PlayFest 2014 Writers Announced
Amandine by Erin Danly
Werdshego by Fredric DeJaco
Promise and Potential by Chevie Lorraine Ford
Vincent John Doe by Robert Maniscalco
Doors by Robert O’Brien
We can’t wait to share these pieces with you on May 9 & 10th at 7:30pm (Tickets just $5.) A short selection from the full lengths will be read or the whole of short one-acts. Here is a little more about Vincent John Doe by Robert Maniscalco.
Vincent John Doe asks the question, “What if Van Gogh was somehow transported to Manhattan in 2014, or not?” As one might predict, people quickly assume he is “crazy” and he is petitioned into a mental institution. That is exactly where Vincent John Doe begins. As Vincent navigates the mental health system he encounters therapists and fellow patients who make him, and us, question the “crazy artist” paradigm. VJD forces the question of how our society has come to define mental illness. The play explores the differences between mental illness and the artistic temperament and what to do with those who refuse to conform to behaviors we consider “normal.” The play explores the meaning of identity and the role of ego. It challenges our relationship with God and the courage it takes to speak to the world through one’s art. What is the burden and responsibility of the artist, in terms of truth? To what moral imperative is the artist subject? What is his place in the world of commerce and what is the measure of his success?
Rob Maniscalco (Vincent John Doe, Playwright) has been active in the Charleston Theatre community for about five years, most recently with SOBTC, playing Merv Kant in The Sisters Rosensweig. He also played Ludwig van Beethoven in 33 Variations and Rev. Hale in The Crucible at Threshold Theatre. He has worked with Pure Theatre (the mafia boss in Superior Donuts), Footlight Players, (The Full Monty, Sordid Lives, Rumors, Frost/Nixon and Is He Dead) and the College of Charleston (Measure for Measure). He directed productions of Greater Tuna at Midtown Theatre/Sherry Grace Productions and Jesus Christ Superstar in Detroit. He received his acting training at the Circle in the Square Theater and appeared in numerous stage, television and film productions in New York City and Detroit. In Detroit, his home town, Rob was host of “Art Beat,” a highly rated TV program on PBS, where he interviewed celebrated artists in their studios.
As Rob’s “day job” he is a nationally recognized portrait and gallery artist; his fine art and portraits are part of hundreds of private and public collections throughout North America, including many prominent Charlestonians. He is teacher, author (two published books), blogger and arts activist.