(Variations On A Theme of Maurice Ravel)
by Arthur Meiselman
The driving, climactic progression of Ravelīs Bolero is
the theme for a string of dramatic variations -- eight short
plays, designed for consecutive performance in one
evening. But this is not a musical. It is a dark comedy of
love, sex, betrayal and bent gender-bending. Itīs also not
a "La Ronde"! Because... the dialogue repeats in each
play, though the characters and plots are different.
Got it? Same words, different plots, building on each
other until it ends in rolling thunder!
Eight one-act plays:
She, Her Husband, His Wife, and Her Lover
I Come, I See, I Conquer, uh...
3 Years, 12 Days In A Dark, Warm Place
He to She to Him... Bingo!
The Closet Has Two Back Doors
My Lover Is A Doo-dad
Sweet French and Spanish Kisses
In The End There Is A Soft Beginning