"Call Me Adam" sat down with Panic at the Riverside Motel writer John Pastore and director Maria Riboli to discuss their new show playing January 15-February 8 at Stage IV Theater in NYC. Click here for tickets!
Interview with John Pastore and Maria Riboli:
More on John:
John Pastore (playwright) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. While in college, he took on the daunting task of writing a sequel to Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which was quickly published in the school’s best literary magazine. At just 24 years old, he began teaching English on a college level at two different CUNY schools. In 2005, he had his first full-length production titled Death Party, a tragicomedy about the angst of a twenty five year-old who objects to the antics at his father’s funeral, which to him seems more like a prom than an outlet for grief. His short comedy The Calendar was produced in 2007 about a UPS delivery gone wrong. He acted as dramaturg in a production of The Weeping Game, a classic Serbian comedy directed by Sanja Bestic. He wrote the highly successful dark comedy Sidetracked in Fall 2011, also directed by Sanja Bestic, which debuted to a sold out crowd at the Abingdon Theatre. He followed with the 2012 version of Panic at the Riverside Motel, and then the acclaimed drama, Family of Strangers, directed by Maria Riboli in March 2013. His plays are noted for their realistic dialogue and biting dark humor. Actors and directors are drawn to his off-beat style of writing.
More on Maria:
Maria Riboli (director) was born and raised in Italy, has been an active performer since the age of six, and moved to New York City in 1998. She has hosted a TV show for the "Cult Network Italia" channel where she won the "Hot Bird Award." Performing credits include Miss Julie, Betrayal, Talk to me like the rain, Dolores, Antigone, The baby dance, and The white train, among others. Professional Voice Over work includes Barilla, Rosetta Stone and Verizon. She has directed numerous plays both in Europe and in the United States. In 2007 she co-directed (with Stefano Genovese), produced and performed in BAAAHHH!!!, which was accepted in FringeNYC and continued at the Payan Theater and in 2008. She also brought the play to London’s historic Pleasance Theater. She produced, directed and starred in Want & Need in November 2012, an acclaimed love story from a guy point of view, which enjoyed a sold out run in the heart of NYC (Stage II Theater). Maria followed that success with another sold out run, directing Family of Strangers by John Pastore, in March 2013. Maria also directed (with Adam Pagdon) the webseries Catch-30 (www.catch30.com). She recently directed the video portion of the Off-Broadway show Tesla directed by Sanja Bestic. You can catch Maria on TV (ShopHQ) as the spokesperson for Borghese. Maria is currently teaching at her own acting studio (www.mariariboliactingstudio.com). www.mariariboli.com