By Edmund De Santis, Directed by Derek Todd
The Harbor Theatre’s 1999 sold out Off-Broadway production, MAKING PETER POPE, was a rousing success with rave reviews from print and on-line media.
MAKING PETER POPE, an edgy comedy about a young man struggling to form a committed relationship in the year that his mother dies and his father re-marries, was developed in the Theatre’s Workshop with Harbor actors and playwrights. The production validated the power inherent in the Harbor process: a core company working together over a sustained period to bring an exciting project to realization.
Eric Morace and Harry Bouvy (left photo); Harry Bouvy, Fred Velde and Joanne Dorian (right photo) Alysia Reiner, Michael Anderson and Harry Bouvy.
Responses to the production of “MAKING PETER POPE” included:
The best new play currently on the boards in New York City. MAKING PETER POPE by Edmund De Santis has the heart and soul of a hit and- as realized by the audacious three-year old Harbor Theatre Company in its first full-length production- it should be around for a very long time. This is the kind of surprising discovery that compels one to call friends and start babbling on the phone.
– In Theater
There is something extraordinary happening at the 30th Street Theatre right now: a wonderful new play called MAKING PETER POPE is being given a splendid production by the fledgling Harbor Theatre Company. Discovering a brand new American play this good is, all by itself, cause for elation. Seeing it in a staging as well-directed and well-acted as this one is, as they say, icing on the cake…. there are a whole lot of talented people to keep an eye on involved in this very funny, very moving new work. …kudos to producer Stuart Warmflash, artistic director of Harbor Theatre, for bringing this very honest, very special work to the stage.
De Santis’ play is engrossing, entertaining, suspenseful and sexy…. the acting is of a high caliber.
– Back Stage
Where do I begin?… This show is brilliant! Casting, Acting, Directing, Writing… all at such a level, you wish that you could have given this company that sixty dollars or more you spent at any number of midtown multi-million dollar productions. The play’s verse is penned by Edmund De Santis, whom masterfully creates a play of many levels…. every cast member is perfect for their role… Go and see this production now!
– Production Notes
“Making Peter Pope” was also listed in the TOP TEN OFF-OFF-BROADWAY SHOWS of 1999, as ranked by nytheatre.com. Making Peter Pope is included in the anthology PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM published by the New York Theatre Experience. It is available for purchase online at Amazon.com.