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.

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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June 27th, 2013

Charles Messina's new play An Honest Woman will be read on Thursday June 27th, 2013 at 2pm at Stage 72 in NYC. The play tells the story of a wife and mother's struggle for independence when her husband is incarcerated. The play will star Gina Ferranti, Maria DiDomenico, Steven LaChioma, Annabelle Attanasio and Jason Cerbone.

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!

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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