Monteleone, John (American playwright, March 2, 1956-____), “Barriers,”
a 60-minute drama in English set in a prison interrogation room, evening, 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 Joe Eagle (m), a cop; Joe Snake (m), a convicted killer.
§ Synopsis “A cop and a killer deal with the loss of love and personal imprisonment on the eve of the killer's execution. What the killer, Snake, does not know, is that the girl he killed long ago was the cop's daughter. What the cop, Eagle, does not know, is that the two were lovers and it was an accident. Over the years in solitary confinement, Snake sought inner peace and evolved into a spiritual being and now attempts to enlighten the harden, bitter cop who's interrogating him. Eagle is seeking retribution for the loss of his love which has imprisoned him, and seeks to hear the truth he needs to hear, rather than the real story from Snake. When he finally learns Snake was responsible, Eagle tries to kill him, but the act of attempting murder opens up his real feelings, and forces Eagle to face his own pain. They are both forced to face the prison-like world that was created internally and externally when their love, compassion and forgiveness was lost from their lives.
§ Comment “A study in forgiveness and the nature of crime. • Monteleone has ten one-act plays (all listed in this website) that 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.”
entrapment, execution, interrogation, lost love, murder, police.
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