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Rosemary Parrillo

"Anything you create that transcends time is in some ways more real than the actual reality of your life."  -  Joyce Carol Oates



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Full-length Plays

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Ten-minute Plays

The Backstory

Ascension Day \ 

Walking the Dog After Midnight \

Pay Day \

One-Act Plays


More One-Act Plays

The Elephant Pit

The Balinese





Rosemary Parrillo (she/her) is a New Jersey playwright and journalist. Her work centers on people caught in the crosshairs of calamity and self-doubt.
Parrillo's post-9/11 play, “The New Normal Trilogy,” was selected as a semifinalist for the 2017 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. And the play
 “Grind City,” won the 2017 Dubuque One-Act Contest in Iowa.

In addition, “The Nature of Stars,” was a 2024 finalist for the Tennessee Williams One-Act Contest, making it Parrillo's fourth placement in the New Orleans competition.

"On the Road to Tikrit," was performed at the 2024 8 Tens @ 8 Festival at Actors Theatre in Santa Cruz, Ca., and was featured in the Sell Yourself Short podcast.

Also, "Cent’Anni" was staged at the Strand Theatre’s 2024 Festival of One-Acts in Hudson, N.Y., and "Sheila and the DMV" was performed at the Ritz Theatre Company 2024 One-Act Play Festival in Haddon Township, N.J. 

Parrillo's screenplay, “Bella Vista,” based on the true story of Italian nationals interned at a prison camp in Missoula, Montana, during WWII, was selected as a semifinalist for the 2023 Philadelphia Off Page Film Festival.

She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, the New Play Exchange, The Playwrights Group, The Philadelphia Dramatists Center,  Honor Roll Playwrights, The Theater Project, Playwrights' Center, The International Centre for Women Playwrights, and New York Women in Film and Television.  


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In The Press


The New Normal Trilogy perfectly captures how fear has radicalized and ramped up racism and changed the culture of our society. While things will never be the same, hopefully we'll remember the kind of community that is us at our best. Great work! 

Cheryl Bear

Shelter is chockablock with forceful and sometimes violent scenes as it unravels the tale of a vulnerable young woman driven to commit a desperate act ...

Parrillo writes strong stuff and deserves every encouragement.

Nels Nelson

Parrillo shows an understanding of people on society's underside and of how they talk. She also demonstartes that she can write dialogue and present situations theatrically.

Douglas J. Keating


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