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MACS: A Macaroni Requiem - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

MACS: A Macaroni Requiem

David Simpatico

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

5m, 3f

ISBN: PWD0000000012

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1990s

Settings Of Play -

The play takes place in a single Sunday afternoon at the Madrifina home in Palisades Park, NJ.




Stage Combat

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


No Special Cautions


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Full-length comedy/drama

Cast Size: 5 Men, 3 Women

MACS examines the story of an Italian-American family's denial around the accidental, tragic death of the youngest son. Through the course of a Sunday dinner, the suppressed family dynamics build to a head and explode during a furious Word Association 'exorcism', which forces the family to come together, accept the tragic death, and ultimately embrace life and each other.

"Never in all my years of theatregoing have I been so involved in onstage pain that, even as I write this, I cry. Writer David Simpatico has an unerring ear for dialogue, and the sounds, cadences and expressions of a working-class Italian family." Barbara K. Mehlman, CurtainUp (reviewing Urban Stages production, NYC, 1998)

Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1996; The Other Stage



5m, 3f


Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)


Casting an Italian-American Family in Northern New Jersey; plus one Irish-American young man.


Tony Madrifina            50s, father; tough exterior; hides his sensitive side; auto-mechanic, blue-collar patriarch; ex-semi-pro football player; loves his kids, his wife and his cat, Roscoe


Rosie Madrifina            50s, mother; keeps the family going; avocational painter; warped sense of humor; uses food to maintain the status quo; holding onto the end of her rope


Tonse Madrifina           Mid-20s, eldest son; big, strong chip off his father's block; is folding in on himself, a black hole eaten away by guilt


Bernadette Madrifina   Early 20s, the only daughter; plays the role of Daddy's girl when she needs to, but can more than  hold her own with her brothers; has a big secret; dying to get out of this house


Dominic Madrifina       Early 20s, the third child; very much his mother's son; an artist trapped in a family of auto-mechanics; is an antagonist with an agenda


Nornie Campanella       70s, the grandfather; Rosie's father; an ex-boxer from Hell's Kitchen; deaf in one ear; has combative, loving relationship with his wife


Tillie Campanella          70s, the grandmother; Rosie's mother; Nornie's wife, a firecracker who can't sit still and watch the family fall apart; a fighter


Mikey Rourke              Early 20s, Bernadette's boyfriend; Irish-American, intimidated by the loud, Italian-American family, especially wary around Tony; pumps gas, for now; loves Bernie

David Simpatico

David Simpatico

DAVID SIMPATICO, playwright/librettist, has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including Lincoln Center, NYC Town Hall, Edinburgh Fringe, the Hammersmith Apollo (London), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the New York Theatre Workshop, English National Opera, the Boston Conservatory of Music, and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. ... view full profile

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