Tony Fiorentino

Tony Fiorentino

Tony Fiorentino is a Chicago-based playwright whose plays have been produced at the Athenaeum Theatre, Stage 773, Prop Theatre, the American Theatre of Actors, the Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz, and the Attic Playhouse. His plays "All My Love" and "The Feast" have been nominated for the Jeff Award for "Best New Play. He was a finalist for the Stanley Drama Award in 2011, and a Semi-...
Tony Fiorentino is a Chicago-based playwright whose plays have been produced at the Athenaeum Theatre, Stage 773, Prop Theatre, the American Theatre of Actors, the Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz, and the Attic Playhouse. His plays "All My Love" and "The Feast" have been nominated for the Jeff Award for "Best New Play. He was a finalist for the Stanley Drama Award in 2011, and a Semi-finalist for Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Playwright’s Conference (2008). His latest play, Cash Cows, received a staged reading at the Prop Theatre in 2017, and will be presented by Artemisia Theatre in 2018 as part of its annual fall festival of new plays featuring themes of women empowerment.

Plays

  • Cash Cows
    Inspired by George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, “Cash Cows” is a comedic exploration of the current era of “post-truth” politics, told from a feminist perspective. The play is set on an oppressive factory farm, where the all-female workforce – a herd of Holstein milk cows – are being pumped with synthetic growth hormones to boost their milk production. When the hormones begin to cause a rash of infections, the fed...
    Inspired by George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, “Cash Cows” is a comedic exploration of the current era of “post-truth” politics, told from a feminist perspective. The play is set on an oppressive factory farm, where the all-female workforce – a herd of Holstein milk cows – are being pumped with synthetic growth hormones to boost their milk production. When the hormones begin to cause a rash of infections, the fed-up workers wage a hunger strike to fight for better working conditions, and a better life. But in a sinister attempt to divide workers, the company's ruthless CEO launches a campaign of disinformation, demagoguery, and scapegoating. And when management resorts to harsher tactics, the strikers must choose between their jobs, or making a final stand against their exploitation. “Cash Cows” is a full-throated expression of resistance in an age of authoritarianism.
  • The Feast
    It’s Thanksgiving Day at the suburban estate of Vincent Baker, CEO of American Way Health Insurance, and his family has gathered for the prodigal feast. But when an anonymous trespasser hurls a brick through one of the mansion’s windows, this pleasant family reunion takes an ominous turn. Soon it’s discovered that the attack was a reprisal for a denied medical claim, and as the facts of the case emerge, the...
    It’s Thanksgiving Day at the suburban estate of Vincent Baker, CEO of American Way Health Insurance, and his family has gathered for the prodigal feast. But when an anonymous trespasser hurls a brick through one of the mansion’s windows, this pleasant family reunion takes an ominous turn. Soon it’s discovered that the attack was a reprisal for a denied medical claim, and as the facts of the case emerge, the Bakers find themselves fighting over more than just the wishbone. Divided over the company’s decision to deny coverage for a life-saving transplant, the Bakers are swept into a contentious debate over the company’s actions, and the legitimacy of an industry beholden to the profit imperative at the cost of human suffering. Ultimately they must determine not only the fate a dying a patient, but the soul of their family. Will they continue to feast blithely at the expense of others, or chart a path of redemption, and account for the sins of the past? Weaving together a host of ethical dilemmas and questions of social responsibility, The Feast examines the encroachment of the profit-motive in our civil society, and the enduring threat it poses to the social contract.
  • My Dinner With Amy
    When Tom, a pedantic college professor, tries his luck with online dating, his gorgeous mystery date seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, she is. Amy soon reveals that she’s an Evangelical Christian using online dating to spread the gospel, and Tom, realizing he’s been targeted for salvation, makes a hasty bee line for the door. But as Amy pleads with him to bear witness to her “testimony”, Tom...
    When Tom, a pedantic college professor, tries his luck with online dating, his gorgeous mystery date seems too good to be true. Unfortunately, she is. Amy soon reveals that she’s an Evangelical Christian using online dating to spread the gospel, and Tom, realizing he’s been targeted for salvation, makes a hasty bee line for the door. But as Amy pleads with him to bear witness to her “testimony”, Tom reluctantly agrees, wondering if perhaps Amy is in need of salvation herself. A staunch atheist with a PhD in philosophy, he sets out to convert the converted, hoping to liberate Amy from the bondage of zealotry and religious extremism. Both of them equally convinced of their possession of the truth, they dig in their heels for a contentious dinner debate, as Tom pits his unerring Socratic method against Amy’s fervent commitment to faith. But as the battle ensues, and the wall between skeptic and believer begins to crumble, they begin to wonder if they might have more to offer each other than religious debate.
  • Lucid
    Lucid is a play that explores the nature and enticement of dreams, and their power to
    transform, enrich and empower our waking reality. It tells the story of Peter, a
    discontented artist, saddled by the pressures of an unfulfilling relationship and a
    mercenary day job. Craving the freedom in his life that he lords over the canvass, he
    begins to experiment with the art of lucid...
    Lucid is a play that explores the nature and enticement of dreams, and their power to
    transform, enrich and empower our waking reality. It tells the story of Peter, a
    discontented artist, saddled by the pressures of an unfulfilling relationship and a
    mercenary day job. Craving the freedom in his life that he lords over the canvass, he
    begins to experiment with the art of lucid dreaming, assuming conscious control over his
    dreams and fulfilling his wildest fantasies. Convinced that his only chance at selfactualization
    lies beyond the dreamscape, he embarks on a fanciful romance with an
    idealized lover of his own creation. Mastering the technique, his fertile imagination
