Stephen Metcalfe Words

Stephen Metcalfe is a playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. His screen credits include HALF A LIFETIME, COUSINS, JACKNIFE, and BEAUTIFUL JOE as well as the production drafts of PRETTY WOMAN, ARACHNOPHOBIA, and MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS. He has worked for most major production companies in Hollywood.  He is the author of three novels.  THE TRAGIC AGE, was published by St. Martin’s Press in March of 2015. and THE PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR was published by St. Martin’s in August 2017.   His novel, ATTACHMENT PATTERNS, will be released by Austin-Macauley Publishers in April, 2023.  He is an Associate Artist at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. — About Stephen Metcalfe




    Is the artist, Robert Boone, crazy?  As his daughter, 24-year-old aspiring  novelist, Isolde Boone (Holdie), tells us, he sure doesn’t think so.  Okay, yes, he recently found himself in the hospital loudly declaring he wanted to die.   But that was a glitch, a moment of unexplained weakness, of post-pandemic exhaustion.  He says he’s fine now, calm, stoic and self-possessed as always.   Only the doctors don’t believe him.  They’ve insisted he enroll in a three week, out-patient, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program.  Which is?  A type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought are challenged to address unwanted behavior patterns and mood disorders.  Oh, great.  Just what he needs.  No way.  But then, lo and behold, daughter, Holdie, his best friend and agent, Carter Hurley, and his long-time housekeeper, Marisol – three people he loves and trusts – insist he follow through with it.   Or else.  With no choice now, Robert Boone  will reluctantly look at his life.  He will have to listen to what he considers nonsensical lectures, and he will have to consider the lives and issues of his fellow group members.  Over three weeks of confession, tears and, yes, humor, Robert Boone’s past, his work, his unspoken fears and grief and his relationships both old and new will all be brought to the surface through his daughter’s voice.  As Holdie says: “It goes without saying that anything I’ve told you so far and will tell you from this moment on was disclosed to me, confided in me, remembered  by me, surmised by me and in some cases (okay, more than some) totally and completely made up.  (By me.)   Still, all of it is the God’s truth.”    Is Robert Boone crazy?   In the current world, isn’t everybody?  We’ll find out.

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One response to “Stephen Metcalfe Words”

  1. I think this will be an intetesting read!
    The author touches on human emotions and the reader will feel that his experiences look much like their own, with the disposition that can shift their minds and hearts.
    In opening up to others the author shows courage and connects with the reader. He builds bridges. One can clearly see this book is written from the heart.


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