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8.5 x 0.2 x 11.0




Affairs of the Family

By Playwright Carl Stillitano
average rating is 5 out of 5
Digital Copy $10 | Hard Copy $20

Struggling with abandonment, alcohol, anxiety, and other challenges? Step into the Colangelo household, where the year might be 2019 elsewhere, but it's stuck in 1985 according to 38-year-old Vic Colangelo.  

For seventeen years, Vic has shouldered the responsibility of his younger siblings, Victoria and Danny. But now, as they seek independence, tensions flare over Danny's career path, driving a wedge between Vic and Victoria.  Vic's well-intentioned but suffocating control clashes with Victoria's fierce independence, while Danny, with the soul of an artist trapped in the role of a future accountant, finds himself caught in the middle.  

As the conflict escalates, Danny attempts to play peacemaker, navigating the minefield of familial discord. But buried truths inevitably rise to the surface, forcing the family to confront their issues and embrace change.

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"Carl Stillitano's masterpiece "Affairs of the family" was most helpful in my day to day navigation of my my own personal domestic life"

- Ed Pilot

The Author

Carl Stillitano

Carl Stillitano is a writer, playwright, director, and producer originally from Mount Vernon, New York. With over three decades of experience, he has served as an artistic director for Seva Productions and One Heart theater companies in NYC, while also mentoring artists and youth through self-actualization workshops.

Personal Motovations

I wrote the play "Affairs of the Family" as a reflection of my experiences growing up in a household where the matriarch, my mother Vic, held significant influence. Through the characters of Victoria (representing myself) and my brother Danny, I aimed to delve into the intricacies of familial relationships and the challenges of asserting one's identity in the face of maternal dominance. The play serves as a personal exploration of the complexities inherent in family dynamics and the journey of growth within such a dynamic.

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