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Line is a one-act play by American playwright, director and actor Israel Horovitz [1] (born 1939).

The original text

Line is a 1967 one-act play, his first play produced. It is an absurdist drama about 5 people waiting in line for an event (what event it is, is never made clear—several of the characters' stated expectations contradict the others). Each of the characters uses their wiles in an attempt to be first in line, getting more and more vicious as the play continues.

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Performance history in South Africa

1975: Performed in a double bill with It's Called the Sugar Plum directed by Grethe-Maria Fox and Charlotte du Toit for the Outer Space (Cape Town) from 29 January 1975, with Bill Curry, Vincent Ebrahim, Andrea Fine, Dawie Malan and Maralin Vanrenen.

1978: A Baxter Theatre Production in 1978 was directed by Robin Lake, featuring James Andrews, Julian M. Barton, Zaza Vorster, David Milne, Mick Newall.


Astbury 1979.

Line: Wikipedia [2].

Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne 1988.

Theatre programme (Baxter production) held by NELM Location: [Collection: LILENSTEIN, Mavis]: 2007. 9. 8. 19.

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