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Frank Anthony Polito

FRANK ANTHONY POLITO

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  (agent: Roland Scahill)

A native of Detroit, MI, Frank Anthony Polito is a 2006 graduate of the M.F.A. Dramatic Writing program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). His first play, JOHN R, was produced in New York City (Muse of Fire Productions, 2001) and starred Tony award-nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q.) Other full-lengths include: Another Day on Willow St (workshop: CMU Winter New Play Festival, 2006, staged reading: Theatre By the Blind, New York City, 2006), the Secret Anniversary (staged reading: CMU, 2005) and Band Fags! (staged reading: Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Chicago, 2004) which he is currently adapting into a novel, for publication by Kensington Books in June 2008. His one-act plays include: 'Blue Tuesday' (staged readings: Playwrights/Actors Contemporary Theatre, NYC, 2005 and Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA, 2005) and 'menage a Troy' (staged reading: CMU Playground, Fall 2005). His teleplay, 'Blind Faith,' was a finalist for the CMU/Alfred P. Sloan teleplay competition in 2004. Also an actor, Frank has written and performed the one-man show, 'infected' (CMU Playground, Spring 2005) and has worked on stage in New York City as well in Regional Theatre, Film and Television. He is the two-time recipient of a Schubert Fellowship and a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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        Another Day on Willow St         Band Fags!         Blue Tuesday         infected         Menage a Troy         Quitting Time         Secret Anniversary, The



Another Day on Willow St

Synopsis:
When Stacy Gold quits her job to be a stay-at-home Mom, she begins to fear losing what little intimacy she and her husband, Ian Brown, have left once the baby arrives. When Mark Grey learns that his long-term partner, Paul Green's mother is dying, he is faced with the reality of coming out to his own parents so they can marry before she passes. After a chance meeting, Stacy and Mark become friends. Stacy's frustrations with Ian's commitment to his job are revealed along with the strain Mark's fear of coming out to his parents is putting on his relationship with Paul. But Stacy and Mark soon help each other see their culpability in their relationship problems and accept their share of the blame. Determined to start anew, Mark surprises Paul with an engagement ring, while Stacy sacrifices her own needs by postponing her anniversary plans with Ian so that he can tend to important matters that arise at work. the next morning, a beautiful Tuesday in September 2001, Ian heads to his Wall Street office while Paul flies to a business meeting in L.A. on a plane en route from Boston.

Notes:
All characters Are Age 35. While there Are multiple locales in the play, the Action should remain continuous. No Attempt At "realistic" settings is necessary.

1st Produced:
John Wells Studio Theatre, Carnegie Mellon University    2006

Organisations:
Theatre By the Blind, NYC

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Band Fags!

Synopsis:
Jack and Brad have been Best Friends since 7th grade. At the age of 14, Brad decides that maybe he's more than just a "Band Fag." Maybe he really is gay. And maybe Jack is, too. Various attempts to reveal Jack's sexuality are made by Brad: looking at Playgirl magazine, conducting a seance to resurrect the recently deceased TV actor, Jon-Erik Hexum, taking about which boys they would think are cute "if they were girls." But to no avail, Jack won't come out. Till the following year when his mother writes him a letter, questioning his relationship with another boy at school. then Jack realizes that maybe he is "like that," too. But all Jack wants is to be normal. So into the closet he goes. . . While Brad comes to terms with being gay, he knows it's going to take time for Jack to accept himself. But maybe with a little encouragement, he can convince his Best Friend that being gay isn't such a bad thing.

Notes:
Characters range in Age from 14-18 years throughout. the Action of the play is set in the Detroit suburbs during the mid-1980s. Like That And john R (produced NY 2001) Are differnt versions of Band Fags!

1st Produced:
staged reading: Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Chicago    2004

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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Blue Tuesday

Synopsis:
For the past six Tuesdays, Ian has met a homeless person called Angel at the subway stop near his brownstone in Brooklyn. Something about Angel compels Ian to finally help. With the simple exchange of a quarter, Angel learns everything there is to know about Ian and what must be done to help him slow down and enjoy his life. . . Before it's too late. But when Ian's job continues to take precedent, Angel appears at the subway stop one Tuesday morning as Ian's wife, Stacy, passes by. Something about Angel compels Stacy to help. With the simple exchange of a quarter, Angel learns everything there is to know about Stacy and what must be done to help her help Ian. Later that night, Stacy suggests that Ian take the following Tuesday off work to celebrate their anniversary together. Ian wishes he could, but he must attend an important meeting that very same day. An argument erupts and Angel appears in the brownstone causing Stacy to back down while Ian promises to take her out on Tuesday evening, instead. the following week-- on a beautiful Blue Tuesday in early September-- Ian heads to his 105th floor office, high atop the World.

Notes:
the character of ANGEL can be cast As either male or female.

1st Produced:
staged readings: Playwrights/Actors Contemporary Theatre, NYC    2005

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Genre:
Play One Act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  1

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infected

Synopsis:
Jamie is "the exact same age Jesus was when he died" when he discovers he might be infected with a dreaded disease.

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1st Produced:
Staged reading: Playground Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh    2005

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Genre:
One-man Show/Drama Play/Drama. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Menage a Troy

Synopsis:
After 9 years of monogamy, Jack and Steve decide to spice up their relationship by bringing in Troy. they invite him back to their place, one thing leads to another and before they know it, Jack, Steve and Troy have officially become a trio. Which is all fun and games till Jack falls in love with Troy. And Troy falls in love with Jack. But not with Steve. Troy knows he can't ask Jack to give up his relationship. So he must either face the facts or find a boyfriend of his own.

Notes:
the play is set in the summer of 1999, All characters Are Age 29-going-on 30

1st Produced:
Staged reading: Playground Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh    2005

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Genre:
comedy One Act. - - Gay, one act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Quitting Time

Synopsis:
Dave's Father has recently died from cancer. Despite her promises to kick the habit, his wife Heather still hasn't. On the day of his father's funeral, Dave lays down the law: it's either quitting time for Heather and her addiction or it's quitting time for Dave and Heather.

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1st Produced:
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh    2005

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Genre:
Drama Ten Min

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Secret Anniversary, The

Synopsis:
George "Guff" Freeman is a 35 year-old World War II hero living in small town America. . . He is also a closeted homosexual. Due to recent familial and societal pressures, Guff breaks off his clandestine relationship with his lover, Freddy, on Christmas Eve-- the night of their first anniversary-- after proposing marriage to Helen Roberts, the widow of his boyhood best friend killed in the war. On Valentine's Day-- Guff and Helen's wedding night-- Freddy meets Guff's brother, Dick, at a "homosexual" bar. they soon strike up a relationship, causing Freddy to become a frequent guest in Guff and Helen's home, much to Guff's dismay. On Thanksgiving, Guff admits he still has feelings for Freddy and vows to leave a now pregnant Helen. But Freddy tells Guff he's in love with his brother, Dick, and there's nothing Guff can do to change that. Guff kisses Freddy, trying to persuade him to take him back, at which point, Dick walks in on them. But Freddy won't let Guff take the blame and tells Dick that he's the one who made the move. Dick eventually breaks things off with Freddy while Guff chooses to stay with Helen-- his secret safe forever.

Notes:
the play is set in 1955-56 in the suburbs of Detroit, MI

1st Produced:
Staged Reading: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh    2005

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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