Tony Russo is a native Brooklynite whose world is about to explode. Tony’s life, which is deeply anchored in his cherished rent-stabilized Park Slope apartment, has been way too cushy for the past twenty years. His best kept secret of being a recent New York State lottery winner pulls him further into his comfort zone locking him into a destructive world of addictions.
What worked for many years is slowly becoming Tony’s most tragic nightmare. Conflicted with newly arrived obnoxious nosy upstairs neighbors, a knock on the door from his one time love of his life, and his best friend succumbing to alcohol, and a haunting past examining his relationship with the AIDS epidemic—Tony spirals deeper into compulsive behavior. As his days become a full-time circus, he is eventually forced to re-evaluate his life.
Tony’s hilarious yet sensitive narrative gives the reader an all-access pass into his secret world. In this decadent place of lifelong friendships, parties, sugar, booze, sex addicts, and drag queens, his only safe, quiet space is about to rumble. The Space swings with colorful characters who help provide an honest, heartwarming perspective on an Italian gay man struggling with a painful past and an out-of-control present.
The Space is based on Vincent Caruso’s first play which premiered at The New York City International Fringe festival.
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About the Author
Vincent Caruso’s book The Space, is based on his first full length play which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. His two other full length plays, Countdown, and Leftovers, was presented at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Countdown, critically acclaimed, "a remarkable screwball comedy with grit," is about an Italian family in Bensonhurst. Leftovers, an engrossing drama about the lives of three promiscuous men, mirrors a sort of Manhattan version of “Queer as Folk.” He has produced many short plays at the LGBT center in New York City. His short piece, Lemon Kisses, dealing with bullying and self-esteem was seen at the LGBT center, The Wings Theater, and aired on Brooklyn Cable Access Television. Sugar Bait was presented at the LGBT center, and the Samuel French Short Play-writing Contest. Vincent participated in the " Tip My Cup Quickie", a 24 hour play-writing festival (creative team given 24 hours to write, rehearse, and perform an original short play), presented at the Duplex Cabaret in the Village. Vincent Caruso’s hilarious one man show, staring himself, Sister-Mary Sister-Mary Sofa was seen at Dixon’s Place 2012 Hot Festival and also at East End Stables in the East Hamptons. Vincent is a graduate of William Esper Studios, having studied with Maggie Flanigan. Writer, actor, director