Charles Messina










is an American playwright, screenwriter and director.

Known for his deconstructive take on biographical subjects, Messina's most notable stage work as director includes the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway plays Cirque Jacqueline, about the life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God, a monodrama written by Messina about Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury, which starred Khalid Gonçalves and later, Amir Darvish. A film version of Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God is currently in development.




Italian-American Family Drama ' A Room Of My Own' At Seven Angels
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Sept 27th - Oct 16, 2016

After a sold out run at The Abingdon Theatre in NYC earlier this year, Charles Messina's hysterical nostalgia piece A ROOM OF MY OWN, about growing up in a one room apartment in Greenwich Village in the 70s, opens a limited run at The Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, Conn. Previews begin September 22nd.
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September 10th 2016

Playwright Charles Messina will have his musical The Wanderer, about the life and music of Dion, presented at The Madison Theatre at Molloy College. A one night only presentation featuring a stellar cast including Robert Cuccioli, Joseph Riccobene, Joi Tribuzio and Johnny Tammaro.



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February 25th 2016

Off-Broadway play A Room of My Own, starring Ralph Macchio and Mario Cantone, may be hitting the small screen.

Sources tell us producers are in early talks to make the story about an Italian-American family living together in a cramped studio apartment into a TV show.

January 19th 2016

The stars of Charles Messina's A Room of My Own, a production of the Abingdon Theatre Company, met the press on January 19. Read Full Theatremania Article.

January 18th 2016

Mario Cantone stops by to chat about his performance this week at Levity Live, upcoming Lincoln Center concert with his husband, and so much more! Click to watch the full interview!

January 7th 2016

As previously announced, Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) plays Carl Morelli, a writer reminiscing about his adolescence in the cramped apartment that he shared with his family. Mario Cantone (Steve) plays his flamboyant Uncle Jackie.

Completing the company are Nico Bustamante as ten-year old Carl, Kendra Jain (New Year's Eve) as Jeannie Morelli, Johnny Tammaro (Tony n' Tina's Wedding) as Peter Morelli, Joli Tribuzio (Tony n' Tina's Wedding) as Dotty Morelli, and Liza Vann (The Road to Damascus) as Aunt Jean. click to read full article

Feb 13th - March 13th 2016

Stage and screen favorites Mario Cantone (Steve) and Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid) will headline the world premiere of Charles Messina's new play, A Room of My Own at The Abingdon Theatre Company.

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Feb 19th - March 20th 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company launches its 2015-2016 Season of new plays beginning this fall...

In A ROOM OF MY OWN, Charles Messina recounts his adolescence growing up in a Greenwich Village studio apartment with his eccentric Italian-American family. This semi-autobiographical adult comedy takes a hilarious and heartfelt look at NYC in the late-1970s.

read the full article at BroadwayWorld and also on Theatremania.

September 27th, 2015

The Sunday Series at Abingdon hosts a presentation of Charles Messina's new play CALM THE LIGHT on Sunday, September 27th at 7:00pm.

This special one night only presentation is in advance of the Abingdon Theatre Company's main stage production of Messina's comedy A ROOM OF MY OWN, which opens in the spring...

June 10th, 2015

"An Honest Woman" will be a one-night only reading at The Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street, at 7pm. For further information and to reserve seats, please call (212) 252-6910.

Messina's newly revised play tells the tale of the Caponetti family and what happens when the head of the house (Cerbone) is incarcerated. 

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June 10th, 2015

NahNotOutsideMyHouse! Productions Inc. presents a reading of Charles Messina's new play "An Honest Woman." Joining the stellar cast in this one night only reading is former Sopranos star Jason Cerbone, who played the role of Jackie April Jr. on the hit HBO Series.

"An Honest Woman" will be a one-night only reading at The Westside Theater, 407 West 43rd Street, at 7pm. For further information and to reserve seats, please call (212)252-6910 or click here.

April 21, 2015
The Abingdon Theatre Company will present a reading of Charles Messina's play A ROOM OF MY OWN, starring Mario Cantone on April 21, 2015. The comedy is based on Messina's life growing up in Greenwich Village in the late 1970s. Click the logo for more details.

March 22, 2015
The Sunday Series at Abingdon will present 3 From The Neighborhood (click for tickets), a one night only workshop performance of three new one act plays by New York-based playwright Charles Messina. 

The evening will include three plays making their New York Premiere. Each one is centered on people living in Greenwich Village, the place where author Messina was born and raised. In THE NEIGHBORHOOD, Messina tells the true story of the events behind the Washington Square Park Riot of 1976. DEWEY, PHUKUM & HOWE tells the tale of three workers stuck in a dead end, debt collecting job and their wanderlust for another life. THE WRECK is the story of a neurotic man trying to cope with his hypochondria and the recent break up with his girlfriend. 


November 16th, 2014
Sunday Series at Abingdon to Present MOONLIGHT IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

The Sunday Series at Abingdon will present MOONLIGHT IN GREENWICH VILLAGE, a one night only workshop performance on NOVEMBER 16th of three new one acts by New York-based playwright Charles Messina.

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December 17th, 2013
Abingdon to Stage Special Holiday Benefit Presentation of FAIRIES

The Sunday Series at Abingdon will present a special one night only Holiday performance of playwright Charles Messina's hysterical one act, FAIRIES. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the not-for-profit Abingdon Theatre...

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September 22nd, 2013
Max Casella, Anthony DeSando & More Set for A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND THAT Workshop at Abingdon Theatre, 9/22

The Sunday Series at Abingdon will present A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND THAT, a special one night only workshop benefit performance of three new one acts by New York-based playwright Charles Messina on September 22. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the not-for-profit Abingdon Theatre.

Summer 2013

Three of Charles Messina's one act plays open this Summer in Kentucky at the Kenlake State Resort Park.

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Monday May 7th, 2012
CHARLES MESSINA directs actors JOE PANTOLIANO and MARIO CANTONE in ARJE SHAW'S new play. Triad Theater, 158 West 72nd St, NYC. MOOLAH tells the story of two con men who fall out of favor with the Mob. Ant'ny is a dandy, sharp-talking shyster and small-time bookie. His younger cousin Sonny, a gay hit man, runs a hair salon by day and moonlights as a contract killer by night. Sonny's Salon: cut by day, clip by night! Click here for more info!
March 29th - April 1st, 2012
Shortened Attention Span
is proud to present The Tenement Plays, An evening of one acts by playwright Charles Messina.  Two of the plays are award winning one acts, 'Merging' and 'Fugazy', and the third is the world premiere of the author's newest work, 'Sick Bastids'. The Tenement Plays are being presented at the historic 13th St Repertory Theater at 50 West 13th St. March 29, 30 and 31 at 7pm and April 1 at 3pm. Visit Shortened Attention Span's official website for details and to purchase tickets. Or read about it on BroadwayWorld.com!

December 9th, 2011

"...Dion [DiMucci] is collaborating with Charles Messina, a playwright and director, on 'The Wanderer - the Life and Music of Dion'. It will weave his songs through a plot centered on the singer’s life from 1957 through the late 1960s, a time that brought him his greatest success and biggest tragedies..."

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