The Pigeon Tree
DiIorio, Gino (American playwright, August 28, 1961-____) “The Pigeon Tree,”
a 15-minute drama in English, set in New York City, an early August evening, 1988,
© 2005 by Gino DiIorio; • in Gino DiIorio’s The Pigeon Tree (New York: The Author, 2005); • script/rights available from Gino DiIorio, 845 West End Ave, 3A, New York, New York City, U.S.A., e-mail GINOD42@aol.com, telephone (home) 212-749-4683. • Cited by Gino DiIorio via ftp February 5, 2006, and April 29, 2006; DiIorio says,
G.T., (m), 25, an addict who lives in the park, looks much older than his age, but he has a certain innocence about him, as if he’s always on the edge of an emotional breakdown; The Cop (m), 30, a stocky white man; Charlene (f), 42, a black woman, dressed in trendy clothes, but they’re dusty and dirty.
“On an early August evening, on the very evening of the Tompkins Square Riots in New York City, Charlene goes to the park to score some heroin. She meets G.T. and attempts to do business. G.T. is an experienced dealer who doesn't like the idea of this transaction. There are too many cops around, and he doesn't trust Charlene. When they're just about to complete the deal, Charlene reveals that she is the mother of a young friend of G.T.’s, a man who had scored bad H and overdosed. She is there, in fact, to avenge his death. She is just about to knife G.T. when she realizes that, as angry as she is, she cannot be vindictive. G.T. is ready to escape when the police storm the park. The Cop beats G.T. senseless. Charlene, somehow spared, is left behind. Charlene, ironically, helps G.T., the man she hates, whom she originally wanted to hurt.
The Metropolitan Playhouse produced Gino DiIorio’s ‘The Pigeon Tree’ as part of their East Village Chronicles’ Series in January, 2005. His play The Hard Way won first place in the BBC’s 2005 International Playwriting Competition. BBC Radio in the fall of 2005 will broadcast it internationally. The Utah Shakespeare Festival chose The Hard Way as one of three plays in its New Plays in Progress Series and gave it a staged reading in August, 2005. Gino recently won a Berrilla Kerr Award for Playwriting (2003). His plays have been finalists at the O’Neill Center, the Humana Festival and New Dramatists. Winterizing the Summer House was one of the top ten plays in the Writer Digest’s national play competition, 2002, and The New Jersey Repertory Theatre gave it a main stage production in 2003. His first play, White Noise, received second prize in Delaware Theater Company’s Connections Contest for plays dealing with racial themes and received its first public reading starring Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham. White Noise also received a Pilgrim Project Grant for Development and Production. The play has been given readings by the 12 Miles West Theatre Company (New Jersey, U.S.A.) as well as at Chicago Dramatists (Illinois, U.S.A.). White Noise was given a main stage production by the Turnip Theatre Company in New York City. Penguin Repertory Theatre, July, 2005, staged a reading of his new play Centennial Casting, co-written with Nancy Bleemer; it is being developed for a fall production in New York City featuring Soprano stars Vincent Pastore and Maureen Van Zandt. Near South, a poetry journal, recently published his short play, ‘Green Waits on Blue.’ The New Jersey Rep staged a reading of Apostasy, August, 2004, and recently optioned it for full production in July, 2006. A Higgins School Grant for Research and Development recently recognized Gino’s play Are You the Wife of Michael Cleary; The Dramatists’ Guild staged a public reading of the play at The Abingdon Theatre, New York City. The 78th Street Theatre Lab, New York City. staged a public reading of his play Sleeping Dogs, featuring Arthur Nascerella and Frank Vincent. Gino has written a number of screenplays, including Fatboy and Morally Straight, semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival, 2002; The Actor’s Playground, New YorkCity, gave Morally Straight a reading that featured Norbert Leo Butz in the lead role. • Gino DiIorio, Associate Professor of Theatre at Clark University, teaches acting, playwriting and Shakespeare there. He recently won a Seymour Logan Fellowship to help develop new courses at Clark University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Chicago Dramatists Playwrights’ Network as well as SAG, AFTRA, and AEA. Gino lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
drug addiction, heroin, knife, park police abuse, revenge, Tompkins Square Riots.