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An original stage play adapted from the 1759 Samual Richardson Novel. Clarissa takes place in the patriarchal society of mid-eighteenth century England.A virtuous and lovely 19-year-old Clarissa Harlowe grows increasingly interested in 30-year-oldMoreAn original stage play adapted from the 1759 Samual Richardson Novel. Clarissa takes place in the patriarchal society of mid-eighteenth century England.A virtuous and lovely 19-year-old Clarissa Harlowe grows increasingly interested in 30-year-old aristocratic profligate, Robert Lovelace, a man her family openly insults and has determined is unworthy of her. Solely for sport and to satsify his ego, Lovelace tries to convince Clarissa to freely submit to him. But through the course of pursuing her, he actually falls in love with her, and although she is attracted to him, she will never submit to him, since she is convinced that he is morally bereft. In a gross error of judgment he decides he will have her by any means possible.Permission is required for any staging / performance / public reading of this play.Other plays by Joseph Jude ZitoShort Plays / One-ActsBeautiful Boy – While commuting on the Staten Island Ferry, a twenty-two year old student-actor convinces a woman he has just met to run lines with him. (The woman is his mother who gave him up for adoption when she was seventeen.)Produced by Sundog Theatre, Staten Island 2007- reading in Trenton, NJ (Arts Council) 2007Christmas – A college girl brings her boyfriend home to meet the parents.Produced by Sundog Theatre, Staten Island 2006This Side of Babylon - A companion piece to Beautiful Boy. An updated telling of F Scott Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited.T&J Market –A group of eighteen year olds working at a mom and pop grocery store in 1976. Produced in NYC by Breakaway Theatre 2002Decca 31382 –A rare records dealer tells his protégé about the “holy grail” he had and lost: The Beatles, “My Bonnie.” Produced in NYC by Breakaway Theatre 2003Full-LengthNine Parts of Desire –An adaptation of Geraldine Brooks’ book concerning the lives of Muslim women in many Arab countries. Reading in NYC, directed by David Gaard 2006Due to contract issues, no longer available.Clarissa – an adaptation of the 1759 novel by Samuel Richardson.By the Book – A couple’s marriage is challenged when an argument about gay marriage gets ugly and the difficulties of caring for an aging parent prove to be overwhelming.