Trees & Leader

Trees & Leader $13

Israel Horovitz

Published by Dramatists Play Service

3 Male 3 Female

Trees ~ Ostensibly concerned with a family innocently debating which tree to chop down for Christmas, the play becomes a parable both of man's mindless destruction of his environment and of his callousness towards other living things as the "trees" cry out in anguish when the axes strike again and again, severing the tenuous thread, which sustains their lives - and perhaps ours as well

Subtitled A Play for Trees and People, this haunting and imaginative short play was first presented on New York's Channel 13 (Educational Television) as part of a program on pollution and conservation entitled Foul!

Leader ~ Successfully produced Off-Broadway, this biting and satirical study of the paradox of "leadership" is offered here in a shortened version prepared specifically by the author for non-professional production

Moving swiftly to its shattering climax, the play exposes the destructive fears which preoccupy a group of anxious and concerned followers - fears to which their Leader can only reply "It's not important" - until Leader is revealed as a robot, and the others lapse into helpless, babbling lunacy

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