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Ninth and Joanie

Brett C Leonard
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Three generations of an Italian-American family gather to mourn the death of their matriarch.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (1 female, 4 male, Child Actor)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“This is a play in microcosm, a full-blown artistic vision of reality, as clammy and ugly as any American play has ever come to capturing the mundane grimness of working class life as brilliantly as the early plays of Harold Pinter.” —Harvey Perr, Stage and Cinema

“An air of defeat hangs heavy on this gloomy (South Philadelphia) household … This is the kind of home where the sun has to fight its way through greasy windowpanes … What drives the play are the undercurrents of rage that flare up among father and sons like hot bolts of white lightning.” —Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Silences seem to go on for days, and when things do happen, they happen fast, and they hurt … There are no in-betweens, and that makes the play hard to watch; but it’ll definitely leave a mark.” —Jenna Scherer, Time Out New York

About the Author


  • Brett C Leonard

    Brett C Leonard has been a member of New York's acclaimed LAByrinth Theater Company since 2003. His stage plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Berlin and Sydney. In early 2010 his play THE LONG RED ROAD was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in an extended-run world premiere at Goodman Theatre in Chicago. In 2008 UNCONDITIONAL was directed by Mark Wing-Davey in its world premiere production by LAByrinth Theater Company at New York's Public Theater, and is published in Smith & Kraus' New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2008. In 2004 his play GUINEA PIG SOLO had its world premiere as the inaugural LAByrinth/Public Theater co-production, and was later produced at Chicago's Collaboraction, where it was named Chicago Tribune's "Top 10 of 2005" and "most visceral show of the year." In 2007 GUINEA PIG SOLO was presented as part of the Berlin Arts Festival's 50th Anniversary at the House of World Culture. ROGER AND VANESSA has been produced at Latchmere Theatre 503 in London, The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles and Tap Gallery in Sydney. SCOTCH AND WATER was first produced by New Company in London, where it was selected as Critics' Choice in Time Out London. Mr. Leonard is the recipient of the 2008 Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award and is Co-Artistic Director (with Tom Hardy and Kelly Marcel) of London's Bad Dog Theatre Company. He is also a member of Israel Horovitz's Playwrights Lab. GUINEA PIG SOLO, UNCONDITIONAL, ROGER AND VANESSA, SCOTCH AND WATER and THE LONG RED ROAD are published by Broadway Play Publishing. Past and upcoming film and television projects include Unconditional (Cooper's Town Prods/Overture Films), The Other (Lionsgate, co-written with Tom Hardy), Hung (HBO), Jailbait (Belladonna/Kindred/Warner Brothers) and Upstate (E-1 Ent., co-written with Bob Glaudini).

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/31/2012
Pages 44
ISBN 9780881455380

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Ninth and Joanie is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC