Daniel Damiano

Daniel Damiano

DANIEL DAMIANO is an Award-winning Playwright, award-nominated Actor and Poet based in Brooklyn, NY. He has had plays produced and workshopped throughout many areas of the U.S. as well as London, England and Sydney & Melbourne, Australia. His acclaimed solo play, AMERICAN TRANQUILITY, recently completed an acclaimed run in Washington DC as part of the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival, after acclaimed runs at...
DANIEL DAMIANO is an Award-winning Playwright, award-nominated Actor and Poet based in Brooklyn, NY. He has had plays produced and workshopped throughout many areas of the U.S. as well as London, England and Sydney & Melbourne, Australia. His acclaimed solo play, AMERICAN TRANQUILITY, recently completed an acclaimed run in Washington DC as part of the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival, after acclaimed runs at the East Village Playhouse, the Downtown Urban Arts Festival and the PIT Loft, all in NYC. In 2018, his play HARMONY PARK received its acclaimed World Premier with Detroit Repertory Theatre. Other notable productions of his work include THE DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE OF PRIVATE PITTS (fandango 4 Art House, NYC), the World and NYC premiers of DAY OF THE DOG (St. Louis Actors' Studio/59E59 Theatre, NYC) and THE GOLDEN YEAR (Workshop Theater Company, NYC.) In the Spring of 2018, his play DAY OF THE DOG was published by Broadway Play Publishing. His one-act play THE LEPERS recently received its World Premier as part of Ensemble Studio Theatre's 2019 Marathon of Short Plays. A Pushcart Award-nominated Poet, his poetry has been published in the Newtown Literary Journal, Cloudbank, HotMetal Press, New Voices Anthology 2016 and most recently in Crooked Teeth Literary Magazine. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, League of Independent Theatres, Mind The Gap Theatre Company and is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of fandango 4 Art House. He is also on the Adjunct Faculty of the Acting Studio in NYC, where he currently teaches Solo Performance. Website: www.danieldamiano.com



Plays

  • JOHN FREDERICK PARKER LEAVES AT INTERMISSION
    An undistinguished policeman becomes one of four men assigned to guard President Abraham Lincoln, inadvertently becoming a part of one of history's most notorious events. Based on actual events. (2019)
  • THE WILD BOAR
    A newly retired teacher moves to a remote island, seeking nothing but solitude and serenity. However, when a boar arrives at her house one day, an unlikely relationship develops, bringing about unexpected feelings from her past, while placing her at odds with the local authorities and the island's other inhabitants.

  • KIM KARDASHIAN PRESENTS MAXIM GORKY'S THE LOWER DEPTHS
    A crisis of conscience prompts a famous reality and social media star to flee the comfort of her glitzy L.A. surroundings in pursuit of “depth” and soon finds herself in an abandoned warehouse in Detroit, where she is soon profoundly changed after seeing a local indy theatre company’s adaptation of a classic Russian epic.
  • HARMONY PARK
    Set on the construction site of a soon-to-be public park in Queens, NY, the friendship between a black foreman and a younger white landscaper is tested when a newly hired crew member's past is revealed.

    "4 Stars - HARMONY PARK is the kind of work that demands post-play conversation on the ride home and long after after. - this one is on my short list of must-see works. It could easily...
    Set on the construction site of a soon-to-be public park in Queens, NY, the friendship between a black foreman and a younger white landscaper is tested when a newly hired crew member's past is revealed.

    "4 Stars - HARMONY PARK is the kind of work that demands post-play conversation on the ride home and long after after. - this one is on my short list of must-see works. It could easily find its way to a run on or off Broadway." - Detroit Free Press

    "...as the story gets kick-started and changes gears, the strength of the play drives up on the audience like a car that nearly hits you, tapping into powerful, everyday feelings and manifestations of racism that happen in our workplaces. - HARMONY PARK is a place for everyone to gather and think about who they are." - Encore Michigan
  • MEET THE EARTH
    A recently retired businessman resorts to highly unusual methods in order to re-connect with a fading humanity.
  • VERY GOOD TOAST/ALWAYS A PLEASURE
    VERY GOOD TOAST and ALWAYS A PLEASURE are two connected one-act plays, set in North London. In VGT, Amanda visits her mother (Mum) in her North London home requesting a favor, which ultimately challenges their relationship. Taking place at the same time as VGT, in ALWAYS, Reggie (Amanda’s ex-hubby/current boyfriend) reconnects with his father (Pop) whom he has been estranged from since childhood.
  • GRAPHIC NATURE
    The mid-life and times of Edmond de Capitoir, a once-anonymous executioner in 1913 France who, while shyly pursuing a young patisserie clerk in Versailles, struggles against his sudden notoriety.

