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Joe Pintauro

JOE PINTAURO

  (1930 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Born in Ozone Park, NY on November 22, 1930. B.B.A. from Manhattan College; M.A. from Fordham in American Literature; B.A. in Philosophy, St. Jeromes College, Ontario; Four years of theology at Niagara U. Ten books of poetry published by Harper & Row, also a quartet of books under the title of Rainbow Box. Novel, Cold Hands, by Simon & Schuster. Summit will publish his next novel, Light At the Beach. Worked as a copywriter for eight years for Young & Rubicam.

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        A, My Name Is Alice         Benjamin Falling         Beside Herself         Bird Of Ill Omen         Birds In Church         Bus Stop Diner         Butterball         Cacciatore         Cathedral         Charlie And Vito         Charlie's Farewell         Climate         Cousin's Castle         Dawn         Dead Boy, The         Dirty Talk         Easter Night         Fiat         Flywheel And Anna         Frozen Dog         Fur Hat         His Dish         Holy Communion         House Made Of Air         Interview, The         Lenten Pudding         Lightning         Mary McDougal And the Monk         Men Without Wives         Men's Lives         Metropolitian Operas         Moving Targets         Parakeet Eulogy         Raft Of the MedUSA, The         Reindeer Soup         Rex         Rosen's Son         Rules Of Love         Salvation         Scenes From a Distance         Seymour In the Very Heart Of Winter         Snow Orchid         Soft Dude         Swans Flying         Ten-Dollar Drinks         Two Eclairs         Uncle Chick         Uncle Zepp         Watchman Of the Night



A, My Name Is Alice

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Circle-In-The-Square Workshop, NYC    

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Benjamin Falling

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From his hospital bed, Benjamin envisions his own death-he jumps from a plane into a bright blue ocean. But his fantasies are eroded when the word of his lover berates him back into a reality where he can cling to life.

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Comedy Drama One Act. - - Gay, one act

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Beside Herself

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A juxtaposition of the romantic and the banal

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Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NY,    -

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Bird Of Ill Omen

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Doreen, a prostitute, is visited by a mysterious older friend who can't speak, but has something important to tell her. Upon his revelation, that he is terminally ill, Doreen tries to hide her emotions with her anger.

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Birds In Church

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Tim and Rob are priests in New York. Tim does not believe Rob when he tells him that he has seen a brightly coloured bird in the cathedral. Rob thinks that it is Heaven sent. they close the cathedral so that Rob can show Tim the bird. He describes its wonderous colours. then Tim sees it but says the colours are very different. they realise that there are two birds. they debate what to do - open the doors so that the birds can fly away or try and catch them. As it is winter and the birds are obviuosly tropical - the birds will die and trying to catch them is impossible. they find a note from the birds' owner saying she has left New York to live with her boyfriend and also a bird cage. In the note she tells them how to get the birds back in the cage.

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Circle Repertory Company New York     1985

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in Metropolitan Operas 27 Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Bus Stop Diner

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A playwright waits in a Diner for the director of one of his plays that has had a run through the night before. When the director shows up the playwright tells him to take the play off as the performances, directing and lack of scenery and a constantly playing organ made it all appalling. the director is upset by this as it turns out he has cashed in his life assurance to pay the actors and hire the venue and that also he has not long left to live. the one thing that he wanted to do before he died was to direct a play by his favourite playwright. the playwright is very moved to learn this and they leave determined to put things right with the play.

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Circle Repertory Company New York     1985

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in Metropolitan Operas 27 Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Butterball

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the table is set for a feast, only the meal served is human and the family members are turkeys, or mostly so. This family of humans has turned into turkeys-by various political factors and maybe a few genetic mishaps, as the traditional Thanksgiving dinner takes a twisted turn.

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Cacciatore

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Charlie And Vito, Flywheel And Anna, Uncle Zepp

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Actors Repertory Company, NY    

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in Cacciatore: Three Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Three Short Plays One Act

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Cathedral

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Father Jake, for many years a loved and respected priest, is enmeshed in a crisis of conscience and faith that endangers not only his vocation, but his very soul-perhaps even the souls of those nearest to him, especially that of the young hustler who has accused him of inappropriate sexual contact. A full length tragedy in one act, Cathedral is fearless in its depiction of the moral twilight that exists in both the secular and religious world. Is the reporter trying to expose Jake really acting out of moral outrage, or is she taking emotional revenge for the collected betrayals of the two men in her life? Is the cardinal blind in more than the strictly physical sense? Is the young hustler telling the truth, or taking revenge on Jake for rejecting him romantically? Why is Jake himself haunted by the ghost of his younger self-a ghost that ultimately turns into the young hustler?
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Charlie And Vito

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two brothers meet in the younger one's room the night before the older brother's wedding. they have been estranged and their conversation dwells mostly on their dead brother Eddie, who in life had been the bridge between them. their talk, seemingly casual at first, turns more serious, and then violent-until the air is cleared and the basis for future intimacy established.

