Plays written by Nick Gandiello
BLACK FLY SPRING
OFF THE REALNESS
THE WEDGE HORSE
Black Fly Spring – (1M 3W) A year after her sister is killed while working as a war photographer, a young woman is set to present the photographs at a memorial. When she and her fiance retreat to a lakeside mountaintown in order to reflect and prepare, they find themselves at odds over their secrets, desires, and their place in an increasingly complex global community.
Oceanside – (3M 2W) Gwen has left behind a troubled past to settle in to a pleasant beach side lifestyle with her husband, Kevin. But when her adult daughter Ginnie goes missing, it brings her ex husband Tommy back into her life. As the three decide how to handle Ginnie’s disappearance, unlikely bonds are formed and dangerous passions are rekindled, forcing them to confront addictions and confused identities within their families.
Off the Realness – (5M) When Addy, a white rapper from the suburbs, has a shot at a record deal, he tries to lure his estranged brother Ty back into the violent world of the gangster image to re-form their rap duo for an upcoming concert. But in questioning the violence in Addy’s lyrics and life, Ty pushes his brother to reveal truths that challenge their identities, authenticity, and the nature of hip-hop itself. With the mics checked and the crowd watching, Addy must decide how far he will go to prove he is “real.”
Sunrise Highway – (3M 3W) In mid-90s Long Island, an African-American family and an Italian-American family are coming together due to a budding relationship. But when the teenagers in either family discover a potential danger in the relationship between their younger siblings, they make a secret pact that jeopardizes all involved. Identity is stretched across family, race, and sexuality in this bittersweet coming-of-age drama.
The Wedge Horse – (2M 1W) While navigating street brawls and first loves, siblings Maddy and Bobby must decide whether to use the memory of a loved one for violence or healing, the repercussions of which will follow them for years. The Wedge Horse explores vengeance, forgiveness, grief, and family.
NICK GANDIELLO is a playwright, screenwriter, and teaching artist based in NYC. His plays include Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), Sunrise Highway (Ojai Playwrights Conference), The Blameless (Ojai, Manhattan Theatre Club reading series, Old Globe New Voices Festival) , Black Fly Spring (Xavier University), Swept (Williamstown Theatre Festival), At the Finish (Smith and Kraus’s The Best 10 Minute Plays of 2014), and Teeming Shore (The Best 10 Minute Plays of 2015). Nick was the 2015 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow and is the winner of Marin Theatre’s 2016 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. He attended Page 73′s Summer Residency at Yale and was a member of the 2014 I-73 Writers Group. Nick is an alum of the Ars Nova Play Group. He holds an MFA from The New School for Drama, where his play Off the Realness received a workshop production. His work has been developed or presented by Wide Eyed Productions, the Samuel French OOB Festival, Capital Stage Productions, Crashbox Theater Company, among others. Nick has attended residencies at The Blue Mountain Center and SPACE on Ryder Farm. For the screen, he developed and shot a television pilot, Substance, with Ready Set Go Productions. As a teaching artist, he led the Naked Angels 3 Thursdays Summer Style and their playwriting workshops in the GULD Conference. Nick was the Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc. from 2012 – 2015, for which he led playwriting workshops in Virginia, Miami, and NYC.