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“Life’s way of talking, you don’t sing to feel better—you sing ‘cause that’s the way of understanding life.”

—Chris Joseph Stancato Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Established in 1927, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the third play in the ‘Pittsburgh Cycle.’ This installment takes place in a Chicago recording studio. August Wilson’s natural nexus to blues music is at its peak in this play. The migration of Black people, blues music and performers from the Deep South during the 1920s to the Midwest, like Chicago and St. Louis; and in the North, like Pittsburgh, began to change the geography. As Read more [...]

Independence Day 2018

This Five Star-Spangled Book,

A to P, is Raw Americana

"What a wild ride you travel as you read A to P..."

"I found the characters to be relateable..."

"The author keeps your interest piqued throughout with all the different characters!"

Purchase your slice of "American Pie" about "Living in America" and enjoy this dramatic story: A to P

Other Five Star-Spangled Books by Chris Joseph Stancato:

Gas Station Ganja

"A must read for those who enjoy ironic humor."

"It reminds me of small Read more [...]

The Three Months of August

The Three Months of August

Preface

Ten years after the death of America's greatest playwright, August Wilson, we continue to view his social timeline called the 'Pittsburgh Cycle' a masterpiece.

The Three Months of August is based on the perspectives of the ‘Pittsburgh Cycle’ and my personal consequences of a cycle that entailed: separation, divorce, and death. In this matter, Wilson’s ten plays paralleled the pivotal periods of a difficult situation yet provided me with solace to abscond Read more [...]