Monkey, Monkey, Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here?

The title for the play is taken from a little-known nursery rhyme, which involves a game between mother and child. The drama opens in an elegant reception room of a clinic where five women await a first reunion with their children from whom they have been separated for two months. As the scene proceeds, their discomfort escalates. The tension, now palpable, suggests there are more complicated issues at play. It seems the children have been participants in an unusual experiment - never fully revealed. The women continue to wait...collective pawns in a situation over which they have no control. Their personal reactions to the stress provide the framework for Ms. Sheiness to reveal character and conflict.

"Precisely the type of production that demands exposure and development." - The New York Times

1974, Drama, 90 minutes, Color

Cast: Rosemary DeAngelis, Jean DeBaer


Written by: Marsha Sheiness

Directed by: Harold Scott


Produced by: Ken Campbell

Executive Producer: Jac Venza


A presentation of Thirteen/WNET New York, Theater In America 1974


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