    becomes a spiritual playground, as he explores the limits of ecstasy with the girl of his
    dreams. But soon his nightly trysts begin to eclipse reality, as Peter finds himself
    neglecting the demands his job, his pregnant girlfriend, and his unborn child. Chastened
    by the inevitable responsibilities of adulthood, he descends ever deeper into the depths of
    his dream world, seeking refuge in the mysterious recesses of self-induced illusion. But
    he may find that’s he’s effaced the precarious border that separates dream from reality.
  • Cold Cold Feet
    When an anxious groom gets a case of the jitters on the eve of his Vegas wedding, it's up to Carl, the hapless best man, to stall the rehearsal and keep the bridal party at bay. In a frantic effort to avert prenuptial catastrophe, he becomes the leader of three-ring circus of confusion, concocting an endless series of wild excuses to account for the groom’s mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile their Las...
    When an anxious groom gets a case of the jitters on the eve of his Vegas wedding, it's up to Carl, the hapless best man, to stall the rehearsal and keep the bridal party at bay. In a frantic effort to avert prenuptial catastrophe, he becomes the leader of three-ring circus of confusion, concocting an endless series of wild excuses to account for the groom’s mysterious disappearance. Meanwhile their Las Vegas hotel suite is raided by a meddling mother, a nagging sister, the tippling family priest, and an irate bride-to-be. But when the strippers for the bachelor party show up a day late for the festivities, the wedding cake really hits the fan! Chock full of door-slamming surprises, mistaken identities, and madcap humor, it's the number one wedding to crash.
  • Lease on Love
    When his live-in girlfriend runs off with her salsa instructor, Tom Owen is left with a broken heart, and a vacant bedroom. After placing a newspaper ad for a new roommate, he decides to sub-let the empty room to Chris, an attractive young botanist, who floods the apartment with flora, sunshine, and vivacity. Having recently fled an embattled relationship herself, Chris proves to have more in common with Tom...
    When his live-in girlfriend runs off with her salsa instructor, Tom Owen is left with a broken heart, and a vacant bedroom. After placing a newspaper ad for a new roommate, he decides to sub-let the empty room to Chris, an attractive young botanist, who floods the apartment with flora, sunshine, and vivacity. Having recently fled an embattled relationship herself, Chris proves to have more in common with Tom than just a mailing address. Before long, they share their painful pasts (and beds), and soon find renewed hope in each others’ arms. But when his beloved Tracy comes back for a second chance, Tom is forced to confront his true feelings; should he forgive his former love and start their life anew? Or risk his happiness on the girl across the hall?
  • Fraternal Instinct
    Joel Travis, a struggling actor, becomes paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident at the hands of his own brother, Carter. Plagued by guilt, Carter attempts to revive his brother’s career by writing a play that features a character confined to a wheelchair. As the psychological complexities of their endeavor unfold, Carter soon learns that the path to redemption is a rocky one. “Fraternal Instinct” is...
    Joel Travis, a struggling actor, becomes paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident at the hands of his own brother, Carter. Plagued by guilt, Carter attempts to revive his brother’s career by writing a play that features a character confined to a wheelchair. As the psychological complexities of their endeavor unfold, Carter soon learns that the path to redemption is a rocky one. “Fraternal Instinct” is a complex study of love and duty, exploring the ongoing process of forgiveness.
  • All My Love
    In the wake of her marriage’s downfall, Ellen Fletcher decides to explore the world of polyamory, hoping to eschew the emotional pitfalls of another exclusive relationship. Her live-in boyfriend, Jack, however, is reluctant to share his beloved, but agrees for fear of losing her. As the doors of their relationship swing open, and Ellen becomes romantically involved with her yoga instructor, Jack bristles with...
    In the wake of her marriage’s downfall, Ellen Fletcher decides to explore the world of polyamory, hoping to eschew the emotional pitfalls of another exclusive relationship. Her live-in boyfriend, Jack, however, is reluctant to share his beloved, but agrees for fear of losing her. As the doors of their relationship swing open, and Ellen becomes romantically involved with her yoga instructor, Jack bristles with jealousy, and pleads with Ellen to quit her beau. But when Jack seeks romantic opportunities of his own, Ellen finds herself threatened by the competition of a younger rival, and discovers that it’s not that easy to practice what you preach. All My Love is an exploration of alternative “lovestyles” and a critique of Western society’s most cherished notions of love, monogamy, and marriage.
  • Crossing Party Lines
    In the divisive political climate of twenty-­first century America, is it possible for a liberal and a conservative to fall in love? Sydney Hope is a defiantly outspoken progressive who hosts a political talk radio show in Chicago. But when the station's management decides to broaden the show's appeal, she's forced to share the airwaves with Gene Rose, a fiscally conservative economist and...
    In the divisive political climate of twenty-­first century America, is it possible for a liberal and a conservative to fall in love? Sydney Hope is a defiantly outspoken progressive who hosts a political talk radio show in Chicago. But when the station's management decides to broaden the show's appeal, she's forced to share the airwaves with Gene Rose, a fiscally conservative economist and staunch member of the GOP. Soon the show's new format turns Sydney's once placid beacon of progressive talk into a fierce battle ground of ideological
    warfare. But beneath the endless debates on public policy, a palpable chemistry is felt on both sides of the spectrum, one that might just transcend partisan politics. Hopelessly attracted to each other, Sydney and Gene attempt to reconcile their philosophical differences in the name of romance. But as the culture war wages on, and their mutual attraction becomes increasingly at odds with their politics, Sydney and Gene find
    themselves asking the same question. In an era of extreme political polarization, is it still possible to find love on the other side of the aisle?