Monteleone, John (American playwright, March 2, 1956-____), Homesick,
a 60-minute tragic farce in English set in a perfect upper-middle-class home, 1988,
© 1988; 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 Rat (m), college graduate and accountant; Mar (f), Rat's mother; Hom (pronounced home) (m), Rat's father; Separ (f), Rat's aunt
§ Synopsis A young man searches for individuality amidst a wildly dysfunctional family who holds onto the social masks and pseudo-morality that validates their imprisonment, while it systematically destroys them. Rat, a recent college graduate and accountant, sheds his repressive job and clothing. He becomes a Motorcycle gangster, confronts his overbearing mother, and his burnt-out father who had a recent nervous breakdown (described as a reaction to his life) and who now speaks in broken, backwards sentences reminiscent of a child. The parents attempt to make Rat change back into their own image of him, and as they do, Rat tries to escape. His aunt, who needs to be abused to feel normal'it's so American, dear'seeks to seduce the father and Rat into her sexual escapades to control her sister and have power over the family, while Rat sheds his macho clothes to become a ballerina in hopes it will free him. When it does not, he tries on an American Indian costume, sits on a Harley and shoots up to escape his pain and their undying need to control him, as well as to find true freedom. But the family members become intolerant and vicious, and they silently mutilate him, bit by bit (described in an gently enacted dream) as Rat is undressed of his expression, and redressed in 'their' clothing so that he will conform.
§ Comment Produced at The William Redfield Theatre, New York City; as a double bill with THE BOX; staged reading at The Total Theatre Lab, New York City. 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 dominance, dysfunctional family, entrapment,
morality, personal rebellion, reality, sex, surrealism.
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