The Diagonal Trilogy by Vita Morales

It’s 1939, and in the shadow of the newly-built Pulaski Skyway (then called The Diagonal), Gianni Finti has drowned swimming in the debris-strewn Passaic River. His cousin Carlie tries in vain to save him. His perceived failure and the anguish of Gianni’s death opens a box of secrets that reveals Carlie’s true identity and triggers a lifelong quest for forgiveness. Based on a true story, The Diagonal Trilogy is a sensitive look at life in Newark before and after the Second World War.

Date: March 22 at 7:30 pm
Venue: Jersey City Theater Center – Show In Map
Tickets:  Available Here
About Vita Morales

Vita Patrick Morales has a BA in Italian Literature from Rutgers University, an MA in Theater and Film from Hunter College and an MS in education from Fordham University. She has written 17 plays some of which have been staged in New York City. In 1988, Her play Francis of Assisi won the award for best Masters thesis in the Arts and Humanities at Hunter College. Her one-act play, All God’s Children, was produced several times in New York and won several awards. She was the director of the Alpha and Omega Theater Company’s Children Division that produced several of her plays featuring young people from the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood where she lived and taught. She wrote the libretto for the short opera ‘Old Befana’ with the late composer John Colligan. Her play commemorating the United States Bicentennial, The Final Tolling of the Bells, was awarded a medal of merit from the Daughters of the American Revolution and was performed in an 18th century church in Millstone, New Jersey.

For many years she was a member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s Professional Playwrights Unit. She taught ESL and Spanish at Warren Hills Reg. High School for seven years and now teaches Italian at Parsippany Hills High School. She has taught Spanish and Italian at the County College of Morris as an adjunct professor and every summer takes groups of high school students to Italy through the Oversees Council of Education (Cool-ed). In 1999, she moved to rural Warren County, New Jersey, from midtown Manhattan with her husband Guillermo and last of four children, Maximilian.

About the New Jersey Women Playwrights Project

About the New Jersey Women Playwrights Project

The New Jersey Women Playwrights Project provides writers an opportunity to work on new plays with professional actors and directors in a 12-18 month development process. Now in Round Five, 18 writers are a part of this brilliant community. For more information on the NJWPP, click here.

About the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival
This event is presented as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance‘s Stages Festival, a month-long celebration of theatre throughout the state. For more information on the New Jersey Theatre Alliance or the Stages Festival, click here or here respectively to visit their websites.