by: John Belluso
directed by: Diane Rodriguez
"This love affair between a handsome 23-year-old paraplegic and a 43-year-old mother of three on welfare by the late John Belluso turns out to be not about his handicap or her age but about what many romances founder on: economics. This is not to say that Belluso didn't write with voluminous rage and mordant humor about disability and the health care system. It's his country." Curtain Up


A quiet smoldering love story between a divorced single mom and a handsome younger man in a wheelchair. Two people living on the fringe find themselves in a combustible relationship that is intense and erotic.

  • "Excellent performances and heartfelt directorial interpretation by Diane Rodriguez give credence to this play's honesty and belief in itself." Backstage
  • "John Belluso’s Pyretown isn’t a perfect play but, as presented in its west coast debut by Playwrights Arena at studio/stage and with the singular passionate direction contributed by the late playwright’s friend and colleague Diane Rodriguez, it is still a fitting tribute to an enormous talent we all lost far too early." Entertainment Today
  • starring: Tobias Forrest and Dendrie Taylor
  • scenic designer: Victoria Petrovich
  • lighting designer: Heather Graff and Richard Peterson
  • costume designer: Anthony Villarreal
  • sound designer: Bob Blackburn
  • stage manager: Dan Davidson
  • associate producer: Raul Clayton Staggs
  • producer: Jon Lawrence Rivera

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