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8.5 x 0.2 x 11.0




The Big Picture

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

The play revolves around the character of Richard Gent, a megalomaniac businessman who is ambitious and patriotic. He is shown in his lavish study, engaging in a conversation with his brother-in-law, Eric MacNamara. Richard expresses his dissatisfaction with the current administration's control over the media and discusses his plans to acquire CNN from Time Warner. Eric raises concerns about the financial risks involved in the deal and the moral obligation to shareholders. The conversation becomes heated as Eric questions Richard's motives and decisions.  

Richard tries to defend his friend, President Clinton, and their friendship. The conversation becomes emotional as Michael shares his personal connection to the 9/11 attacks. Richard receives a phone call and leaves the room, leaving Michael alone with Alexandra. They introduce themselves, and the awkwardness between them is evident. The play ends with Richard watching the interaction from his study, anticipating the coaching session and the potential success of his wife's acting career. 

The play explores themes of power, media manipulation, personal relationships, and the consequences of political decisions. It delves into the complexities of ambition, loyalty, and the pursuit of legacy. The characters' interactions reveal their conflicting perspectives and the challenges they face in navigating their personal and professional lives.

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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

As I watched the war in Iraq unfold on television, an overwhelming surge of emotions and thoughts poured out from within me. The images and stories unfolding on the screen ignited a creative fervor, compelling me to channel my reactions into a form of expression. In response, I found myself immersed in writing, driven by a need to explore and articulate the complexities and ramifications of the events unfolding before my eyes.

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