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Actors Repertory Company, NY    

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in Cacciatore: Three Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Charlie's Farewell

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A priest leads a congregation-perhaps only of one-in appreciating life after one of the congregants is taken from their midst.

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Climate

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Short Play

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Cousin's Castle

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Dawn

Synopsis:
Quentin and his sister Veronica, together with his wife Pat, gather at the beach to scatter their mother's ashes. the act itself is a closure of sorts, but it stirs up conflicts between the three as marital wounds and sibling rivalries never dealt with are finally confronted.

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part of By the Sea By the Sea By the Beautiful Sea, Three one-act plays by Joe Pintauro, Lanford Wilson And Terrence McNally

1st Produced:
Bay Street Theatre Of Sag Harbor    

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in By the Sea By the Sea By the Beautiful Sea, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Dead Boy, The

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Rent boy Will Draper was sexually abused by Father Robert Sheridan when he was younger. Sheridan meanwhile is visited by a beautiful young priest but no one else seems to be able to see him

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Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

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Dirty Talk

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In a rural bar a sexy young woman causes a stir with the locals. When the bar closes, she stays behind with the bartender, does her best to get him aroused, then reveals she is his son, changed, but back for revenge on a neglectful father.

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in Metropolitan Operas 27 Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Comedy Drama One Act

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Easter Night

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When Kristen's mother dies, she comes home to her Father and his friends. their differing ways of mourning affects them all, as Kristen unleashes her anger. Boomer, her Father defends himself, through his own anger and grief, and only after they are all spent, does Kristen find the magic of her mother return to her.

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Fiat

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Ken is a hairdresser who wants to commit suicide in his salon. When a flamboyant Latino Madonna enters the salon and disrupts his plans, he puts it off-until he realizes she is there to escort him to the other side he seeks.

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Flywheel And Anna

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a middle-aged couple from New York's Little Italy are summering in a small house on the Long Island shore. Although he doesn't realize it, she hates the place and yearns for home, and she is stunned when he announces that he has given up their city apartment and bought the house with money secretly hoarded over the years. Bitter over the realization of all that his withholding of the money has denied them and their children, her frustrations and resentments pour out in an explosive confrontation which neither had expected but from which neither had expected but from which both will benefit.

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Actors Repertory Company, NY    

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in Cacciatore: Three Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Frozen Dog

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Vinny and Kevin, two Catholic priests, have just had a spat. Vinny, has just found out that Kevin had asked to be stationed with him for the last ten years and feels his goals have been compromised. But love between friends is strong and may have leanings they both now discover.

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Fur Hat

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Janet is to give a lecture at a University. As she goes over her notes in the cafeteria, her ex-husband, Don, a professor, unintentionally sits down at the same table. their hatred and resentment of each other surfaces in their conversation and it all comes to a head when she almost leaves her fur hat at the table, and he at first refuses to give it back.

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His Dish

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James and Edna are newlyweds who visit William, James' brother, at his country home. After a king's breakfast made by the adoring Edna, James leaves the table for a moment. then William tells her she married a man she didn't know. When James returns, the evidence surfaces and Edna escapes.

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Holy Communion

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The Cubiculo, NYC    

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House Made Of Air

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Matilda Neruda, wife of the famous poet, tells of the last few days of the life of Pablo Neruda. A haunting memoir to the world.

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Interview, The

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Caffe Cino, NYC    

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Lenten Pudding

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For the first time, Ency has neglected to bake the annual Lenten puddings for her family. Her niece, Megan, attempts to pry the recipe from her stubborn aunt, and when talk of the family's history surfaces, the recipe Megan held so dear might not be that important after all.

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Lightning

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A woman sits alone, outside, during a violent rainstorm. When it passes, her young daughter retrieves her, praising the Lord her mother is alright. the woman had again challenged God, and he spared her.

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Genre:
Comedy Drama One Act

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Mary McDougal And the Monk

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Men Without Wives

Synopsis:
Pop visits his son, Boomer, to attempt to console him on the recent death of his wife. the two are very different and resentments flare, even getting the better of them. the common bond between them-the deaths of each of their wives-brings them closer together, but it may only temporary.

