THE STORY: It’s a totally true story: Twelve-year-old André the Giant, already over six feet tall and 240 pounds, didn’t fit on the school bus. André’s neighbor, as repayment of a favor, offered to drive André to school in his truck. The neighbor was Samuel Beckett. SAM AND DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRÉ THE GIANT imagines a series of scenes between a giant who cannot hide, and a writer obsessed with silence. Dilorio fashions a world as absurd as a Beckett play itself.
“…an affectionate tribute to a stage goliath and a grappler built like a butte. …what’s most charming about the piece is the playwright’s obvious enthusiasm for both men and the men’s fondness for each other.” —NY Times. “…an adoring memento to the two giants—one literal, the other literary—it portrays. …It’s littered with references to works by both men, references that both celebrate and satirize…It’s both warm and weird, and it paints an attractive picture of what their relationship may have been like.” —Theasy.com. “Cleverly written…SAM AND DEDE is an enchanting fantasia.”
—TheaterScene.net. “DiIorio’s dialogue sparkles with Beckett-style remarks while these two ‘giants’ of the literary and wrestling worlds converse. The imaginary meetings involve conversations that are intelligent, witty, and bright.” —TalkinBroadway.com.