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In a small, downtown Las Vegas casino, a blackjack dealer is joined by his favorite player in the middle of the night. Over a game of single deck blackjack, she reveals a tale about her girlhood encounter with the notorious gangster Bugsy Siegel and how it changed her life.
A Brief History of the Play
In 1982, when I was living in Los Angeles, I was researching a potential film project about the life of legendary gangster Benjamin (Bugsy) Siegel, known as the 'Father of Las Vegas'. (Warren Beatty beat me to the punch with his 1991 film "Bugsy"!) One time in Vegas, while playing blackjack, I ran into an elderly woman who told me she'd met Bugsy Siegel in the mid-1940's when she was quite young. That inspired me to write "The Speck of Dust in Bugsy's Eye." The play was originally presented at NJ Rep in November, 1999.
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