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Adam and the Experts

Victor Bumbalo
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At the height of the AIDS crisis, Adam searches for answers, comfort, and a new place for sexuality as he witnesses the decline and inevitable loss of his beloved best friend.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (2 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Victor Bumbalo’s ADAM AND THE EXPERTS may be the most important play to deal with the AIDS crisis in gay society since William Hoffman’s AS IS and Larry Kramer’s THE NORMAL HEART sounded their anguished alarms four and a half years ago. Since those two dramas were first produced Off-Broadway, thousands have died, and thousands more who have gotten AIDS fight to survive. Mr Bumbalo’s play expresses a mood of exhaustion, fatalism and embattled determination that, as the decimation continues, has become an overshadowing fact of homosexual life. It has, at least, become possible, Mr Bumbalo’s play suggests, to find some bitter humor amid the tragedy. ADAM AND THE EXPERTS is quite funny in a dry satiric way. Most of the humor is situational, deployed by the playwright to reveal the pathetic, ludicrous defenses that people adopt to shield themselves from terrifying realities …” —Stephen Holden, The New York Times

About the Author


  • Victor Bumbalo

    Victor Bumbalo is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced worldwide and translated into five languages. He is the recipient of an Ingram Merrill Award for playwriting. His play NIAGARA FALLS followed its Off-Broadway run with subsequent openings in over fifty cities throughout the United States, England, and Australia. ADAM AND THE EXPERTS opened to critical success Off-Broadway and had numerous productions in the United States and Canada. WHAT ARE TUESDAYS LIKE? was produced  throughout the United States and in Germany, Japan, England, Sweden, and Costa Rica. QUESTA premiered in Los Angeles and had productions in Chicago and New York. TELL appears in the anthology, Gay and Lesbian Plays Today, published by Heinemann Educational Books, Inc., and SHOW is included in The Best American Short Plays, published by Applause Theatre Book Publishers. Bumbalo moved to Los Angeles in 1995. Since then, he has written for several popular television series: NYPD Blue, American Gothic, Relativity, and HBO’s Spawn. He also wrote several movies of the week. He was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award both for QUESTA and NIAGARA FALLS. TWO BOYS, his short film, won the Jury Award for Best Drama at the Beverly Hills Shorts Festival, and he won Best Director at the ITN Film Festival. Bumbalo is the founder and president of the Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation, which honors LGBTQ playwrights.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/1/1990
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881450873

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by 3-Dollar Bill Theater in New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Adam and the Experts is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC