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Dan Morra brings his One Act, entitled “Momma’s Legacy,” to Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival. This tale focuses on two brothers that are working to divide their mother’s property after her passing. In the process, the siblings discover they have different perspectives on life which comes to a head when they find a dollhouse among the possessions. The dollhouse seems to be anything but ordinary as it appears a tiny woman is living inside of it.

Stage Door Stories caught up with Dan to learn what inspired the idea for “Momma’s Legacy” and the joys of being a stay-at-home Dad!

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I attended Slippery Rock State College (now Slippery Rock University) in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and received a B.A. and M.A. in English. I retired from higher education in 1995 to be a stay-at-home dad for an infant daughter (and two years later a son). My checkered past includes stints as a radio copywriter, a college grantswriter, and a tutor in a community college writing lab.

I am the author of more than a dozen produced plays, including contest winners staged in Chicago, New York, Virginia, Oregon, and the United Kingdom. I have also had essays and/or short stories published in Liguorian, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Central Pennsylvania Magazine, and Quality Living.

Dan posing with a young friend as a volunteer at a local playgroup.

Dan, posing with a young friend, as a volunteer at a local playgroup.

2. What is your background in theater?

I have no formal theater background other than college lit classes.  I can’t recall why I started to write plays but have found it enjoyable.

3. How did you find out about Stage Door Productions’ One Act Festival?

I believe I noted the Stage Door Productions info on burryman.com.

4. What inspired or motivated you to write this One Act?

Not sure on my inspiration for the play — just seemed like a workable idea.

5. How did you feel upon the selection of your Act to be performed by Stage Door Productions?

Obviously, I am delighted to have my play performed by Stage Door Productions.

6. What do you hope the audience takes away from your story?

Though the play is not overly deep in terms of a message, I do think it presents viable conflicting viewpoints/behaviors.  One son is more sensitive and less driven while the other is at the other extreme; conflict is almost inevitable under these circumstances.  (I am not oblivious to the fact that the sensitive son is party to murder, however, so perhaps he’s not as laudable as we think.)

7. What doors do you expect to be opened for you from this selection and process?

I would hope that those in attendance might be interested in learning about other plays I have written.

8. What’s next for you?

Currently, I am working on a play about AI’s (artificial intelligence) and their interaction with humans.  Other recent plays have dealt with a woman suffering from an inoperable brain tumor and her doctor’s efforts to convince her husband to let her undergo a new medical procedure, the pending demise of a man’s college sweetheart whom he hasn’t seen in years, and a 40th class reunion where the attendees are stranded over night.

What secrets does the old dollhouse hold? Image courtesy of www.greenleafdollhouses.com

What secrets does the old dollhouse hold?
Image courtesy of http://www.greenleafdollhouses.com

Will boys be boys? You will have to come check out this story of sibling rivalry to find out! Performances will be on the 3rd floor of the Kitt Creative Studios at 810 Caroline Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Show Dates will be at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 26th, Friday, March 27th, and Saturday, March 28th.

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