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Poetic License

Jack Canfora
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John Greer has a charmed life: he is a professor at a renowned university, a beloved father, and he is about to be named Poet Laureate. He owes much of his success to his wife, Diane, who aggressively shepherds his career. But when their daughter and her new boyfriend return home for the weekend, hidden secrets emerge that threaten to destroy the image he has cultivated in both his public and private lives. POETIC LICENSE is a biting drama set against the cutthroat “publish or perish” world of academia and explores how one person’s past can shape his art, his family, and in this case his future.

Production Info

Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 80 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“It’s hard to imagine that a crackling drama could revolve around a poet laureate’s career. But Jack Canfora’s POETIC LICENSE manages to render a tale of artistic ambition and hidden secrets with the breathlessness of a well-paced thriller.” —New York Post

“Smart, unsettling drama … disturbing. ” —New York Times

“Clever … articulate … white-hot.” —Associated Press

“Exceedingly clever and entertaining … witty, articulate.” —Time Out New York

“Canfora’s dialogue teases as it enthralls, slowly bringing us closer inside the minds of his characters.” —

About the Author


  • Jack Canfora

    John Lawrence "Jack" Canfora is an American playwright, actor, musician, and teacher whose works include PLACE SETTING, JERICHO, and POETIC LICENSE.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/15/2016
Pages 74
ISBN 9780881456608

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Poetic License is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC