Alan Bowne
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Set in an apocalyptic future where a young man named Torch has been quarantined to a dark, squalid room on the Lower East Side of New York City, after testing positive for a nameless, sexually transmitted disease. In his grimy cell which the locals refer to as “Beirut,” Torch passes the time alone, forbidden from contact with the moral population of the outside world. His uninfected girlfriend, Blue, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. Torch tries to keep her at room’s length and for the next hour, they argue lovingly, jokingly, fearfully, bravely, and desperately about sex and death. All the while, Torch pleads with Blue to leave before his resistance fails and he infects her. She chooses the possibility of infection: “I can live without sex and feel dead or risk death and feel alive.”

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“… Alan Bowne’s stunner about love in the plague years. It’s ‘the near future’: we’re in a dump of a room on the Lower East Side, where a young man named Torch has been quarantined after testing positive for a nameless disease that sounds a lot like AIDS. His girlfriend, Blue, who has not been infected, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him … The marvel of Mr Bowne’s work is the richly raunchy language, tuned to the gritty rhythms of the street. It’s crude yet lyrical; even at its most scatological, the dialog sings … They (Torch and Blue) are a Romeo and Juliet of the boroughs, an East Side story … the poetry and power of BEIRUT …” —Walter Goodman, The New York Times

“… Alan Bowne makes a statement about sexually transmitted disease that is more powerful than all the soapbox orations which have been attempted theatrically to explore the subject. He deals with the human spirit as it faces the inevitable, and it is a spirit of hope and love, of logic and of empathy …” —T H McCulloh, Drama-Logue

About the Author


  • Alan Bowne

    Alan Bowne was an American playwright and author. His plays include BEIRUT, FORTY-DEUCE, SHARON AND BILLY, and THE BEANY AND CECIL SHOW, many of which are available from Broadway Play Publishing Inc. He was a member of New Dramatists. He also wrote one novel, Wally Wonderstruck. He died of complications related to AIDS at the age of forty-four.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/16/2016
Pages 54
ISBN 9780881456233

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:

First produced by the Manhattan Class Company

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


Upcoming and Recent Productions


6/8/2019 – 6/22/2019
Beirut In Portland
Portland, OR


10/29/2020 – 11/9/2020
Clever Bird Entertainment Inc
Vancouver, BC, Canada

10/1/2020 – 10/4/2020
Georgia Southern University Armstrong
Savannah, GA

8/28/2020 – 8/28/2020
Rogue Machine Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA

1/11/2019 – 1/20/2019
The Tilted Crown
Louisville, KY

5/3/2018 – 5/26/2018
Theatre Of Arts
Los Angeles, CA

11/9/2017 – 11/10/2017
Theatre Lab Nola
New Orleans, LA

9/23/2016 – 10/9/2016
Silver Meteor Gallery
Tampa, FL

5/20/2016 – 6/4/2016
The Steep and Thorny Way to Heaven
Portland, OR