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Gore Vidal

GORE VIDAL

  (1925 - 2012)

Nationality:    USA
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Eugene Luther Gore Vidal, born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925  July 31, 2012) was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, TransAtlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. - Wiki

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

        Best Man, The         Drawing Room Comedy         Evening With Richard Nixon And         On the March To the Sea         Romulus         Three Plays         Visit To a Small Planet         Weekend



Best Man, The

Synopsis:
the New York Post describes the plot as follows: " -William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. And Arthur Hockstader is an ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battler more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in the selection of his party's candidate - the ruthless young man has got hold of papers indicating that his rival once suffered from a mental crackup, which he is all set to use. then his scrupulous antagonist comes across some incriminating evidence about Cantwell, which he is loath to produce. the scruples don't appeal to the ex-President, who enjoys seeing the boys fight. All of this provides the framework for some vivid and interesting scenes in which Mr. Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of the two candidates -"

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York    1960

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Little Brown, Boston, 1960   -

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

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Drawing Room Comedy

Synopsis:
Norman worked for the Government in the anti-Communist propaganda department. At a dinner party he drops dead and is sent to Hell. then he is sent to Heaven to stand trial.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    1970

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Evening With Richard Nixon And

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York    1972

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Random House, New York, 1972   -

Music:
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On the March To the Sea

Synopsis:
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Notes:
televised 1956, Aka Honor

1st Produced:
Bonn, Germany    1961

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Three Plays", Heinemann, London, 1962   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Romulus

Synopsis:
the NY Journal American described the play this way: "the authors have installed Romulus, last of the Roman Emperors, in a creaky villa on the outskirts of Rome in the year 476 A.D. the barbaric Goths, storming in from the North, are beating on the gates of the city. But his highness is not perturbed, being much more concerned with watering his plants and tending to his hobby of raising chickens. He was born to a world of bloodshed and decadence; he is convinced that Rome has had it, and is prepared to sacrifice himself and relinquish the Empire in final payment for the sins committed by Roman civilization. He even rejects the overture of a wealthy trouser manufacturer to buy off Ottakur, the Gothic commander, in return for his daughter's hand. Into this crumbling household steps Ottakur, somewhat resembling a Russian officer of high rank. But the violent end Romulus had promised himself fails to eventuate; the Goth, it appears, respects him for the history of the Roman Empire that was, and he refuses to contemplate a future which he cannot judge. there is obviously an analogy here with the present: the grass is apt to look greener in the other fellow's civilization-until you get there. And wars are silly-then, as now. the entire evening is filled with wry and witty observations which (Romulus) takes pains to have recorded for posterity, and the general atmosphere of the threadbare court is wonderfully well suited to the hilarious machinations of a Greek art dealer, the pants tycoon, a wily monarch from Byzantium, the effeminate keeper of the household and the uncompromising queen."

Notes:
Original Playwright - Friedrich Durrenmatt

1st Produced:
New York    1962

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

Music:
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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  18            Female:  2            Other:  of the 18 men, many are bit parts

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Three Plays

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Visit To A Small Planet; the Best Man; On A March To the Sea

1st Produced:
-    -

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Heinemann, London, 1962   -

Music:
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Visit To a Small Planet

Synopsis:
As told by the New York News, VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET "is an imaginative affair in which an alien comes from another planet to do a bit of sightseeing and to see or start a war. He thinks he has arrived in time to see the Civil War, which he expects will be jolly, but he has misjudged his landing and gets here in 1957. He tries to make the best of it. 'Isn't hydrogen fun?' he gurgles, as he hears about modern warfare. Where he comes from, civilization has gone way beyond what we have here. they don't have babies anymore, for instance, he explains to us earthlings, 'We gave it up. Sometimes I think we were a bit hasty.' This interplanetary visitor, who can read human minds, and even have an enchanting conversation with a Siamese cat, plops himself into an average community whose population includes an average general, an average boy and girl in love, and an average TV newscaster or oracle and an above-average cat." Since he has missed the Civil War, the visitor from outer space (not from Mars, he insists) decides to make his own war -he's enchanted with all the new playthings the twentieth century has invented for war-making, and he wants to toss a few of them around. Since on his planet emotions withered away to make room for intellectual development, he sees no reason why a few people shouldn't be happy to die for his amusement; and it takes the combined action of the entire cast to persuade him to call off his war.

Notes:
televised 1955

1st Produced:
Booth Theatre, New York    1957

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Little Brown, Boston, 1957   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Weekend

Synopsis:
Says the New York Post: " - tells of a Republican Senator who is about to announce his candidacy for his party's nomination for the Presidency when his son returns from a long stay in Europe bringing with him a Negro girl who is his sweetheart and possibly his fiancee. the Senator and his associates are shocked by the news and he thinks of withdrawing from the race. But he boldly decides to acknowledge the interracial union, only to have the entire nation hailing his great courage." But not before he has been obliged to deal with his son's attempted blackmail, his black butler's disastrous self-righteousness, and the middle-class prejudices of the girl's very distinguished-and conservative-parents. He remains deftly opportunistic to the end, but it is the simple virtues of fairness and compassion which eventually carry the day-and hopefully always will, despite the calculated maneuvers of the politicians and the cold-eyed professionals who attend them.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York    1968

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

Music:
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Genre:
full legth Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  6            Other:  several of the men are bits

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