Peter Neofotis is an author and dramatic storyteller, known for his 19th century-type "closet dramas" in which he re-enacts his short stories as one man plays, being both the narrator and the characters.
He began telling his tales in March 2006, at an “over the transom” night at Greenwich Village’s Cornelia Street Cafe, and soon after moved to East Village Theater Dixon Place, where he developed the tales with the directorship of Richard Gottlieb. Dubbed the “seeming love child of Truman Capote and Eudora Welty” (NYC’s Next Magazine), a compilation of Neofotis’s scripts won the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize for Best Novella in 2008, and was published by St. Martin’s Press as a book - Concord, Virginia: A Southern Town in Eleven Stories. The book was honored as the runner-up finalist for the2010 William Saroyon International Prize for Fiction given by Stanford University. He has since performed his show at numerous Regional theaters and festivals, and garnered much critical praise.
Concord, Virginia is the story of a town told through the history of its characters. The tales include that of a hunter who, after accidentally killing his wife, finds hundreds of vultures in his yard; an albino woman who hears the ghosts of America’s past in the songs of birds; a gay botanist put on trial for love of flowers; and an old moonshiner who ruthlessly defends her river property from developers. In the tales, community and filial bonds come to odds with taboos, religion, and human laws – and the characters must choose by which system of ethics they will live.
Neofotis is currently developing a new work, which involves a young man in the present revisiting and learning from periods of American History through letters from his great aunt, ghosts, and past life regression. In 2014-15, he workshoped one of these works, The Aviatrix, as a dramatic piece at The Tank Theater in Midtown Manhattan and performed it in May 2015 at the Pure Theater in Charleston, SC as part of the Piccolo Spoleto festival.