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Neil McKenzie, from a story by Frank O'Connor
ISBN: 992218
Short play, Drama
7 men, 1 woman
Total Cast: 8, Flexible Set
FEE: $35 per performance. MS.
THE STORY: During the Revolution, Hawkins and Blecher, two English soldiers, are taken prisoner by the Irish Republican Army, and are held as hostages. The Irish Soldiers find this is no prisoner-captor relationship: Hawkins and Blecher have become their friends. They teach one another songs, the Englishmen help the Irish soldiers with their work, they argue about religion, and it's altogether a warm and companionable friendship. When the Irish soldiers are told that they must shoot the Englishmen because a group of English soldiers shot Irish hostages, they are horrified; it's as though they must shoot their own brothers. Hawkins and Blecher can't understand why their Irish friends must do this, but if it's their duty, the Englishmen won't stand in their way. And in a tremendously moving scene the two men are shot and the three Irishmen are left with the misery of what they had to do.
Winner of the coveted Obie Award. "One of the best Off-Broadway productions I've seen…strong, moving, dramatic." —NY Journal-American.