Split Second - September 23 - September 30, 2021

University of Louisville Theatre Arts

 Notes from The Dramaturg 

More about the Playwright:

Dennis McIntyre was a playwright and actor who wrote various works with the intention to bring awareness to the “ills of American society”. McIntyre died at the age of 47 of stomach cancer at his home in Manhattan in 1990. He was a writer and actor known for the films State of Grace (1990) as the screenwriter and Long Road Home (1991) as an actor, labeled Paymaster. McIntyre was born on June 4, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He died on February 1, 1990 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.



In a split second, a respected black policeman, Val, makes a haunting decision to end a low end criminals life. Throughout the story, Val has to contemplate telling the truth or keeping up the lie. What will he choose?


When Play was Written:

Split Second was written in 1981 and produced at New York's Theatre Four in 1984.


Time period:

The present (1980s). 



New York City. Manhattan. Evening of July 4th – Morning of July 6th

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