The play - [script by Steve Scionti and James Shanta / additional dialogue by Steve Scionti and Anthony Crivello] performed by Scionti (a former Middletown, Connecticut resident) - brings to life all the passion, comedy and drama inherent in a Sicilian-American family.
Hear What's In The Heart - A Shoemaker's Tale, is set against the backdrop of a post-funeral gathering to celebrate the life of Scionti's grandfather, Angelo Morello (who owned Angleo's Shoe Repair on Main Street in Middletown).
Taking us through the funeral day's events, Scionti paints a theatrical family portrait in a series of humorous and poignant vignettes transforming himself into various family members and friends, jumping back and forth through time to affecting moments on his journey into adulthood. Eight characters are portrayed in all, including his grandfather; his father Sebastiano; his mother Rosetta; brother Antonio; uncles Amadeo and Manny; Jerry, the local neighborhood pizza-maker; and Brother Connelly, a teacher from Xavier High School in Middletown, CT.
"Family goes across all racial and ethnic lines. You don't have to be Italian to enjoy this show," states Scointi, and Alvin Klein of The New York Times agrees, adding, "...though Mr. Scionti makes you think you are. By the time the tale of Angelo Morello has been told, you know that flights of angels truly sang him to his rest."
Wild Oscar’s is a new 60 person general admission room below the Akron Civic Theatre on the Lock 4 level. The door to Wild Oscar’s opens directly to Lock 4. Patrons do not enter the Civic to access it. Patrons will enter Lock 4 either off Bowery Street using the stairs or the Cascades Parking deck or they can enter through Lock 3.
Wild Oscar’s Parking Directions
Enter the Cascade Parking Deck off Quaker Street (recommended) or Mill Street. Follow signs to I Cascade (Orange Signs).
Continue to I Cascade Level 2 (Column are painted orange with 2 on them). Continue to the far end of the lot and you will see sliding glass doors. Use these doors to exit deck, enter Lock 4. Keep walking straight ahead and Wild Oscar’s will be on the left.
Health and safety update:
In response to the recent surge in the number of COVID cases in Summit County and in keeping with CDC guidance regarding indoor events, all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask upon entering the building and at all times except when actively eating or drinking. This policy takes effect immediately and will be reviewed periodically relative to COVID cases in Summit County.