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 poetry and play writing with, among others, Galway Kinnell and Arthur Miller, and 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...
Biography of Marylou DiPietro

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, DiPietro moved to New York City where she studied poetry and play writing with, among others, Galway Kinnell and Arthur Miller, and 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.

Off-Broadway staged readings of Black Butterflies, DiPietro’s play based on the life of Rose Williams, Tennessee Williams’s sister and muse, took place at the Abingdon Theatre in October 2014 and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in December 2015. The short, one-act version of her newest play, Bone on Bone, was produced at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in November, 2016.

In April, 2017 an off-Broadway reading of the full-length version of Bone on Bone, directed by Emmy Award winning director, Mary Lou Belli, took place at the Road Theatre in Los Angeles. The first full production of Bone on Bone was produced at the Broadway Bound Theater Festival in August 2017. Ms. 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, painting, and working as a C.A.S.A./Guardian Ad Latium (Court Appointed Special Advocate for abuse and neglected children).

She is a member of the Dramatist Guild https://www.dramatistsguild.com/ and The Field https://www.thefield.org/






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.