By Allan Baker
Winner, 2017 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest
Staged reading at Castillo Theatre
543 W. 42nd St., New York City
Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7 PM
“The Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series bi-annually to encourage the writing of progressive plays that engage the political/social/cultural questions and/or historical events and issues that impact on our communities.”
In his 82nd year, Jack, a resident of a nursing home in the Central Valley of California, has decided to end his life by refusing food and starving himself to death. His young and new “consulting gerontologist”, Josh, has been summoned by the home’s administrator to try to discover the reason for Jack’s decision. Both Jack and Josh are gay, though from very different generations. In their afternoon of conversation and in four flashbacks from Jack’s past (San Francisco, ’73; Fire Island, ’78; New York City, ’87; and New York City, ’90), we come to understand the “play” in which Jack, the theatrical veteran, feels the “dramatic arc of his character” is now complete. And, in the character of the doctor, we see the impact of this “play” on its intended “audience”.
For information and tickets, please go to the Castillo Theatre at: http://www.castillo.org/playwriting-contest/