Frank Anthony Polito
Frank is a playwright and actor. He has appeared in Fourth Unity’s “Unity Fest”
(NYC), Doric Wilson’s A Perfect Relationship (NYC), and corpus christi (D.C.).
Originally produced as Band Fags! by New Conservatory Theatre Center in 2013, based on the award-winning debut novel by Frank Anthony Polito, published June 2008.
It’s the Totally Awesome ’80s! Jack Paterno is a straight-A student living in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park. The only thing he has in common with his best friend since seventh grade, Brad Dayton, is that both are in band… Or maybe that’s not the only thing? As Jack and Brad make their way through junior high and high school, their friendship grows deeper and more complicated. From stealing furtive glances at Playgirl to discussing which guys they would find cute (if they were girls), Jack is trying to figure out who and what he is. More than anything, he wants to be popular and “normal.” But as Brad points out, this is real life — not a John Hughes movie. Sooner or later, Jack will have to choose. And when he does, the decision he makes could cost him.
1h 45 min, 1 unit-set (teenage boy’s bedroom w/ bunk beds)
2M (age range 14-18)
- Blue Tuesday
Originally produced as Another Day on Willow St at the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival and featured in the cozy mystery Rehearsed to Death by Frank Anthony Polito, published June 2023.
September 2001 – Two couples fight to learning the meaning of love, sacrifice, and living for today…before it’s too late. Wall Street investment banker Ian Brown and his eight months pregnant wife Stacy Gold live in a beautiful Brooklyn Heights brownstone on Willow Street. When Stacy gives up her publishing job to become a stay-at-home mom, she soon gets bored with sitting on the Promenade, sipping Starbucks. With time on her hands, Stacy begins to fear losing what little intimacy she and Ian have left, once the baby arrives. Aspiring actor Mark Gray and his lover Paul Green have been living long-distance for the past six months. Mark keeps a studio on Willow Street while Paul works as a lawyer in Boston, near his terminally ill mother. When Mark learns of Paul’s mom’s dying wish to see him marry her son, he is faced with the reality of finally coming out to his parents. With time running out, Mark soon discovers what committing himself fully to another person truly entails. But with the clock ticking, will these two couples ever learn to compromise — or will they keep putting things off for a day that may never come?
1h 30 min (no intermission)
3M, 1F (all age 40)