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Something Old/Something New: A Collection of Plays by Roy Battocchio

ISBN #1-60513-193-8
JAC #2012-0042

Featured in this Collection

  • *Page 5: Something Old...Something New— Elizabeth and Robert are two average people in their sixties… or their twenties. It’s hard to tell since they’ve gone through a restoration of sorts, renewing themselves and their spirits.

  • *Page 11: Lemonade With a Twist— A woman has called for a tow truck… though she hasn’t got a car. She awaits his arrival by preparing her special lemonade. Won’t he be surprised? Or perhaps SHE will be!

  • *Page 17: Leap Year— Dexter is an actor. His wife has left him, and he’s on the rooftop of his New York City brownstone ready to end it all. Then Tom comes along and completely ruins his plans.

  • Page 25: The Phone Call— A woman waits impatiently for her husband to come to bed.

  • *Page 27: Crass Reunion— Two ex-High School friends go to rob a convenience store only to find it is run by another friend from school.

  • *Page 39: Goodie Bags— An elderly woman sits knitting in a busy bus terminal, and along comes a young man, ready to take advantage of her. Thank goodness another man is nearby to step in and lend an assist!

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About This Playwright
A native of Mount Vernon (NY), Roy Battocchio’s first professional writing job was as a sports writer with the Yonkers Herald Statesman, just outside of New York City. He then spent several years with popular New York radio stations WOR and WINS as a music programmer. His interest in popular music led him to the music industry where he was Artist Relations Manager for Capitol Records and, later, RCA Records. During this time he worked with such legendary recording artists as The Beatles, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, John Denver, Dolly Parton and many more. He continued his interest in writing by having his humorous essays and light verse carried in various publications, including McCall’s, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, The Los Angeles Times and a number of other periodicals. He has written several episodes for television’s “Love Boat” and was head writer for “The New Hollywood Squares” (John Davidson/Joan Rivers edition). He also spent a period with Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Productions in the development of game shows and other TV fare, many of which were his own creations. In the theatre he is an active member of Theatre West, one of Los Angeles’ oldest theatre companies. His comedy, “Thicker Than Water,” was first produced there in 2000 and presented again as a staged reading at the Coronet Theatre in Los Angeles starring Doris Roberts. It was produced again in 2004 at The Long Beach Playhouse, in Long Beach, California. It was also a finalist in the Dayton Ohio Futurefest Competition and produced there at the Dayton Playhouse. His one-act, “Crass Reunion”, was a semi-finalist in the Los Angeles First Stage contest and tied for first place in the Theatre West Ellen Idelson Playwrighting Award in 2007. (It was produced there later that year.) He has also had numerous other one-acts and short pieces produced at Theatre West and other west coast venues. His 10-minute piece, “Leap Year” was a finalist in The Secret Rose 10-Minute Play Festival in Los Angeles in October of 2007 and once again a finalist there with, “Goodie Bags” in 2010. His sequel to “Thicker Than Water”, entitled “Dead Wrong,” had a highly successful run at the Long Beach Playhouse in 2007. He has also been honored by having it accepted into the Eileen Heckert Senior Drama Collection at Ohio State University. His short comedy, “Something Old…Something New” was a finalist in The Lakeshore Players Theatre 10-minute Play Festival in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area in June of 2010. Another play, “Lemonade With A Twist” was a finalist in The Tehachapi, California Playwrights Festival and produced in 2010. In 2011, his 10-minute piece, "The Big Splash" was a winner in Secret Rose's monologue festival and went on to win again in their Best of the Best program. In the 2012 WestFest Festival at L.A.'s Theatre West, two of his short pieces, "Why Me?" and "The Plot Thickens" were featured on the program.  He recently completed a piece entitled, “More Fun Than Passing A Kidney Stone,” which he describes as, “A bunch of short comedies with absolutely no message.”  Battocchio is a member of The Writer’s Guild, The Dramatists Guild of America, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and The Automobile Club.

Have you read Battocchio's touching shorts Going Gently and What Are Friends For?, his trilogy Surprises, or his full-length plays Thicker Than Water and its sequel, Dead Wrong?

Something Old/Something New by Roy Battocchio

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