    *Finalist - Fulton Theatre Discovery Project Award, 2012.
  • THE VAGRANT
    In the quiet upstate town of Pawtuck, NY, a mentally-imbalanced drifter arrives, while police try and assess who he is. At the same time, a young woman wrestles with self-discovery, while attempting to preserve her Grandmother's fading memory.
  • THE GOLDEN YEAR
    Joe and Jean Brancato, a newly retired Long Island couple, seek to rest on the laurels of a life thus far made up of hard work and economizing . While Joe, retired-by-choice, is content to relax for a bit before “embarking on all their adventures”, Jean is still licking her wounds from a “forced” retirement. In this newly sedentary period, Jean begins to question her life, and to her surprise (and Joe’s)...
    Joe and Jean Brancato, a newly retired Long Island couple, seek to rest on the laurels of a life thus far made up of hard work and economizing . While Joe, retired-by-choice, is content to relax for a bit before “embarking on all their adventures”, Jean is still licking her wounds from a “forced” retirement. In this newly sedentary period, Jean begins to question her life, and to her surprise (and Joe’s) spontaneously auditions and secures a role in the local community theatre production of a new play. Her journey as an actress leads to a surprising end, as the play begins to mirror real life, bringing unexpected events that will test not only their marriage…but their collective sanity.

    *World Premier, WorkShop Theater Company (Mainstage), NYC, 2013.

    Review Excerpts from its World/NYC Premier;

    “The fact that Joe and Jean, the 40-year-married protagonists of Damiano’s lovely, very moving new play, The Golden Year, are fully realized, multilayered people who still have passions, desires, pride, vibrant sexuality and true love and affection for one another – is reason for celebration. - The roles are so rich, in fact, that I can imagine actors “of a certain age” clamoring to play these parts – perhaps on Broadway or in a film adaptation. - …this Golden Year shimmers…“
    - Andrew Rothkin, nytheatre.com

    "The Golden Year Shines! - Damiano’s insight into a newly retired couple’s approach to life, their supportive relationship and the new predicaments they find themselves in is beautifully crafted."
    - Ruth Antrich, Times Square Chronicles

    "The Golden Year is 24 Karat! - Every once in a while, an off-off-Broadway production jumps up and reminds you that there is some really good Theatre happening up and down the side streets of Manhattan. Tucked into a tidy performance space onWest 36th Street, The Golden Year, Daniel Damiano’s 90-minute comedy-with-substance is one such example.
    - Phil Dorian, Scene on Stage

    “WorkShop Theater has a long list of world premiers to its credit, none more worthy than Damiano’s enjoyably insightful play - … destined for a wider audience...”
    - Fred Winship, UPI International

    "The Golden Year is poised for an open-ended run at a suitable New York theater, and is a natural for regional theater."
    - Don Collester, WDVR Radio, NJ

    "The plight of the retiree is one you rarely encounter in drama. But in a world where the aging, trusty systems are coming apart, there are just as many questions on the other side of 65 as there are on the way up. *** Stars! "
    - Jenna Scherer, Time Out NY







  • DAY OF THE DOG
    A South Florida couple obtains the services of a somewhat enigmatic Canine Relations Specialist in order to curb the violent behavior of their dog Carrot, but gradually learn that a dog is merely a reflection of the household.

    2013 Best New Play Nominee, St. Louis Theatre Circle Award

    Review Excerpts from St. Louis and NYC;

    "4 ½ out of 5 Star Rating - Highly...
    A South Florida couple obtains the services of a somewhat enigmatic Canine Relations Specialist in order to curb the violent behavior of their dog Carrot, but gradually learn that a dog is merely a reflection of the household.

