Writing

Linoleum Dreams

I know now never to underestimate the power of a half bottle of chianti and a blow dryer— they were the gateway to an evening with Caryn styling my hair like Danny Partridge from Hell. The evening concluded with a coma-like sleep and a dream of driving a wheelchair to my deceased parents’ house for…

Life With Guido

LIFE WITH GUIDO A short film written by Gary De Mattei (Sound and Guido monologue begin) FADE IN: Old photograph of Guido’s Italian family; 1960s. FADE OUT: photograph FADE IN: Abrupt medium close-up of Guido holding and looking at the photograph. He is wearing a crumpled sports jacket and tieless shirt; the background is the…

Theatre Camp

What is a calling? Alright, I’ll bite. A calling is something you’re willing to sacrifice everything for. Well, that’s very cliché. Yes, it is. Terribly. What else? Dig deeper. Okay, let me riff here, you know, stream of consciousness stuff. Do it. Go. Okay, well, without the realization that you are driven by something greater…

Happy Bananaversary

The life adventures of Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei started on July 4, 2006 — Gary was living alone at a little theatre in downtown San Jose. His personal life was a shambles. He lost his home of twelve years. That night he found himself trying to fall asleep again on the “Equity Cot”…

Hold Me, Daddy

From the first time he picked me up in those massive arms to as recently as twenty minutes ago, when I think of my dad I think of a man who was always in motion. When he sat still for too long his disappointments would catch up with him so it was a matter of…