Marylou DiPietro

Marylou DiPietro

Biography of Marylou DiPietro Marylou DiPietro’s plays include Black Butterflies, Cold Water Flat, and Sugar. Off-off-Broadway production of Cold Water Flat took place at Manhattan Rep on June 5,7, 15, 17, 2016. An off-Broadway staged reading of Black Butterflies, directed by William Ryall, was recently performed at the Abingdon Theatre in New York City. Previously, staged readings of Black Butterflies have...
Biography of Marylou DiPietro Marylou DiPietro’s plays include Black Butterflies, Cold Water Flat, and Sugar. Off-off-Broadway production of Cold Water Flat took place at Manhattan Rep on June 5,7, 15, 17, 2016. An off-Broadway staged reading of Black Butterflies, directed by William Ryall, was recently performed at the Abingdon Theatre in New York City. Previously, staged readings of Black Butterflies have been performed at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, Massachusetts (directed by Kate Mendelof), at the University of Michigan, and at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (directed by Nat Warren-White). DiPietro’s play, Cold Water Flat, won the Fifth Annual Playwrights’ Competition at Emerson College, and was produced at the Loft Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts. Her play, Sugar, was a winner in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Competition and was produced at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts. DiPietro 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. The project was sponsored by the Urban Arts Institute and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Ms. DiPietro is also a poet, whose works have been published in Negative Capability, Southern Poetry Review, Embers, Moosehead Review, Syracuse Poems, Syracuse Review, the Northern New England Review, Poetry Fullerton, Crone’s Nest, the Healing Muse, and elsewhere. Her short story, Knitting for Mother, was published in the anthology Knit Lit the Third, Three Rivers Press, 2005 (Random House). She edited Take One, poems by homeless children in White Plains, NY, and Flowers in Your Path, an anthology of poems by residents of the Village Nursing Home in New York City. Also, she was the assistant editor and co-writer of Horses by LeRoy Neiman (published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) and wrote two educational quizzes for Ms. Magazine (“Closet Footnotes to U.S. History” and “Marie Curie’s U.S. Sisters”). Ms. DiPietro received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. After graduating from Syracuse, she lived and worked in New York City where she completed Masters Writing Workshops at the Poetry Center/92nd St. “Y” and scene study and acting technique at Herbert Bergdorf Studio. She earned a Master’s Degree in Theater Education at Emerson College, graduating summa cum laude. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the Poetry Society of America.

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.
  • Sugar
    Two retired nurses teach each other how to use their diabetic testing equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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-conscious character of Laura in the Glass Menagerie but...
    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.