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Genre:
Comedy Drama One Act

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Men's Lives

Synopsis:
the play chronicles the fate of a fishing family on the East End of Long Island. Walt, Father of the family, is a quiet and decent man, who senses he may be the last of his line to make a living from the sea. Alice, his wife, is cut from the same cloth, giving all her strength and love of the sea to her men. Lee, their oldest son, is full of anger, realizing that the fishing life is virtually finished and that he is too old to learn a new trade. William, the youngest son, is bright, happy and stubbornly in love with the sea. Peter, a writer living in East Hampton and trying to make a living working the sea, serves as the narrator of the play as well as a friend of the family. the baymen, he tells us, have been making a good living fishing off the coast of the island for three hundred years. Over the last few decades, however, their already hard life has become tougher, as pollution, over fishing and downturns in the natural life cycles of the fish have led to ever diminishing catches. the strain on their lives is more acute with the growing population of affluent urbanites who see the East End as their weekend and summer playground. the baymen are determined to persevere despite financial troubles and loss of life, but the nail in the coffin comes as the baymen's last dependable method of catching saleable fish, a technique called haul-seining-which the Indians had taught to the baymen's ancestors-is outlawed by the NY State government. While claiming to protect the Striped Bass from over fishing, the government is really responding to pressure from the powerful sports-fisherman's lobby. the family is unable to survive this blow. Walt dies soon after, as if his heart had broken. Lee drowns in a boating accident, and, after Alice's death, William ends up mowing the lawns of the rich urbanites' weekend homes. All that remains of the family are the details that Peter captured in his journal as part of a promise to them to try and save their way of life.

Notes:
Adapted from the Peter Matthiessen.

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Metropolitian Operas

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Moving Targets

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Vineyard Theatre, New York    

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Parakeet Eulogy

Synopsis:
When we fail to find God in our everyday lives, can we declare ourselves God over smaller creatures if we care for it always?

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Raft Of the MedUSA, The

Synopsis:
In an opening scene, a man dies an agonizing death from AIDS. the play itself is an explosive AIDS support group session, where the members discover the disease they share can divide as effectively as it conquers. the members of the group are a diverse lot, including homosexuals, heterosexuals and bisexuals, conservatives and liberals, black, white and Hispanic, rich and poor. Some of them are philosophical, some are angry, and some resigned. As the evening's discussion progresses they discover that one member, Larry, a reporter, does not have AIDS, but is tape recording the sessions for an article. they attack him verbally and physically until Nairobi, a homeless woman in the group, stabs Larry with a dirty syringe, infecting him with the virus. the others are stunned and the reporter is hystErical, until Nairobi reveals that the needle was a clean one and that she would not give the disease to her worst enemy. the other members of the group then react with a kind of awe, asking the reporter what it feels like to experience the miracle of a "cure." the quick trauma brings them together, reaching for their own comfort while they search for unattainable answers.

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full length, 90 min Play/Drama. - - AIDS, full length

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Reindeer Soup

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Atop the arctic world, pilgrim members of a Detroit family huddle around a giant soup pot filled with nothing but melting ice and a gauze-wrapped raccoon head. the starving family awaits the return of Vince, the eldest, who has promised food from the company store where he works. Charlie, the next oldest, is mentally slow, but he is the kindest, tending the soup which is barely saving their lives. Julie, a vegetarian, is the most distressed. Little Chrissie wants her mother. Klute, the middle son, has stolen and hoarded what little food remained. the children have tied up Pop who is distraught over his wife's death and his layoff by the auto industry. Though deceased, Mom shows up in a yellow pinafore with fabulous food for breakfast, but she is forced to leave when the children convince her she is only a hunger hallucination. Vince arrives all wet, after having lost the whole supply of food in a stream so polluted that the water couldn't freeze. Later that night, Pop steals away with Charlie, and they return with a beautiful reindeer that Pop killed with his pickup truck. they dress the animal, store its parts and throw the rump in the soup. Just when the soup is ready, Iona, an Eskimo-type woman appears with a helicopter escort and a blue blizzard lamp, like a big blue star, to help the helicopter track her movements. She is searching for Norman, her pet reindeer who somehow became lost in the blizzard. As she is about to sip the hot soup to warm herself, Chrissie blurts out that Norman is in the soup. Iona is seriously shaken but recovers enough to forgive them, recalling how loyal and tender a reindeer Norman was. Seeing how weak Julie is, Iona convinces her eat some soup, then takes half of the family in the helicopter to her commune colony under the ice, leaving the blue blizzard light out on the tundra so the helicopter can find its way back for the rest of them. Pop, Chrissie and Charlie put on their coats and sit at the open barn door, guarding the blue light so it will not disappear, hoping that Iona will remain real and not become another maternal hallucination.

