Anthony J. Piccione

Anthony J. Piccione

Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter, critic, essayist, poet and occasional actor based in New York City.

Born in Rochester, New York and raised in Connecticut, Piccione’s eclectic canon of one-acts have been produced at NYC venues such as the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan...
Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter, critic, essayist, poet and occasional actor based in New York City.

Born in Rochester, New York and raised in Connecticut, Piccione’s eclectic canon of one-acts have been produced at NYC venues such as the Hudson Guild Theatre, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as regional venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theatre, the Windsor Art Center, and Windham Theatre Guild, and have been published at Heuer Publishing. (www.hitplays.com) His full-length drama A Therapy Session with Myself - a semi-autobiographical work about dealing with social anxiety, depression, and Asperger's syndrome - is set to receive its first full production in January 2019, while his one-act drama What I Left Behind was named the NYWinterfest's Best Short Play of 2018.

While he’s not working on his own plays, Piccione works as a contributing columnist and critic at On Stage Blog (www.onstageblog.com), one of the most popular theatre websites in the world. He has also worked in the past as an actor, poet, dramaturge, teaching assistant, and in many other countless roles. He received his BA in Theatre (with minors in Writing and Film Studies) from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Plays

  • A Therapy Session with Myself
    "A Therapy Session with Myself" tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer dealing with severe social anxiety, depression and Asperger's syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness. As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality...
    "A Therapy Session with Myself" tells the story of Alex Grayson, a young college student and aspiring writer dealing with severe social anxiety, depression and Asperger's syndrome. During the summer before his senior year, he receives a mysterious visit from “himself”, a human incarnation of his inner consciousness. As they interact, Alex is forced to reflect on his own flaws and personality quirks, as well as some of the darkest and most painful memories of his adolescence, while also pondering the question of whether or not he can overcome his many inner demons, and ultimately build a brighter future for himself.

    Visit www.anthonyjpiccione.com/atherapysessionwithmyself to learn more about this play.
  • 4 $tages
    "4 $tages" is an avant-garde drama in one-act striking at the core of some of the biggest issues facing American society in the 21st century. This multi-layered tome of greed, corruption, and revolution explores the fundamental issues plaguing the American political and economic systems - from wealth inequality and corporate greed to runaway imperialism - through a movement-based, abstract journey...
    "4 $tages" is an avant-garde drama in one-act striking at the core of some of the biggest issues facing American society in the 21st century. This multi-layered tome of greed, corruption, and revolution explores the fundamental issues plaguing the American political and economic systems - from wealth inequality and corporate greed to runaway imperialism - through a movement-based, abstract journey through America's 40-year economic decline.
  • An Energy Tale
    “An Energy Tale” - a time-traveling show for young audiences - aims to teach youth about the potential impact of climate change on our future, in a way that is equally entertaining and educational to all audiences. The play begins in the year 2184, when the world is far different than it is in our time. While sitting around and juggling rocks - the only mildly fun hobby left to do on Earth – a young child named...
    “An Energy Tale” - a time-traveling show for young audiences - aims to teach youth about the potential impact of climate change on our future, in a way that is equally entertaining and educational to all audiences. The play begins in the year 2184, when the world is far different than it is in our time. While sitting around and juggling rocks - the only mildly fun hobby left to do on Earth – a young child named Sally is encountered by the mysterious Dr. Science. With Sally and Dr. Science, the audience is transported back to the past - to our present - to learn about how many important decisions being made today, from fuel sources to politics, have affected Sally's world...our future.
  • What I Left Behind
    "What I Left Behind" explores teen suicide, its impact, and the repercussions it has on those left behind. The play focuses on a young high school student suffering from severe depression brought on by bullying at the hands of classmates, who shocks everyone by taking their own life. In a unique retelling of the events leading up to the decision, we see what - and who - brought this young person to...
    "What I Left Behind" explores teen suicide, its impact, and the repercussions it has on those left behind. The play focuses on a young high school student suffering from severe depression brought on by bullying at the hands of classmates, who shocks everyone by taking their own life. In a unique retelling of the events leading up to the decision, we see what - and who - brought this young person to make this life-ending move...and how those who remain deal with it.
  • Two Cousins and a Pizza
    A short comedy which tells the story of two cousins who grew up together in New York City and bonded over pizza, but have since grown apart. After moving to Chicago a few months ago, Johnny’s cousin – Mikey – returns home to visit family at a local pizza joint. However, during the visit, Johnny notices a major change in Mikey’s eating habits, prompting a tense discussion between the two over the proper way to eat your pizza.
  • Ebol-A-Rama
    Alison has a bad habit of watching too much cable news and now she’s developed an irrational fear of catching Ebola. When she tries to meet up with her best friend for dinner, things don’t turn out so well.

