27 November 2004 — LEONARDO
by John Fiorillo
Directed by Barbara Waldinger

The Cast...
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MARC
GELLER

as Niccolo Machiavelli
JAN
GRICE
as Friar Damon
SCOTT
KLAVAN
as Leonardo da Vinci
ROBERT
MEKSIN
as Girolamo Savonarola
ANDREW
PLATNER
as Giovanni Beltraffio
BOB
WHELAN
as Luca Pacioli

This historical drama is set in Florence in 1498.  Though there is no evidence that Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, and Girolamo Savonarola were ever in Florence at the same time, the playwright, John Fiorillo, has them meet.  The play seems very contemporary in that the problems the men discuss and argue are very much like those that society is dealing with today.

JOHN FIORILLO began his professional theatrical career rather dramatically. One night the young college student was called to replace a stagehand on opening night of a revival of Carousel at Equity Library Theatre in New York. all he had to do was raise and lower the curtain, however, early in the second act the lighting board exploded and the chief electrician was taken to the hospital. John took over the board for the rest of the night, and the rest of the run. This led to a position as assistant to John Robertson, Lighting Designer of the NY Shakespeare Festival, and to a successful career Off Broadway as a Technical Director, Lighting Designer and Production Manager.

His credits include The Fantasticks (technical director for the original Off Broadway company); the Off Bwdy revival of Dead End (lighting designer), starring Dustin Hoffman, Gerry Ragni and Ron Liebman; touring company of Mr. Roberts (production manager) starring Earl Hyman; the San Juan Drama Festival revival of Oklahoma (lighting designer) starring Nancy Dussault; and over twenty other Off Bwdy, National Touring Company and summer stock productions. While in The Fantasticks, John played the role of the Handyman for over 100 performances.

John studied playwriting and directing at New York University where he was a student of the legendary William Vorenberg. His earliest playwriting effort, a one-act titled Early One Morning, received a limited run production at the Bleecker Street theatre.

After leaving the theatre to pursue financial success, he now returns to his first love with Leonardo which will be presented as Showcase Theatre’s second presentation on 27th of November, 2004.

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