The Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Samuel French, 1997 - Drama - 85 pages
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Characters: 15 male, 3 female Scenery: Interior Winner of multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical, Kiss of the Spider Woman revamps a harrowing tale of persecution into a dazzling spectacle that juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies. Cell mates in a Latin American prison, Valentin is a tough revolutionary undergoing torture and Molina is an unabashed homosexual serving eight years for deviant behavior. Molina shares his fantasies about an actress, Aurora (originated on Broadway by Chita Rivera) with Valentin. One of her roles is a Spider Woman who kills with a kiss. "Thrilling."-- N.Y. Times. "Compelling, beautiful, funny and moving....[Has] a cinematic fluidity and a poetic charge."-- N.Y. Daily News. "Creates an entire world out of a prison cell.... Dazzling."-- Newsweek.

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About the author (1997)

John Kander was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and Fred Ebb was born in New York City. They have worked together creating musicals and songs since 1962. They, as well as co-author Greg Lawrence, live in New York City.

Terrence McNally, a very popular American playwright of the 1990's, was born in 1939. His play "Love! Valour? Compassion!," a commentary on AIDS, received a Tony Award as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. Another play, "Master Class," also earned a Tony, as did the book he wrote for the musical adaptation of "Kiss of the Spider Woman." McNally's other plays include "Corpus Christi" and "Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?" In addition, McNally has written several television scripts; one of them, "Andre's Mother," brought him an Emmy Award.

FRED EBB in New York City

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