Front Street

by  Anne Pié

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 3f, 1boy(s)

"What is so apparent in the writing is the realistic nature of the characters and the developments of the sometimes comic and tragic events that transpire. The story never falters. A paean of praise should be sung to Mrs. Pié." - The Hartford Courant
"Like Death of A Salesman, Anne Pié's Front Street has a larger-than-life feel.  It's delight for eye, ear, heart, mind.  In her tale of an immigrant family living in Harford in 1944, the achieves a near mythic quality."  - Sue Harrington, Erie Times-News

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Front Street

by  Anne Pié

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Although World War II brought women to work in the factories, it was mostly immigrant women, like Tonia Deluna, who labored in the blistering tobacco sheds of the Connecticut River Valley. The play concerns Tonia, work-weary and trapped in an arranged marriage to Dominic, who is years her senior. Yet Tonia remains tenacious in her struggle to preserve the family. Her eldest son, Sonny, who is crippled by polio and embroiled in gambling, is threatened by shadowy underworld figures. He flails against his lot in life, and his bond to his family is put to the supreme test. Enter colorful Maria LaBrutta, the six-fingered neighborhood puttana who provides deliverance to the family, albeit unorthodox. Driven by old world tradition, adamant Dominic is determined that daughter Angela will be married according to an old-country match. To Angela's horror, Dominic arranges a liaison which unleashes Tonia's fury. She must also fight for a better life for her youngest son, Nicky. Through the unwavering devotion of a family friend, Rocco, Tonia experiences emotions long-since denied and is terrified by the realization of her passions. The disappearance of grandmother Nonie, along with Nicky's entrapment in Hartford's tragic circus fire of July 6, 1944, bring a shocking conclusion to events, unexpectedly uniting the DeLuna family.
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Reviews

"What is so apparent in the writing is the realistic nature of the characters and the developments of the sometimes comic and tragic events that transpire. The story never falters. A paean of praise should be sung to Mrs. Pié." - The Hartford Courant

"Like Death of A Salesman, Anne Pié's Front Street has a larger-than-life feel.  It's delight for eye, ear, heart, mind.  In her tale of an immigrant family living in Harford in 1944, the achieves a near mythic quality."  - Sue Harrington, Erie Times-News

"Front Street season's best at Seven Angels.  Anne Pié's Front Street is the playwright's tip of the hat to old-world Italian families, their strong ties, loony religious beliefs and heated arguments around the kitchen table. - James V. Ruocco, Republican American

"It sometimes is sad that there aren't more well-made plays around today like Front Street. It's enjoyable and fulfulling. They argue no political agent and current events are generally left to news broadcasts. Character and relationships are at the core of the genre.  - T. H. McCulloh, Online Entertainment

"Once in a life-time, twice if one is lucky, a buff of repertory theater gets to see a play so overpowering that the histrionics of regular theater are forgotten and a thrust of reality takes over.  With Front Street it's as if a fourth wall of a tenement has been removed and we are allowed to look in on the actul life of an Italian family more than 60 years ago.  - Bob Harrington, West Hartford, Theater Review

"GET A FRONT SEAT FOR FRONT STREET. Front Street is a delightful slice of Italian-American brought to life by a smartly written script depicting the struggle between Old World tradition and the strange new one."  - Dean Edward, NOHO-LA

"Front Street is a genuine cultural phenomenon, recalling memories of a time, a mood, a people who played a vital rile in the state's history." - Henry Keezing, The Herald

"Powerful, ethnic family drama, circa 1944, written with passion and a strong sense of family ties... characters strong, volatile and dynamicaly developed." - Pat Taylor, Tolucan Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: July 5 and July 6, 1944. In the kitchen of the Dominic and Tonia DeLuna family on Front Street in Hartford, Connecticut. It is a unit set.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 3f, 1boy(s)

NICKY DELUNA - Can be age 10 or 12, dressed in shorts, tee-shirt, barefoot.
ANGIE DELUNA - Age seventeen/ Pretty, fresh-looking. Wears summery peasant blouses and skirts.
TONIA DELUNA - Over forty; wears simple cotton dresses and bib-type aprons. Tired-looking but still has her good looks.
SONNY DELUNA - In his early twenties; wears factory-type clothing; walks with a limp.
NINO - Mafios type. Can be any age. Menacing, slickly dressed.
DOMINIC DELUNA- Stoop shouldered; looked unwell. He wears underwear top at home; trousers with suspenders. Also, bus driver's uniform. He is years old than Tonia.
ROCCO DELGROSSO - wears grey shirt and black pants of a bus driver's uniform. Pleasant looking; Tonia's age.
MARIA LABRUTTA - Wears good clothing, brightly colored. Her make-up is well-applied. She wears high heels and tasteful costume jewelry. Her hair-do is a high pompadour coiled around a rat at the nape of her neck. She wears one white glove with six fingers and carries the other. She is Tonia's age. She is not a caricature.
VICTOR FRANELINA - He is eighteen and fresh out of basic training.  He wears an Army uniform with the rank of Private.
THE SUITOR - Short with his hair slicked back. His suit is ill-fitting and his shoes are run down and he wears white socks. His neck tie is too sort and stained. He can be from late thirites to early fifities.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Tonia DeLuna, Dominic DeLuna, and Rocco have slight Italian accents.

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Authors

Anne Pié

Anne Pié

Front Street was given it's West Coast premier by CRC Entertainment on March 23, 1996 at St. Genesius Theater in West Hollywood, CA.  The production was directed by T. J. Castronovo and was produced by Michael J. Cazrazza and T. J. Castronovo.

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