Monday, December 30, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Began my fifteenth play.  Peggy.   About the Petticoat  Crisis during the Jackson Presidency.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


The Last Days of King Solomon now scheduled for Greenspring in Springfield, Virginia on March 15.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Go Daddy

Now transferring all my websites from Verizon to Go Daddy.  A cumbersome process.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Springfield Boys

The Springfield Boys to debut at Cosmos Club Theatre on Saturday, May 17.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Folk Opera

John Ward has composed another inspiring piece, God Chooses A Messenger,  for the folk opera Lincoln and God.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Charleston Revisited now available from Amazon.

Charleston Revisited has been released by Eastern Market Studios and is now available from Amazon


Eugenio production scheduled for the Greenbelt Arts Center in July 2014.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sarah Brady at natinal Press Club

Monday, November 25, 2013

King Saul Video

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Eugenio at Kennedy Center

Friday, November 22, 2013

Audio Recording

Hear a superb audio recording of The Tragedy of King Saul November 16, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Brady Law Anniversary

Sarah Brady and Dan Gross of the Brady Center gave an excellent newsmaker presentation at the National Press Club today. 20th Anniversary of Brady Law enactment.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


Outstanding performance of The Tragedy of King Saul at the Cosmos Theatre in Washington today. The cast was uniformly superb.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sarah Brady

I will be hosting Sarah Brady and Dan Gross as newmsakers at the National Press Club.

Saul Rehearsal

Outstanding rehearsal of The Tragedy of King Saul for its premiere staging on Saturday.  Grateful to my cast and sound director.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

King Saul

First rehearsal for The Tragedy of King Saul.  Outstanding actors.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

King Saul

Preparing for initial rehearsals of The Tragedy of King Saul at the Cosmos Theatre on November 16.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Motion Picture Charleston Revisited

Eastern Market Studio's motion picture Charleston Revisited being prepared for release

Friday, November 1, 2013

Washington Times

Washington Times and other news media coverage Camp Ashraf National Press Club Newsmaker which I hosted on October 30.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Jared Genser

Jared Genser to speak at National Press Club Newsmaker. I will be hosting

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Jared Genser

My friend Jared Genser and often National Press Club guest speaker has a great article in the Monday Washingtron Post.

Stagings 2014 -013

Productions 2014


1.      January                The Last Days of King Solomon      Ingleside at Rock Creek

2.      February              The Last Days of King Solomon      Knollwood

3.      March                   The Last Days of King Solomon      Lincolnia

4.      March                   The Last Days of King Solomon      Greenspring

5.      May                      The Springfield Boys                        Cosmos

6.      July                       Eugenio                                              Lincolnia

7.      September            Lincoln Opera                                   Kennedy Center

8.      Spring                   Margherita                                         On/Off Broadway  TBA

9.      September            Lincoln Opera                                   Lincolnia

10.  October                Lincoln Opera                                   Knollwood

11.  October                Lincoln Opera                                   Greenspring

12.  November                        Lincln Opera                                     Ingleside at Rock Creek



2013 Stagings


1.      The Agony of David                   Knollwood                                         January

2.      The Agony of David                   Lincolnia                                            January

3.      Eugenio                                        Lincolnia                                            May 6

4.      The Botticelli Cruise                   Greenbelt Arts (Production)            June July       

5.      Lincoln Discussion                      Cosmos Club                                     July 27

6.      Eugenio                                        Knollwood                                         July 17

7.      Eugenio                                        The Kennedy Center                                    August 31

8.      The Agony of David                   Ingleside                                             September 25

9.      The Tragedy of King Saul         Cosmos Club                                     November 16            

Block Party

Today we had our block party.  Weather was delightful.  And I have lived 43 years in the same house.



By Anthony E. Gallo


Often I am asked. Why did you become a playwright?


Most people have never known economist who at the height of his career abandoned it, and become a playwright?   And a religious (Judeo-Christian) playwright at that.  Well that is my story. Started at age 58, mind you


Therefore, for my own assessment and to answer that question so often posed to me I have decided to collect my thoughts on that journey, how it came about, and where I am today.


What lead to the Decision?


Fifteen years ago, I realized that I had been an economist for nearly forty years as I approached my sixtieth birthday. 


