Marylou DiPietro

Marylou DiPietro

Biography of Marylou DiPietro

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, DiPietro moved to New York City where she studied acting at HB Studio with Carol Rosenfeld. She received her master’s in Theater Education from Emerson College where her play, Cold Water Flat, won the Playwrights’ Festival. Her play, Sugar, was a winner in the Kennedy Center College...
Biography of Marylou DiPietro

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, DiPietro moved to New York City where she studied acting at HB Studio with Carol Rosenfeld. She received her master’s in Theater Education from Emerson College where her play, Cold Water Flat, won the Playwrights’ Festival. Her play, Sugar, was a winner in the Kennedy Center College Playwrights’ Festival and was produced at Brandeis University.

Ms. DiPietro's plays have been produced and/or developed by the Abingdon Theater, NYC, Playwrights’ Theatre, Boston, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, NYC, Manhattan Rep, NYC, New Jersey Rep, NJ, the Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, Provincetown, MA, the Road Theatre, LA, United Solo Festival, NYC, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and Women's Writes Festival, London.
Ms. DiPietro performed her solo play, In Love with Cancer, in the 2019 United Solo Festival at Theatre Row in NYC.

The world premiere of her full-length play, Bone on Bone, opened the 2020 season at NJ Rep, Long Branch, NJ. An Excerpt from her solo play, In Love with Cancer, was performed in The Women's Writes Festival in London. A monologue from, In Love with Cancer, was chosen for the Best Monologues for Women Anthology, 2021, published by Smith & Kraus. A staged reading of her play In Love with Cancer for 4 Voices was directed by Carlyle King at The Road Theatre in LA in August 2022

DiPietro's poetry, fiction, and non-fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She collaborated, as writer, producer, and project director, with Boston artist Marguerite McDonald on Snow on the Brain: Living with Multiple Sclerosis. The World Premiere of Snow on the Brain took place in April 2012 at the Open Door Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. http://www.vsamass.org/gallery_snow.html

She has two grown children and lives with her husband in Harrisville, New Hampshire where she splits her time between writing and painting.

She is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

www.maryloudipietro.com






Plays

  • Bone on Bone
    When Linda, a 59 year old artist, reunites with her mentor, her world is turned upside and she is forced to choose between her thirty-five year marriage and the career she always dreamed of having.

  • Black Butterflies
    SYNOPSIS
    Black Butterflies tells the story of Tennessee Williams’s sister
    and muse.

    In the play, as in her life, Rose Williams is a gifted, complex, and enigmatic person. The audience learns that Rose’s “true life story” is told not only in the innocent, self-conscious character of Laura in the Glass Menagerie but also in the desperate, seductive character of Blanche in
    A...
    SYNOPSIS
    Black Butterflies tells the story of Tennessee Williams’s sister
    and muse.

    In the play, as in her life, Rose Williams is a gifted, complex, and enigmatic person. The audience learns that Rose’s “true life story” is told not only in the innocent, self-conscious character of Laura in the Glass Menagerie but also in the desperate, seductive character of Blanche in
    A Streetcar Named Desire. Unlike the many characters Rose spoke through in Tennessee’s plays, in Black Butterflies she tells her story from her own perspective.

    As the older, more dynamic of the two Williams siblings, Rose creates a safe and idyllic childhood for herself and her shy and sickly brother, Tom. But the children’s world is suddenly changed when their father, a hard-drinking, womanizing, traveling salesman, moves the family from their peaceful home in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where they lived with their maternal grandparents, to the “dreadful” Northern city of St. Louis.

    As Rose and Tom struggle to cope with their puritanical mother and tyrannical father, and their own emerging sexual identities, the very underpinnings of their symbiotic relationship begin to crumble. Tom eventually escapes the oppressive household through his writing, while Rose, who is has a lobotomy at age 34, remains imprisoned behind what will one day become a terminal wall of silence. The shared past profoundly shapes both their lives – hers tragically, his creatively.

    Black Butterflies not only depicts the deep love and ultimate betrayal between a fascinating, silenced woman and her famous brother, it gives Rose the opportunity to tell her story for the first time.
    Black Butterflies tells the story of Tennessee Williams’s sister
    and muse.

    In the play, as in her life, Rose Williams is a gifted, complex, and enigmatic person. The audience learns that Rose’s “true life story” is told not only in the innocent, self-conscious character of Laura in the Glass Menagerie but also in the desperate, seductive character of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. Unlike the many characters Rose spoke through in Tennessee’s plays, in Black Butterflies she tells her story from her own perspective.

    As the older, more dynamic of the two Williams siblings, Rose creates a safe and idyllic childhood for herself and her shy and sickly brother, Tom. But the children’s world is suddenly changed when their father, a hard-drinking, womanizing, traveling salesman, moves the family from their peaceful home in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where they lived with their maternal grandparents, to the “dreadful” Northern city of St. Louis.

    As Rose and Tom struggle to cope with their puritanical mother and tyrannical father, and their own emerging sexual identities, the very underpinnings of their symbiotic relationship begin to crumble. Tom eventually escapes the oppressive household through his writing, while Rose, who is has a lobotomy at age 34, remains imprisoned behind what will one day become a terminal wall of silence. The shared past profoundly shapes both their lives – hers tragically, his creatively.

