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Tales of a Public House:
An Evening of Wild Imaginings
& Traditional Irish Music
was written by John expressly for
The Celtic Theatre Company
in residence at the Theatre-in-the-Round
on the campus of Seton Hall University
where it premiered in March of 2005.
"[In] his engaging new play, Dandola took some of William Carleton's short stories, put them in an Irish pub, and has customer after customer try to top the story that was told before his.
...It's an endearing 90 minutes...where each of the storytellers must entertain his peers, every one winds up doing much better than that. They all entertain the audience, too."
Peter Filichia, The Star-Ledger
Previously produced by the Celtic Theatre Company:
Copyright © 20052013 John Dandola, Ltd. All rights reserved.
There will be nothing more written for
Seton Hall University or its G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture
or its annual Saints & Sleuths program
since an investigation has revealed that there has been copyright infringement of at least one
(quite possibly more) of John Dandola's plays and those infringements were covered up.
John had a very early introduction to comedy and drama since he was fortunate to have two grammar school teachers who had worked professionally in theatre. One had been an actor and a director. The other had been a producer and a director. Together, they had collaborated as writers for stage adaptations.
In fourth grade, John began writing his first plays under their guidance as well as learning the fundamentals of set design and lighting.
Throughout junior high school and high school, he continued to assist in the productions of those two teachers and by the time he enrolled in college theatre courses, he had already polished his skills. By then, he also fully realized the importance and entertainment value of regional theatre
When John was asked to return to his theatrical roots, it proved to be very productive and fulfilling. "The only downside," he admits, "is that I'd forgotten how the backstage romances and attempts at one-upmanship are much more immediate in theatre than they are in filmmaking and publishing. Frankly, I can do without any of thatit's extraneous stuff that just gets in the way of creativity. But I still plan to continue as a playwright for many years to come."