FLOWERS accepted to New York New Works Theatre Festival

FLOWERS, my monologue play, was accepted to the New York New Works Theatre Festival.  What an incredible honor.  I’m grateful for this opportunity.  Thank you, Deanna Schwartz, not only for expertly performing in the show back in January but also for finding the NYNW festival and recommending that I submit my play. Thank you, Thomas Ryan Ward, for being an enthusiastic, supportive, and brilliant director. Thank you, A.j. Ciccotelli, artistic director of La Strada Ensemble Theater, for recognizing the merit of the piece. Thank you, Christine Nagy, for your encouragement and support as well. Thank you, La Strada Ensemble Theater, for producing my plays.

For more information about the New York New Works Theatre Festival in general, please go to http://www.nynwtheatrefestival.com .   Specific details about FLOWERS will follow.

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Offsides, screenplay and stage play

Offsides is Bend It Like Beckham meets Girl Interrupted. 

Writer:  Jennifer DiOrio

Director: Alberto Bonilla at http://www.albertobonilla.com/

Funding is necessary.


Synopsis:  Marissa DiGiacomo, a top student and star soccer player, is at a crossroads. She will lose it all if she makes the wrong decision. One of her decisions could change everything and leave her mother alone to pick up the pieces in this searing family drama and period piece.

Written as a screenplay in 2008 and produced as a stage play in 2010…

Themes:  family, relationships, coming of age, individuation, soccer, spiritual growth, creativity, nature

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Offsides is a moving family drama that uncovers the angst and struggles of a seemingly average suburban family. Three generations, each with its own story and conflicts, interact to produce the central character’s conflict and eventual resolution. The ending, which may be shocking to some, is carefully constructed to flow naturally from the plot. Both young and older audiences will find something to relate to in this tale of life, love, and family needs.

~Anthony Giordano, NJ playwright and independent filmmaker

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http://www.forestwander.comSet in fictional Montview, NJ, OFFSIDES is a new play written and produced by emerging playwright and screenwriter Jennifer DiOrio and directed by the talented Alberto Bonilla. Its melodramatic yet sophisticated plot about an Italian-American family blends universal themes and unexpected twists. Engaging the audience’s curiosity, feeling, and hope with natural ease, the script brings conflict, laughter, life, family, love, and many human emotions into focus. The story is compelling, moving, and real — and it manages to touch both heart and soul. The cast was nothing less than phenomenal. I loved it from beginning to end.

~Lori Snyder, NY Life Coach/Host & Anchor of Newsbutterfly on Cable

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Preview Stage Production

Location: The Watchung Arts Center at 18 Stirling Road in Watchung, NJ

Dates: October 22, 23, 24 in 2010

Director: Alberto Bonilla at http://www.albertobonilla.com/

Original cast:  Lauren Cruz, Valentine Aprile, Andrew Koss, Tony Rugnetta, Virginia Hill, Melissa Pantojan, Christopher Lopez, and John Kushnerick.

Number of actors: 8 or 12 (4 female, 4 male OR 9 female, 3 male)
Number of characters: 12 (ages range from 17 to mid-sixties)
Length: approx. 2 hours
Setting: NJ, 1990

Photos by Dan Bryan:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/40732555488@N01/sets/72157640465722685/

Thanks to all those who attended the first stage production and benefit for the Watchung Arts Center. Our production at the WAC sold out on October 22 (opening night), followed by a full house on October 23 and total ticket sales that beat the previous two nights on October 24th. In fact, the WAC commented that the center has not seen that kind of attendance in years. Everyone’s positive feedback continues to be greatly appreciated.

I have also finished the new screenplay (and revised the stage play) of Offsides. We hope to bring it back to the stage in front of a larger audience and produce the movie within a few years. Stay tuned for details!

Sincerely,

Jen DiOrio, Writer and Executive Producer of Offsides

Email: jenniferdiorio123@gmail.com

Recognition for Early Drafts of the Screenplay of OFFSIDES:

OFFSIDES reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 Cynosure Screenwriting Awards Competition. See http://www.broadmindent.com/id26.html.

A preliminary analysis from another major writing competition mentioned that OFFSIDES includes “real problems” and “real drama” for the “well-painted characters” and action for the actors that adds “a wonderful layer to the film.”

Offsides, a coming-of-age/family drama by Jennifer DiOrio

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Bubble at the Jersey Shore Arts Center from May 27th to June 5th

Bubble is my slice-of-life short about the emotional and spirtual life of a married couple dealing with a medical event.  At La Strada’s Rainbow Festival.

For tix and info:  http://www.lastradaensemble.org

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Rainbow Festival 2016 from May 27th to June 5th in Ocean Grove, NJ

To read the full article, click Broadway World.

La Strada Ensemble Theater proudly presents its 3rd annual RAINBOW FESTIVAL – a collection of powerful LGBT theater, celebrating life, love, and strength in the face of adversity. RAINBOW 2016 showcases the work of 10 seminal playwrights in 3 captivating evenings. General Admission is $15, $10 for Students and Seniors – May 27th through June 5th in the Herbst Theater, 3rd floor of the Jersey Shore Arts Center. TIX and more info available at http://www.lastradaensemble.org/  .

This festival will feature BUBBLE, my slice-of-life short.

Rainbow Festival 2016

Dates
5/27/2016 – 6/5/2016
Theatre
La Strada Ensemble Theater
66 South Main Street
Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
Tickets

$15
Phone: 732-455-2748
Running Time: 90 min

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We found Louie!

Today, Stacy and I found Louie, our new puppy, and will bring him home in a few weeks.  Bennie and Jester, his brudders, are mentally preparing for their new sibling.

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I plan to post about upcoming shows soon, but our garden and pets have been occupying our attention as of late.  It’s awesome.

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We planted flowers this past weekend!

 

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Next up: We are planning to grow 12′ sunflowers, if possible, and a vegetable and herb garden as well. So excited.  Have a great week!

Update on 5/13/16:   We have planted carrots, spinach, two kinds of peas, cucumber, green bean, basil, and sunflower seeds! Plus tomato, oregano, mint, and thyme plants and have 9 other kinds of flowers! The spinach has sprouted and so have the sunflowers.  All is well so far.  Growth feels good.

Photo update on 6/24:

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We are in the process of drying herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme while basils grows) and using them in cooking and baking, have fully harvested the spinach, and will plant kale next.  Eating mint leaves regularly.  Waiting for carrots, peas, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, and (not in picture) sunflowers to grow to 12 feet.

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Stacy and I made gatha cards today.

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The gathas are from Thich Nhat Hanh’s Present Moment Wonderful Moment:  Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living.

 

 

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