George Sapio

George Sapio

George Sapio is an award-winning playwright, director, dramaturg, and actor who lives outside Ithaca, NY. His most recent play is "The Viking Suicides," a satire about life in an ego-crushing modern America and a father's desperate attempts to connect with his teenage daughter. Previous to that he wrote "Oatmeal and a Cigarette," a one-act alternative family dramedy, is published by...
George Sapio is an award-winning playwright, director, dramaturg, and actor who lives outside Ithaca, NY. His most recent play is "The Viking Suicides," a satire about life in an ego-crushing modern America and a father's desperate attempts to connect with his teenage daughter. Previous to that he wrote "Oatmeal and a Cigarette," a one-act alternative family dramedy, is published by Broadway Play Publishing and was awarded the Critics’ Pick at the 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Other plays include "And They Lived Happily Ever After," commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY, and produced in June 2006; and "Ghosts," winner of the 2001 Mildred and Albert Panowski Award.

His book, "Workshopping the New Play; A Guide for Playwrights, Directors, and Dramaturgs" is published by Applause Books (http://bit.ly/2vSXDHA) and is great for educators and students as well as practitioners. He is also a photojournalist whose book “Collateral Damage” features his writing and pictures from two trips to Iraq in 2003.

His short play, "The Kiss," is a featured play in the Applause Books' edition of "The Best New Ten-Minute Plays, 2019," (https://amzn.to/36xo5ET) and "Putt-Putt" is featured in "The Best New Ten-Minute Plays 2020," also by Applause Books.

He received his M.F.A. in creative writing/playwriting from Goddard College and was the artistic director of the annual Ithaca Fringe Festival. He also hosts "Onstage/Offstage," a monthly podcast now in its sixth year featuring interviews with theatre professionals of all walk and live readings of hot-off-the-printer plays.

Plays

  • Better Than Nothing
    Identity & humanity: Will either of them survive within a corporate system? Martha, a middle-aged
    woman re-entering the workforce at a global corporation. At every turn she finds herself undervalued and all of her efforts to work her way up the ladder or improve her work life are frustrated. Powerless, Martha tries to find ways to deal with her depression and her amnesia. No matter what tactic she...
    Identity & humanity: Will either of them survive within a corporate system? Martha, a middle-aged
    woman re-entering the workforce at a global corporation. At every turn she finds herself undervalued and all of her efforts to work her way up the ladder or improve her work life are frustrated. Powerless, Martha tries to find ways to deal with her depression and her amnesia. No matter what tactic she tries, her relationship with her co-worker and immediate supervisor, Raymond, turns into a matter of contention. Forced to change from a passive person into a pro-active individual, Martha begins to discover that she is more capable than she imagined.
  • The Final Word
    Lizzie Featherstone, in the interests of education and social awareness, publishes an essay from a distinguished alumna. Political forces immediately try to discredit her, but she will not back down. The issue becomes a legal battle that serves as an allegory for the record of SCOTUS free speech cases in the 20th century.
    Chances are, you may not know nearly enough about free speech in America.
  • The Viking Suicides
    A Viking-themed teenage group suicide attempt sparks off a series of events leading to the formation of a women’s refuge society with dubious goals. Society observes and reacts, not always intelligently, and a well-meaning yet eminently clueless father must find a way to get back to his now-famous daughter by whatever means possible.
  • Fault Lines
    A robbery leads to revelations for three sisters: fragile Stazi, a forensic pathologist who is chronically single; Ginger, who's "adventurous" past comes back to haunt her; and Theresa, a cigarette-smoking, foul-mouthed nun, who's always been the stalwart sibling. Add in Ginger's husband Shawn, whose battered ego and desperate attempt to make it as a chef further complicate matters....
    A robbery leads to revelations for three sisters: fragile Stazi, a forensic pathologist who is chronically single; Ginger, who's "adventurous" past comes back to haunt her; and Theresa, a cigarette-smoking, foul-mouthed nun, who's always been the stalwart sibling. Add in Ginger's husband Shawn, whose battered ego and desperate attempt to make it as a chef further complicate matters. Sibling rivalry, pornography, a dead mother who's still very much a potent presence, a handful of condoms, secret ingredients, and family secrets threaten to tear the sisters apart.
  • Oatmeal and a Cigarette
    Billy, a thirty-something year old, believes he is three. "Mommy" Claire, (who is actually Billy's older brother) has never let him out of the apartment, keeping him there with scary stories about the outside world. Babysitter Jane comes every day and behind Claire's back, hypnotizes and interviews Billy about his past. Billy, unable to contain his adult urges, makes advances to Jane. Jane...
    Billy, a thirty-something year old, believes he is three. "Mommy" Claire, (who is actually Billy's older brother) has never let him out of the apartment, keeping him there with scary stories about the outside world. Babysitter Jane comes every day and behind Claire's back, hypnotizes and interviews Billy about his past. Billy, unable to contain his adult urges, makes advances to Jane. Jane puts him off, but encourages him to leave with her and put himself in the hands of her doctor associates. Things reach crisis when Billy, fed up with both Jane's stalling and Claire's dominance, finally refuses to cooperate with Jane and she is forced to either abandon the project or commit emotionally to him.

