Books By Frank Crocitto

This is some load of books, even if I do say so myself. Furthermore, this isn't the half of it. Frankly, it's more like a quarter of it. "It" being the ever-accumulating pile (of books) that I've funnelled a lifetime of thoughts and feelings and god-knows-what-else into. The other three-quarters still in my files will one day see the light of day, hopefully, one piece at a time. Some of these poor, yet to be published children of mine are among my favorites—like the Rumi translations and the book about Jesus and the Thoreau book and the screenplay about John Wilkes Booth and the radio play about Diedrich Bonhoeffer (who stood up to the Nazis) and that other elusive volume of poems, that as yet has no title, and—and—and—and I'm hoping they will step into print like Red Ryder used to step out of it, and some day soon.

What we have here is a full house—nine stage plays—all of which, at one time or another, have blossomed into actual productions—three radio plays which were all performed and broadcast—three volumes of tales—long and short, of dogs and cabbage-heads and kings, all more or less illuminating, most entertaining—some talks and lectures—and, oh yes, a frail little volume, frail as a sparrow's legs, frail as his wings, called A Renegade of Birds. Which reminds me what I like most about these books: they've got good covers: simple, clean, creative, so that in this bundle of books you can always tell a book by its cover. Not to mention the titles: there are some beauties here—well, I don't have to list them, you can see for yourself.

A book is like a cake—a lot goes into it. In go the ingredients—flour, eggs, sugar etc. You give it a good whipping. You give it a shape and a topping and then you send it into the fire. An ordeal. But when it's baking the fragrance of it soars throughout the house, transforming the mood of the place, and when it's savored you come to realize how Marie Antoinette spoke so much better than she meant when she snickered, "Let 'em eat cake." Need I say more?

Sleep Nefertiti Sleep - A Play By Frank Crocitto

Here Frank leaps to ancient Egypt to bring to life one of his personal heroes, Ahknaton, the rebel pharoah who brought monotheism to the world, and his sister and consort, Nefertiti, one of the most beautiful women of the ancient world. Ahknaton finds himself up against the most monumental threats to his reign and his dearly-bought kingdom.With violent enemies at his borders, traitors in his government and his beloved Nefertiti hammering at him to abandon his high ideals Ahknaton must make his choice.

Speak of the Devil - A Play By Frank Crocitto

A writer has to be motivated by something to go through the monumental struggle of writing a play. In this instance Frank's motivation was "disgust—disgust, pure and simple. "It seems there have been a number of attempts to turn the great myth of the devil and Daniel Webster into a tolerable play, but from Frank's point of view, as director-writer they are all intolerable. "They always manage to come out stiff, stentorian and full of historical starch," he says.

A Florentine Tragedy - A Play By Frank Crocitto

Oscar Wilde’s A Florentine Tragedy in the incomplete form in which he left it had remained largely unread and unstaged. This stirred the Italian blood of playwright-poet, Frank Crocitto, so he finished it in Wilde’s “inimitable style” and made it producible.

The play, set in renaissance Florence, is a dark poetic tale of an illicit love affair between a prince of the city and the lovely commoner, Bianca. When her merchant husband comes upon them and realizes what has been happening events move quickly to violence and high tragedy.

Here's the author's preface:

Damien and His Demon: The Passion of Father Damien - by Frank Crocitto

In the summer of '71 Frank flew to Molokai. He took a cab from the airport to the top of the pali, which is what the Hawaiians call a cliff, and he carefully descended the zigzag walkway cut into the cliff side, through the swaying tropical vegetation, the sweet sleepy smell of wild guava fruit, and the rolling boom of the surf, down to the infamous leper colony. Here, safely quarantined from the rest of the island, is the beach where the hopelessly incurable lepers from the rest of the Hawaiian Islands were shipped and dumped and left to fend for themselves.

One Little Man of India: The Might of Mahatma Gandhi - by Frank Crocitto

One skinny little man can certainly make a lot of trouble. Here's Frank's version of that little Mahatma (an uncanonized saint yet a saint nonetheless—and one of Frank's heroes) who caused such a lot of trouble for the fat-arsed British empire. A gentle man unafraid to stand up for what was right. A Mahatma, a "Great Soul", whose embrace encompassed not only India's Hindu millions but India's Muslim population as well. Even—as he contended with them—India's enemies, the British.

The Handsome Heart: Gerard Manly Hopkins - by Frank Crocitto

Hopkins has a lot of secret admirers, even though he was a Catholic, and a Jesuit priest to boot, and an unabashed lover of God and His beauteous, bountiful creation.

Gerard Manley Hopkins was not only "the great Catholic poet" he was the unsung and unpublished hero-poet who grappled with the great twisting python of the English language and ultimately freed it from the conventionalism, shallow sentiment and pallid versifying of the Victorian era.

Esoteric Christianity: How Jesus Taught - by Frank Crocitto

Esoteric Christianity: How Jesus Taught is an exploration of the esoteric message of Jesus and the teaching methods he used within his inner circle of disciples. Speaking to a small group in a public lecture, Frank Crocitto paints a bold picture of Jesus as a creative force, savvy and resourceful, delivering a practical and personal teaching under extreme duress.

The Secret Meaning of Christmas - by Frank Crocitto

“Since every problem contains its built-in solution, God has the solution to His problem as well, and He has for many a long century—presented His solution wrapped in the story of Christmas.” In this public lecture, Frank Crocitto explores the essential message and meanings of the Nativity as transmitted in the Gospels.