Lions

by  Vince Melocchi

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  9m, 3f

"Lions is about hope...about the endurance of a middle class getting squeezed...finding life amid the lifeless" - Detroit Free Press

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    L.A Stage Alliance Nomination Best Playwriting of a New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

It's the 2007 NFL season and the Detroit Lions are on a winning streak — unfortunately out of work steelworker John Waite is not. With humor and humanity, playwright Vince Melocchi offers a glimpse into The Tenth Ward Club, where the patrons place their hopes on their team, and attempt to escape the creeping demise of their city and of their way of life.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

Lions is about hope…about the endurance of a middle class getting squeezed…finding life amid the lifeless” - Detroit Free Press

"[Lions] is a drama that speaks directly to our country's current state of affairs, which is to say it's a play about unemployment, hardship and economic collapse. If that sounds like a depressing thematic lineup, the play itself is far from being a downer. 'Lions' takes an unsentimental look at a ravaged cross-section of present-day Detroit and tells a story of compassion in a cold climate....Melocchi's play is a smart, humanistic...observation of working-class survivalism." - Los Angeles Times

"GO...an all-around touching portrait of Middle America, a reminder that 'real Americans' need not be so reductively characterized as Joe the Plumber." – L.A. Weekly

“Playwright Vince Melocchi’s somber ensemble drama about a group of underachieving pals hanging out at a Detroit neighborhood bar, watching their lives drift down the toilet as the economy tanks around them, possesses a worldly prescience, neatly anticipating the country’s current fiscal woes.”  – Backstage West

“In Vince Melocchi’s play, Lions, we are privy to the hardships of a group of downtrodden men and women who are faced with the economic sufferings of today’s world. Playing at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, Lions is a compelling play, performed with realism by a gifted cast under the direction of Guellermo Cienfuegos.” – Stagehappenings

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    A blue collar social club in West Detroit, Michigan. 

  • Additional Features: Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

9m, 3f

JOHN “SPOOk” WAITE – Caucasian. Late forties, unemployed factory worker.
LEON “BISCUIT” CROISSANT – African-American. Late forties, works for the Detroit morgue.
ANDY GUERALL – Causasian.Early thirties. Bartender at The 10th Ward Club.
BILL “HOUSEPIE” FOLINO – Causasian. Late fifties.
CURTIS SAWER – African American. Late twenties. Grocery store bagger.
BETH WAITE – John’s wife. Any Ethnicity.Mid forties.
ARTIE PIRO – Causasian. Twenty-four, childhood friend of John Waite. Appears only in memory.
GAIL FINCH – Any Ethnicity. Mid forties. Waitress at the local diner.
LARRY GERBER –  Causasian.Late forties, local pizza shop owner.
REVEREND RUSSELL STUVANTS – African American. Early fifties, a man of the cloth.
MABEL JOHNSON – African American. Late-fifties. A job placement coun-selor.
JERRY “LENNIE” LENHART – Any Ethnicity. Bartender at The 10th ward club. Mid-forties.
MAN (aka CHICAGO) –  Any Ethnicity. A Chicago Bears fan. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The characters of "Man(AKA Chicago) and Jerry "Lennie" Lenhart can be doubled.

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Authors

Vince Melocchi

Vince Melocchi Vince has had plays, productions and readings at Penn State University, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Off Broadway's 59E59 Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA., Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska, The Road Theatre in North Hollywood, CA, Towne Street Theatre, The Blank Theatre Comp ...

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Lions premiered at the Pacific Resident Theater in Venice, CA in October 2008 under the direction of Guillermo Cienfuegos.

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