    2013 Best New Play Nominee, St. Louis Theatre Circle Award

    Review Excerpts from St. Louis and NYC;

    "4 ½ out of 5 Star Rating - Highly humorous and suspenseful…Damiano’s script surprises with its affecting and compelling start and richly rewarding climax…”
    Mark Bretz, Ladue News

    Editor’s Pick - "DAY OF THE DOG, an absorbing little play making its world première at the St. Louis Actors’ Studio." -
    - Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post Dispatch

    "If you're looking for something new and different, a play that makes you laugh and think, then you should definitely check out the St. Louis Actors' Studio's production of DAY OF THE DOG."
    Chris Gibson, Broadway World

    "But the real star of the evening is Daniel Damiano’s text. His voice is distinct and refreshing with a tone that reminds me of an Edward Albee with a bit more rooting in reality. - A Playwright to watch!"
    - Greg Solomon, Theatre is Easy

    Mr. Damiano’s play masterfully disassembles the porous foundation of this family. He shows us the humor of a dysfunctional marriage, of a couple living in denial, without ever resorting to caricature. - Organic dialogue flows effortlessly from the mouths of rich, truthful characters."
    - Dmitry Zvonkov, Stage & Cinema

    "Engaging to the end."
    - Peter Hemstead, Theatremania.com

    *DAY OF THE DOG is published by Broadway Play Publishing, 2018.
  • FATE WOULD HAVE IT
    JOHN gets a call at three in the morning from ALICIA, a woman living in Los Angeles who is a complete stranger to him. Desperate to save her alcoholic and drug-addled boyfriend (the friendless & unseen ROD), ALICIA has spotted JOHN’s number in ROD’s nearly blank address book, noticing that it is a number from ROD’s home state of New Jersey and, therefore, assumes that he is an old friend or at least an...
    JOHN gets a call at three in the morning from ALICIA, a woman living in Los Angeles who is a complete stranger to him. Desperate to save her alcoholic and drug-addled boyfriend (the friendless & unseen ROD), ALICIA has spotted JOHN’s number in ROD’s nearly blank address book, noticing that it is a number from ROD’s home state of New Jersey and, therefore, assumes that he is an old friend or at least an acquaintance of sorts who can possibly serve as a sobering element. Eventually, JOHN, having absolutely no idea who ROD is but feeling “compelled” nonetheless, ventures out to L.A. in the hopes that the experience may atleast prove helpful to his own sheltered existence. For ALICIA, JOHN’s presence brings with it the hope that it will enlighten ROD and thus strengthen a relationship which she feels has been, in some way,…destined.
  • THE DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE OF PRIVATE PITTS
    Loosely based on actual events, PVT PITTS is an ever-timely and highly theatrical modern Greek drama (with humor), which tells the epic tale of a young woman’s quest for self as she embarks on a deeply probing and ultimately shocking journey. From a strict Christian upbringing in the small town of Halibut, Texas, Jenny Pitts falls prey to teenage rebellion as she questions her roots and her place in the world...
    Loosely based on actual events, PVT PITTS is an ever-timely and highly theatrical modern Greek drama (with humor), which tells the epic tale of a young woman’s quest for self as she embarks on a deeply probing and ultimately shocking journey. From a strict Christian upbringing in the small town of Halibut, Texas, Jenny Pitts falls prey to teenage rebellion as she questions her roots and her place in the world. But after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occur, Jenny is pulled from despair into heroism – only to become embroiled in a military scandal that will turn her from American hero to social pariah and test the very depths of her will.

    *World Premier in NYC with fandango 4 Art House in November 2015, IATI Theatre, NYC.


    "This play is a heroic underdog that points a dirty yet necessary mirror back at its viewers. I actually cried in a public setting (something I typically refuse to do). The script made me envious and doubt my own talents as a writer. - This play deserves a longer run and more attention – and while it has a quaint home now in the meager space in which it currently reigns, it’s sad to think of how many plays out there are thriving on half of the valor and entertainment that The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts beholds."
    - Louis DeVaughn Nelson, Center On the Aisle

    “The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts moves us to reexamine our values of faith and our community in the face of war. It is an intimate character-shifting ensemble epic. -MacGowan and team tell Damiano’s story as both an immediate and a cerebral experience. -The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts leaves a lasting and pressing impression. - ”
    - Artem Yatsunov, Theatre is Easy

