Peter Mercurio

Peter Mercurio

Peter is a NYC-based writer, husband, and dad.

His playwriting credits include TWO SPOONS (St. Petersburg, FL; Chicago; New York City, Finalist for the 5th Annual Saints & Sinners Literary Festival), ANDREW REACHES THE OTHER SIDE, RED & TAN LINE, and YESTERDAY'S NEWS at the Bank Street Theatre in New York. His ten-minute play REFRESHMENTS, produced as part of a short play festival,...
Peter is a NYC-based writer, husband, and dad.

His playwriting credits include TWO SPOONS (St. Petersburg, FL; Chicago; New York City, Finalist for the 5th Annual Saints & Sinners Literary Festival), ANDREW REACHES THE OTHER SIDE, RED & TAN LINE, and YESTERDAY'S NEWS at the Bank Street Theatre in New York. His ten-minute play REFRESHMENTS, produced as part of a short play festival, was singled out by the New York Times as a “good reason to attend” the festival. Peter’s most recent play, HATCH, was selected as a semi-finalist for the AACT NewPlayFest and for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. He was an Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow for his screenplay, FOUND.

Peter’s essay about his family, "We Found Our Son in the Subway," was published in The New York Times. His work has also appeared in magazines such as And Baby, Marie Claire Australia, Marie Claire South Africa, Reader’s Digest, Knack Weekend (Belgium), Red (United Kingdom), and Found Magazine.

Peter and his family have appeared on CNN, Anderson Live, The Brian Lehrer Show, NBC-NY, and featured in Parents, Winq (UK & The Netherlands), as well as in various blogs and web sites around the world, including Kidspot (Australia), Huffington Post, The Advocate, E! Online, and UK Daily Mail. In 2013, they were honored to be invited by President Obama to The White House for a reception in celebration of LGBT Pride Month.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of Other Side Productions, a nonprofit theatre company. Peter has a BA in Speech and Theatre from Montclair State University. His work has been developed with Outfest, Rattlestick Theatre, Other Side Productions, Gypsy Productions, 360 Repertory Theatre Company, and Playwrights Gallery.

Peter enjoys hiking and exploring the National Parks, cycling, kayaking, and tossing a disc, baseball, or football with his son. He has played on the same softball team for over twenty years. Peter lives in New York City with his husband Danny and their son Kevin.

Plays

  • Hatch
    For over eighteen years, Florence and Edward did their best to raise their deceased daughter’s two kids. During that time, they coped by ignoring and stuffing their grief. But now, as they come face-to-face with their own mortality, all that bottled-up pain begins to surface. And it threatens to tear their family apart.

    HATCH follows one family’s struggle with loss, grief, and what it means to die with dignity.
  • Two Spoons
    All Steve and Larry had hoped for during their weekend getaway to Philadelphia was a break from the daily routine and responsibilities of being parents of an active tantrum-throwing toddler. But when they meet some “other guy” at the hotel, temptation strikes and threatens to fracture their relationship. What had begun as an innocent, quiet, relaxing trip somehow turns into a quest for redefining the rules of...
    All Steve and Larry had hoped for during their weekend getaway to Philadelphia was a break from the daily routine and responsibilities of being parents of an active tantrum-throwing toddler. But when they meet some “other guy” at the hotel, temptation strikes and threatens to fracture their relationship. What had begun as an innocent, quiet, relaxing trip somehow turns into a quest for redefining the rules of their relationship. Can they ever return to “normal” again in order to keep their family intact?

    TWO SPOONS explores the line between–and the boundaries of–independence vs commitment, freedom vs responsibility, and fantasy vs reality.
  • Andrew Reaches The Other Side
    Northern New Jersey. Autumn 1993. The New York Giants are on Monday Night Football and Andrew and John are in a comfortable routine, doing what they always do: Talking back to the TV, second-guessing play calls, and drinking beer. Through his love of sports, along with the dissection of Bruce Springsteen song lyrics, Andrew is about to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance that will take...
    Northern New Jersey. Autumn 1993. The New York Giants are on Monday Night Football and Andrew and John are in a comfortable routine, doing what they always do: Talking back to the TV, second-guessing play calls, and drinking beer. Through his love of sports, along with the dissection of Bruce Springsteen song lyrics, Andrew is about to embark on a personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance that will take him to a places he’s never been before.

    ANDREW REACHES THE OTHER SIDE is a different kind of coming out story.
  • Boxer Briefs
    Gay brothers, one hoping to find “Mr. Right” and the other looking for only “Mr. Right Now,” compete in a year-long sibling rivalry that takes them through an unpredictable string of freaky dates, fix-ups, and flings.

    As the brothers embark on a series of unforgettable hook-ups and dates, they tangle with guys who are closeted to boldly obsessed activists. Guys with eccentric fetishes,...
    Gay brothers, one hoping to find “Mr. Right” and the other looking for only “Mr. Right Now,” compete in a year-long sibling rivalry that takes them through an unpredictable string of freaky dates, fix-ups, and flings.

    As the brothers embark on a series of unforgettable hook-ups and dates, they tangle with guys who are closeted to boldly obsessed activists. Guys with eccentric fetishes, uncompromising genital issues, and bizarre fixations. Periodically, Tom and Rick meet up to spar, provoke, and offer advice, all the while comparing notes on their encounters.
  • Anchors, Talk Shows, Love and Poetry Without Motion
    ANCHORS, TALK SHOWS, LOVE, AND POETRY WITHOUT MOTION is a seriocom about two long-distance pen pals who grow up together communicating through handwritten letters, and how the repetitive exposure to sensationalized news programs and talk shows infiltrates their lives and turns their innocent relationship into a ratings-war casualty.
  • Refreshments
    Champagne and tempers bubble up when two men on a first date share their New Year’s resolutions.
  • Before The Last Call
    Mom and son are having a typical, routine morning preparing for their day when a telephone call changes their lives forever.
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Madeline Bello and...
    September 1972. Madeline visits her childhood home in Kansas City to honor Wally, the last of her now deceased five brothers–and senses his presence through Lucas, a current resident of the house.
  • Grits With Brown Sugar
    Jamie, a weekly regular at the usually quiet Blue Saucer Cafe, daydreams lustfully about the waiter until a boisterous “possé” enters forcing Jamie to confront his prejudices.
  • The MFA BS Cartel (Becoming Petra)
    On his/her way to “emerging” as Petra, the playwright formerly known as Pat Smith takes aim at the aggrandized value of MFA degrees, the insular world of academia, and the pimping-ways of Paula Vogel.
  • Cattle Hymn of the Republic
    Alex, a teenager and "mean girl" who "can't even," shares what she did this past summer, including a family vacation to Walt Disney World, taking aim at all the overweight patrons riding motorized scooters.
  • Chatter
    Greg and Justin navigate their way through a “terrorizing” coffee “date.”
  • The Late Bus
    Andrew reveals his feelings of being invisible and helpless.
  • Bankrupt
    He/she/they reveals the dark side of being at a creative dead end.