One Empire, Under God

by Anthony J. Piccione

Set in the far distant future, One Empire, Under God – an epic, dystopian drama in two acts – tells the story of how an emotionally disturbed young man – with the help of virtual media technology – is able to rise to political power by inciting an uprising against America’s openly atheist president, and subverting democratic and military rule throughout Western civilization, paving the way for him and his descendants to rule for generations to come. Every step toward a more perfect union is followed by an enormous reactionary backlash. That historical trend remains very much alive in the future, as seen in this provocative indictment of nationalism, imperialism, and religious extremism.

Cast Size; 6M 4W 4NB

Running Time: 90+ minutes

Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning writer, producer and teacher based in New York City. Born in Rochester, NY and raised in Connecticut, his debut full-length play A Therapy Session with Myself premiered in January 2019 at the Hudson Guild Theatre before transferring in May to the Kraine Theater for an extended year-long run, while his sophomore full-length play One Empire, Under God made its live premiere at The Tank in November 2021 after previously premiering via Zoom earlier that year. Additionally, Piccione’s eclectic canon of one-acts has previously been presented in NYC at venues such as The Tank, the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre. His short drama What I Left Behind was named the NYWinterfest’s Best Short Play of 2018, and his short film The Fire That Won’t Stop was named an official selection at the Venice Short Film Awards, the Paris International Short Festival, and the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival and is available for streaming at Think Shorts.  Additionally, he is the founder of the Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival and has taught playwriting at EPIC Players and Broadway Weekends. He received his BA in Theatre at Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Visit to learn more.

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