Anthony Maraini





Baltimore born playwright, screenwriter, and director of Film and Stage. His new short play " I got you, Babe" will be published in Lawrence Harbison's anthology, The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2018, Anthony is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, Writers Guild of Great Britain, and The Royal Society of Literature. He now lives Little Rock, Arkansas and when he can stay in Pimlico, London.

EDUCA TION

MFA Theatre and Film Directing – California Institute of the Arts. Instructors:               Alexander Mackendrick, Lou Florimonte. Rudi Fehr, Jules Aaron, Robert Benedetti, and Lew Palter.                                                                                                                                                         Master Class 10-Minute Plays – The Dramatist Guild Institute, Instructor Garry Garrison. 2018.           Master Classes Playwriting The Kenyon Playwriting Conference, Instructors Steven Dietz. Diana Nneka Atuona, and Phillip Dawkins, 2017.

THEATRE




BEST 10-MINUTE PLAY, I GOT YOU, BABE. The 10x10x Infinity Stage Festival. Fair Fax, VA., 2018.                                                                                                                                                    Honorable Mentions, CAMOUFLAGED NAILS. STAGE IT Festival, Bonita Springs CA, 2018.    Short Listed the British Theatre Challenge I GOT YOU, BABE. Sky Blue Theatre, London, 2017. Short List the Sustainable Practice Award THE ROOSTER REBELLION Edinburgh Fringe, 2016.                                                                                                                                                                3rd place THE ROOSTER REBELLION, The London Film Awards Stage Play competition, 2016.                                                                                                                                                                  3rd place THE ROOSTER REBELLION, The Cannes Film Awards Stage Play competition, 2016.

FILM                                                                                                                                                              Gold Remi DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, the 49th WorldFest International Film Festival 2016.                                                                                                                                                               The Maple Leaf Award DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, Best Short film Canada Film Awards 2016.                                                                                                                                                                 Best Screenplay DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, NYC INDIE Film Awards 2016.                     Best Director DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, NYC INDIE Film Awards 2016.                     Best Short Film DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, NYC INDIE Film Awards 2016.                  Best Screenplay DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME, the LA Shorts Film Awards 2015.




Anthony also worked for years in Los Angeles for as a First Assistant Director in both films and commercial television.                                                                                                                              PUBLICA TION




"I got you, Babe." Published - Lawrence Harbison's Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2018.Winner Best Short Play  10x10xInfinity Short Play Festival 2018. Short List The British Theatre Challenge.




SELECTED PLAYS -FULL LENGTH




The Rooster Rebellion: I’m Currently working with Dramaturge Abigail Katz serves as Director of New Play Development for Atlantic Theater Company where she has been on the artistic staff since 2009.

GOD'S BUSINESS -God speaks to Elliott, who is in middle of a bipolar episode, and God tells him he will marry a movie star. Elliott drives across the country, and in the middle of the night he shows up at his cousin Eric’s house, in the San Fernando Valley. Eric, his Roommate Nate and Isabel, Nate’s girlfriend, try to figure out just what Elliott is up to each day in Los Angeles. They discover that he is stalking Julia Roberts. (Note the three women, playing; Julia Roberts in Elliott's mind, must be able to sing - Habanera from Carmen.)

Dearg-Due (Celtic Vampire Legend) - A Musical. Dearg-Due- A Celtic myth play, Shaun Clonegan, an American, learns from a visit to his grandfather’s deathbed, of a family curse. To break the curse, he must visit the village of his ancestors in County Waterford, Ireland. When he arrives at the town he learns more of Dearg- Due, a female Irish vampire, who’s unmarked grave he must find and pile stones upon before his dance with Dearg-Due runs out. - A musical co-written with-Dave O.




SELECTED PLAYS SHORTS/ ONE ACTS.




 I Got You Babe -  A dark comedy - A modern-day \"A Doll\'s House\" Fredric builds himself the perfect Android girlfriend, Leslie. Except for one thing, she keeps breaking up with him. The Manhattan Repertory Theatre - April 2017 * Winner Best Short Play 10x10xInfinity short play Festival 2018,

Diana's Ark -  A dark comedy- Darcy, a twin-less twin, breaks into The City Zoo and with a knife holds a Panda Bear JIE, who is also twin-less, hostage. Her demand is that The City Zoo build a Noah’s Ark Memorial. The Manhattan Repertory Theatre- September 2017.

Camouflaged Nails - Drama. Lisa is one of the thousands of female veterans who live couch surfing or in their cars on the streets. Camouflaging the fact that they are homeless. Lisa has to move her car for the cities Memorial Day Parade.

The Hole In the Wall - Short Play- Maria sits on Donald Trumps Wall hoping to see her son who is 400 miles away but instead finds a young Space Alien in the desert who is mourning the loss of his mother.

