Neil Simon’s Fools – Grades 6-12

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Written by legendary American playwright Neil Simon (THE ODD COUPLE), FOOLS is a hilarious comedy direct from Broadway about Leon Tolchinsky. Leon is ecstatic. He’s landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon’s job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so Stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down.

Credits: Written by Neil Simon

About Neil Simon

Neil Simon is an American playwright, screenwriter and author. He has written more than thirty plays and nearly the same number of movie screenplays, mostly adaptations of his plays. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.

He began writing his own plays beginning with “Come Blow Your Horn” (1961), which took him three years to complete and ran for 678 performances on Broadway. It was followed by two more successful plays, “Barefoot in the Park” (1963) and “The Odd Couple” (1965), for which he won a Tony Award. It made him a national celebrity and “the hottest new playwright on Broadway.”  He is the only playwright in history to have his play nominated for a Tony as Best Play – 15 different years.  During the 1960s to 1980s, he wrote both original screenplays and stage plays, with some films actually based on his plays including The Goodbye Girl and Biloxi Blues. His style ranged from romantic comedy to farce to more serious dramatic comedy.

During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time – these were  “Sweet Charity”, “The Star-Spangled Girl”, “The Odd Couple”, and “Barefoot in the Park”.  In 1983 he became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor.  He was honored with the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1991 with “Lost in Yonkers”.