Jack Gelber


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Chicago-born author, whose first and most successful play, The Connection (1959), gives a sense of the lives of drug addicts by presenting their story as though it were real, with the heroin shots said to be real doses and the actors ostensibly drifters paid for their performances by the drugs received on stage. Later plays include The Apple (1961), a plotless series of confrontations among actors supposedly trying to devise a play; Square in the Eye (1966), a more conventional play about a man frustrated by family in his attempt to be a painter; The Cuban Thing (1969), on Castro's revolution; Sleep (1972); and Rehearsal (1976). A novel, On Ice (1964), treats the life of the Beat generation.

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