CINCINNATI PLAYWRIGHTS INITIATIVE - CPI New Voices Series
CPI New Voices Series presents a reading of The Circle by local playwright Michael Defrancesco.
A man enters a prison cell. His cellmate is a black man who controls the cell, and who shuns any light in the cell.
The man, who we learn is a priest, has lived with his mother who observes his changing behavior from his passionate endeavors as a young priest. The priest’s life descends from an initiating event as seen, retrospectively, through the fourth character an eleven-year-old boy.
The black cellmate takes on a kind of Virgil in this priest’s prison hell.
About the Playwright: "I grew up in Cincinnati and attended a Catholic seminary. I had a keen interest in theater, After attending a summer drama program at UC, I sought and was awarded a Rockefeller grant to the University of Cincinnati’s Theater Arts program, where I earned an M.A. in Theater Arts. I became more interested in writing than acting, and I engaged in that off and on over a number of years. In the past dozen years I have written four plays: three full length and two as one-acts. I was active in the predecessor playwrights group that currently exists. I am married with three children."