Interview: Author ‘Don Zolidis’ Talks His Great Debut Novel The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig: A Love Story

Don Zolidis and I’m a playwright, novelist, and former middle and high school teacher. I write comedies and dramas, although at the moment I seem to be mostly known for my comedies. As of March 2017, I’ve published 97 plays which have been produced over 10,500 times in 61 countries. You might also have seen my work on the forensics circuit, where I am as popular as grilled cheese sandwiches.

Professionally, my work has appeared at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, The Bloomington Playwrights Project, Dallas HUB Theatre, the Purple Rose Theatre, The Victory Theatre Center, Mirror Stage Ensemble, Expanded Arts NYC, Tinfish Theatre, Studio 360, and many other places. I’m also working on numerous commissions at the moment.

My first novel, The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig (A Love Story) will be published by Disney-Hyperion in the fall of 2018. A second book should be forthcoming in 2019.

Please feel free to browse this site, look at the samples of the plays, and find ways to buy them. (my babies need money for college!) There are a few that aren’t published, so you can contact me directly to get those. If you’re looking to use scenes or monologues for classwork or auditions, those are free to download and use. I also have a beautiful family and two wonderful sons, Michael and Eric, who rock.

Check out his website here and the book is in stores on Tuesday, October 2nd from Hyperion. You can listen to the interview below.

Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God) 1994

The worst thing that’s ever happened to Craig is also the best: Amy. Amy and Craig never should’ve gotten together. Craig is an awkward, Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek, and Amy is the beautiful, fiercely intelligent student-body president of their high school.

Yet somehow they did?until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Then dumped him again. Then got back together with him again. Over and over and over.

Unfolding during their senior year, Amy and Craig’s exhilarating, tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy, pain, and laughter as an uncertain future-and adult responsibility-loom on the horizon.

Craig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a quirky college, while Amy’s quest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig’s girlfriend?and sometimes doesn’t.

Seven heartbreaks. Seven joys.Told nonsequentially, acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis’s debut novel is a brutally funny, bittersweet taste of the utterly unique and utterly universal experience of first love.

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