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.
The Blameless- (3M 3W)The boisterous Garcia family has always tackled their days with warmth, humor, and tough love. But today is no ordinary day. Struggling to recover from a painful event in their past, they must find a way to hold everything together as they welcome to dinner the one man who might help them heal—or reopen their wounds.
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, raised on Long Island and now based in NYC.
His plays include The Blameless (The Old Globe) Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), Sunrise Highway (Ojai Playwrights Conference), Black Fly Spring (Xavier University), Swept (Williamstown Theatre Festival), At the Finish (Smith and Kraus’s The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014), and Teeming Shore (The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2015). Mr. Gandiello was the 2015 Page 73 Productions Playwriting Fellow and was the winner of the 2016 Marin Theatre Company David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. He is an alumnus of the Ars Nova Play Group. His work has been developed or presented by Manhattan Theatre Club, Lark Play Development Center, The Flea, Samuel French’s Off Off Broadway Festival, Capital Stage, Premiere Stages, and Wide Eyed Productions, among others. For the screen, he developed and shot a television pilot, “Substance,” with Ready Set Go! Productions. Mr. Gandiello was the Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc. from 2012 to 2015 and is the Associate Artistic Director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival. He received his M.F.A. from The New School for Drama.