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Hindi Brooks

Playwright

brookshindi@yahoo.com
Hindi Brooks writes for theatre, print and television. Her plays are published by Dramatic, Pioneer, Baker, I. E. Clark and Syracuse University Press. They have been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch and Flemish; and have been produced internationally. Los Angeles productions were seen at the Odyssey, Circle, The Playwrights Group, Theatre West, Theatre East, Theatre 40, American Renegade, Century City Playhouse and Actors Alley among others. In New York, her work has been seen at the Houseman Theatre and the West Bank. Her onewoman show, LILY (not performed by Ms. Brooks), has been seen internationally and won the Desert Theatre League award in Palm Springs (9596 season) She has been featured in The Playwrights group 10minute play series for the past ten years.
Ms. Brooks teaches playwriting at UCLA's prestigious Writers Program and lectures frequently at many schools and writers' conferences. She is the artistic Director of the Theatre 40 Writers Workshop.She is married to actor Manny Kleinmuntz, mother to actor Josh Elliot and to Nomi Kleinmuntz, novelist, book editor and photographer.

DRAMAS

EYES OF THE BEHOLDER Drama 3 men, 3 women
Set in a small fictional Michigan town, the play deals with censorship and the destruction it creates.
When the high school art teacher submits a student's painting to a contest, all Hell breaks loose. Is the painting pornographic? Should the black School Superintendent fire the teacher? Should the Jewish Principal, a refugee, support her?

HAPPILY...EVEN AFTER Dramatic comedy 2 men, 2 women
A man who deserted his wife five years earlier returns for her funeral. They had married for convenience: he was a refugee from the Nazis who wanted to stay in America, she was a wallflower who wanted to get married. She steps out of her coffin so that they can settle their differences before she's buried.


THE NIGHT THE WAR CAME HOME Drama. 4 men, 3 women
During the first night of the 1943 Detroit race riot, Esther and Nate Kaufman, who escaped from Poland during World War I, are trapped inside their store. Their son, a pacifist/medical student now reluctantly a soldier; their daughter and black soninlaw, radical students; their employee, a young black woman; and a looter, a young black man, round out the cast.

TURN A BLIND EYE Drama 4 men, 4 women
Set in 1967. Shelley and her blind mother, Malka, are holocaust survivors. Shelley, researching
a book on child survivors, meets Eliot, who has written an autobiography of his heroic deeds during World War II. After falling in love with him, Shelley finds out that he's her father and that his book and his life are lies.
Produced at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.

WHAT ARE MOTHERS FOR? Drama/Comedy 2 women
A 38 year old woman and her 59 year old mother are on vacation together. With nowhere else to go, they are trapped into a day at the beach, where they finally reach into each other's true feelings, tell each other truths, and accept each other as equals.

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COMEDIES


ROMANCE.COM Comedy 2 women, 3 men
Terri, an accountant, who lives with her feisty grandmother, Nora, is engaged to Ira, a Mr. America type. To keep Nora active, Terri brings her a lap top computer and hooks her up to the Internet . . .
In its 4th German production in Cologne.

THE WHOLE HALF Comedy. 1 man, 3 women
The romance of two senior citizens who have only one thing in common, their loneliness.
He is an immigrant plumber, she a doctor's widow. Each of them has a daughter who tries to break them up.

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ONE ACT PLAYS


THE BENCH comedy 25 minutes 2 men, 2 woman.
An afternoon in the lives of four senior citizens on a beach front. In that time we see them not as 'old' but as 'human'. Two have a flirtation, one jog/walks to stay young, and one waits to die until the others show him a reason to live.

THE CHECK comedy 10 minutes 2 characters, gender optional.
The recipient of a check from Medicare tries to return it but can't break through the bureaucracy.
There are three versions: In one only English is spoken, in the other two the recipient uses some Russian or Yiddish words, but the audience will have no trouble understanding what is going on.

DANCE OF THE DAMNED drama/comedy 25 minutes 3 men, 1 woman
A stylized play set in a prison in the near future. A teacher who has been jailed for refusing to carry a gun on his campus is brain washed into doing so.

