“Talking with my Dad” the play’s setting

Talking with My Dad, a one-act play, takes place entirely in a hospital room at our fictional St. Francis Hospital. A hospital room can be one of the coldest, loneliest places on earth, especially for a patient wondering if he will live to see the next morning , as is our main character Frankie Casafranc. […]

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Making “Talking with My Dad.” The writing process

Moving Talking with My Dad from concept to realty meant writing it. As a professional journalist for more than 38 years, writing is second nature to me. I tend to think in headlines and intro paragraphs even in my daily life. But writing a play is far different from writing a story about heart disease […]

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Making “Talking with My Dad.” It started with life events

The genesis of what you’ll see when you come to watch a performance of Talking with My Dad goes back to a warm March day in 1986. On that Easter Sunday so long ago, my father died of a heart attack while visiting my suburban Chicago home for Easter Sunday. The shock of losing a […]

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