Worth a Thousand Words
by Stefanie DeLeo
- MELINDA: 38-years-old, stay at home mom.
- JACQUELINE: 13-years-old, autistic
Worth a Thousand Words
is the story of a newly
widowed mother struggling to connect with her autistic daughter. Shortly
after her husband's death, she learns that he has won an art competition.
She solicits her daughter's help, since her daughter shared his passion for
art. As the play unfolds we discover that her autistic daughter uses art as
a means of communication and that is the only way in which her mother can
learn to connect with her. At the end of the play, it is discovered that the
winning painting belongs to her daughter and not her late husband.
The SettingThe present, afternoon into
evening. Melinda’s living room, New York City
Stefanie DeLeo is a produced and published playwright, who
has made the transition to novel writing. She has a Masters Degree from New
York University in Educational Theatre and is currently teaching history and
drama at the middle and high school level. She can also be seen on stage
performing at her local community theatres. A New York native,
Stefanie has enjoyed traveling the world to gain inspiration for her written
works. She lived and worked in South Africa for two and a half years with
the Peace Corps, where she taught English and Drama and created several
intercultural theatre programs at a multiracial school. Her first
book, Cry My Safari was written after a brief
stay in Kenya.
Worth reading, producing, performing and if lucky
enough seeing! by SonnyD
I saw this play performed after it won a national playwrights
contest in Theater 3 Port Jefferson, NY. It locked you in immediately
emotionally and carries a much needed insight about Autism. This is a play
worth reading, producing, performing and if you get the chance definitely
worth seeing! I look fwd to reading more from this new and upcoming
play-writer. Stefanie DeLeo also just published her first novel, CRY MY
SAFARI also a must read!
Sweet, heartwarming by LilTurtleBug
A very sweet, tender play. Would love to see it acted out, very
heartfelt. Could hear the emotion come though the words as loud and clear as
if they were alive!
Does it Well by J. Bairon
A clever and tender one-act play. It lasts maybe 15 minutes but
great for a revue or for a short piece in a drama class. Its simple plot has
something to say about the way we communicate. Calls for two females, the
mother and her autistic and artistic daughter. It might also be appropriate
in a context where issues related to autism are being presented or