The Square (La Piazza)

The Square (La Piazza)

By Anthony Maulucci

THE SQUARE (La Piazza) is a comedy-drama (a comedy, mostly) about a “Little Italy” community just prior to World War Two (1940–41) and has a large cast of delightfully complex characters, such as Caesar the policeman-philosopher who quotes Marcus Aurelius, Dan the poet-news editor, and Michael the photographer-womanizer. The central focus of the story is a young woman from Sorrento, Italy, who has fled to the US, accompanied by her young lover, to avoid a forced marriage to an older, wealthy businessman she abhors. But escape is not achieved so easily — her betrothed sends his henchman to assassinate the man she loves. When the attempts to kill him fail, her bethrothed himself arrives. At this point, a desperate but elaborately planned deception saves the day, and all goes well — until President Roosevelt signs a Declaration of War against Italy and Germany and the lives of the neighbors around the Square are changed forever. A. S. Maulucci is the author of three other full-length plays, and his work for the stage has been performed in New York, Connecticut, Montreal, and Mexico.

“This play is delightfully funny and a very enjoyable read! The characters are lovably human.”

— Elliot Greene, NYC author