    “Powerful, with captivating scenes that evince emotion and point to the institutional flaws we often blindly accept in the realms of parenting, in religion, and in the military. –The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts is heartfelt.”
    - ReviewsHub
  • DREAMS OF FRIENDLY ALIENS
    The mysterious disappearance of a small North Jersey family’s matriarch has resulted in a father (JESSE) attempting to maintain hope and sanity in a progressively hopeless and insane household, which consists of his increasingly rebellious, rap-spouting 16-year old son (MAX) and demented mother-in-law (FRETTA), who spends her days reciting a grocery list and reminiscing about her deceased dog. But as...
    The mysterious disappearance of a small North Jersey family’s matriarch has resulted in a father (JESSE) attempting to maintain hope and sanity in a progressively hopeless and insane household, which consists of his increasingly rebellious, rap-spouting 16-year old son (MAX) and demented mother-in-law (FRETTA), who spends her days reciting a grocery list and reminiscing about her deceased dog. But as abnormality has become the norm of their existence, both reality and surreality begin to gradually intervene, which, in one way or another,…will change them.

    *Winner of the Christopher Brian Wolk Award, 2004
    *World Premier with Abingdon Theatre Company, NYC, 2007.
    - Backstage Critics Pick
    - Archived in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the NY Public Library

    Review Excerpts from World/NYC Premier -

    "Daniel Damiano's gem of a play has its feet planted solidly in the reality of a family mired in adversity. Yet, along with the pathos which the characters so genuinely evoke, a great deal of humor beautifully balances an evening of theater encompassing a wide range of emotions: pity, frustration, fear, suspenseful expectation, ire, compassion and ultimately hope."
    - Fred McKinnon, Theatreonline.com

    "…(Dreams) does prove that the stuff of ordinary domestic life can still pack a punch… Damiano has a fine ear for naturalistic dialogue, and his observations of working-class Italian-American life ring true.
    - A.J. Mell, Backstage (Pick)

    "Daniel Damiano has captured the indescribable angst of waiting for the unknown, surrounding illness, estrangement, abduction, or any of dozens of reasons for psychic frost. Whether he, as a playwright, bases this acute drama on personal or imagined experience, Mr. Damiano does so with searing insight and painful perfection."
    - RobertaontheArts.com

    "…Damiano succeeds terrifically in capturing the collective frustration of a family in their struggles".
    - Andy Propst, American Theatre Web
  • AMERICAN TRANQUILITY
    A southern retiree, an Iranian subway station poet and percussionist, a talk-radio show host and a Brooklyn existentialist reflect on the human divide in 21st century America.

    Washington DC Premier (2019) -

    "FIVE STARS - Examining the state of affairs in the United States during these volatile and divided times, writer and performer Daniel Damiano paints four very distinctive...
    A southern retiree, an Iranian subway station poet and percussionist, a talk-radio show host and a Brooklyn existentialist reflect on the human divide in 21st century America.

    Washington DC Premier (2019) -

    "FIVE STARS - Examining the state of affairs in the United States during these volatile and divided times, writer and performer Daniel Damiano paints four very distinctive portraits of men living today and musing on what is wrong and what is right about this wonderful melting pot of a nation. Through each of the well-crafted monologues, Damiano brings a very real perspective to light – each one equally valid for the speaker. His skill as an actor is as strong as his pointed and often humorous writing. " - Jeffrey Walker, DC Theatre Scene

    World/NYC Premiers (2018)

    “FOUR STARS - In an Age of Constant Division, AMERICAN TRANQUILITY is a Breath of Fresh Air – …an Exceptional Piece of Theatre. Mr. Damiano’s performances generate enough energy to keep anyone captivated. “American Tranquility” presents a vertical slice of American society that’s just as messy and complex as the real thing. It’s also a witty and absurd breakdown of both sides of the country’s “great divide” - James Bartholomew, All About Solo

    "American Tranquility is probably one of the best one-person shows that I’ve ever reviewed, both in terms of its performance and its concept. The brainchild of the highly talented character actor Daniel Damiano, this show explores many of the social, political and cultural divides that pervade America, and have been exacerbated under the Trump administration. It does so through the perspective of four separate characters: an elderly man from the deep South who reflects on the differences between the young and old; a percussionist from Iran who discusses his perspective on the way immigrants such as himself are frequently treated; a right-wing talk show host who cites genuine economic concerns of many Americans as an excuse for some of the worst racial tendencies of a large portion of society; and my personal favorite, a middle-aged man from Brooklyn living in the woods, as he reflects on everything from how technology has changed society, to the overall meaning of life itself." - Anthony J. Piccione, OnStage Blog