    Black Butterflies not only depicts the deep love and ultimate betrayal between a fascinating, silenced woman and her famous brother, it gives Rose the opportunity to tell her story for the first time.
  • Cold Water Flat
    It's the fall of 1976. Twenty one year old Sarah has been living in New York City since August when her father stops by for a visit on his way from Florida to New Hampshire where he lives and where Sarah grew up. Sarah, who lives in a rent-controlled, cold water flat, is struggling to make ends meet. Her father, on the other hand, is naively impressed and enthusiastic about his daughter's situation,...
    It's the fall of 1976. Twenty one year old Sarah has been living in New York City since August when her father stops by for a visit on his way from Florida to New Hampshire where he lives and where Sarah grew up. Sarah, who lives in a rent-controlled, cold water flat, is struggling to make ends meet. Her father, on the other hand, is naively impressed and enthusiastic about his daughter's situation, especially as it compares to Sarah's sister Stephanie, who suffers from manic depression is is currently hospitalized.
  • Goodwill
    A chance encounter between a 49 Black man and 60+ white woman, in front of a Goodwill store New York City, reveals both an innate distrust and surprising commonality between two strangers from polar opposite worlds.
  • The Anatomy of Shame
    The Anatomy of Shame: little is known about the internment of Italian Americans during WWII. In this short play, which is set in CA in 1942, Guispuee Antonetti is brought into the INS officer for questioning. What ensues is something eerily similar to what we see happening again today.
  • Finish Line
    Finish Line: a late night robbery ends across the street from the Boston Marathon finish line where two Boston Police Officers refuse to see anyone but themselves as victims.
  • Sweet & Low
    Nina gets more than she bargained for when Betty, an old family friend and seemingly harmless curmudgeon, stops by for lessons on how to use her new-fangled diabetic testing equipment. In, Sweet & Low, Nina’s revered patience, dogged determination and innate good-heartedness are sorely tested when the literal drawing of blood turns into a convoluted, unexpected, and unwanted metaphor.

    *An...
    Nina gets more than she bargained for when Betty, an old family friend and seemingly harmless curmudgeon, stops by for lessons on how to use her new-fangled diabetic testing equipment. In, Sweet & Low, Nina’s revered patience, dogged determination and innate good-heartedness are sorely tested when the literal drawing of blood turns into a convoluted, unexpected, and unwanted metaphor.

    *An earlier version of this play was titled Sugar.
  • In Love with Cancer for 4 Voices
    Four breast cancer survivors weave their stories together, taking us on a roller coaster ride of emotions ranging from disbelief to acceptance to comic relief to the realization that cancer gave them the strength to deal with what it took away.
  • In Love with Cancer, A Play for Four Voices
    In the adaptation of my solo play by the same title, this sometimes bizarre, often uproariously funny and heart-wrenching story, four women's worst fears becomes reality. While recovering from surgery, the women stumble into a rabbit hole of revelations and memories leading all the way back to the Garden of Eden and the realization that “shame is the real cancer that needs to be lopped off and thrown in...
    In the adaptation of my solo play by the same title, this sometimes bizarre, often uproariously funny and heart-wrenching story, four women's worst fears becomes reality. While recovering from surgery, the women stumble into a rabbit hole of revelations and memories leading all the way back to the Garden of Eden and the realization that “shame is the real cancer that needs to be lopped off and thrown in the trash.”

    In In Love with Cancer a terrifying roller coaster ride miraculously morphs into a kind of love-affair with the gifts cancer inadvertently bestowed upon the breast cancer survivor.

    * This can be played as four sides of one character or four different characters/breast cancer survivors.
  • Priceless
    When two sisters butt heads over dividing their inheritance, they discover what defines them and their relationship are the choices they've made, not what they decide to hang on the wall.
  • Cindy's
    When a woman in her stops at a roadside diner she quickly realizes that the young waitress who lingers at her table has a lot more to offer than the Early Bird Special.
  • The Truth Detector
    It's 2026. WENDY & LAWRENCE are talking to each other via Zoom from their respective locations. LAWRENCE arrived in D.C. a day ago to be sworn in to his new job in the Trump administration. Part of the swearing in process includes a "truth detector" chip being surgically implanted into LAWRENCE'S neck. Because everyone in the administration is expected to lie at all times, the Truth...
    It's 2026. WENDY & LAWRENCE are talking to each other via Zoom from their respective locations. LAWRENCE arrived in D.C. a day ago to be sworn in to his new job in the Trump administration. Part of the swearing in process includes a "truth detector" chip being surgically implanted into LAWRENCE'S neck. Because everyone in the administration is expected to lie at all times, the Truth Detector will shock the person if he/she/they tells the truth.


  • Trigger
    When Bill stops by to see his ex-wife in her new apartment, the couple, who had been married for thirty-five years, quickly find themselves trying to navigate the tumultuous waters that caused their marriage to drift off course in the first place.

  • In Love with Cancer (A Solo Play)
    A woman’s worst fear becomes a reality; she has dreaded the specter of breast cancer for her whole life. But she is shocked that what she learns - and even gains – from her new struggle far outweighs the turmoil and terror the disease had promised.
    * In Love with Cancer was performed by the author in the 2019 United Solo Festival in NYC. Obvious adjustments must be made when an actor other than the author performs it.