Marylou DiPietro

Marylou DiPietro

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
    BLACK BUTTERFLIES
    A PLAY BASED ON THE LIFE OF ROSE ISABEL WILLIAMS
    By Marylou DiPietro

    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-...
    BLACK BUTTERFLIES
    A PLAY BASED ON THE LIFE OF ROSE ISABEL WILLIAMS
    By Marylou DiPietro

    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.
  • Sugar
    Two retired nurses teach each other how to use their diabetic testing equipment.