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The Four of Us

A Play

Itamar Moses

Faber & Faber

From the author of Bach at Leipzig (Faber, 2005) comes a new play about loyalty, integrity, and the price of success. When Benjamin’s first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his friend David, a struggling playwright, is thrilled for his newfound success . . . or is he? Should Benjamin help David by using his new connections? Can David even expect such favors from his friend? More importantly, who should pick up the tab at lunch? Hailed as a writer who “makes the kinds of stylistic gambles that should be applauded” (Eric Grode, The New York Sun), Itamar Moses proves once again with this inventive exploration of the evershifting ground of friendship that he is a playwright to watch. The Four of Us will have its off-Broadway premiere in March 2008 at Manhattan Theatre Club.

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The Four of Us
SCENE ONE(An Indian restaurant.)
 (DAVID and BENJAMIN, both twenty-four, have just finished lunch. The bill is on the table.)
 BENJAMIN: What do you mean?DAVID: I, uh, have something for you. Here, let me …(DAVID begins to rummage in his bag.)BENJAMIN: What, like a present?DAVID: Kind of.BENJAMIN: Oh, oh, that’s—DAVID: In, uh, in honor of the occasion.BENJAMIN: You’re already taking me to lunch, you don’t have to—DAVID: No, no, don’t worry. It was simple. And free. I’m resourceful like that.(DAVID stands a photograph
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  • Itamar Moses

  • Itamar Moses is the author of several plays, including Outrage, Celebrity Row, and The Four of Us.

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The Four of Us

A Play

Itamar Moses

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