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Extremities is a play by American playwright and screenwriter William Mastrosimone [1] (born 1947) that was first performed off Broadway in 1982. It opened at the Westside Theatre in New York on December 22, 1982. A young woman, Marjorie, is attacked in her home by a would-be rapist, Raul, and manages to tie him up in her fireplace. Her roommates come home and express different points of view about rape in society. The three friends are also turned on each other at various points in the play.

The original text

Published by Samuel French.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1984: A Pieter Toerien Production was presented at the Alhambra Theatre (opening 23 August 1984) and the Baxter Theatre in 1984, directed by Hugh Wooldridge. Cast: Lena Ferugia, Michael Richard, Louise Saint Claire, Jane Sinclair. Designed by Gloria Lovegrove, lighting by Jannie Swanepoel.


Wikipedia [2].

Extremities theatre programme, 1984.

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Photograph of a scene from the play (1984 production), The Rand Daily Mail, 24 August 1984.

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