A House That God Hates

A House That God Hates

by Bernard Mendillo


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A serious play - with caustically comic moments - about the richest family in the world and the terrible secret that tears them apart.

It is Aeschylus' world of Agamemnon - forty stories up in modern Manhattan.

This play has hatred, dishonor, infidelity, crimes, cheating, lying, deception - and a chorus.

A. G. Wonder - while away at war ("Corporate War," the Chorus expounds) - commits an act which ultimately was designed to ensure his family's survival for the next millennium, but, which will, in reality, serve to split it asunder forever.

A.G. is about to return, and his wife, Tammy, who has taken up with A.G.'s cousin, Aaron, must marshal her forces to preserve her new-found position of power.

Their children - Elle, Orrin and the stricken Irene - are cast into the arena to fend for themselves; while Cassy, A.G.'s "personal assistant" (to whom "on one ever listens") holds the ultimate trump card.

In the background is the Chorus - three young girls - who comment on the why's and wherefore's of what's happening - constantly hinting as to their true identity.

In the end, it's up to Elle and to Orrin to decide if, when and how the hatred is to end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481182768
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/06/2012
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Bernard Mendillo writes plays (as well as novels, memoirs and newspaper columns).

Mendillo has had 18 productions of 11 full-length plays-two of them off-off-Broadway; and two others have received off-off-Broadway staged readings. He's been produced regionally in Massachusetts, upstate New York and Los Angeles.

His new play-The Nickel Jar-is a serious comedy about a man desperately trying to save his marriage and his family.

He's written two dramas based on classic works: A House that God Hates-a modern version of Aeschylus' Agamemnon; and Agnes in Camelot-a modern retelling of the Arthurian legend.

His wildly dark comedy Mates won the Wykeham Rise National Playwrighting Contest and was produced off-off-Broadway. Eventually, this led to the Mates Trilogy-with all three plays being presented at the Little Theater in Binghamton, NY. The second play of the trilogy, Mates in Paradise, was also produced at the Orpheum Repertory, in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Mendillo's comedy of his generation, The Last Baby Boomer, received a staged reading by the New England Repertory Company, as part of its Festival of New Plays; it was produced off-off-Broadway at the Impact Theater; and it received an off-off-Broadway reading at New Perspectives.

Mendillo was playwright-in-residence for the Orpheum Repertory Company in Massachusetts. He was a founding board member of the New England Repertory Company and was its playwright-in-residence.

Mendillo has independently published two novels: Dancing Naked with the Devil and Marvin Piersoll and three memoirs: Football, Bella in America and Nuns!

His novel Marvin Piersoll won the fiction category in the 2011 New York Book Festival

Mendillo also has extensive journalism experience; he's written more than 600 works of short fiction and feature articles and humor columns for the Providence Journal, Canton Journal, and Warwick Beacon.

Mendillo grew up in Rhode Island; he studied writing at Brown University-where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Creative Writing/Playwrighting.

Mendillo lives in Canton, Massachusetts.

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