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Drowning Stallion

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Monteleone, John (American playwright, March 2, 1956-____), Drowning Stallion,"

a bare-stage 17-minute poetic tragedy in English, middle of the night, 1997,


    © 1997;    script/rights available from John Monteleone, e-mail webmaster@hamptonswebdesign.com, 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 Old Man (m); Jake (m), his son; Old Woman (f), his wife.

  §  Synopsis In the middle of a dark night, an old man wakes in his empty home and confronts the ghosts of his dead wife who passed naturally, and his dead son whom he feels he could have saved from a tragic accident. Now, the old man must deal with his love for them, his sins against them, his guilt, his pain and fear, his loss and above all, his own death soon to come. Above, on a screen is a white stallion, running in the wind and on the sand, silently, his mane flaring in the setting sun. Its majestic strength, its beauty, its power, is metaphorical of a life's passion, and the old man, now withering, is like that stallion he owned as a boy. He remembers it in his dream, sees it galloping right under the ocean and slowly disappearing.

  §  Comment A projection screen or TV, maybe a chair or two are necessary. A study in loneliness. The audience should not know the wife and son dead until the end of the play. All of the plays in 3 Short One-Acts by Monteleone require simple sets, costumes and lighting, or can be done more elaborately and offer stylization, innovative use of language and image, while maintaining a solid story base.    Monteleone has nine one-act plays, and they can be ordered in a compilation of all nine together, or separately. Monteleone has nine one-act plays, and they can be ordered in a compilation of all nine together, or separately.    Monteleone also has six full-length plays and all have received either production or professional New York City readings, including two one-actor shows: a monodrama and a collage of ten monologues. Both one-actor shows have been produced. The six full-length plays are Farmland (11 characters), Prisoners in Paradise (4 characters), The Lamp (4 characters), The Loonybin (22 characters, doubling possible), Diary of a Madman (1 actor), and Perfectly Norm-ill People, co-written with Denise Welborn (11 characters for 1 or more actors). All of these plays are innovative and offer strong storylines, surreal and theatrical images, interesting language and are challenging to work with on every level. the playwright wants theatre to be imaginative, poetic, powerful and moving, as well as challenging to the audience and artists working on them. They offer great room for personal and artistic discovery and are ideal for the professional theatre but can be also be done in colleges (many have) and in 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 SOA 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). 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. He is unagented.

  §  Themes death, family, ghost, marriage, memories, sin, son-father relationship.

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