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Sneak Preview of Two Short Plays: The Coffee Bar & The Walls
These two one-act plays examine the eerily similar power dynamics between characters who are playing their prescribed roles within “the system.” The Coffee Bar (by Ali Salem; directed by Janet Wilson) is set in Cairo, Egypt where an Author and a Producer are meeting to discuss a potential production of the Author’s play. The third character in this absurdist comedy is the Coffee Bar Attendant who menacingly serves more than just coffee. The Walls (by Griselda Gambaro; directed by Bruce Burningham) is set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where a Young Man is “invited” by a government Functionary to remain a guest in a well-appointed room whose walls mysteriously move ever closer. The third character in this darkly surreal play is the Usher who alternates between obsequiousness and hostility.