QUARTET — four gay-themed plays written by Mario Fratti (“Nine”) —
will open on June 5 at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave. at 10th
St.). Stephan Morrow directs.
The cast of QUARTET features Jason Beaubien, Paul Caiola (THE MERMAID,
BUSTED JESUS COMIX), Wayne Maugans (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY), Sarah-Doe
Osborne (FAIR GAME, A QUESTION OF IMPEACHMENT), Victoria Watson,
Jennifer Laine Williams (MAD FORREST, A TIME RIPE AND RARE), Melanie
Rose Wilson (“Poker Run”), Dennis Wit (TRIANGLE at 59E59, “Romeo and
Juliet in Yiddish”), Kenneth W. Ziegler and Michael Sirow (“The New
Twenty,” “The Good Guy”).
QUARTET is comprised of the following plays:
ACTORS, a loving father has a secret
A.I.D.S., a doctor bribes a dying man’s lover
DINA AND ALBA, about two women who love one another and an older lover
PIGGY BANK, a prostitute charms and dupes her clients
QUARTET follows Theater for the New City’s production last fall of Mr.
Fratti’s TRIO, three short plays about sex, religion and politics. TRIO
was directed by Stephan Morrow.
Mario Fratti was born in Italy but has been living in New York since
1963. He is a drama critic and a playwright. He had a long run on
Broadway with the musical NINE (adaptation of his play SIX PASSIONATE
WOMEN, life of Fellini, film “8 1/2”). Most of his full-length plays
(CAGE, VICTIM, E. DUSE, WHITE WIDOW, CHE GUEVARA, PINOCHET CHILE ’73,
REFRIGERATORS, BIRTHDAY, ACADEMY, SISTER, TERRORIST, LOVERS, IRAQ) have
been performed in 19 languages. In New York, becoming aware of a m;yriad
of very interesting theatrical situations, he fell in love with the
one-act genre. “28 Unpredictable Plays” by Mario Fratti have been
published by The New York Theatre Experience. (www.nyte.org)
Stephan Morrow is an actor and director who has labored in the trenches
of non-commercial theater in New York and Los Angeles for over 25 years.
He had a long collaboration with Norman Mailer performing in his play
STRAWHEAD: A MEMORY PLAY OF MARILYN at The Actor’s Studio and his film
“Tough Guys Don’t Dance.” More recently he co-directed and acted in
Mailer’s “The Deer Park.” He directed a production of INCIDENT AT VICHY
at the request of Arthur Miller. Mr. Morrow is Artistic Director and
founder of The Great American Play Series. He directed Mr. Fratti’s TRIO