by Bernard Mendillo


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MATES is the first play of the MATES TRILOGY. Each play stands alone - but, collectively, they follow the two main characters' lives for six consecutive hours - from "seven past seven" until "seven past one" of a very fateful day. The three plays explore the meaning of friendship, courage and success. The other plays are MATES IN PARADISE (produced at the Melfi Repertory in Binghamton, NY, in 1993; and then produced, twice, at the 450-seat Orpheum Repertory Company in Foxborough, MA, in 1995) and MATES AT LAST (produced at the Melfi in September of 1995).MATES won the Wykeham Rise Playwrighting Contest in 1973. It was produced off-off-Broadway at Lolly's Theater Club in 1973. In 1993, it was produced at the 250-seat Leonard Melfi Repertory Theater in Binghamton, New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481805414
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2012
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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