Produced:
Theatre For the New City, New York    34683

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Love Diatribe

Synopsis:
Orin, a disenchanted librarian, arrives at his parents' home for dinner to find that his sister, Sandy, left her husband, moved back home and began an affair with Mike, the next-door neighbor, and an old childhood friend Orin used to taunt. Mrs. anderson, Mike's mother, pops in and out of the action, constantly offering food and reminding Orin's family that she still blames them for her other son's death. Orin's parents, Gerry and Dennis, return home, having forgotten they invited Orin for dinner. With everyone together, crazy accusations, witty retorts and hilarious remembrances fill the scenes. Into this melee comes Frieda, a foreign exchange student destined for Mrs. anderson's, but getting the wrong house. Frieda immediately falls for Orin, then takes over the gathering with her charm. To Orin she reveals she is actually the stand-in for the real exchange student and can change accents to prove it. Frieda's ideas on love, and how it can heal situations like the one she stumbled into, become overpowering when she infuses a tea party with a magical love potion made from flowers. She then delivers her "love diatribe" on how to cure the ills between all her new friends. Challenging Orin and Sandy to follow her advice, they have no choice but to do as she asks when everyone who drinks the tea becomes unconscious. Orin and Sandy pour out love to their family and friends who wake up more refreshed than they have ever been. Underneath the farcical tone, the play is a provocative call to recognizing and using the healing power of love.

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1st Produced:
Seattle    1990

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Play Yourself

Synopsis:
Jean, an ex-movie star who left Hollywood some time ago, lives with Yvonne, her daughter. their main activities together involve reenacting moments from Jean's old movies, in which she always seemed to play the other woman. after placing an ad seeking more information about Jean, Selma is invited into their lives. Selma is obsessed with Jean-not with the real one, but with the one on screen-to the point that she hopes to learn how to become Jean. When not submerged in Jean's past, Selma works with Brother Harmon, also a fan of Jean, running a shelter for "the hopeless." While Jean seeks hope and faith, and Selma seeks Jean, and Harmon seeks love, Yvonne simply wants to be left alone. By the end of the play, Selma takes over Yvonne's responsibilities as caregiver for Jean; and Harmon, with his sincerity, sweeps Yvonne off her feet.

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1st Produced:
Norfolk, Virginia    1988

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Comedy/Drama Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Poet's Corner, The

Synopsis:
a murder mystery inspired by the marriage of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

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1st Produced:
Theater for the New City
155 First avenue, New York, NY 10009    may 1988

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Genre:
Thriller

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Rococo

Synopsis:
the matriarch of the family wants to bypass the greedy mother of her nieces and leave her money to them

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Self Torture and Strenuous exercise - Selected Plays of Harry Kondoleon" published by Theatre Communications Group 1991   -

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Genre:
Black comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Saved Or Destroyed

Synopsis:
a challenging, ethereal, celebratory play about the staging of a play, SaVeD OR DeSTROYeD examines the parallels and paradoxes of life and theatre with reverence, irreverence and brilliant insight.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Self Torture And Strenuous Exercise

Self Torture And Strenuous Exercise
Carl tells his best friend alvin that he is in love with another woman besides his wife. alvin believing that adel is dead tells Carl that it is all right. Little does he know that the object of Carl's lust is his wife Beth and that adel is still alive

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1st Produced:
Double Image Theatre, New York    1982

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1st Published:
in "the Best Short Plays 1984", Chilton, Radnor, Pennsylvania, 1984   978-1559360364

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Slacks And Tops

Synopsis:
In a motel room near Kennedy airport, Wanda and edwin are preparing to embark for Africa. He is a college professor disposed to having affairs with his students (after which he has them expelled); she is a perennially stoned devotee of Vogue magazine who wants to start a new life. Both parents despise their grown daughter, Constance, who arrives at the motel in the clown makeup she wore to a church bazaar earlier in the day, and is determined to join in their escape or stop them from departing. as they hilariously bicker, several decades of grievances are dredged up-and a murder takes place. In the end, there are outrageous, but telling comments about a host of other subjects, including families, organized religion, sex, marriage, compulsive shopping and even the "desiccation of european cities," all delivered in a bracing, madcap style which sweeps through the theatre with its fresh, invigorating originality.

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1983   -

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Genre:
Tabloid Farce One act

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Vampires, The

Synopsis:
ed, a carpenter turned playwright, has had his would-be masterpiece savaged by his brother, Ian, a Drama critic who (upon losing his job) decides he is a vampire-sinking his fangs into his wife's neck and then sending out to the butcher shop for a fresh supply of blood. Ian's decision to "hate everything" does not, however, spare him the wrath of his disgruntled brother, who demands that he recoup the damage from his theatre review by restaging the play for an invited VIP audience. ed and his wife are also searching for their precocious thirteen-year-old junkie daughter, a quest which Ian's wife abets by sending her favorite guru off to look for her. When the missing Zivia turns up she has apparently acquired supernatural powers (and married the guru) all of which leads ingeniously to the hilarious (if cautionary) final scene in which, as eileen Blumenthal puts it, "one is left with a vision of traditional America, decadent and stupid, taken over by a new order that is brainless, fanatical, and barbarian."

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1st Produced:
empty Space Theatre, Washington D C    1984

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1984   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Zero Positive

Synopsis:
as the play begins a young man, Himmer, is trying to console his Father on the death of his long estranged wife (and Himmer's mother) whom neither has seen for many years, but the older man, Jacob, is apparently more interested in his model trains. Himmer then conceives the idea of honouring his mother's memory by staging a verse play, "the Ruins of athens," which she had written in her youth, but, in the meantime,- his friend Samantha, a compulsive lover of married men, arrives to inform him that both she and he have tested seropositive to the HIV test - which means that both are harbouring the aIDS virus, if not actually stricken with the disease. To Himmer, once married but now a declared homosexual, this constitutes yet another instance of the futility, the purposelessness, the random cruelty of modern life, but he forges ahead nevertheless, abetted by his friend Prentice (who is recovering from the breakup of a long-standing gay relationship); an actor, Patrick (who is suicidally despairing about the status of his career); and Debbie (an eccentric young heiress with a penchant for older men who is smitten by Himmer's poet-father). eventually Himmer and the others do indeed perform the play, albeit at an aIDS research center to which they have retreated and where, with a customary mixture of angst and dismay, Himmer decides, to substitute real poison for the hemlock called for in the final scene of his mother's epic - thereby providing, for those who wish it, an easy means of exit from a world which seems to make little sense in the first place.

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1st Produced:
Public Theatre, New York    Jun 1988

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1st Published:
American Theatre Magazine, NY - September, 1988    -

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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