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The Grandma Show
Author, Peter Marino and Tom Ecobelli - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author
SynopsisIn the early 20th century, boatloads of Italians emigrated to New York State to start a new life in the land named after one of their own. "The Grandma Show" flashes forward nearly a century to the descendent reality of that dream. Anthony Deficiente is 38, underemployed, overweight, gay, and a virgin. He lives in Gloversville, New York with his Italian grandmother Mary Pescefungo who is 93 and the only other surviving member of the family. The play explores the freakish bond that holds the two together, the possessive and somewhat devious matriarch and her success-challenged, love-starved grandson.
InformationAdult ThemesMild SwearingComedy
CastThe play requires a cast of 6 playing 13 characters of either gender. The approximate running time is 80 minutes (minimum 6)
Main characters: ANTHONY DEFICIENTE, an overweight, gay, 38 year-old virgin. GRANDMA MARY PESCEFUNGO, a 93 year-old, demanding, Italian Immigrant.
ProductionAll characters may be doubled or tripled except for Grandma and Anthony.
StatusAvailable for performance
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Professional PerformanceUp to 600 seats. EEC Countries.£45.00 per performance
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Amateur PerformanceUp to 600 seats. EEC Countries.£10.00 per performance
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Thu, 24th Mar 2005 23:35Jack DwyerI saw a reading of this play at the Queens Theatre in Queens New York. It was absolutely hilarious and strangely moving. I would love to see it produced.
Sun, 18th Dec 2005 15:36Michael DonahueJust saw a production in Albany, NY. Very funny. I thought the characters were a riot and very original.
Thu, 9th Mar 2006 16:58Robin McKercherI just finsihed directing this delightful play at Doane College in Nebraksa. It was a huge success on campus. Fantastic farce.
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Peter Marino and Tom Ecobelli
Peter Marino is an English professor at Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, New York where he teaches writing, speech, and the occasional literature class. He is the author of two full length plays and several one-acts. His ten-minute “Ralph Smith of Schenectady, New York Coming-Out-To-His-Wife Options,” has been produced in ten minute play festivals around the country. His first young adult novel about a fat and self-conscious but very funny high school sophomore, will be published by Holiday House in June of 2005. Tom Ecobelli's feature film project, Chickadee, written with Lora Lee Ecobelli is in development with Arthur Allan Seidelman directing, David Amram composing the score and Julie Kavner and Chris Cooper attached as actors. Tom has two other feature projects in development co-written with award-winning writer, Susan Touchbourne. X-Ray, a horror/thriller and Prairie Bones, a family drama are in pre-production with exciting director and actor attachments. He and Susan, along with casting directors Carolyn Long and Concetta Di Matteo have formed the new production company, IsWas (It Starts With a Story) Productions to facilitate bringing these and other scripts to the screen. Tom’s play The Mouse, also co-written with Susan Touchbourne, was a finalist in the Edward Albee Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Another of their plays, Slow Critters - Fast Food, was produced in Los Angeles at First Stage in Hollywood. The Grandma Show, written with Peter Marino, about the freakish bond between a ninety-three year-old Italian grandmother and her success-challenged grandson, has been produced in New York, Los Angeles and regionally, receiving wonderful audience response. Tom & Peter are now developing it as a screenplay. As an actor, Tom attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and studied with the Groundlings in Hollywood and Second City in New York. He’s performed in regional theatre, independent films, improvisational comedy, sitcoms and national commercials. His most recent appearances were guest-star roles on the CBS sitcom, Still Standing and Disney's, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. .

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