Mary Sorrento is a research biologist trying to develop a test that will serve as an early warning for a childhood disease. It's not going well. She's running out of time-she's running out of her grant money.
Her boyfriend, Bill Connors, shows up to say that he is leaving her.
Then, her best friend Moira, who used to be the Sorrento's au pair, announces that the government wants to deport her.
Mary turns to her father, John Sorrento-who appears out of the darkness in another space and time. They talk of many things: baseball, McDonald's, King Arthur.
Through these conversations-and through flashbacks-Mary's past is revealed: which holds the answers to her life.
There is the underlying story of how John Sorrento, a widower, invites his friend Jane to the house for dinner-and it ends in disaster. To set matters right, Moira and Mary conspire to use a game of baseball between the staff of John's newspaper and a bunch of young Irish kids to get John and Jane together again.
Meanwhile, it's Bill, ironically, who can help Mary and Moira solve their problems. But Bill has been pushed away by Mary's ideal of the man her father was.
It can all work itself out-but only if Mary learns the secret to her life.
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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.