The Hairy Dutchman
Commissioned by the University of Rochester's International Theatre Program, The Hairy Dutchman is a play about
tennis, and the history of New York, and love, and singles, and doubles, and faults, and double faults, and courts, and courting, and hairy dutchmen. It's the fourth in my series of Lower East Side plays.
These are our courts.
Not so easy to find this place, we know.
And that’s how we like it.
First things first go to Chinatown.
Cut through the back alleys, past the fish mongers, and noodle shops, past roast duck hanging in the windows, past the chicken that plays tic tac toe.
When you see the sign that says TOO WONG FOO BARBERS, go down the stairs.
They’re slippery, so hold on to the banister.
You’ll pass through a tunnel, dark and murky.
Be sure to wear good shoes.
Don’t bring a flashlight.
You don’t want to see what you’re stepping through.
Walk toward the light.
Eventually you’ll emerge.
And here we’ll be.
7 women, 5-6 male.
On and around tennis courts, in a version and vision of my hometown, New York City. In a version and vision of the present, near past, future, and distant past.
Production and Development History
Commissioned and produced by the University of Rochester's International Theatre Program.