The Gavones of Philadelphia
by Joseph Sorrentino
A World Premiere Production at the Adobe Theater
Directed by James Cady
Set in Philadelphia – a comedy – an Italian American family – combining funerals, bookmakers, a bank robbery, family loyalty and disloyalty, embezzlement, family secrets and food, lots of food! The six roles will be played by Art Tedesco as Tony, Meredith Gray (his wife), Riley Carson Lewis (their son); Mary’s two brothers will be played by Ed Chavez and Owen Reed, and Marc Lynch plays Danny, an enforcer for a local bookie.
Local playwright, investigative journalist and photographer, Joseph Sorrentino says The Gavones of Philadelphia started out as a drama about a family gathering for the funeral of the patriarch. I was living in Philadelphia at the time I was writing the first drafts and the play contains several references to Philly. Although the original versions of the play had some comedic elements, they were very dark. As I rewrote it, I kept taking out the dark elements and adding comedic ones. Following a workshop production in 1996, it became clear to me that the darker elements were no longer working, so I reworked it as a comedy”. Joseph has lived in New Mexico for three and a half years. Two previous plays, as well as a collection of 18 short plays called The Frankenharry Plays (named after the two main characters), have been published and produced.
James Cady is well known for directing some of America’s best loved classic plays (Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon For The Misbegotten, All My Sons, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding, as well as The Front Page, The Philadelphia Story and The Diary of Anne Frank; and his own unique version of Hamlet). Now, he is enjoying working with a living playwright!
The Gavones of Philadelphia opens Friday, August 26th and plays 4 weekends through Sunday, September 18th, 2016.
9813 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114