Plays written by Francine Volpe
THE GOOD MOTHER
The Good Mother – (4M 1W) In this taut psychological thriller, Larissa is a single mother who can barely meet the mortgage on her house in Mount Vernon, NY. When a bizarre incident involving her 4-year-old daughter forces her to face someone from her past, her own questionable actions come back to haunt her.
The Given – (3M 3W) Cathea is torn between her two best friends, Swannee, an HIV-positive man looking for validation from conventional society, and Leon, a drug user and “bug-chaser,” a gay man who actively seeks infection. Working in a strip club, Cathea meets a man who offers her a new perspective on her world, forcing her to question if acceptance from the mainstream will ever be possible for her and her friends on the fringe.
Late Fragment – (4M 1W) “You’re actually suggesting that God blew up two buildings in order to save us from bankruptcy?” Matthew escapes from the World Trade Centre attacks to offers of cake from his wife and cheese baskets from a grateful nation. The media want him to be a hero, his wife wants him to pay the mortgage. But something odd’s happening to Matthew’s body. And nobody seems to understand. Francine Volpe’s Late Fragment is a dark, comic exploration of the personal aftershocks of one of the defining events of the twenty-first century.
Francine Volpe is a New York City-based playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg. Her play, The Given, was directed by the award-winning actor Michael Imperioli and named finalist for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her play, Late Fragment, was produced at Studio Dante and The New Company in London. Her one-act play, Sweethearts, was commissioned by The New Company and premiered in London. Giftbox was commissioned and produced at stageFARM in New York City and is published in The Best Short Plays 2008 by Smith and Kraus. Francine’s other plays have received readings and workshops at A.C.T., Arena Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Soho Rep, The Juilliard School and New Dramatists. Francine’s screenplays include Queenie and I’ll Be Your Mirror. She has worked extensively as a script consultant. Francine received her B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing. She was later the recipient of a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School where she completed her graduate study. At Juilliard, Francine studied closely with Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang. She has twice received grants from the Lecomte du Nouy Foundation. Francine was nominated in 2008 for The Kesselring Award, The Wasserstein Prize, and The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Francine was Director of Play Development at Studio Dante Theater in New York where she acted as champion and dramaturg to the world premiere plays of some of our city’s most talented playwrights. She teaches screenwriting and playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, Primary Stages in New York, Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles, and privately throughout the country. She is a member of New Dramatists.* Please note that some titles are handled by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, Broadway Play Publishing, and Playscripts.com. Please ask if you don’t see a particular play.