Transylvania Travel Ban-  A dark comedy -Dracula, Renfield, Lucy Westenra Frankenstein and Van Helsing fly into the Atlanta Airport on Halloween night. Little did they know the President issued a travel ban of people from Transylvania while they were in mid-flight

Theatre: Stage Play: The Rooster Rebellion - 1 Act Drama - The story of Shell (Jon McKenna), the ex-history teacher who is now homeless and lives in an abandoned Aldwych ghost station deep in the underground of London. Reece-Anne (Augusta Woods) the student who runs away from her religious, zealous mother Mrs. Wheeler (Rowena Bentley) to take care of her teacher. They panhandle together in front of the National Gallery competing with Norris a homeless Veteran (Richard Oliver) for handouts. The Drayton Arms Theatre - July 2016 -  The Edinburgh Fringe Festival August - 2016

Film work:

Award Winning Short-"Don't You Forget About Me" World-renowned journalist and political cartoonist who is killed by ISIS now haunts his home until his untold life story it published.

Screened at: The London Shows International Film Festival (London, United Kingdom), LA Shorts Awards, (Los Angeles, CA, United States), Barcelona Planet Film Festival. (Barcelona, Spain),I Filmmaker Independent Film Festival (Marbella, Spain),Miami Independent Film Festival (Miami, FL, United States),NYC Indie Film Awards (New York City, NY, United States), Roma Cinema DOC (Rome, Italy),Access Code Short Film Festival (Bangalore, India), Ozark Shorts (Lamar, MO, Untied States), The 16th Ozark Foothills Film Fest (Batesville, AR, United States), Texas Ultimate Shorts (Fort Worth, TX, United States), Canada International Film Festival (Vancouver, BC, Canada), L-Dub Film Festival (Lake Worth, FL, Untied States), Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest (Charleston, SC, Untied States)The Best Shorts Competition (La Jolla, CA United States), Colossus Film Festival (Rodos, Greece), Little Rock Picture Show, (Little Rock, AR, Untied States), The Swedish International Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden), Venice Film week (Venice, Italy)Blow-up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival (Chicago, IL, Untied States), Afterlife Paranormal Film Festival (Gettysburg, PA, United States)

Awards: 2016 Remi Winner Best Suspense Thriller Houston WorldFest                                   2016 Winner Best Screenplay LA Shorts Awards                                                                             2016 Best Screenplay NYC Indie Film Awards                                                                                  2016 Best Short Film Canada Film Festival 2016. 

A Lulla By In Birdland - Romantic Comedy - Feature Film.  Tabitha Cornwall a BBC Radio reporter travels to America to find \"What\'s going to make America Great Again.\" She gets stranded in a small southern town that is being terrorized by a boy who controls a flock of ducks. She soon falls in love with the boy’s uncle who is the town drunk.

I Got You, Babe - TV Pilot -(Comedy): Fredric a divorced deadbeat Dad who hides from the world to build his perfect android girlfriend Leslie. However, he never programmed her to love him. She lives him to start a new life, he searches with no luck. Then when responding to a parent-teacher meeting Fredric discovers Leslie has become Lexi his son’s new teacher. She makes him attend weekly meetings to explain how he has used the week to open up to new experiences in the world.

Reading the World - TV Pilot: Ray is a bookmobile man who is on a daytime work release program from the LA County prison as assistant to Walter a bookmobile man. Ray befriends Bill, a highly functioning autistic boy who lives with his racist older brother Dex.  Walter is murdered and Ray is used as bate by the police to find the killer.

 





Overseas



None at the moment.

"I got you, Babe." Published - Lawrence Harbison's Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2018. Published - InfinityStage.com

Screenplays: Don't you forget about me, Reading the world, Lulla by in Birdland, The Rooster Rebellion. 

Stageplays:




God's Business, The Rooster Rebellion, I Got You Babe,  Diana's Ark, The Hole In The Wall




ONCE IN MY LIFETIME By Donna Hoke, Ghost Writer, for football Play by Play scenes. 2018




 TV Pilots: I Got You Babe, The Rooster Rebellion, Reading The World.




Animation: "The Night Before A Hobbit Christmas."

Poems: She DancesLondon Lost, The Wasteman.

Comedy,Film,Radio,Television,Theatre

FROM THE ROOSTER REBELLION

SHELL: A HOMELESS HISOTRY TEACHER

Scene 4

The ghost tube station - Shell is curled up in a ball on his thrown next to the dimly lit mural of Jesus healing the sick, when a flashlight and Reese Anne’s whispers break the silent darkness.

REESE ANNE

Shell? Shell, I . . . I came to help.

Shell starts to stir at the sound of his name.

REESE ANNE

Shell?

Shell blinded by her flashlight beam.

SHELL

Who’s there?

REESE ANNE

It’s me.

SHELL

Me who?

REESE ANNE

Reese Anne Wheeler.

Shell turns on and dims up a small battery operated lantern.

SHELL

My God, what are you doing down here my child?