The career had been rewarding.  But it was time for a career change.  My younger boss’ decision to become a farmer and fisherman, after forty years as an economist also influenced me.  As he so aptly said:  “You spend your first thirty years acquiring an   education and starting your career, then thirty years in that  career.  I intend to spend the last thirty years doing something totally different.” 


Then my good friend Herbert Stein, President Nixon’s Chief Economic Advisor and  chair of our Book Discussion Group at the Cosmos Club, repeated what he had so often said:  “Economics is a path and not an end all.   Philosophy is the next step.  , I think you should do something different for the rest of your life.” I admired Dr. Stein tremendously.  He really set the wheels in motion for me.


As a Federal Economist I had published nearly 240 articles in the field of Food Marketing and had been economics editor of the Food Marketing Review, following my stint as a college economics professor and banker. Forty years was too long a time to be in one profession.  Yes I would become an annuitant, but retirement for this Alpha type male was not an option..  Consulting as a career would be more of the same.  And I had   been a businessman, being an early pioneer in renovating historic homes in what became the Capitol Hill Historic District.  I did not want more of the same again.


The decision was made:  My “economist” days would be over.

But what next?  I then gave myself several parameters. First, the new career had to be public service oriented.  Second, monetary considerations would be of secondary importance.    Through investment and frugality and a pension, my income would be sufficient. Third, my new endeavor would be a career and not a hobby.  I hade    plenty of hobbies---ballroom dancing, bridge, extensive travel, historic preservation, antiques, history, music, swimming, bicycling among other. .  I wanted a career which required a real level of output. I wanted the new career to make use of my interest in history, philosophy, religion, biblical studies, theatre, and music.


Zippo!   After several weeks of reflection, my decision was made.   I would go into religion.   Yes, religion! I would become a Judeo-Christian playwright, composing secular plays rooted on that tradition, and meant for secular audiences.   I Anthony E. Gallo the playwright.     


And then I started thinking about it. .  Was I sure?     It had all started 17 years earlier when I took a purely secular trip to Israel.   I was an agnostic’   I took a purely secular trip to Israel and  had a religious s experience.   Tony All of a sudden a greater power came over me .   God came into my life.   I began ferociously reading the Bible.  . I  Turned to God.  Then I read the Bible every day and visited all the churches and became   re-Christianized .   I visited many churches,   but then want back to the church of my childhood. From that day on, I communicated with God every single day. Life began to change


Now that that decision was made how should I proceed.   I considered several avenues

Study theology.  This was not what I really wanted to d. .  I had already spent too many years in study o my PhD in economics. Go into the clergy? That simply would not work

Become a deacon?   Absolutely not.   Become a missionary?  Not in my blood.


Finally,, I decided to become a playwright.   Why.  The theatre would be my pulpit.  Did I have any theater experience.   Well back in the late 1960s, I was a  part time professional actor which started off a  a hobby in the id sixties, and then became professional.   I became an economist by day---banker first and then college professor. Eventually I became a part time professional actor and a member of Actors  Equity and the Screen Actors Guild.   Also was working on a PhD in economics following.  . Did many roles but decided that in 1970 I would become either a professional economist or a professional actor.   I wisely chose the economist route.  Thank God.  My last role was as the Paul the lawyer in born yesterday.  And I remember my last speech to the cast and crew in 1969 which ending by my saying    I will never act again.


   Parameters  and Learning  A  New Profession?  




I had  four parameters. FirstI wanted to incorporate my knowledge of history religion philosophy and allow me to transpose these to the performing arts. More importantly, my life from early childhood was on of  conflict. And that would be incorporated in my playwriting.  And now I would be writing for the stage and screen First, all success would be measured by spiritual growth.  I have been able to uphold that. Second would be Judeo- Christian playwright. Third all works would be written for general audience. I would not be a Sunday school playwright.  Fourth, what my father taught me fifty years before: That there are a million roads to God, and I hope I am on one  of  them.    Then I began writing plays. 



But who was I to learn the new profession.    .   Playwriting is a craft, not only an art.  Therfore I would have to learn a whole new profession. I would have to start from scratch and learn the new art of drama, but more  importantly the craft of writing drama.  I began reading immediately.  Then I took courses at the writers center, online, and at the Dramatist Forum. The playwrights collaborative and many other which taught me the sill of the profession.  Above all I would write  and write.  And I wrote a lot of junk. I also read a lot of plays and   a lot of theatre


 Then one day we had an assignment to writer about a situation that was highly unlikely but could possibly happen.  I wrote a scene about a pope who decided it was all nonsense and converted to Judaism.  Then someone pointed out about the Chief Rabbi of Rome during the holocaust in Italy.   I took an avid interest in the subject and within a year I wrote my first holocaust play, Eugenio.  One of the characters in the play was thrown out, and I gave her own play.  Margherita, the story of Benito Mussolini and his Jewish   Margherita Sarfatti, is  my moist successful work.


