Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise

Production History:

SELF TORTURE AND STRENUOUS EXERCISE was the first play by Harry Kondoleon produced in New York City. It appeared on a double-bill with Keith Reddin’s Desperadoes in August 1980. It was directed by Max Mayer. The cast was:

Carl: Ken Olin
Alvin: Joseph Siravo
Beth: Alexandra Gersten
Adel: May Quigley

It was subsequently produced as part of “Plays by Harry Kondoleon,” at John Jay College in June of 1982, produced by Double Image Theatre  (Helen Waren Mayer, artistic director; Leslie Urdang, managing director; Grace Jones, administrative director). It was directed by Mark Linn-Baker with costumes by Nan Cibula and lighting by Robert Jared. The stage manager was Thomas DiMauro. The cast was:

Carl: Ken Olin
Alvin: Eric Elice
Beth: Jayne Haynes
Adel: Marcell Rosenblatt


“The Best Short Plays 1984”, Chilton, Radnor, Pennsylvania, 1984

Self Torture and Strenuous Exercise: The Selected Plays of Harry Kondoleon, Theater Communications Group, 1991.


Don Shewey, “Playing Around,” Soho News, August 20, 1980.
Chris Boyd, Melbourne Herald Sun, March 10, 2010
Alison Croggin, Theatre Notes blog, March 12, 2010

Production Photos:

Kristine Nielsen in the Yale production

Kristina Brew and Marissa Bennet in the Melbourne production

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