Monsters of the American Cinema

PRODUCTION (Upcoming), TBA, Cedar Rapids, IA, October 2023
PRODUCTION (Upcoming): Penny Seats Theatre Company, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2023
PRODUCTION (Upcoming): Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, CA, March 2023
PRODUCTION: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective, Asheville, NC, 2022
WORLD PREMIERE: ArtsWest Playhouse, Seattle, WA, 2022

WINNER, Carlo Annoni...
PRODUCTION (Upcoming), TBA, Cedar Rapids, IA, October 2023
PRODUCTION (Upcoming): Penny Seats Theatre Company, Ann Arbor, MI, April 2023
PRODUCTION (Upcoming): Diversionary Theatre, San Diego, CA, March 2023
PRODUCTION: Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective, Asheville, NC, 2022
WORLD PREMIERE: ArtsWest Playhouse, Seattle, WA, 2022

WINNER, Carlo Annoni International Drama Award, 2021
WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Artists' Pick, 2019
WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Cultural Exchange, 2019

When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry – but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Told through dueting monologue and playful dialogue, "Monsters of the American Cinema" is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

CURRENT DRAFT: The Frankenstein Draft - 8-10-22

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Monsters of the American Cinema

Recommended by

  • Cole Hunter Dzubak:
    31 Jan. 2023
    I have a callback for Pup this weekend so I took this off my “to-read” list and couldn’t stop until it was over. Christian St. Croix is a master of storytelling. The duologues add great tension to the piece overall, and the characters are both amazing and both go on their own journeys. This play deals with a lot of trauma, but does so brilliantly and allows for audiences to get sucked into the world of this father-son duo. An absolute roller coaster and I can’t wait to see (or perform) this piece live. Bravo, just bravo!
  • Ian Donley:
    13 Aug. 2022
    Simply glorious! The mix of direct storytelling and dialogue makes the plot worth investing in. This play has many layers to unpack from racism, internalized (and outward) homophobia, and grief while incorporating throwback cinema. I would absolutely love to see this live.
  • Aly Kantor:
    13 Feb. 2022
    I am a sucker for direct-address storytelling, and the playwright has struck such an incredible balance between what we learn from the characters and what we learn from their behavior. Most satisfying of all is the way that every last drop of delicious exposition seems to pay off in such an incredibly satisfying way. I am still trying to wrap my brain around how the final nightmare sequence came together so brilliantly. This is a small, distinct epic about specific, human characters that is singularly theatrical, compelling, hilarious, heartbreaking... but is always, always about love first. It's just beautiful.

Character Information

  • Remy Washington
    37,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Cisgender Male
    Gay. A widower. Remy leads his two-male household with a warm and loving sense of humor, but he knows when to drop the “cool dad” and command respect. He's deliberately unrefined, highly disinterested in extravagance or luxury. His working class roots should be obvious in body and dress. He may or may not have tattoos.
  • Peter "Pup" Miller
    16,
    White
    ,
    Cisgender Male
    Straight. The son of Remy's late husband. Pup's an aspiring filmmaker, but little more than a skinny kid with a camcorder for now. At home with Remy, he shares his late father's quippy sense of humor and fidgety nerves. You wouldn't recognize the carefree bully he becomes when he's around his friends, though. He sprouts a little chin stubble.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    San Diego International Fringe Festival
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    Scripps Ranch Theatre
    ,
    2018

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    ArtsWest Playhouse
    ,
    2022
  • Professional
    ,
    Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective
    ,
    2022

Awards

Winner
,
Carlo Annoni International Drama Award
,
Premio Carlo Annoni
,
2021
Winner
,
Artists' Pick
,
San Diego International Fringe Festival
,
2019
Winner
,
Cultural Exchange
,
San Diego International Fringe Festival
,
2019