Stand Up Tragedy


Bill Cain

Published by Samuel French Inc

9 Male 0 Female

Tom Griffin teaches Hispanic boys at a Catholic school on New York's lower east side. He tries to rescue one student: Lee Cortez, a talented artist trapped in a violent environment

Lee's home life is startlingly presented as the actor playing him also portrays his slatternly mother and his violent brother. Lee is murdered by his brother, a jealous maniac who can't stand to see him transcend the forces dragging him down

Terrific rap numbers are interspersed with the collage like scenes, providing a students' eye view of the world

"A stunner" ~ N.Y. Post

"Wonderful dialogue" ~ N.Y. Daily News

"A timely combination of style and substance.... A gritty verismo entertainment about battered ideals" ~ N.Y. Newsday

"The material in the play is not new, but Mr. Cain presents it with uncommon honesty and ample humor" ~ Wall Street Journal

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