Monteleone, John (American playwright, March 2, 1956-____), “He and She,"
a bare-stage 40-minute anti-real serio-comedy in English, 1987,
• © 1987; • script/rights available from John Monteleone, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 2723, Sag Harbor, New York 11963, telephone (home and work) 631-725-5251, Website www.johnmonteleone.com. Orders should specify preferred method of mail: (1) e-mail of an MS Word 6.0 document as an attached file, (2) regular mail. • Cited by playwright via ftp, July 7, 1997; Monteleone says,
§ Dramatis Personae He (m), She (f).
§ Synopsis "Both characters explore their 'relationship and all relationships'; their mystery, conflict, pain, joy, transformation, transition, insanity, separation and connection. He moves from his need to dominate and be in control, into the territory of 'the new male,' sensitive and open to experiences, while She seeks to find her strength, move beyond old conditioning, and rejoice in her new sense of individuality. Both use physical actions to express their inner and outer struggles: He gets stuck in the bed, under the covers struggling to emerge, while she is stuck in her chair, moves out of it slowly and ends up jogging around the room, air-boxing, jumping over him as he falls onto the floor and cannot get up because it is a new environment and he is afraid, 'but I won't admit it,' He says. Their old identity is stripped away, and they are forced to grapple with their new identity as one mask replaces the next, (represented by brief but comic costume changes), and they begin to reenact their old selves only to learn they cannot be who they were, separately, or alone. . . . Together, they seek a new kind of understanding.
§ Comment “The bare stage has simple furnishings. Special performances held at The Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City. Produced with professional actors at Dowling College, Oakdale, New York 11769. • Monteleone has ten one-act plays (all listed in this website) and can be ordered as one compilation or separately. • He also has six full-length plays which have received either production or professional New York City readings, including two solo works. The full-length plays are Farmland (9m2f), Prisoners in Paradise (3m1f), The Lamp (2m2f), The Loonybin (22 characters, doubling possible), Diary of a Madman adapted from the Gogol (Russian writer, 1809-1852) classic (1m or 1f), and Tragic and I'm Still Laughing (10 characters for 1 or more actors, m or f)-it is listed on this website; please inquire for synopsis. He has also written four screenplays. All of Monteleone's plays are innovative, challenging, offer interesting story lines, are ideal for the professional theatre and wonderful for colleges (many have been produced in academic theatre) and also for high schools that are not uptight! • John Monteleone has received critical acclaim as both a playwright and actor, he is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate program, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity, and The 42nd Street Workshop (a cooperative of writers, actors and directors developing new plays in New York City). He holds a BFA and MA, is an Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Drama at Dowling College, Oakdale, New York 11769. His review package is available upon request.
Themes entrapment, family, insanity, marriage,
mystery, physical, reality, relationship, surrealism.
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