The Indian Wants the Bronx
The Indian Wants the Bronx is a play by American playwright, director and actor Israel Horovitz  (born 1939). Gupta, the Indian of the title, has just arrived in New York City from his native country to visit his son and speaks only a few words of English. While waiting for a bus to The Bronx, he is approached by two young punks, Joey and Murph, who begin teasing him. Name-calling taunts eventually result in acts of rage and violence. The play was staged in conjunction with the playwright's It's Called the Sugar Plum by James Hammerstein as the opening production of the new off-Broadway Astor Place Theatre, where it opened on January 17, 1968 and ran for 177 performances. The cast included Al Pacino and John Cazale. It won the Obie Award for Best Play, Best Actor (Pacino), and Best Supporting Actor (Cazale).
Performance history in South Africa
1973: First staged in South Africa (1973) as a late night presentation Upstairs at the Space (Cape Town). Directed by Mavis Taylor with Bill Flynn, Christopher Prophet and Bill Curry. Design by Jeff Shapiro and Christopher Prophet, lighting by Brian Astbury and stage management by Bee Berman.
Translations and adaptations
Miss Julie programme notes, 1985.
Sunday Tribune 4 July 1999.
Go to ESAT Bibliography
Return to I in Plays II Foreign Plays
Return to South_African_Theatre/Plays
Return to The ESAT Entries
Return to Main Page