George Sapio

George Sapio

George Sapio is a playwright/director/producer/dramaturg. His work has been commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre and Actors Workshop of Ithaca. His play “Ghosts” won the 2001 Mildred and Albert Panowski Award. “Oatmeal and a Cigarette” is published by Broadway Play Publishing. He produces and hosts the podcast “Onstage/Offstage,” now in its tenth year, featuring interviews with theatre professionals from around...
George Sapio is a playwright/director/producer/dramaturg. His work has been commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre and Actors Workshop of Ithaca. His play “Ghosts” won the 2001 Mildred and Albert Panowski Award. “Oatmeal and a Cigarette” is published by Broadway Play Publishing. He produces and hosts the podcast “Onstage/Offstage,” now in its tenth year, featuring interviews with theatre professionals from around the world and live readings of new short plays. His book “Workshopping the New Play: A Guide for Playwrights, Directors, and Dramaturgs” is published by Hal Leonard/Applause Books. He was the founder and artistic director of the Ithaca Fringe Festival and founder of Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Company and Bad Dog! Productions. He is also a photojournalist whose book “Collateral Damage” features his pictures from two trips to Iraq in 2003. He earned his MFA in playwriting at Goddard College.
Websites:
gsapio.com; onstageoffstage.org; workshoppingthenewplay.com

Plays

  • Night Witch
    SOLO ONE-ACT. For three years during WWII, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Force, the first-ever female fighter pilots (in the history of war) flew nightly missions against the massive German war machine. They flew in all kinds of weather: rain, snow, sub-zero freezes, with no radar, lights, or parachutes. They flew over 300 sorties, often with ten or more missions per squad every night,...
    SOLO ONE-ACT. For three years during WWII, the 588th Night Bomber Regiment of the Soviet Air Force, the first-ever female fighter pilots (in the history of war) flew nightly missions against the massive German war machine. They flew in all kinds of weather: rain, snow, sub-zero freezes, with no radar, lights, or parachutes. They flew over 300 sorties, often with ten or more missions per squad every night, dropping bombs on the Nazi front lines. The regiment was staffed entirely of women, including all support staff. They were one of the most highly decorated elite regiments in Soviet history. They flew biplanes. They dealt with misogyny and hardship. And they had the Nazis terrified of them.
  • Vinnie Suitcases
    FULL LENGTH - The Tortellinis are like any other long-term mob family: ruthless, conniving, and lovable. Vincent (Vinnie “Suitcases”) and wife Kate are at the end of their usefulness. When a mob hit goes wrong, they, daughter Maria, and son-in-law “Little Joey” Carpentieri need to think fast in order to make it to the end of this play. Throw in a couple of surprises on Vinnie's part and unexpected FBI...
    FULL LENGTH - The Tortellinis are like any other long-term mob family: ruthless, conniving, and lovable. Vincent (Vinnie “Suitcases”) and wife Kate are at the end of their usefulness. When a mob hit goes wrong, they, daughter Maria, and son-in-law “Little Joey” Carpentieri need to think fast in order to make it to the end of this play. Throw in a couple of surprises on Vinnie's part and unexpected FBI interference, and the Tortellinis embark on a minute-by-minute journey no one expected.
  • Whitewash
    A Young Adult one-act which deals with the practice of casting white actors in roles meant for BIPOC.
  • Do You Want Fries With That?
    FULL-LENGTH. 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...
    FULL-LENGTH. 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
    FULL-LENGTH. 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
    FULL-LENGTH. 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
    FULL-LENGTH. 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...
    FULL-LENGTH. 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.

    *3 roles for women 40+.*
  • Oatmeal and a Cigarette
    ~60 min One-act. 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...
    ~60 min One-act. 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
    FULL-LENGTH. 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, runs a little over two hours, 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....
    FULL-LENGTH. 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, runs a little over two hours, 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
    FULL-LENGTH. 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...
    FULL-LENGTH. 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
    FULL-LENGTH. 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
    10-minutes. 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
    15 minutes. 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
    10 minutes. The world's only extensive collection of messages 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. Identity is everything, especially if you're a dildo. (Or a vibrator.) Buzz, new to the group, seeks an answer to a troubling question, and is brought into the light
    concerning his own 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.
  • Scream
    One person's therapy is another's torture. Woody attempts to dump angst in the Existential Void...but finds that it's occupied. And not receptive at all.
  • Seasons
    10-minute play. Grandma has her hands full getting her exhausted granddaughter out of bed. If she doesn't, will nature ever recover?
  • We Got Married
    Getting into character might carry far more serious consequences than the actors
    dreamed of. What if a play about getting married may have gone a bit too far?