    Production rights available at www.hitplays.com.
  • Carol
    Vinny is a young, best-selling novelist who has achieved great success, and has just been starting work on his next book. However, he has been significantly affected by his crippling anxiety, which he is only able to overcome by drinking considerable amounts of red wine. After some help from his friends, he has been able to finally move on, and start functioning as both a writer and a civilized person without...
    Vinny is a young, best-selling novelist who has achieved great success, and has just been starting work on his next book. However, he has been significantly affected by his crippling anxiety, which he is only able to overcome by drinking considerable amounts of red wine. After some help from his friends, he has been able to finally move on, and start functioning as both a writer and a civilized person without it. However, on one particularly stressful night, the temptation strikes again, as he receives a return visit from his old muse...
  • The Personality Play
    "The Personality Play" is an abstract script that is intended to express the various emotions and personality aspects that any individual person could potentially have, in the most extreme and bizarre way possible. Each character in the show represents one of those various emotional personas, and reflects how each can potentially react to one another...or to anyone else, for that matter...
  • The End of the Line at the End
    “The End of the Line at the End” is a dark comedy about two friends - Mark and Josh - having the argument that has tested friendships for nearly all of modern civilization: Is there a God, or not? While they are trying to reason with each other, Mark is shot during a drive-by shooting. As a result, Mark has a near-death experience, in which he is forced to wait in line with several other people in purgatory,...
    “The End of the Line at the End” is a dark comedy about two friends - Mark and Josh - having the argument that has tested friendships for nearly all of modern civilization: Is there a God, or not? While they are trying to reason with each other, Mark is shot during a drive-by shooting. As a result, Mark has a near-death experience, in which he is forced to wait in line with several other people in purgatory, and question his entire worldview.
  • You Really Shouldn't Drink That
    A dark comedy about a lonely teenage girl being tricked into joining a suicide cult, while learning along the way an important life lesson about adolescence.
  • The Real Tim Spacey
    In the year 2002, a father expresses his disappointment with his son's lifestyle in this comedic blend of both Wall Street and hip-hop themes.
  • Material Dad
    The year is 1985. It is the time of MTV, neon clothing, crazy hair, materialism and Generation X. Hugh Rodgers - like many parents - is concerned about his teenage daughter going down the same path that many other teens are on of embracing the pop culture of today. So in order to prevent that from happening, he comes up with a clever way to make sure his daughter NEVER wants to be a material girl in a material world.
  • The One Plate To Fool Them All
    After a long and exhausting adventure through outer space, two best friends get into a ridiculous argument over the best way to finish the great mission that they were sent out, and shows everyone just how unfit they are to be the heroes that save the universe from utter destruction.
  • How Having a Vampire Boyfriend Would REALLY Go
    As a big fan of a certain book series about vampires, Jessica is deeply in love with her new boyfriend...despite his unusual lust for blood. As she is about to go out on her first date with him, she is hoping to reassure her overly protective parents that her date isn't as bad as they think. However, little does she know that the world of vampires is not nearly as sparkly as she believed.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Stupid
    After an awkward date with a cute girl, Tim tries to kill himself. However, before he is able to, he is distracted by a completely bizarre situation that he did not expect: a fight to the death between an angel that is being paid to convince him to keep hanging on, and a devil that is being paid to get him to off himself.