    Critics' Pick - 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival
  • Kynges Games
    Comedic drama. Heavily researched over three years, this is an as-close-to-factual story of the notorious King Richard III of England. 10 actors, 25 roles, designed to be done on a simple set. From his 18th birthday to his death at (what was believed to be) Market Bosworth, Kynges Games looks at the political forces that shaped and directed his life. Said by some to be a smart and dedicated king, by others a...
    Comedic drama. Heavily researched over three years, this is an as-close-to-factual story of the notorious King Richard III of England. 10 actors, 25 roles, designed to be done on a simple set. From his 18th birthday to his death at (what was believed to be) Market Bosworth, Kynges Games looks at the political forces that shaped and directed his life. Said by some to be a smart and dedicated king, by others a ruthless child murderer, Richard remains a controversial figure. Great opportunity for inventive casting, doubling, and sportscasted battle scenes!
  • Ghosts
    Bobno, a documentary maker, and his assistant, Maddie, travel to New Orleans to film the right-to-die case of a woman who has been in a vegetative state since she was assaulted 20 years before. Complications arise as they are visited by the local Sheriff, who is also Bobno's stepfather. Maddie's investigation reveals that Bobno is more involved with the coma case than he has let on. The coma victim...
    Bobno, a documentary maker, and his assistant, Maddie, travel to New Orleans to film the right-to-die case of a woman who has been in a vegetative state since she was assaulted 20 years before. Complications arise as they are visited by the local Sheriff, who is also Bobno's stepfather. Maddie's investigation reveals that Bobno is more involved with the coma case than he has let on. The coma victim may be trying to communicate. All of this parallels Maddie's investigation into a hundred-year-old ghost story (a child's tragic death) that supposedly took place in the townhouse hotel room they are staying in.
  • Headstrong
    Norman Miller is an unemployed writer of literature tainted with passages so explicitly sexual that no one wants to publish them. His wife Mixie has stopped believing in him. Her affair with Ted leads to murder. Murder leads to disposal problems. Norman's agent shows up with earth-shaking news just before Norman makes an unexpected reappearance and Mixie has to think fast to come out of this with her mind in one piece.
  • Burgers
    A 15-minute monologue about vegetarianism, The Greatest Burgers in the World, and of course, auditions.
  • The Appointment
    10-minute play. Is an ambassador's decision to reject a political appointment based solely on ethical grounds or is it a chance to get back at a tyrannical bully?
  • Cranberry
    10-minute play. Can one find love and punishment in the golden years?
  • Hocking Murray
    A widow attempts to hock her late husband after she has his ashes turned into a diamond ring.
  • I Know
    7-8 minutes. A cast-as-you-wish pas-de-deux for actors ready to explore tempo and connection. A is appalled at B's horrific behavior and B, caught off guard, tries to make amends.
  • The Kiss
    10-minute play. Based on the iconic Alfred Eisenstadt VE-Day photo from 1945; a sailor, glad to be home safe from the war, kisses a strange young woman. The woman does not respond the way he hoped she might.
  • Maria and Little Joey Have a Baby
    Maria's on the run from Daddy. Little Joey needs to find her fast. Can they find a way out of this mess before the goons show up?
  • Messages
    The world's only extensive collection of massages in bottles. What's not as interesting is that it's kept in the world's third largest beachfront refuse landfall--which is the size of a small metropolitan city.
  • Misfit Toys
    15-minute play. Eight marital aids in group therapy. It all comes down to identity.
  • Putt-Putt
    10-minute play. Jeff's new company divestment brainstorm is Christian-themed minigolf. What he doesn't know is that the idea strikes a little too close to home amongst his officemates.
  • Seasons
    10-minute play. Grandma has her hands full getting her exhausted granddaughter out of bed. If she doesn't, will nature ever recover?