Middletown native and actor Steve Scionti will bring his one man show, Hear What’s in the Heart: A Shoemaker’s Tale to Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater, for an extended engagement. The new draft of the play is co-written and directed by Tony Award -winner Anthony Crivello, who recently completed a run on Broadway of Clifford Odet’s Golden Boy.
Hear What’s in the Heart is set against the backdrop of a
post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of Scionti’s grandfather,
Angelo Morello (who owned Angelo’s Shoe Repair on Main Street in
Middletown.) Taking us through the funeral day’s events, Scionti paints
a theatrical family portrait in a series of humorous and poignant
vignettes, transforming himself into various family members and friends.
Steve Scionti grew up in Middletown, CT. He attended Xavier High
School. But his heart yearned for something other than the family
business. He wanted to sing. He wanted to dance. With the guidance
and support of his grandfather, Hear What’s in the Heart tells
the auto-biographical tale of Scionti’s youth and journey to
performances on stage and films in Los Angeles and New York.
This family tale begins a six week run on Thursday May 16, 2013. The
show will continue weekly on Thursday nights through June 20, 2013.
All performances are set for 7:30pm. Advanced Tickets are available online.
“We are excited to have Steve here to tell his story. It is an
important story for our young people to experience. This is a story
about family, about Middletown and about growing up to pursue your
dreams,” said Executive Director Matt Pugliese.
The show, which has played to sold-out houses at the Zephyr Theater in
Los Angeles, as well as shows in Westchester and New York City. It was
selected to be in the 2009 NY Fringe Festival. The show played two
nights at the Wesleyan University Center for the Arts in the summer of