Release Point opens at New Jersey Rep, Sat. August 18

NJ Rep is proud to present the world premiere production of Release Point by Gino DiIorio, directed by Joel Stone. Release Point will begin preview performances on Thursday, August 16, 2012 and will celebrate its opening night on Saturday, August 18th
at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), running through Sunday, September 23. Tickets are $40 ($35 during previews and $60 on opening night – with reception) and can be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or visiting

What happens when the Great American Pastime is no longer merely a game but the only way an estranged father and daughter can bridge a void? On the surface, Release Point may appear to be a play about baseball, but it turns out to be a powerful exploration of the tortured relationship between two lost souls trying to heal deeply profound and destructive psychic wounds. The love of baseball is the only thing that remains to connect them as they try desperately to salvage what little remains of their relationship. Release Point joins a time-honored tradition of using the game to highlight the daunting conflicts and human struggles that are enacted every day in our society and follows one family’s painful journey to heal and to find salvation through the unbreakable bonds that connect parent to child.

The talented cast of Release Point includes NJ Rep regulars – Michael Irvin Pollard (Theatre: Night Train, Yankee Tavern), and Jenny Vallancourt (Theatre: Bookends, October 1962) and newcomers Gillian Andresen, Felicia Aschettino, Emily Capriotti, Laura Diorio, Tina Siciliano, and Isabel Wallace will be performing on alternate days.
New Jersey Repertory Company
179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Previews: August 16 – August 18, 2012
Preview week schedule: Thursday, Friday 2pm & 8PM, Saturday 3PM

Opening: Saturday, August 18 8PM

Regular Performance Schedule through September 23:
Thursday – Friday 8PM; Saturday 3PM & 8PM, Sunday 2PM

Tickets: $40 ($35 during previews, $60 opening night with reception)
Discounts are available to seniors (65+), students (full-time 15-25)
and groups of 10+.

Tickets are available at or by calling 732-229-3166

Discounts and coupons not valid on Saturday nights

For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company, please visit

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Release Point to be read at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab

My new Play “Release Point” will be read at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab this Wednesday, July 11 at 7.30 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Mass.) For Details, go the link below:

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RELEASE POINT to receive its World Premiere

My new play RELEASE POINT will be given its world premiere at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre this coming season. The play will be directed by Joel Stone and will open on Aug. 16.

RELEASE POINT was a finalist for the Thomas Barbour Award and was developed through the Greenhouse New Play Festival Award at the Hotcity Theatre. The play also won a Clark University Development Grant in 2011.

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New Play Festival at Clark University

Every other year, I produce a new play festival through Clark University for student playwrights there to have their works read and performed.  It’s a cool event and I’m very proud of the students.   We run April 11 through May 1 at the Little Center Theatre on the Clark Campus.

Here’s a cool write up we got in the Worcester Magazine:

And for more info, visit our facebook page:



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Centennial Casting to open at Seven Angels Theatre, Feb. 18

This romantic comedy (co-written with Nancy Bleemer) will be produced at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT. The play runs through March 11th. For more details, visit their website at:

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REPARATION at Luna Stage, begins previews Feb. 9

My new play REPARATION goes into rehearsals next week, featuring the talents of Shane Taylor, Catherine Eaton, and “The Wire’s” Frankie Faison. REPARATION will be directed by Jane Mandel and begins previews on Feb. 9.

REPARATION was the winner of the E. Desmond Lee Prize in 2011 and a Yale Drama League Finalist in 2010.

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Release Point is a finalist for the Greenhouse New Play Festival

My new play “Release Point” is a finalist for the Greenhouse New Play Festival through the HotCity Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri.  Info is at the link below…if you’re in St. Louis in November, come check it out.

“Release Point” was developed with support from a grant through Clark University and also with the very generous support from my friends at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre.

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REPARATION wins the E. Desmond Lee Prize

My new play REPARATION is the winner of the E. Desmond Lee Playwriting Prize.

The award is given by the Missouri Historical Society and the Lee Endowed Professorship in African-American Studies at the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The competition is open to plays that consider the African-American experience.

REPARATION was a Yale Drama Finalist in 2010. The play deals with the involvement of US banking in the slave trade, both yesterday and today.


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Playwriting Class

Award winning playwright Gino DiIorio is offering an 8 week playwriting class for both beginning and intermediate playwrights.

Using a balance of lecture, exercise and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this class gives students a firm grounding in all basics of playwriting.

The course will focus mostly on full length plays but short works are welcome too.  Each class will include mini-lectures on the basics of playwriting followed by weekly writing exercises. Students will write each week and hear their scenes read out loud.  Toward the latter part of the term, we’ll bring actors into class to read works out loud as well.

8 sessions, $350.00

Class is strictly limited to 10 students

Classes begin Tuesday, May 10th, 6.30-9.30 PM, Midtown Location

For more information or to register, contact

Gino DiIorio has over twenty years experience teaching both playwriting and acting.  His plays have won many awards and have been produced both nationally and internationally.

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Reading of “Release Point”

My new play “Release Point” is a finalist for the 2011 Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwright’s Award.  “Release Point” will be given a staged reading on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7 pm, GUILD HALL – 1 E. 29TH ST. – NYC 10016.

The event is cosponsored by New Jersey Repertory Theatre and the Actors Guild.

To RSVP For this Event: – (212) 685-2927
A Wine and Cheese Reception Will Follow Events
$10 suggested donation benefits future Barbour Award winners

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