Well then I knew I had to writer plays about my favorite monarchs, King David and King Solomon, and this began my first two biblical plays,   And I would on the spur of the moment make a decision to write on a certain subject and proceed.  Thus began my Americana plays.   Lincoln and God, Vandergrift My home town), Charleston Resifted(about life), The Botticelli cruise( about identity) and then came back to the Bible.  Who was the most influential theologian of all time?, I tookook on the impossible task of writing  a play about St. Paul. 


 Decision To Self Produce Plays, Books, and Motion Pictures

Every playwright goes through the dread of submitting plays. I have hundreds of them.    I certainly did send plays out beginning in 2002. After   years of rejection I did what the Dramatists Guild of America strongly suggested., self production . It wasn’t easy.  Between 2002 and 2006 I had had no production, but many readings of plays   

Readings however were produced by forums, even though under the banner of the Seventh Street Playhouse   


Beginning 2007 I hired several outside directors to produce my plays. Hence I was self-producing.  I then began my own company which produced all of my plays  I have now had a total of 111 stagings.

I now have three companies. In addition to the Seventh Street  Playhouse,   Browns Court Publishing Company publishes all of my plays which are now available from Amazon.   The Eastern Market Studios is my motion picture company.  We have competed one motion picture, Charleston Revisited based on my stage play.  I also have 24 web pages.   Visit



  The Seventh Street Playhouse:

 Hee is what my website says about the Seventh Street Playhouse. . 


The Seventh Street Playhouse is a small critically acclaimed non-profit showcase ensemble repertory theater company comprised of experienced actors, designers, directors, theatre technicians and musical directors. Our mission is guided by a statement made by Albert Einstein: "There are two ways to live life. The first is as if nothing is a miracle. The second is as if everything is a miracle."

Our productions and workshops either have been or will be performed in Washington, DC, New York City, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The thirty venues include: The U.S. Department of State, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Harvard Club of Boston, The National Press Club, the Universalist Stage, The Dramatists Guild of America, Cosmos Theatre, Playwrights Forum, Knollwood, New York University, the Warehouse Theatre, Casa Italiana, Peter Marshall Stage at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Capital Fringe/ Woolley Mammoth Theatre, Capital Fringe/ Universalist Stage, Silver Spring Stage/PF, Where Eagles Dare Theatre(NYC), , The Arts Club of Washington, New York International Midtown Festival/Dorothy Strelsin Stage, Abingdon Theatre (NYC), The New Kensington Civic Theatre, St. John's Church(MD), The Corner Store Stage on Capitol Hill, Seventh Street Playhouse, Casino Theatre, St. Mary Armenian Church, the Greenbelt Arts Center in Maryland, The Armed Services Retirement Home in Washington, and Ingleside at Rock Creek. (See Stagings by Venue)


The Seventh Street Playhouse- LLC, which was founded in 1998, is located steps from the Old Eastern Market in the Capitol Hill District in Washington, DC

Seventh Street Playhouse dramas are will covered by the press, his work having been referred to over 700 times during the past decade in both local and National publications. These include Washington Post, The City Newspaper, The Dramatist Guild Diary and e Letter, Prince Georges Sentinel, The Prince Georges Gazette, the Greenbelt New, The Vandergrift News, The Cosmos Bulletin, The Washington Examiner, The Washington imes, Theatre Talk, Brian Draganuk, Theatre Digest, Capitol Hill Yahoo Group, DC Theatre News, DC Arts, The Wire. The National Press Club, The Green Room, The Lincolnia Newsletter, State Department News, The Hill Rag., The William and Mary Magazine, The Wharton Magazine, The University of Pennsylvania Magazine, Il Voce Italiana, and Winding Streets, the Arts Club of Washington Newsletter, The Lincolnia Bulletin, the Knollwood Bulletin, the Corner Store Newsletter, and the Washington Express


What Is Happening Now.   The Twenty Four Day

How much do I like my newest career?  Well as an economist I worked an average of  eight hours a day.    t When I became a businessman in 1973 that changed to sixteen hours a day.   As a playwright, I work twenty four hours a day.  Only a small portion of that is spent at the computer.  The rest is observing all around me , including  what I hear people say all around me, what I read, what I see and situations I find myself in.


