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

a bare-stage 40-minute absurdist comedy in English,

1m1f (+2m or 2f);

    © 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 Director (m or f), Man (m), Woman (f), Child (m or f), 19.

  §  Synopsis "The bare stage has a small 4' by 4' stage on it. The writer writes, the characters come to life. Who are they, who is he, and what is the relationship the writer has to his own creation? The characters speak their actions while doing them, or the writer speaks and the characters obey, or, disobey. The writer struggles with himself to understand who he is, what he feels and thinks through the characters he is creating, and the play he wants to write. But there is a problem, and that is the characters seem to want to be on their own, and know themselves. Who writes the play, the writer or the characters? Who is the creator, and who holds the key to one's own self? As the writer struggles to understand the concepts, themes, actions and meanings of his work, and ultimately himself, the characters desperately explore their roles as actors playing characters in a play, and as they go deeper into the paradox, want to free themselves of the confines of being characters in a play. They do not want to be characters playing actors in a play about actors portraying actors playing characters within a play within a play, all within the director's mind, within the universal mind. Who are they within all that? The human being, the actor or the character? Are they in control, or is someone else? Is it the writer? Or someone higher creating him?

  §  Comment "There are many levels of thought provoked via this paradoxical and comic world. Produced at Dowling College, Oakdale, New York 11769 with student actors. Produced at Dowling College, Oakdale, New York 11769 with student 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 Acting, character as character, entrapment, impersonation, mind, Pirandello, realism, surrealism, writing, comic, tragic, surreal.

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