It's Called the Sugar Plum


Israel Horovitz

Published by Dramatists Play Service

1 Male 1 Female

Zuckerman, a college student, has ran over and killed a young man riding a skate board. As the play opens he is in his room pasting newspaper clippings into a scrapbook, humming contentedly, as he listens to a report of the accident on the radio

There is a knock at the door. Joanna, the fiancee of the dead man, enters in tears of accusation. After her initial tirade it's not long before they end up in each other's arms and in bed, quarreling over the amount of space devoted to each of them in the newspaper's report of the accident

Zuckerman's outrage during the quarrel is the only emotion he feels, whereas shedding tears is no problem for Joanna. But what amuses and disturbs them most is the chilling speed with which their instinctive self-concern overcomes the grief of the one and the guilt of the other

What develops is an intense new liaison between the two of them which quickly erases all memories of the departed

Winner of the Obie and Vernon Rice Awards

Paired with The Indian Wants the Bronx in its successful Off-Broadway production, this very funny and perceptive play details the progressively cordial relationship which develops between a college girl whose boyfriend has been accidentally run down and killed and the young driver whom she visits to confront with his guilt

"Israel Horovitz is a playwright of unmistakable talent and the possessor of two of the most necessary qualities for stage writing word sense and dramatic flair" ~ Women's Wear Daily

" a kooky-mood farce" ~ Associated Press

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