Childish Things

Los Angeles, California | Film Short


Matthew Singletary

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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Adapted from the short play by award-winning author Arthur M. Jolly, CHILDISH THINGS is the heartbreaking story of a terminally-ill father who, crippled by fear, seeks the aid of two "friends" from the past in an attempt to reach out to his estranged daughter - before it is too late.

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Mission Statement

More than 50% of the current cast/crew team are strong women in prominent positions, both behind and in front of the camera.

The Story

In Childish Things, a terminally-ill father (Jerry) desperately seeks to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Rachel, who has distanced herself from her family due to her mother's alcoholism. When Rachel was little, Jerry used two stuffed animals - Teddy and Bunny - to explain what was happening and to help her make sense of her world. Facing his last chance to tell Rachel that he is dying, Jerry once again strives to rely on Teddy and Bunny to break the bad news - but they have different ideas.


Childish Things first began as a short play by award-winning writer Arthur M. Jolly, who also penned the screenplay for the short film. It was first performed at Mount Hood Community College (OR) in April of 2016, then received two additional 2016 productions - at Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company (TX) and for the Short & Sweet Hollywood Play Festival at the Stella Adler Theatre (Los Angeles), where Matthew Singletary directed actors Frank Collison, Kay Capasso, Mia Fraboni and J.P. Morgan in an acclaimed production. The play will soon be produced as part of Midnight Summit Ensemble's Ten-Minute Play Slam in Chicago, and will be included in Applause Books' Iconic book series Best American Short Plays 2015-16.


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Costs $700

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Music and Sound

Costs $400

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Cast & Crew

Costs $1,900

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Costs $1,350

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About This Team

Matthew Singletary (Director) is a freelance director of theatre and film who has directed over 50 plays for the American stage. His productions have been seen in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and in theaters all over the country. His first short film, Peeling It Off, was an official selection of the Slamdance Film Festival.


Arthur M. Jolly (Writer) is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He won the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his screenplay The Free Republic of Bobistan, and the 2011 Kay Snow Award in Screenwriting for his feature comedy The Hero. His numerous plays have been produced across the United States and in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America.


Vanessa Pantley (Producer) is a producer and director of film and television. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she has worked with artists such as James Franco, Carmen Argenziano, Horatio Sanz, Vera Cherny and others.


Frank Collison (Jerry) is a well-known actor of film and television, having appeared in such projects as: American Horror StoryTwin Peaks; My Name Is Earl; Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanThe VillageO Brother, Where Art Thou? and many others.


Laura Gardner (Alice) is a veteran actress of stage and screen, and has appeared in numerous projects such as the television series DoubtSecrets and LiesScandal, Outcast, My Name Is Earl, and many others.


Kay Capasso (Rachel) is a graduate of the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in New York, and has appeared in over 80 theatre and film projects in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, including the world premiere production of the play As Wide As I Can See and the New York premiere of Brad Fraser's critically-acclaimed play Kill Me Now.


Mia Fraboni (Bunny) is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers Univeristy (NJ) and a member of the Road Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where she appeared in the West Coast premiere of Steven Simoncec's play Broken Fences. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has worked on the films ViralCreedmoriaI Am Michael and others.


Ari Stidham (Teddy) is an actor, writer, director and musician most known for his role as Sylvester on the television show Scorpion. A California native, he has appeared in numerous short and feature films, many of which he has produced through his independent production company.

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