Stage play version of the award-winning debut novel by Frank Anthony Polito
Jack Paterno is a straight-A student living in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park. The only thing he has in common with his best friend since seventh grade, Brad Dayton, is that both are in band... Or maybe that's not the only thing?
As Jack and Brad make their way through junior high and high school, their friendship grows deeper and more complicated. From stealing furtive glances at Playgirl to discussing which guys they would find cute (if they were girls), Jack is trying to figure out who and what he is. More than anything, he wants to be popular and "normal." But as Brad points out, this is real life -- not a John Hughes movie. Sooner or later, Jack will have to choose. And when he does, the decision he makes could cost him.
2M, 1 unit-set, Run time: 90 minutes
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BAND FAGS! - a play began in 2001 as long one-act called JOHN R. The play was workshopped in New York City by Muse of Fire Productions, starring a then-unknown John Tartaglia (Tony nominee Avenue Q) as Jack. After 11 long years -- and many subsequent drafts -- the play received its World Premiere in June 2012 at SNAP! Productions in Omaha, NE. The current version includes many of the same scenes from the original production, but the "unrequited love" element between Jack and Brad has been removed, to reflect the story as it was told in the novel Band Fags!, published in June 2008.About the Author:
Frank Anthony Polito is a New York City-based writer. Published novels include BAND FAGS! (2008 "Best Fiction" -- InsightOut Book Club), DRAMA QUEERS! (2009 Lambda Literary Award), REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS (featuring the sequel to BAND FAGS!) and LOST IN THE '90s. His other writing has been featured in Instinct magazine and online at The Advocate.com and AfterElton.com. He is also a regular contributor to the popular New York City lifestyle blog "Kenneth in the 212".
Frank holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon and a BFA in Theatre from Wayne State. He grew up in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park. Readers can visit him on the web at frankanthonypolito.com
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