A Cure for Aids

© Paula Kamen 1999
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“Ten-minute” play; two older men; one simple set possible. Offers major roles for seniors.

Running Time: 15-20 minutes.

The theme is the incalculable loss to society when artists die before their prime, whether because of AIDS or other tragedies. The drama takes place in the imagination of a former Nazi, Heinz. In modern times, he imagines a confrontation with a Jewish boyhood friend, Abraham, whom he had killed in a concentration camp. As he watches his son die of AIDS, he remembers Abraham’s childhood dreams of being a great doctor and inventing the cure to a terrible illness. His meditation is prompted by news of the death of Jonas Salk, a Jew of his era. Like other works of Kamen, even while penetrating such a dark subject, the play dares to use humor, such as in a meditation on Holocaust survivor Anne Frank’s sales of her twentieth novel and ego problems.


  • First-place winner of play competition of the Unfinished Works program of AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, Irvine, California, December 2005.
  • Winner of Diversity Festival, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, March 2001.
  • Finalist in Chicago Dramatists’ “Ten-Minute Play” Competition, receiving staged reading. Judged by David Zak of the Bailiwick Theater, Spring 1999.
  • Production by SNAP! Productions, Omaha, Nebraska, at the Millennium Theater, Summer 2000.

© Paula Kamen 1999
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