I Love You, Frank Sinatra

I Love You, Frank Sinatra

by Bernard Mendillo


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I LOVE YOU, FRANK SINATRA is a serious comedy about redemption-about two people who have been hurt by love-and who have inflicted hurt themselves.

Benjamin Borelli-a struggling playwright who works in a bowling alley - and Missy Reardon-an editor at the New York Times who strives to live in a world of grace and charm-both live with the pain of their pasts. They throw up walls-to protect themselves from human contact. This begins to change when Beverly Grimaldi, Benjamin's sister, decides to fix-up Benjamin with Heather McCauley. This is destined to failure - but Benjamin meets Heather's roommate-Missy. And although Benjamin and Missy fight it, they are drawn to each other. Benjamin falls hard. "It's a conflict," he screams to his sister. "A major conflict!" He then sets out to break down the walls between Missy and himself.

Along the way, he helps Beverly and Frank break down the wall that has risen between them. And then there's Rodman Jones, the director of Benjamin's new play, who's interested in Missy and Heather.

Benjamin and Missy spar and jab with each other: drawing alternatively closer and then further apart. When they finally smash the walls and throw themselves into passion-it seems all their dreams are smashed as well.

Through a twist of fate, Missy ends up taking a small role in Benjamin's play. And when she suddenly says the wrong line in the wrong place during the opening-night performance-"Maybe the most important dream of all is never to stop dreaming"-it throws Benjamin and Missy together for a final confrontation.

A confrontation with their pasts and with themselves. A confrontation with redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497510715
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(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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