One moment, Mona’s father is teaching her to make pasta sauce at 2 AM–and the next, she sits beside him in a hospital room, counting the seconds between beeps. When a curiously familiar barefooted boy runs in, carrying a blue umbrella and singing a song she’s heard somewhere before, the rain begins. And Mona goes on a journey forward to the past. Steeped in legend and lore, Oregano is a family play about accepting the past in order to embrace the future–teaching us that sometimes, the truth can be exactly what we imagine it to be.
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“Napoli already has the gifts of sharp, believable dialogue, captivating imagery and deeper thematic resonances that many writers far more experienced lack… In the space of 70 minutes, she creates an entire world and three unique people who inhabit it. That is a rare gift indeed.” —Toronto Star
“This family play is about accepting the past in order to embrace the future, telling the story of Mona, who is sitting by her father’s hospital bedside, wondering why the boy who runs in singing a song and carrying an umbrella seems so familiar.” —Prairie Books Now
About the Author
Rose Napoli is an actor and writer based out of Toronto. She was named by NOW Magazine as a top ten theatre artist and has been called a “rising star” and “an artist to watch” by the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, respectively. She has taken part in residences with the Stratford Festival, the Musical Stage Company, Nightwood and Tarragon Theatres. She is the author of six plays, including Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells), which was nominated for a Dora Mayor Moore award for Outstanding New Play. Other works include: Legacy, A Death and the Marias, That’s Amore, Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, and Oregano. She is represented by Marquis Literary, is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and participated in the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Writing Program.