Willimantic, Conn. — Eastern Connecticut State University alumnus Anthony Piccione ’16 premiered his play “the END of the LINE at the END” on Oct. 19 at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in New York City. Piccione has been involved in theatre since his early teen years as a playwright, actor and dramaturge. He graduated from Eastern with a bachelor’s degree in theatre, and minored in writing and film studies.
“This particular script originated back in January of this year, when I was taking Edmond Chibeau’s scriptwriting and presentation class during my last semester at Eastern,” said Piccione. He produced a staged reading of the play and four other short plays prior to graduating from Eastern.
“I submitted it to Manhattan Repertory Theatre for one of their new play events in September after moving to New York and not long after that, I got accepted into the event and hired a professional theatre director who cast six actors for the show.”
Piccione has had his full-length drama “We the People” performed at Eastern, as well as two one-act comedies — “How Having a Vampire Boyfriend Would REALLY go” and “Ebol-A-Rama.” Piccione also wrote one-acts “The Good,” “the Bad and the Stupid,” “The One Plate To Fool Them All,” “Material Dad,” “The Real Tim Spacey” and “You REALLY Shouldn’t Drink That,” which were presented at Connecticut venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theater, the Windsor Art Center and Windham Theatre Guild.
“The project I’m most excited about is a new full-length, semi-autobiographical drama that I’m currently polishing up,” said Piccione. “I hope to do a staged reading of the play by the end of 2017, and hopefully will eventually follow that up with a full Off-Broadway production in New York.”
To stay up to date on Piccione’s productions and recent works, visit www.anthonyjpiccione.tumblr.com