HOW TO BE A GOOD ITALIAN DAUGHTER
(In Spite of Myself)
by Antoinette LaVecchia
It’s the year 2000, and our protagonist, newly-divorced A., has just moved into a new apartment. The apartment is empty except for a series of moving boxes, a landline telephone and an answering machine. A. is attempting to create new material for a performance piece as she embarks on her new life, but her judgmental, immigrant Italian mother keeps interrupting her with continuous phone calls lecturing A. on how A. should live her life and decorate her apartment. The two women struggle to understand one another, and each phone conversation inspires A. to create yet another character that explores the hysterical and universal struggles between an immigrant Italian mother and her Americanized daughter, and, ultimately, the struggle between all mothers and their adult children.
- Cast Size: 1W or multiple performers
- Running Time: About an Hour
- Royalty Rate: $50 per performance
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About the Playwright
Antoinette LaVecchia is an award-winning actress & playwright. Born in southern Italy, her parents emigrated to the USA when she was a child. She has a BA in English Literature from Cornell University, an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program, and studied Chekhov at the Moscow Art Theater. A Fox Fellowship gave her the opportunity to study with Clown/Bouffon teacher, Philippe Gaulier, and members of the theatre company, Complicité. She also received an Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant to further her development as a writer/performer. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Drama League.
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