The Plays and Books of
Benjamin A. Horwitz
Before you begin to read the play Itís Twilight Time, I would like to make some introductory comments and suggestions Ė although I have been warned by several literary managers / artistic directors / dramaturges that it is unnecessary for a playwright to do this. However, my success with literary managers / artistic directors / dramaturges necessitated this web-site and the self-publishing of the play - so much for the advice of the professionals.
Basically, the play was written as a challenge - a dare Ė from a woman I had known years ago and who I recently became reacquainted with. She invited me to go to the Cleveland Public Theatre to see a play that her niece had written. After attending the play, I admitted I didnít understand a word of it. My friend then offered some sarcastic comments about my engineering background, at which point I casually remarked I thought I could write a play. She challenged me to "do it then". The result is Itís Twilight Time, which took me about nine months to write.
You will note that there is music in the play. The music is very important to the feel and flow of the drama. If you are interested in producing the play, I can send you a complete CD of all the music and songs in the play, along with a bound version of the text. Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me by phone. (My phone number and address appear in my bio and at the end of the play) One way to easily read the play and listen to the appropriate music, is to place the CD on the "D" drive and use the MS icon for the CD player to stop and start each song. You can view the entire play in Adobe Acrobat form (.pdf) , or you can view it as an MS Word (.doc) file, if you have MS Word version í97 or later.
There are several people I would like to personally thank for taking the time to read and review the play. Karen Seil, the wife of my good friend Herb, actually took a portable CD player on one of her regular flights to Japan for the U.S. Navy in order to properly read the play and listen to the appropriate music, at the appropriate time. I knew Karen would follow instructions to a "T" and that is precisely why I asked her to take the play with her on the long plane ride to Tokyo. No one beside myself had ever read the play in its entirety, with the music, until I gave it to Karen; so her review would be critical. A bad review from Karen, and that would have most likely been the end of the play. (Karenís only admonishment was that I didnít tell her that the play could possibly cause her to shed some tears.) In addition to Karen, I would like to thank Jim Rothschild for his rather lengthy and encouraging review. His clever interpretation of the play was better than any explication I could have possibly rendered. Other members of the old college club "Joy Enterprises" were also encouraging in their comments.
For those of you who know me or think you do, you may be curious as to the truthfulness of the contents and events depicted in the following three acts. This play is a fictional portrayal of a baby boomerís trials and tribulations as he travels the vicissitudes of life. Any conclusions you may draw as a result of knowing me personally, or thinking that you do, are purely delusional. For those of us conceived and raised by a generation which survived and conquered both the Depression and the most despicable fascists of the Twentieth Century Ė it is truly our "Twilight Time". And if there is any dedication or acknowledgement to be made, it is certainly to my parents and that generation.