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Monteleone, John (American playwright, March 2, 1956-____), Snapshot,

a bare-stage 40-minute hyper-real memory play in English set in the mind of a child, 1988,

2m1f (1 m may be f),

    © 1988;    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 Mother (f); Father (m), Child (m or f), an adult.

  §  Synopsis An adult walks into an empty space and remembers the last days of his or her parents' life. As he does, his parents come to life in chilling, sharp images that penetrate what it means to grow old and what a single life is all about. The images, like a movie of one's life shot in quick, transformational snapshots, reflect parent/child/spouse relationships, the mystery and swiftness of life, and the ephemeral connections they shared together as the child struggles to come to terms with their deaths. The last image sums up the experience-the child grasping for air and trying to hold onto memories of them, like photographic snapshots that hold the memory and the experience, but no longer, the flesh.

  §  Comment Produced at Dowling College, Oakdale, New York 11769 with professional actors.    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 child-parent relationship, death, entrapment, family, marriage, memories, mind, resolution, surrealism.
 

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