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Robert Kornhiser

ROBERT KORNHISER

  

Nationality:    USA
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Bob is an award winning playwright, novelist and filmmaker, and recently has taken to short stories. His subjects generally have a political/historical/current event cast. He avoids psychology / introspection / disguised memoir. His work is plot driven. And he works in a wide variety of styles. He's written biographical plays of Christopher Columbus and Toulouse-Lautrec. A novel set in the Iraq War, and an NYPD procedural. And a trilogy of short stories entitled The Cragslist Stories, as well as writing and directing an indie movie featuring a vampiress. He lives in an unhip neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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below is a list of Robert Kornhiser's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        American Lanes         Assassination of Walter O'Malley, The         Binocular         Blackout Dance         Box         Columbus         Easter Sunday         Hottentot         Map Of the City, A         Martha Washington, The         Tango         Tea At the Stanhope



American Lanes

Synopsis:
First set in a bowling alley, a grounded US Air Force pilot, questions his role as a father/parent/husband when his teenage son befriends a boy whose sexuality is troubling, and his teenage daughter seems to be a tad too frisky.

Notes:
Full-length. Two or three acts. Three sets: a bowling alley; the side of a rode following a minor car crash; and a garage filled "with all the junk of America." While the acting is naturalistic the play is not.

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1st Published:
International Readers theatre   978-1552150382

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Assassination of Walter O'Malley, The

Synopsis:
A middle-aged Brooklyn Irish-man, angered by the way his neighborhood is deteriorating, sets out to assassinate Walter O'Malley, the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team who took the team to Los Angeles, in his mind, the last nail in the coffin of the struggling borough.

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1st Produced:
The Park Slope Players, Brooklyn, NY    -

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Genre:
Comic drama one act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Binocular

Synopsis:
A handsome male hustler comes on to a retired Spanish professor at a gay beach.

Notes:
Won Best One-Act. One set: the deck of a beach house on Fire Island, NY, a well-known gay summer colony.

1st Produced:
Attic Theatre, Santa Monica, California    -

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Genre:
One-act LGBT

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Blackout Dance

Synopsis:
Several New Yorkers are trapped in a neighborhood bar during a blackout disrupting the bar's owner's first date with her local beer salesman. But with the help of one mysterious stranger, the slightly desperate bar owner gets her chance at a taste of romance.

Notes:
One act. One set.

1st Produced:
Westbank Cafe Theatre, New York    -

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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Box

Synopsis:
A disillusioned husband and his resigned wife are trapped in an invisible box with their infant twins.

Notes:
One act. Bare stage. About 20 minutes. REM's "Shiny, Happy People" was the intro/outro. The babies are played by adults in diapers.

1st Produced:
Studio Theatre, New York    -

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Genre:
One act drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Columbus

Synopsis:
The explorer is nearly driven mad governing the fledgling colony of Hispaniola, coercing rebellious natives into finding gold on a gold-less island, while thwarting the mutiny of his disgruntled men.

Notes:
One set with several playing areas. Might be performed in modern dress on a bare stage with minimum props. Was the Best New Play at the Alleyway.

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Easter Sunday

Synopsis:
A 16 year-old Bronx Irish girl struggles to escape the tyranny of her alcoholic father and ineffectual mother, as her father, confronts the myth of his IRA past.

Notes:
Full-length. One set, three playing areas.

1st Produced:
The American Theater for Actors, New York    -

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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Hottentot

Synopsis:
A wild and woolly send-up of American greed and the middle class. An 80+ codger returns to his Montana home with an ersatz African Princess (Miss Hot) in search of the fabled CHINS (Chinese Investment Notes) which suddenly have value. But his niece and her dim-witted husband are desperate to outduel him for the CHINS!

Notes:
Full-length. Two acts. Two sets. The London production had an RSC actor, and one critic compared Hottentot favorably to plays by the Nobelist, the Italian satirist, Dario Fo.

1st Produced:
Latchmere Theatre, London    -

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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Map Of the City, A

Synopsis:
Based on the tragic murder of an innocent African-American teen who went to a Brooklyn Italian neighborhood to buy a used car and was set upon by a local gang and stabbed to death.

Notes:
One act. A bare stage. Black characters sometimes play white; white characters sometimes play black.

1st Produced:
Westbank Cafe Theatre, New York    -

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Martha Washington, The

Synopsis:
In a hotel for women, a mother comes out to her lesbian daughter as they dress for a wedding.

Notes:
One act. One set.

1st Produced:
The Park Slope Players, New York    -

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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
LGBT Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Tango

Synopsis:
A whiskey priest confronts himself, a peasant woman, a revolution, and a revolutionary in an un-named Latin American village.

Notes:
Two acts. One set. In flashblacks, the conquistador, Pizzaro, and his henchman priest, make appearances.

1st Produced:
Circle Rep Lab, New York    -

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Genre:
Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Tea At the Stanhope

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Alleyway Theatre, New York    -

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
One act

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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