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Brian Silberman


Brian Silberman's plays include Manifest, recipient of the 1998 Clauder Prize and the 2003 Pinter Review Prize for Drama and published by the University of Tampa Press, Walkin’ Backward, which appears in the anthology Best American Short Plays of 2001, Salvage Baas, anthologized in New American Short Plays 2005, The Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo, Capgras Delusion, Chattanooga: a series of monologues for a solo performer, The Yip, Throw, Sugar Down Billie Hoak, Feral Music, Half Court, Retrenchment, and The Gospel According to Toots Pope.  Selections from both Half Court and Sugar Down Billie Hoak appear in Smith & Kraus's Best Stage Scenes of 1995, Best Men's Monologues of 1995, and Best Women's Monologues of 1995.  He teaches in the Theatre Department at Franklin & Marshall College and is currently at work on a new play entitled Mechanical Brides for the Uncanny.

The Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo

Based on a true story.  Admira Ismic and Bosko Brkic, were natives of the former Yugoslavia, living in the besieged city of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.  She was a Muslim and he a Catholic Serb, but the young couple fell in love.  They were killed on May 19, 1993, while attempting an escape.  Photographs of their dead bodies were used by numerous media outlets, and a now legendary Reuters dispatch was filed by reporter Kurt Schork, who dubbed them the Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo.  To date, it is not known with certainty who fired the fatal shots, but Admira and Bosko's bodies lay in No Man's Land for eight days, as Serbian and Bosnian sides argued over who would ultimately take responsibility for their deaths.  The play takes place during the eight days Admira and Bosko lay unclaimed.  Though dead, the pair enact some of Shakespeare's play – unfamiliar with the story – attempting to understand their predicament and legacy.