click image to enlarge
In the early Eighties, I had performed short solo pieces at Theatre for the New City's Halloween festivals. The artistic director, Crystal Field, suggested that I do a full engagement at the theatre. While I probably should have used the opportunity to showcase the solo work I'd been touring around the country, instead I decided to write a full-length play. I had read in the newspaper a small item about a pair of twin teenage boys in a small Italian Village who were so close that when their mother tried to separate them, they jumped off a bridge to their deaths. The theme of twinship has always fascinated me. In my own life, I have felt a number of intimate "twinships" with people I've loved. The newspaper item was a springboard to writing a play in a sort of Peter Shaffer-like theatrical style. I played both boys, David and Andreas, and employing the techniques I'd worked on as a solo performer, I performed scenes with the two boys talking to each other. It got more complicated when the kids were in the same room with the other characters in the play. I never quite figured that one out. Like many comic writers who decide to "go dramatic," I did so with an anvil. Oy, was this play humorless. Although the play was stylishly directed by Peter Napolitano, we got mostly bad reviews. However, I appreciated that one critic, commenting on my nude scene where the incestuous twins make love, wrote that I was one actor who looked better with his clothes off than on. For a skinny kid who hated gym class, that was praise of a high order.
No rights available.
Other Plays by Charles
Plays 1976 - 1982 Plays 1984 - 1989 Plays 1991 - 2009 Musicals Solo Performances
Auntie Mame Little Me The Maids
Home Table of Contents News Biography Acting Roles Written Works Portrait Gallery Photo Album My Life in "Art" Interviews Guestbook Search