Ghosts in the Wallpaper
Other Plays by Mark Pizzato
Pizzato, Mark (American playwright, university academic, writer, 19__-____), “Ghosts in the Wallpaper,”
a __-minute dark comedy in English, set in the visitors lounge of a nursing home, ____,
(with some double-casting)
© 19__ by Mark Pizzato;
• in Mark Pizzato’s Ghosts in the Wallpaper (Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.: Aran Press, ____);
• script/rights available from Aran Press, 1036 S. Fifth Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203, U.S.A., phone: 502-568-6622, fax: 502-561-1124, e-mail email@example.com.
• Cited Mark Pizzato via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org July 10, 1995.
______ (m), 81, nursing home resident; ______ (m), ____________; ______ (f), his granddaughter; ______ (f), ____________.
“An 81 year old German-American man sits alone in his wheelchair in a nursing home, screaming at the insects and rats he sees around him. Then he realizes that they’re human beings. (He’s staring at the theatre audience the ghosts in the wallpaper of the room he’s in.) And they become different kinds of people in his wild imagination and memories. His nurse and granddaughter visit him and also become figures from his mind. But his granddaughter wants desperately to really get to know her grandfather at the end of his life. When she does glimpse some of the layers of his personality and past (his associations with Nazism in particular), it frightens her and threatens her friendship with and childhood image of her grandfather.
• “About an aging German-American with Nazi memories/hallucinations and a granddaughter who tries to befriend him, [this play] explores the fragile and fitful ties between generations, cultures, and individual human beings”
• Can pair with Mark Pizzato’s “The Star’s Masque,” a __-minute comedy-drama, 2m2f.
• “Dr. Mark Pizzato (Associate Professor of Theatre) teaches playwriting/screenwriting and various topics courses in film, along with theatre history and play analysis. He completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1984. Dr. Pizzato is a published playwright; his teleplays, after being produced and broadcasted, have won New York Film Festival and Minnesota Community Television awards. His stage plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. He has also directed plays in Minnesota and here at UNC-Charlotte. Dr. Pizzato’s first book, Edges of Loss: From Modern Drama to Postmodern Theory, focusing on the drama of Eliot, Artaud, Brecht, and Genet, is currently available through the University of Michigan Press (1998). He has recently completed a second book, Theatres of Human Sacrifice, SUNY Press, 2005. http://www.sunypress.edu/details.asp?id=61019. Dr. Pizzato has also published articles on theatre and media studies in various journals, including Journal of Popular Film and Television, Spectator, Performing Arts International, Essays in Theatre, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Journal of Ritual Studies. Essays by Dr. Pizzato have also appeared in Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media, edited by Christopher Sharrett (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999), and in Ansätze zur Theaterethnologie, ed. Bettina E. Schmidt and Mark Münzel (Marburg: Förderverein Völkerkunde, 1998). Since 1998 he has been the Vice-President of Editorial Policy for the Performance in History website project.”—Mark Pizzato (Dance and Theatre), http://www.languages.uncc.edu/rcreimer/MarkPizzato.htm, accessed August 5, 2006.
childhood, culture gap, end of life, family, friendship, generation gap, German-Americanism, ghost, grandfather-granddaughter relationship, hallucination, imagination, memory, Nazism, nursing home, solitude, wallpaper, wheelchair-bound.