Middletown native and actor Steve Scionti will bring his one man show, Hear What’s in the Heart: A Shoemaker’s Tale to Middletown’s 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.
“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. "Steve will be leading a workshop with our Teen Repertory Company this spring as well, bringing his experience and journey to share with them."
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 2012.