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Rex

Synopsis:
Jenn hit a pheasant with her car and cannot clear her conscience of the accident. Naming the dead bird Rex, she cooks it and serves it to her husband Eric, hoping this gesture will return Rex to the natural order of nature. Eric, however, cries foul.

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1st Produced:
Offstage Downstairs, London     1992

Organisations:
London Gay Theatre Company

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in Metropolitan Operas 27 Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Rosen's Son

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Mr. Rosen unexpectedly shows up at his dead son's lover's home to comfort him as well as himself. Finding him with a new man, he is enraged, until the tears of his son's lover compensate for his own

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Rules Of Love

Synopsis:
A woman goes to confession seemingly to be absolved for the sin of having a sexual relationship with a priest. Her confessor is her lover, and to his dismay, she gives him the alternative of her love or God's.

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Salvation

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Scenes From a Distance

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by Mary MIller, Sean O'Donnel, David Ives, Joe Pintauro

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Jan Hus Playhouse, NY     2005

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Jan Hus Playhouse

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Seymour In the Very Heart Of Winter

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It's Christmas Eve; Viv, a fading actress, is reminiscing about her ex-husband and her life before, to Bob, the man who currently loves her. With a fancy restaurant as her stage, Viv rants about her past, as Bob must find a way to pull her back to reality if he is to save their love.

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Snow Orchid

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Rocco Lazarra has been in a rehab institution since a suicide attempt uncovered a manic-depressive disorder. Now, medically stabilized and converted to a calm and moral individual, he returns to the family he humiliated and abused for over twenty years. He brings a new hobby with him, too: orchids. His deeply religious wife, Filumena, who has a fear of leaving the house, is not sure what to expect from him. Sebbie, the older son, is her mainstay but there has always been bad blood between him and Rocco. Blaise, the younger son, the one they call, "the American," doesn't remember the bad days and sympathizes as he uncovers Rocco's lithium and Valium. But Sebbie accuses his Father of being "cool" only because of the drugs. Rocco's response is to dump his medication into the rigatoni and to reveal to Blaise his suicide attempt. He goes on to tell him about orchids and the lessons of hope they can impart. With nothing resolved between Sebbie and Rocco, Filumena fears that Sebbie will now leave home. Sebbie tries to get Filumena to leave with him, but she refuses, and he readies to leave for Texas with Doogan, his boyfriend. Rocco learns of Sebbie's homosexuality and attempts to communicate with him but Sebbie goads his Father into a fit of rage before leaving for good. there will be no forgiveness for Rocco now, but in the end, he and Blaise coax Filumena to step out of the door for the first time into a snow white America.

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Soft Dude

Synopsis:
Doll is a prostitute who has a problem with her boyfriend, Dude; he can't have sex with her, but he can pay for it with other prostitutes. Afraid he'll lose her, Dude makes chicken for dinner in an awkward attempt to get close to her-for all he really wants is to hold her hand.

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Swans Flying

Synopsis:
Ben, a patient in a hospital, hears the sound of swans flying, though his nurse hears nothing. When Ben drifts off to sleep, he is visited by Eddie, who holds his hand and waits for any words of hope.

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Ten-Dollar Drinks

Synopsis:
Star, a recent Oscar winning actress, has reluctantly agreed to meet her old acting friend Bete for a drink. Star knows her old friend is jealous of her success, and through the torturous afternoon, makes her confess it.

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Now Also known As "Twenty-Dollar Drinks"

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Two Eclairs

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Three can live as cheaply as one until Maude can't take her little sister, Beth, living with her and her husband, Mark. When Mark balks, however, light shines on a devastated Maude. She moves out and Beth takes over her role-as she'd been doing for some time

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Uncle Chick

Synopsis:
Brian pays a surprise visit to his distraught Uncle Chick, who is packing up the belongings of his deceased lover. Brian reveals to his uncle that he's gay, just like him, and Chick warns him against living a gay life. But through the bitterness he hears, Brian ultimately seeks to console Uncle Chick with a warm embrace.

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1st Produced:
Offstage Downstairs, London     1992

Organisations:
London Gay Theatre Company

1st Published:
in Metropolitan Operas 27 Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Uncle Zepp

Synopsis:
an aging bachelor, preparing for a serious operation, cleans out his attic-and summons forth a rush of memories which, he senses, may be all that is left for him.

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Actors Repertory Company, NY    

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in Cacciatore: Three Short Plays, Dramatist Play Service, NY,    -

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Watchman Of the Night

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Mike returns home in a bad state; he's been drinking after he and his girlfriend had a fight. She's left many messages on his answering machine and when the phone rings he refuses to answer it, until he hears the message of a male caller, a wrong number, that may change the way he thinks about love.

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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