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8.5 x 0.2 x 11.0




The Donut Shop

By Playwright Carl Stillitano
average rating is 5 out of 5
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In the heart of a bustling city stands a modern-day franchise-type donut shop, where the aroma of freshly baked pastries mingles with the lively chatter of its diverse clientele.

At the center of this bustling hub is Michael, the protagonist whose journey of self-discovery unfolds within the confines of the shop. As both owner and employee, Michael grapples with the complexities of running a business while navigating his own personal struggles. His interactions with the eclectic cast of characters provide insight into his innermost thoughts and desires.  

Among them is Jenn, an ambitious employee whose determination to climb the corporate ladder is matched only by her unwavering dedication to her craft. Her dynamic with Michael is one of both camaraderie and competition, as they navigate the intricacies of their professional relationship against the backdrop of the bustling shop. 

Enter Kate, a captivating and successful woman whose arrival sparks intrigue and fascination among the regulars. Her interactions with Michael and Jenn serve as catalysts for introspection and growth, as they each confront their own insecurities and desires in her presence.  As the story unfolds, themes of relationships, power dynamics, and personal struggles come to the forefront. 

Issues such as addiction, honesty, and transformation are explored through the lens of the characters' experiences, shedding light on the complexities of human nature.  Jenn's battle with an eating disorder and societal pressures serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of self-acceptance and self-care, while Michael's journey towards honesty and vulnerability reflects a deeper quest for personal fulfillment.  

Through moments of triumph and adversity, the characters of Sweet Temptations embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery, finding solace and camaraderie within the walls of the donut shop. As they confront their demons and embrace their true selves, they come to realize that true transformation begins from within.  

A compelling tale of love, loss, and redemption set against the backdrop of a bustling donut shop, where the sweetest temptations often lead to the most profound revelations.

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"Talking about you know the stressors, the causes, the getting to the the heart of the matter of what a person's trying to cope with is important, and this play 'The Donut Shop' gives a a good introduction to that."

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.

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