REESE ANNE

Shell, I... I came to help.

SHELL

My dear, dear Reese Anne, how you brighten my night. You were always a star in my classroom, but you can not shine down here my dear - it’s much too dangerous.

Reese Anne flexes her arm muscles.

REESE ANNE

I can more than handle myself.

SHELL

And your mother?

REESE ANNE

My mother?

SHELL

Can you handle her? If I remember right you are everything to her. I don’t expect her to just let you run out on her and her grand plans for you. That is what you\\\'re doing. Running. Running from what, her? You’re not here to save me you’re here to save yourself.

REESE ANNE

I’m not running from anyone. I here to help you.

SHELL

Reese Anne, this, this is a very hard life I’m living right now. Some days I think it’s too hard. Too hard for even myself to survive. It’s easy to fall between the cracks but to do so on purpose is pure madness.

REESE ANNE

Then let me help you. If this life is so hard on one, let me share your burden. I will help with anything. Just please let me stay?

SHELL “No one is useless in this world SHELL

Reese Anne & Shell

Who lightens the burdens of another,” who lightens the burdens of another,”

SHELL

Charles Dickens. Yes. Yes, you can stay as long as you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re pulling your weight. Understand?

REESE ANNE

Yes, Thank you! Thank you Shell.

SHELL

You can bed down over here. Don’t mind the others, they are harmless.

Shell points at the mass of lepers sleeping at the wall by the murals, as he moves back over to his spot and curls back up in his chair. Reese Anne starts to bed down.

REESE ANNE

Shell?

SHELL

Yes, Reese Anne.

REESE ANNE

I kind of snuck out in a hurry.

SHELL

Yes, I imagine you did.

REESE ANNE

Well. I’m hungry.

SHELL

Hungry. Well, let me see what I can do.

Shell pulls out an apple and a small penknife and begins to peel the apple, trying to keep the skin in one large piece.

SHELL

This is an old military trick I learned. You see, you try keeping the skin in one large piece so you can save it for later. The apple may be juicy and delicious now, but the skin is full of nutrients that can save your life later. Think about that. The skin of an apple can save your life. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a skin a day could keep the grave digger away. That’s what it is like living on the streets Reese Anne. Something discarded can actually save your life.

Shell tosses the peeled apple to Reese Anne then takes the peeled apple skin and rolls it up tight.

SHELL

People walk by and look at you. The first thing they notice is your skin. Not your hair or your eyes, they always look at your hands and your skin. The colour, the coarseness and the cleanliness of your skin. People say the eyes are the window of the soul. They are wrong. It’s the skin. We wear our whole lives on our skin. Every mark, every burn, every scar, down to the last freckle they all tell a story. The story of the life you have lived and how it has taken a toll on the body can all be told by looking at a person’s skin. So like an apple, our skin holds the Nutrients of our soul. He taps his heart and places the peeled apple skin in his outer coat breast pocket.

REESE ANNE

How I have missed you, my friend.

SHELL

And I have missed you my dear. For what good is a teacher if he has no students to teach? Now let’s get some sleep. I have a lot to show you in the morning. Reese Anne moves back over to her bedding and start curl up as Shell crawls back into his chair. REESE ANNE

Shell?

SHELL

Yes, my dear?

REESE ANNE

How did you end up here?

SHELL

I often ask that question myself.

REESE ANNE

I need to know.

SHELL

Well, if you\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'re coming to my rescue, you do have a right to know. The irony is I was doing the same thing you are doing right now. Trying to help a person out.

Reese Anne moves back over towards his chair like its one of his class lectures.

REESE ANNE

Was this person homeless too?

SHELL

No, worse. She was a shut in. My Auntie. She never married and was getting on in years. I knew from my visits; she was not doing well. A bit of Alzheimer had set in. So we agreed that I would move in and start paying the mortgage when she passed. I would take over the household, and for the last five years I would teach each day, then come home and take care of her and her needs. Well, then she passed. About a week after her passing I had a knock at the door.

(Shell Mimics hearing a knocking sound.)

It seems with the Alzheimer old Auntie forgot to tell me that being a retired nurse, she had already willed the house to a nursing school. I tried to fight it in court, but this only left me broke and homeless. So this is why I worry about you being here. I don’t want you to repeat my mistakes and sacrifice your life for nothing in return.

REESE ANNE

Did you do it expecting something in return?

SHELL

No, I did it out of love for my Auntie.

REESE ANNE

Then no matter how bad things are now, God will make it better. If not now in the life beyond.

SHELL

Out of the mouths of babes. Get to sleep my dear girl. You have a big day ahead of you.

REESE ANNE

Goodnight. She moves back over to her bedding.

SHELL

Goodnight, and thank you.

REESE ANNE

Shell, I’m not running away. I’m doing this out of Love for you.

SHELL

I know my dear. I know.

Shell dims off his lantern.

FADE TO BLACK.