The Rose Garden

By Anthony Maulucci

In this second play in Maulucci’s series about Italian American life in the 20th century, a mysteriously beautiful rose garden forms the backdrop to a young World War Two veteran’s story of self-discovery. Sandro Argenti, a talented jazz musician, is living with his wife Gabriella and her parents in a Hartford, Connecticut suburb in the year 1948. He works in a typewriter factory during the day and attends jazz concerts at a local club on weekends. After a jam session one Saturday night, he is offered a place as sax player with an up-and-coming band. He must choose whether to stay with his loving wife and her somewhat demanding family or go on the road to fulfill his dream. This is a sequel to Maulucci’s play, THE SQUARE (LA PIAZZA).