Full Length Plays

THE CONSUL, THE TRAMP, AND AMERICA’S SWEETHEART

Winner of the 2015 Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition and the 2015 Dayton Playhouse Futurefest!  On the eve of World War Two, the German consul to Hollywood tries to stop production on Charlie Chaplin’s controversial first talkie, The Great Dictator.  A comedy about art, politics, commerce, anti-semitism, and what it means to be American.

 

        “A MUST SEE!  Undoubtedly one of the best plays I have seen of late.  This play wasn’t just a 10, it was a 12.”

            —Serita Stevens, L.A. SPLASH

 

        “The Consul, the Tramp and America’s Sweetheart Reminds Us What Democracy is Really About in America.”

            —Shari Barrett, BROADWAY WORLD

 

        “Hitler, Hollywood, and hilarity: This play has it all!  Playwright Morogiello is smart and aware, and writes crisply.  Billed as a

        comedy, the play is much more: a perceptive and moving depiction of the struggle between profit and art, between business

        and idealism.”

            —Eric A. Gordon, PEOPLE’S WORLD

 

        “RECOMMENDED. TOP TEN.

            —L. Zimskind, STAGE RAW

 

        “A superb play that dares deal with the big ideas in a highly entertaining way.  It gives a whole new meaning to the Charlie

        Hebdo-related slogan: ‘I am Charlie.’”

            —E. Rampell, HOLLYWOOD PROGRESSIVE

 

        “An engrossing new play.  Capturing the style and private personalities of the famous is a challenge and author John

        Morogiello does it brilliantly.”

            —Mona Murphy Martell, THEATRE SPOKEN HERE

 

        “Some of the best theatre you will ever see.”

            —Carol Kaufman Segal, REVIEWPLAYS.COM

 

        “A heartwarmingly humorous yet seriously didactic story full of both fantasy and reality.  The Consul, the Tramp, and     

        America's Sweetheart has some serious legs.”

            —Telly Halkias, BENNINGTON BANNER

  

        “You should not miss The Consul, The Tramp and America's Sweetheart.  Many laughs and much to think about.”

            —Sally Sugarman, THEATER TALK WBTN

 

        “An excellent new comedy that tugs at the mind's heart more than at the heart's mind.  A wonderful experience, almost as

        good as the movie at its core.” 

            —J. Peter Bergman, BERKSHIRE BRIGHT FOCUS

 

ENGAGING SHAW

He considered himself the superman. She allowed him to believe it! Wealthy heiress Charlotte Payne-Townshend sets her sights on confirmed bachelor and philanderer Bernard Shaw. Now available through Samuel French.

 

        Engaging Shaw is a charming romantic comedy featuring four razor-sharp tongues. If there’s a minute of the play that’s

        less than clever, you’ll be hard pressed to find it.” 

            —Ken Jaworowski, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

        "Exactly the type of work that nonprofit theaters dedicated to producing new plays and musicals should be doing--arresting,

        intellectually stimulating."

            —Stephen Wells, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

        "Engaging Shaw is exactly that. ...a spirited and intelligent combat of words and sparkling banter."  

            —Robert L. Daniels, VARIETY

 

        “The play is written like one of [Shaw’s], with talk zipping in thrilling, dizzying circles.  We know how the story ends before it's

        begun, but getting there--through spirited debate, heated emotion and the occasional flinty spark of desire--is thought-

        provoking fun.” 

            —Daryl H. Miller, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

BLAME IT ON BECKETT

A play that bites the hand that feeds us! A literary intern struggles to attain a full-time job at a major regional theater in New England without becoming jaded about the submission process.  Now available through Samuel French!

 

        “Razor-sharp comedy!  Morogiello succeeds where many others have failed.”  

            —Travis Michael Holder, BACKSTAGE

 

        “The backstage comedy has long been a favorite milieu for playwrights expressing their abiding love and keen irritation for

        all things theatrical.  Playwright John Morogiello takes the genre in a novel direction with Blame it on Beckett.”

            —F. Kathleen Foley, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

 

        PICK OF THE WEEK!  “Self-deprecating, engaging, and funny!  Morogiello's focus on the relationships lifts the play

        beyond the sort of insider-y piece theater professionals pass around among themselves.”  

            —Rebecca Haithcote, L.A. WEEKLY

 

        “Blame It On Beckett is sensationally funny.”

            —Greg Simay, BURBANK ‘N’ BEYOND

 

        “The story is crafted so wonderfully that the audience is in it for all the right reasons.  But that is too simple a description of

        this complex yet easily understood work. Playwright Morogiello deftly crafts the characters, exposing a nastier, unkind, and

        manipulative side with humor and cunning banter.  The dialogue is rich, warm and touching.  Morogiello has put together a

        wonderful play.”  

            —Gerie Rhosen, NOHO ARTS DISTRICT

 

        "A little gem of a comedy.  Morogiello clearly knows his milieu.  Anyone who threw out Blame It On Beckett made a big

        mistake.”   

            —Sandy MacDonald, THEATERMANIA

 

GIANNI SCHICCHI

Adapted from the Puccini opera. When it is discovered that wealthy patriarch, Buoso Donati, left all his money to the church, his family hires a local peasant to pose as the dead man and dictate a new will.

 

        "If you like zany farces with bawdy jokes, high-flyin' slapstick comedy and nonstop 100 mph action, Gianni Schicchi is the

        best tonic for your summer doldrums. ...There was never a point in the show when someone wasn't laughing hysterically."

            —Leonard Hughes, THE WASHINGTON POST

 

STONEWALL’S BUST

Winner of the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Award!  A Yankee breaks a priceless statue of Stonewall Jackson at the Confederate heritage museum owned by his fiancee's family.

 

        “Stonewall’s Bust delivers moments of pure hilarity.  I heartily recommend you seek out this little bit of comedic genius by

        John Morogiello.” 

            —Tim Treanor, DC THEATRE REVIEWS

 

        "Stonewall's Bust is a light and silly romp about the perils and pitfalls of telling the truth and inventing lies."

            —Alice T. Carter, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

 

PLAY DATE

It’s the parents who are naughty in this hilarious mix of winning and losing friendships, adultery, politics, and scheming to get one up on their neighbors while in the midst of their children’s play date.

 

        "Playwright John Morogiello is a newly emerging master of short plays, and his farce Play Date delivers a fun time for any

        audience."

            —Telly Halkias, THE MANCHESTER JOURNAL

 

DIE, MR. DARCY, DIE!

A wild comedy about a young woman who gives up on men because they can never live up to the hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, particularly his embodiment by Colin Firth.

 

 CIVILIZING LUSBY

A tragedy with jokes set on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in 1868.  A waterman refuses to leave his home after it is condemned to make way for a new railroad.

 

COMEDY OF VENICE

A hilarious retelling, in commedia dell’arte style, of the true rivalry between Carlo Goldoni (The Servant of Two Masters) and Carlo Gozzi (Turandot) in the 18th Century.