STAGE PLAY Best Scene – BETWEEN THE LINES, by Dean Gilbert Tonkin & Stephen Gregory Barnes


Genre: Drama – two acts

Gathered at Ferlinghetti’s City Lights in 1959, an anti-establishment, avant-garde bevy of The Beat Generation share unfiltered views of the world through their kaleidoscopes of impulsive banter, improvisational music, songs, poems, and peer pique. Fifty years later, both the survivors and spirits of the dead Beats return to Ferlinghetti’s with their lenses in sharper focus to let us in on what really lies….between the lines.


Worm: Peter-Mark Raphael
Maxwell: Daniel Cristofori
Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Melvin/Rabbi: Neil Bennett
Bird: Brogan Caulfield
Simone: Emily Weir

Get to know the writers:

 1. What is your play about?

Fruit flies on the rotting melon of the Earth in 1959.

2. What genres does your play fall under?

Socio-political drama with original music and songs that expose the the shadows of meaning.

3. Why should this play be produced?

Why not? Why’d the beatnik cross the road?

4. How would you describe this play in two words?


5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

David and Lisa

6. How long have you been working on this play?

All our lives….a collective 88 years

7. How many stories have you written?

Dean – 4-5,000 stories, articles, lyrics
Steve – 2,000 musical compositions

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Jingle Bells

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this play?

Ink for the printer and a quality tape recorder for the demo-music.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Dean – Coaching athletes in ski racing and golf.
Steve – Creating ballet music for adults and children.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox


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