Plays, books, and screenplays by Tom DeTitta
Darkness Lifting (Ghana,
Five stories from five places in the world that embrace the circumstances of
people in different forms of need. Commissioned by Habitat for Humanity
International for their 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Following Our Fannie
Raucous, no holds barred 1920's melodrama which manages to incorporate a wide
range of vaudeville performances. Commissioned by the Rylander Theater and
Grace Will Lead Me Home: The American POW Drama
Freedom and captivity are viewed across generations and circumstance in this
innovative, multi-media production that begins with the story of the
Andersonville Civil War Stockade. Commissioned by the Georgia Southwestern
Foundation and winner of a North Carolina Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship.
The Oregon Trail story told from both the perspective of the Native Americans
and the pioneers, and performed in the place where the story reached its
dramatic conclusion. Commissioned by the Oregon Trail Pageant.
The Reach of Song
Named the State Historic Drama by the Georgia Legislature, this epic musical
production has been telling the story of southern Appalachia since 1989.
Commissioned by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Searching for Innocence: Phnom Penh, 1996
Based on the story of Cambodia from the American intervention in Southeast
Asia and the rise of the Khmer Rouge to the United Nations occupation in the mid
1990's, this play explores the destabilizing effect of good intentions.
"Stalinka" is the name good Communists would have given a daughter they could
not simply call "Stalin," this old woman lives among a Bulgarian family and
always seems on the verge of death but never dies and instead manages to eat
everything in sight. The play is about finding truth within the absurdity of
lives turned 180-degrees overnight through the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Streets of Gold
Epic, immigrant saga commissioned for the Quincentennial by the Ebery
Foundation and the Pennsylvania Museum and Historic Commission..
The story of President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter created
with their participation as well as the participation of friends, family, and
members of the Carter administration. The play focuses on the racial conflicts
of the president's native south Georgia which helped to forge his political and
humanitarian perspective. Commissioned by the Rylander Theater and Cultural
I Think I'll Drop You Off in Deadwood
Story of my own 8,000 mile hitchhiking trip across the country which explores
what happens to a person who does not know where he is going to sleep each night
for a period of six months.
Tourist, Volume One
A collection of stories about unwitting travelers who find themselves removed
from the familiar circumstances of their lives in various locations throughout
The novel accompaniment to the screenplay of the same name, this work
explores the traumatic loneliness of high school from the perspective of swiftly
advancing ice hockey pucks.
The Jimmy Carter Story
The film about Jimmy Carter allows for a broadening of the themes explored in
the play to show the places and circumstances that led to the 'swimming
upstream' perspective of this president who continually ignored opinion polls
and routinely engaged in that which others might consider political suicide.
The film version of the above mentioned novel story further surrounds the
story of teenage alienation with an unhealthy dose of 1970's bad taste.