After a highly successful season of his work, New City Stage is producing the newly revised version of Mastrosimone's first play, originally titled The Understanding.
Set in the 1970s, Italian-American patriarch Agostino Malatesta is told he must move out of the Trenton home he built with his own hands to make room for a new highway. When he refuses to leave, his estranged son and new fiancée show up, and the battle of the wills begins. Long before eminent domain became a legal debate, this play deals with the emotional ramifications of progress overtaking tradition.
"… a fierce piece of theatre that shatters the preconceptions of dysfunctional families and friendships to see the core that lies inside every relationship." – PhillyTheatreTalk.com