and love is the battlefield!
Meet the Cantata brothers: Theodore and Frederick. They're children of the Sixties. Theodore is a public defender; Frederick works for historic preservation.
Theodore is happily, if sometimes stormily, married to Sue; they have four daughters. Frederick is divorced, the father of 2 sons. The brothers play touch football on Sundays, they do "their work" around Theodore's house, and dream of ways to get rich.
And then Frederick meets Angela Monterro-a woman of the Nineties; professional, beautiful and independent. They are attracted to each other-but Angela isn't about to allow herself to be trapped into a relationship with "an older man, who has two children, is economically strapped, and, by his own admission, hasn't much of a financial future." Or will she?
The play is episodic-set against scenes of touch football; scenes of the brothers trying to fix toilets, chop down trees, paint garages and construct gardens; scenes of Angela trying to figure out if she wants Frederick or another suitor (the detestable Scott Jones-a man of the Nineties). It's actually simple: all these people have to do is make a few decisions and figure out why they fall in love.
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About the Author
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.