"Hilarious...! Painfully funny and a delight to watch! Past the humor, there was also complex drama taking place on the deserted South Pacific island, where two men learn to love themselves and each other."
Eric Janssen, critic, Intermission
Love Of Last Resort
by Jerry Rabushka and jeff schoenfeld
Premiered May, 2003 in West Hollywood, CA
Josh has spent three years trapped on a deserted resort island. Matt washes up on shore after escaping from an oversexed gay cruise. While the basics of survival are taken care of by following the directions in Martha Stewart Living, Josh has managed to cope with the loneliness by changing his persona - repeatedly. As he starts to grow feelings for Matt, Matt questions his stability, and wonders if Josh really likes him, or it's just a Love Of Last Resort.
“Love of Last Resort” uses the [trapped on a deserted island] metaphor to its full advantage and comes away having asked some big questions about the anxiety over taking what is available, the loss of personal freedom to human interaction, and the need for courage in the face of love.
Richard Tar, critic, Gateway Arts.net
"A most unusual drama-comedy which plays with form in a most entrancing way."
Robert Patrick, playwright, screenwriter, Los Angeles
Song: "Love Of Last Resort" music composed and performed by Jerry, lyrics by jeff.
"Love of Last Resort is a beautiful and riveting play. Rabushka and schoenfeld have created a moving masterpiece."
Jade Esteban Estrada; Estrella award winning actor, national solo theatre artist
"A simple story that has depths deeper than the ocean, that brings two people together. Love of Last Resort delves into different aspects of not only the gay experience, but of the complexities of yearning for love while fighting its hypnotic power to own you. An original night of entertainment - complete with original music and a memorable song. Jerry and jeff have drawn the map for a wonderful treasure."
Edward D Padilla, Artistic Director/Founding Member, LDI Productions, Los Angeles CA
"In my capacity as a script appraiser, I was recently asked to read Love Of Last Resort and I was immediately fascinated by its complex discussions that include mind-game playing, role playing, conditions of denial, loss and grief, relief, misunderstood charity, imagination, and hope. Love Of Last Resort challenges our notions of society while asking the question 'Can a society be built with just two men on a deserted island?' See it to answer this for yourselves. I commend this piece to you!"
Will Conyers, Director & Musical Director, Melbourne, Australia
"These guys are very good with dialogue. The script shows a great deal of work and careful development. The concept is interesting.....the proverbial desert island.. two guys. This play has a lot of very nice moments that are memorable."
Gianni Caleffi, Actor/Director, North Carolina
From a patron: My partner and I truly enjoyed your play. We found it to be cleverly written, humorous, touching, and thought provoking. We truly enjoyed our experience and look forward to future productions. Continue with the high quality work.
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