I am grateful to all my supports.  Many have been with me throughout my fifteen year journey. And In 2007 a new woman came into my life.   Susan.   She is my strongest supporter, and has been an invaluable assist.  Thanks Susan


I have read the Bible every day of my life since 1980, which also serves as an inspiration.   I also make sure that each day I spend any number of hours at my favorite hobbies: bridge, ballroom dancing, bicycling, swimming, historic preservation, reading, gardening, and extensive travel, both  domestic and abroad with Susan.


.I am also a very active member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Often go to New York City.  And I had never even though of a Broadway production . Well it happened.  Broadway at Last.   I signed a contract with the Nederlander family in New York .  Margherita (premiered at the Cosmos Club in 2002) is under contract to Browne-Nederlander Productions in New York City.

I am now celebrating my fifteenth year as a playwright;   I like to call myself a playwright-economist, which brings on guffaws   I have a total body of about 80 works, ranging from screenplays to dramas to librettos to essays.  However only a small portion of them will eer see the light of day.  As of now I have 16 copyrighted plays which have been performed 112 times, including eleven productions.  And we have had a large number of paid productions. 

My plays include     whose fourteen copyrighted, published, and produced dramas include – in addition to the above trilogy – Margherita, Eugenio, Better than the Best, Vandergrift!, Lincoln and God,  Charleston Revisited, The Botticelli Cruise, Paul, The Springfield Boys, motion picture Charleston Revisited, and folk operas Lincoln and God and David. works. My plays have been staged 110 times in thirty venues in Washington, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. I’m  alsoalso artistic director of the Seventh Street Playhouse and Eastern Market Studios.  Margherita (premiered at the Cosmos Club in 2002) is under contract to Browne-Nederlander Productions in New York City.



What commonality do I see. as the great commonality between playwriting and economics.  What happens when the equilibrium situation is disturbed?   


I will die a playwright. .  Will I go back to being an economist?  No I don’t think so even though  once an economist always an economist. The same does not apply to playwrights.  I wonder why.  I think I shall continue writing plays until my last droop of breath fails me.  And of course I say this knowing the first commandment that every actor playwright and director producer knows.  The theater is an evil  mother.  It is even more so for a Judeo-Christian playwright. .

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Paul Helmke

Paul Helmke's appearance at the National Press Club which I hosted received excellent press coverage.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sarah Brady

Sarah Brady has agreed to speak at both the National Press Club(November 19) and the Cosmos Club(December 11) on The Twentieth Anniversary of the Brady Gun Control Bill.  I am hosting.  We were college mates at William and Mary.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lawrence DiCara

Attended book signing for former Boston City Council President Lawrence DiCara
new book, Turmoil and Transition in Boston: A Political Memoir from the Busing Era, at the National Press Club.  Hosted by my long time friend Robert Trifiletti. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Springfield boys

The Springfield Boys is coming along nicley.    A two-act drama about Mr. Lincoln and the two men closest to him, Joshua Speed and Billy Herndon

Sunday, September 29, 2013

King Saul Cast

Cast chosen for the first staged reading of my newest play, The Tragedy of King Saul. 
1. Saul, King of Israel Stan Cloud
2. Samuel, Chief Judge of Israel Bruce Smith
3. David Bruce Brennan
4. Jonathan, Saul’s Son Ned. Conquest
5. General Abner, Saul’s Uncle George Spencer
6. Jesse(Ensemble) Scot. Bush
7. Ahimilech (Ensemble) Dick DeCorps
8. Joel, Son of Samuel (Ensemble) Eric Beshers...
9. Alich, Son of Samuel(Ensemble) Ed Molnar
10. Ensemble Harvey Zuckman
1. First Witch of Endor Norma Evenson
2. Second Witch of Endor Bunty Ketcham
3. Third Witch of Endor Liane Atlas
4. Michal, Saul’s Daughter Tarpley Long
5. Narrator, Trix Whitehall
6. Ensemble Gloria Rall
7. Sound Director Trix Whitehall

