The Man Who Had Three Arms

This two act play takes place in a theater, where a man known as Himself relays one of the most disturbing, happy, and painful parts of his life. Two other actors interchange roles as Himself’s parents, and his wife and manager. In the first act Himself describes how a sudden growth of a third arm shocked him, yet ultimately led to celebrity status. In the second act he explains his life as a celebrity, and the fame caused by his extra appendage. Yet the good times are not to last, as Himself recounts the continued changes to his third arm and his place in society.

Type: Full Length Play

Acts: Two

First Performance: 4 October 1982, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago; 5 October 1983, Lyceum Theatre, New York

Awards: Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1989.

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