Private Project

The Play Within Documentary (1/12/2017)

This documentary looks at the adaptation of a scene from the film, "Impossible Choice", for stage presentation... as a way of exploring the issues faced by the LGBTQ community. We see the play (the award winning "The Play Within"); we observe the talkback that follows; and we are exposed to expert views on some of the issues covered. One can elect to view the first hour that is primarily focused on content, or continue to see the stagecraft that bings the script to life ... while promoting further understanding of the lives of Tyler Clementi and Matthew Shepard ... the key figures in this fictional, dramatic "The Play Within", adapted from the feature-length film, "Impossible Choice".

The first segment (ending with credits) is timed for a Public Television hour; the full show is timed for a Public Television 90-minute time period.


  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Gay, LGBTQ, Tyler Clementi, Matthew Shepard, Human Rights, Educational, Directing, Theater, Stagecraft
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes 40 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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Director Biography

After study at Syracuse University and Ohio University, Ronald
Marquisee returned to Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School
of Public Communiucations where he served as a Tenured Associate
Professor from 1970-1981. He developed the University’s first film
major, before leaving to more fully involve himself professionally in
the content areas he so much enjoyed in his teaching.
He co-founded Media Artists Inc., to provide an integrated service
approach to meeting client communications needs … providing
writing, photographic, motion picture, multi-media, graphic, audio, and
video production services to this day. The company has produced
hundreds of commercials, training programs, entertainment pieces,
and documentaries.
In 2000, the company produced the multi-award-winning series,
"Cruising America’s Waterways", distributed nationally by PBS, and an
award winning companion book, "Cruising America’s Waterways: The
Erie Canal". Mr. Marquisee is licensed by the United States Coast
Guard as a Master (Captain) in the Merchant Marine.
He resides in Upstate New York with his SO, and a Wire Fox Terrier,

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Director Statement

Because the issues raised by THE PLAY WITHIN remain relevant, this was a film and study piece that I had to produce. Understanding is everything.