John Scavone
Sheboygan, WI
Thirty-year veteran of Chicago Off-Loop theatre, now living and writing in Sheboygan.

Plays

by John Scavone

Henry Meeker has conspired with his wife, Ave, to have his business destoyed and collect the insurance, his rationale and resolve apparently intact. However, he now treads through the ashes of memory, forced to discover how and why it really came about, and the true consequences of his act. With the realization that he can't escape being caught, he reaches an inevitable conclusion, the only one that will allow him finally to rest.

Cast:
Henry Meeker, mid 50's; Ava Meeker, Henry's second wife, late 30's; Frank Meeker, Henry's son, early 30's; Florence Meeker, Frank's twin; Danny Pinch, 30's; Jim Watson, 50's, a ghost
by John Scavone

The Loman brothers are reunited, 40 years after Willy’s suicide in Death of a Salesman. Biff’s surprise visit to Hap leads them to contemplate their shared past, as well as face their individual lives and try to understand the separate roads that brought them to this place.

Cast:
Hap Loman, 72; Biff Loman, 74; Linda Loman, late 30's & mid to late 60's; Luis, 30's; Patty, 60's
by John Scavone

The Woodwards’ adopted daughter, Elizabeth, is missing; Paula has hidden her away. The girl’s original family wants her back, and a court hearing has been ordered to decide the issue, but Paula isn’t taking the slightest chance that she could lose the case, and thus, her daughter. As an attorney for the State, Alan is deeply devoted to his job and the letter of the law, but now finds he must choose between that devotion and his family. Legal arguments and procedure mesh with a domestic battle, in which morality, the law and their marriage are put on trial before the audience as jury.

Cast:
Paula Woodward, late 30's to early 40's, a defense attorney; Alan Woodward, early to mid 40's, a prosecutor
by John Scavone

The owner of the Royale Theater is throwing out the troupe who occupied it and selling the place. In contemplating the future, an unlikely pair of Shakespearean actors find a common dream and set out to make it come true, hoping to convince whoever buys the Royale to put them back in the theater to perform with a new company and a radical idea. Religion, vice and Shakespeare compete for the prize at the beginnings of Chicago's history with racism and corruption.

Cast:
Jasper O'Rourke, late 40's to early 50's, Ireland born; Samuel Jenkins, early 30's, African American; Chloe, early to mid 20's, African American; Pete Smith, mid to late 20's, African American; Francine Griffin, early 40', white; Ned Bleakley, mid to late 40's, white; Agnes Bleakley, mid to late 40's, white; Brother Mickey O'Toole, late 30's to early 40's, white.
by John Scavone

On the day before his brother’s funeral, Charlie Slater has to write his eulogy, no easy task for a religious man who firmly believes in a literal bible. Making the job even harder, Buddy is on his case, not only to get the eulogy written, but also to face up to his own life of resentment as being of his own creation. Charlie must eventually admit to and try to repair his failures with his wife and son, before confessing to having committed the worst sin of all against his brother.

Cast:
Charlie Slater, 50; Kathy Slater, 45; Buddy Slater, 42, Charlie's brother, recently deceased; Matt Slater, 27, Charlie's and Kathy's son.
by John Scavone

Cliff Hale is preparing to leave the hospital, waiting for his wife, Joan, to come pick him up. Only Cliff doesn’t quite remember why he’s in the hospital, how he got there, or how long he’s been there. Dr. Reyes must guide him along a torturous path through changing memories, his fears and prejudices, to the horrifying truth.

Cast:
Cliff Hale, mid - late 40's; Dr. Reyes, late 30's - early 40's; Joan Hale, mid - late 40's
by John Scavone

Clarence Marsh, just released after serving twenty years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit, appears at the home of James Burke, the rogue cop who sent him there.

Cast:
James Burke, Anglo American, late 50's; Clarence Marsh, African American, 38; Kyle Marsh, his brother, plays mid 20's – mid 30's; Ruth Burke, James’ wife, plays mid 40's – mid 50's.
by John Scavone

A routine inquiry into a young boy’s apparent accident evolves into a psychological investigation, wherein Father Riley is forced to confront himself and admit the truth of what he is: a coward and weakling, a monster created by his own innate and tragic flaws.

Cast:
Father William Riley, church pastor, age mid-thirties to early forties; the same actor plays “Bill” Riley, himself at younger ages. Monsignor Benson, age late forties to mid-fifties; the same actor plays various other characters throughout the play.