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Love in a Thirsty Land

Alan Glass
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A love story and a murder mystery, LOVE IN A THIRSTY LAND uses materials from an actual case, the first trial of a Jew for murder in the New World, 1875. The circumstances — a very religious young married man, alone in America, is accused of killing the young woman with whom it’s been rumored he has been having an affair. Flesh vs spirit, old world ways and the new drive the four character two-act play.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“What becomes of the old ways in the New World? That question is posed by Alan Glass in his absorbing, passionate new play, LOVE IN A THIRSTY LAND. Inspired by an 1875 murder case in Brooklyn, LOVE IN A THIRSTY LAND uses an adulterous love affair between immigrant Jews to address substantial and enduring issues like the future of Judaism in America, the attractions of assimilation and the temptations that pit inflamed flesh against a cold marriage. No play can be expected to do more than cast fresh and arresting light on problems like these, which have long defied easy solution. Yet in the end, with its innate intelligence and intensity, its vivid, sympathetic principals, its powerful love story, its air of mystery and its skillful evocation of a bygone era, LOVE IN A THIRSTY LAND manages to maintain its grip on philosophy and religion while telling its wrenching tale of doomed young love …” —Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times

About the Author


  • Alan Glass

    Alan Glass's first full-length play, LOVE IN A THIRSTY LAND, was workshopped at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York. It subsequently won first prize in the nationwide SUNY-Stony Brook University John Gassner Playwriting Competition, following which it was produced Off-Broadway by New York's Jewish Repertory Theatre in 2000. The New York Times reviewer called the play "absorbing and passionate." Among Alan Glass's other works, a one-act play, TRUTH IN ADVERTISNG, sending up greed on Madison Avenue, was workshopped at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and produced as part of several New York City play festivals. Recently retired from a career on Madison Avenue, Alan was the creator of many well known T V advertising campaigns. He is a life member of the Dramatists Guild.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/4/2011
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881454871

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 presented by Jewish Repertory Theater, New York

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