Frank Oteri

Frank Oteri

After four years of service in the U.S. Army (1997-2001), Frank A. Oteri decided to trade in his camouflage for a computer and relocate from Connecticut to Colorado to begin his life outside of the military. Though he drunkenly saw a theatrical production (of what might have been Twelfth Night but could have been A Midsummer Night's Dream) while he was in high school, he hadn’t witnessed one prior and...
After four years of service in the U.S. Army (1997-2001), Frank A. Oteri decided to trade in his camouflage for a computer and relocate from Connecticut to Colorado to begin his life outside of the military. Though he drunkenly saw a theatrical production (of what might have been Twelfth Night but could have been A Midsummer Night's Dream) while he was in high school, he hadn’t witnessed one prior and wouldn’t see one again (sober or intoxicated) until a decade later when a chance for extra credit was offered during one of the many creative writing classes he took while pursuing a higher education. The performance wasn’t particularly good, but it didn’t stop him from falling in love with the format and the intimacy it encompassed. He was hooked. Upon receiving a Mass Communications degree with a minor in Creative Writing from Colorado State University-Pueblo, he moved to Denver and began writing for the Department of Energy’s WINDExchange program where he continues to work in support of wind energy education and outreach. Since 2008, he has been submitting plays to every opportunity he can find in the hopes of getting something produced. So far, two of his short plays, Edgar (performed at Brooks Center Arts) and Intimate Information (performed at Vintage Theatre) have had the opportunity to be fully staged for Denver audiences to consume. In 2014, Mr. Oteri’s Tales from the Peacetime Army was a semi-finalist in the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s nuVoices Play Festival and a finalist in the Edge Theatre’s On the Edge: A Festival of New Plays. His latest effort, Four and a Half Degrees, was a semi-finalist in Creede Repertory Theatre’s 2019 New Play Program. He has been participating in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s Playwriting Lab, a paid program that features opportunities for weekly readings and feedback, for much of the past year to further his playwrighting education.

Plays

  • Always with a Bang
    Caleb Andrews and Lillian Ellingwood are caught in a repetitive post-life loop that begins with a simple question and always ends with a bang. Since making the decision to end their own physical lives, the two are forced to repeat their violent ends upon the ring of a bell. Patterns break as they discover unknown truths about each other’s past until one is left alone for eternity.