EXEUNT O'BRIEN AND KRASNOV comedy 25 minutes 1 man, 1 woman.
A hasbeen actor/director from the Yiddish stage is reduced to sleeping on couches on Broadway stage sets. When the cleaning lady discovers him, he gives her an acting lesson and gives them both moment of glory.

FINDERS KEEPERS comedy 10 minutes 2 men, 2 women
On a park bench, estranged wife Vicky waits for her husband, Jonas, to join her for a visit to a marriage counselor. But he?s waiting for her at the opposite end of the park.
roduced by Write Act Theatre in Hollywood.

THE GODS WOULD TURN OVER IN THEIR GRAVES drama/comedy 25 minutes
2 men, 1 woman.
Set on a Greek mountain top, in the 1960's. A Greek tour guide, escaping from the Junta, hooks up with a retired rabbi and a radical young woman on the run from the FBI.

HIS, HERS, WHOSE comedy 10 minutes 1 man, 1 woman
A middleaged couple who have recently divorced, are still living in the same house, but not together. Tape divides every room in half, and they stay on their own sides until their constant fighting finally breaks down the barriers, and they begin to relate to each other again.

IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING drama 10 minutes 2 women
During the Gulf War, a woman in Ramat Gan, Israel hides under her table until her adopted mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, convinces her that despite their respective tragedies, they can go on and survive.

JULIE AND THE OLD WITCH comedy 30 minutes 1 man, 1 woman
This is the first act of the fulllength play, THE WHOLE HALF. (see above for description). It deals with the initial meeting of the two characters.

MERRY CHANUKAH AND A HAPPY CHRISTMAS...MAYBE comedy 7 minutes 2 men
It's Chanukah and Christmas Eve. A Jewish deli owner and his good friend, Santa Claus, commiserate on the difficulties of their respective jobs. They change places and it's a disaster.

THE RABBI IS IN comedy 25 minutes 1 man, 2 women
Aviva, a young woman rabbi, has her ability tested when she has to arbitrate between Nellie and Leon, a long divorced couple.

SIMA drama 25 minutes 1 woman, 2 men
In 1942, teenaged Sima and her ailing father try to escape from Poland, by making a traumatic deal with a sailor.

THERE GOES THE GROOM comedy 10 minutes 1 man, 1 woman
When a 49 year old, bitter divorcee finds out her 81 year old widowed father is being remarried, she tries to stop him. Instead, he helps her overcome her bitterness and introduces her to an eligible man.

THE WILD GOOSE CHASE 1 man, 1 woman
A Waspy widow waits for her daughter to pick her up, but the daughter sends the immigrant, plumber father of her best friend. The two older people fight, then commiserate, then become friends.

WHO'S THE BRIDE? comedy 10 minutes 2 men, 2 women, 1 voice only, gender optional
A senile grandfather disrupts his granddaughter's wedding, with almost disastrous results.

WITH CHILD comedy 10 minutes 1 man, 1 woman
Just as an elderly woman is about to give birth, she and her equally elderly husband argue about how it could have happened.

YOU BE THE DADDY dramatic comedy 25 minutes 1 man, 1 woman, 1 optional.
A stylized play in which 3 adult actors play children who are pretending to be adults. In their naive, selfish relationships they allow their backyard (read our world) to be destroyed.

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CHILDREN'S PLAYS


CAPTAIN NOAH Children's musical. 1 1/4 hours, 6 men, 6 women, 11 either gender.
The story of Noah's Ark from the viewpoint of the animals, who believe that only they were meant to be saved. Since they needed a captain and a crew, they hired Noah and his family.

THE MAGIC SLINGSHOT Children's musical. 1 1/4 hours, 6 men, 4 women, 2 of either sex, several of both sexes as extras and/or dancers.
The story of David and Goliath. David is given a magic slingshot, but it doesn't work and he has to use his own resources. Goliath is huge, comical, and fully managed by his trainer his tiny, feisty mother.
Music & lyrics by Charles Feldman.

RING AROUND THE KING Children's nonmusical 45 minutes, 4 men, 2 women, 1 of either gender, plus several of both genders to play several parts.
Several of the King Solomon stories are woven into this play. The main storyline: Solomon loses his Ring of Majesty to the evil Asmodias and while roaming the countryside for help discovers his humility.

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