By Anthony Maulucci

FOUNTAINS, a new play Anthony S. Maulucci, is a romantic comedy in four acts about a gardener’s daughter and a successful New York architect who meet and fall in love on the Connecticut estate where the architect is creating an Italian-style garden complete with a fountain which will feature a sculpture of a beautiful nude – the gardener’s daughter herself!

Flora Fiorelli has been brought up by an overprotective Italian father and has lived a somewhat sheltered life on the estate. Marc Beausoleil, the archtect, is going through a divorce and will be leaving in September for a commission in Switzerland. Partly to appease her father, Flora will have to spend the summer visiting with her estranged mother in Italy and has plans to enter Columbia University in the fall. After the summer spent in Florence with her mother, however, she returns to Connecticut in full bloom as a stylish and sophisticated young lady who enchants Marc and changes his life for good.

The estate is owned by Sean and Paula Glenny. Sean is a chronic drinker, a martini man, and Paula manages the household while trying to run Sean’s life. She feels like a mother to Flora, having watched her grow up, and, while she refrains from meddling, she goes on keeping Flora’s best interests at heart. With her tendency to get overexcited, Paula assumes her wishes are foremost in everyone else’s minds. She decides to install the fountains and make a nude sculpture of Flora the centerpiece of the main one. When she commissions a well-known sculptor to do the work, the sparks fly with Flora’s father, Federico, and the household gets into an uproar. Flora is moved to assert her independence, and she decides it is a good time to leave for Florence. Act 2 ends with her departure and Act 3 begins as Flora returns at the end of the summer, with Paula’s gala party to celebrate the fountains planned for Labor Day weekend. Marc barely recognizes Flora, who has been taken in hand by her mother, now a wealthy divorcee, and, overcome by his sudden passion, he falls instantly in love with her. His feelings are reciprocated – Flora was in love with him when he started work on the garden in June – but unacknowleged by the new Flora, who remains aloof as she awaits Marc’s next move. When Marc tells her about his feelings he also informs her about his divorce proceedings. Flora remains reluctant to commit. She sends him away but then goes to New York on a surprise visit, only to find a woman in his apartment who she assumes is his girlfriend but who is, in fact, Marc’s ex-wife come to collect the rest of her belongings. Believing she has been lied to, Flora goes home in anger and when Marc rushes to the estate to explain matters, she refuses to speak with him. Marc leaves for New York early the next morning to wrap up details for his flight to Europe. With Paula’s help, the confusion is cleared up and Flora is rushed off to the airport with a small troop of her admirers under Paula’s command where, we understand, the two reunited lovers will fly off to Switzerland together.

Four acts, 7 principal characters, 2-hour run time.