Friday, September 27, 2013

Nederlander Investor

Margherita on the move again for a New York City production..  Browne-Nederlander has found an investor to back the whole show.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Excellent coverage of Blind Dissident Newsmaker at National Press Club. Huffington Post, Reuters, Associated Press,and others.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


The Agony of David was well received at Ingleside at Rock Creek last night. .  Well acted Great performance by Seventh Street Playhouse actors.  Our 110th staging

Chinese Dissident

 Overflow crowd at Embattled Rights Activist  Discussion Chen Guangcheng on  China’s Ongoing Persecution  Of Dissidents and their Families.   Jared Genser, Founder of Freedom Now, and Sophie Richardson, China Director at Human Rights Watch) also spoke.   Ten cameras video recorded today’s presentation

Monday, September 23, 2013


The Agony of David presented at Ingleside tonight.

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Very encouraging tyrouts today for THE TRAGEDY OF KING SAUL.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


The Agony of David presented at Ingleside on September 23.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


 The Agony of David to be performed at Ingleside at Rock Creek on Monday September 23.  The Agony of David:

Monday, September 9, 2013

King Saul

Just finished the copyrighted version of The Tragedy of King Saul. To be performed on November 16.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

David at Ingleside

See The Agony of David at Ingleside in Washington, DC on September 26.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Photo of Eugenio presenation at the Kennedy Center Fesival yesterday, August 31.
Cas was superb.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Motion picture problems

Regrouping motion picture group.  Suffered a few disappointments.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Finished third draft of The Tragedy of King Saul.

Finished third draft of The Tragedy of King Saul.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Folk Opera

John Ward, who is composing the music for the folk opera, Lincoln and God has completed another piece THIS IS AMERICA.  Truly magnificent piece.   We are getting there.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Kennedy Center

Eugenio presentation at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, August 31 at 1 PM. More information:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Carey School of Business

Thomas has begun his MBA Program at Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.  Also, very much involved in the reconstruction of historic Frager's Hardware Store on Capitol Hill following the totally destructive fire.   Working closely with owners John Weintraub and Ed. Copenhaver.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Springfield Boys

Have changed the title of  my newest play from Abraham, Joshua, and Billy to The Springfield Boys.   All about the relationship between Abraham Lincoln, Joshua Speed (his closest and trusted friend), and law partner William Herndon

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saul, Lincoln, and Speed

Very actively working on two plays:  The Tragedy of King Saul and Abraham and Joshua(Lincoln and Speed).

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Film Course.

 Charleston Revisited motion picture director Roland Branford Gomez and Cinematographer Albert Lieseganag are are teaching a course on motion picture production in Virginia.  We at Eastern Market Studios are right proud.

Monday, August 5, 2013

St. Leonard

Visited my son Thomas in St. Leonard, MD on Chesapeake Bay.  Very nice.  Today I went to beach at Sandy Point--fifteenth trip.   Only 35 minutes away, and prefer the Bay to the Ocean.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

King Saul

Preparing newest drama, THE TRAGEDY OF KING SAUL, for its premiere presnetation in mid-November.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kennedy Center

Preparing for Kennedy Center presentation of Eugenio on August 31.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Why I became a playwright

Started my newest essay:  WHY I WENT FROM BEING AN ECONOMIST TO A PLAYWRIGHT AT AGE 58.   --16 years ago.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Team of Rivals

Very successful discussion of Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Was Abraham Lincoln the Most Religious President in American History

Was Abraham Lincoln the Most Religious President in American History? Title of  MY newest essay which will be published in AN anthology called  ESSAYS CRAWLING OUT OF MY PLAYS

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Tragedy of King Saul

My eleventh play The Tragedy of King Saul is now in high gear.  Which means putting aside all other  plays until this one is finished.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Preparing for leading a discusssion of Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin on Saturday.

Friday, July 19, 2013


Major discussion with Nederlander-Browne Production of Margherita yesterday:  Extensive discussions on the New York production of Margherita   We go back to ground one.  Last year we did find a number of investors willing to put up a significant investment, but then decided to go the single investor route.  We now go back to the multi investor approach.      

