Full Length Play
Cast: 2m., 2w.
This play explores the very real, very personal ramifications of the firing of more than 11,000 air traffic controllers in 1981 by President Reagan, an event that is characterized as one of the most important events in U.S. history. When it comes to air traffic, Ray Deluso, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, has everything under control. But on the ground, his life is a struggle after a rebellious, life-altering political decision in the early '80s, which he felt was in the best interest and welfare of his country. Twenty years later he is unable to accept the consequences of that decision and the overwhelming feelings of betrayal by friends as well as the country he fought for—which threatens to destroy him as well as the two most important people in his life: his wife and daughter.
Unit set. Approximate running time: 2 hours.
John Anastasi's works written for the stage include In My Father's Eyes, a play with music by David Friedman, produced at the Forum Theatre Arts Center (Metuchen, N.J.) and the historic Mishler Theatre (Altoona, Pa.). It was selected as an alternate at the New York International Fringe Festival in summer 2003. Stolen Lives, a two-character drama, was staged at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (New York City) after being presented at the Mishler Theatre. Pied-a-Terre enjoyed a successful off-Broadway premiere at the Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row in 2007. Since being published by Samuel French in 2008, Pied-a-Terre has been produced at the Cork Arts Theatre in Ireland and has been fully translated to Chinese and produced at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in China as well as multiple cities in China. Pied-a-Terre is being translated to Italian for a production in Rome in the near future. I Forgive You, Ronald Reagan was produced off-Broadway at the Beckett Theatre in Manhattan in summer 2013. Anastasi is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America.