Line (play)

Line is a 1967 one act play by Israel Horovitz, his first play produced. It is the longest-running play in Manhattan and the longest running Off-Off-Broadway show on the boards, having played continuously at Thirteenth St. Repertory Theater since 1974. [ [http://homepage.mac.com/liche/PhotoAlbum15.html Israel Horovitz' LINE ] ] It is an absurdist work, about 5 people waiting on line for an event (what event it is, is never made clear- several of the characters' stated expectations contradict the others). Each of the characters uses their wiles in an attempt to be first in line, getting more and more vicious as the play continues.

Characters

* Fleming - A baseball fan, he has been waiting all night at the front of the line (apparently for tickets to a baseball game). He is rather slow-witted and easily manipulated out of first place.
* Stephen - A young handsome man who looks like James Dean (according to Molly). He is an obsessive fan of Mozart. He is very verbal and confuses people (especially Fleming) with doubletalk.
* Molly - The lone female of the piece, a large middle-aged woman. She uses her sexuality to lure the men out of the front spot. This is stylized by her dancing and singing with each man.
* Dolan - A philosopher who only looks out for himself. He puts forth his "Under"dog" theory- when you're under the dog, that's the easiest time to kick him in the balls.
* Arnall - Molly's cuckold husband. A milquetoast who is afraid of germs. The one time in the play he actually gets to the front of the line, he abdicates in favor of another so he won't be hurt. He claims his parents and grandmother made up his name because they couldn't decide whether to name him ARthur, NAthan, or LLoyd.

13th Street Repertory Company "Line" Cast Members

As of May 2008:
* Stephen - Liche Ariza [http://www.13thstreetrep.org/company/ariza.html] / Jay Seals.
* Molly - Hella Bel / Phyllis Safiorenzo.
* Arnall - Bernard Valor / Neil Feigeles [http://www.13thstreetrep.org/company/feigeles.html] .
* Fleming - Kristian Leavy [http://www.13thstreetrep.org/company/leavy.html] / Troy LoCoco.
* Dolan - Nixon Cesar [http://www.13thstreetrep.org/company/caesar.html] / Reinhard Lentes .

Notes

* Playwright Israel Horovitz appeared as Stephen in the first production of the play at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, when another actor had to drop out at the last minute. [http://www.balagula.com/productions/Line/author.php]
* This was Richard Dreyfuss' first play as an actor. [http://homepage.mac.com/liche/PhotoAlbum15.html]

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