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Outstanding presentation of Eugenio last night.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nederlander Browne Discussions

Long discussions with Stanley Browne from the Nederlander organization.  I learn more about the economics of Broadway than anyone else.  Now re- strategizing our plans for Margherita. He keeps reminding me that The Book of Mormon took eight years to put together.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Northwest DC Military Center and the Seventh Street Playhouse



 As performed at the Kennedy Center, the National Press Club

and the  2008 New York Midtown Festival

July 17, 2013, 7:00 PM        




This fact based two act drama should deals with that tragic period in Italian during the Holocaust   when 1500 hundred Jews were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz.  The drama touches on the role of the Church and the Holocaust, and examines forgiveness amidst three conversions. Rome's aloof and scholarly Chief Rabbi Zolli loses faith following the apparent slaughter of his Polish family. .  He receives asylum in the Vatican, where he comes to appreciate Jesus as God suffering for humanity. The Rabbi re-finds faith and converts to Roman Catholicism. This is seen as a betrayal of his spiritual duty and a defection to the age-old enemy. Was his conversion one of conviction or merely gratitude? What does he demand at his baptism that eventually removes a major symbol of discrimination?




Rabbi Zolli                             Shanker Singham      

Rosina                                                Shirl Weaver               

Sister Angelina                      Bonnie Jourdan*      

Monsignor Hilary                  Tim Wolf                     

Colonel Schmitt                     David Weaver             

Cardinal Maglioni                 Jonathan Gadsden   

Mr. Anso                                Pat Martin                           

Narrator                                 Beatrix Whitehall                   

Sound Design                         Beatrix Whitehall     


*Best Supporting Actress Nomination            New York Midtown Festival 2008



Questions: or 202 544-6973




Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Play at Greenbelt Arts Center closes today

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Botticelli last days and Chesapeake

Went to the Chesapeake Bay twice:  Today and the Fourth and was turned back twice because Sandy Point Park was closed due to overcrowding.

Last two days to see The Botticelli Cruise.    TICKETS:

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review of the Botticelli Cruise

Outstanding review of the Botticelli Cruise

Review    Greenbelt News Review   July 4, 2013

Botticelli Cruise at Greenbelt Arts Center

by Carol Griffith

Two attractive people meet on  a cruise and fall in love: Not a particularly exciting plot line. But in the hands of Anthony Gallo and the Seventh Street Playhouse, in their latest play now showing at the Greenbelt Arts Center, that seemingly innocent premise is just the beginning of a twisting, turning, roller coaster of a play.


“The Botticelli Cruise” is the fourth of Gallo’s intelligent and entertaining, dramatic and detailed plays to be performed at GAC. The talented screenwriter and librettist has written 14 dramatic plays, some of which have been performed in New York as well as widely throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Tarpley Long is excellent as the flighty and free-spirited Boo, a passenger on the cruise.


Concerned only with getting her next gin and tonic, Boo divulges almost nothing of her life story or, until the end of the play, her reason for being on the cruise. Bernard Phillips, the passenger who falls in love with Boo, is a complete enigma. Even his name is a puzzle – it’s a shortened version, he tells Boo, of his real name. In some of the funnier scenes, he claims to be the real author of the cheesy self-help books that Boo adores. Boo swoons as he quotes verbatim from the latest book. But did he really write the books?


PatMartin returns to the GAC stage and lends his immense talents to the role of Bernard. Adding to the mystery are the captain of the ship and the everpresent,  overly friendly waiter. Are they what they seem to be? David Weaver, also returning toGAC in this role with his usual outstanding talent, seems to be having a lot of fun as the captain. Jonathan Gadsden, newcomer to the Greenbelt stage, is perfect as the waiter with a secret.


 Rounding out the cast and providing some steadiness to counterbalance the other characters  are Annette Landers and Muriel McNair as fellow cruise passengers. Fresh from roles in the recent “Big River” production, the talents they showed there aren’t fully used in this play but they provide excellent support.


Is the play a study of how we all put on faces and tell stories to the world, hiding ourselves within? Is it a Christian allegory with a Christ-like tragic character? You be the judge.


“The Botticelli Cruise” will play on the Friday and Saturday evenings of July 5 and

6 at 8 p.m. There will be a Sunday matinee on July 7 at 2 p.m. Reservations may be made through the box office at 301- 441-8770 or at the Greenbelt Arts Center at 123 Centerway, located beneath the Co-op supermarket


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Planning to present Eugenio at Knollwood on July 17.

Planning to present Eugenio at Knollwood on July 17.