My Son’s Father

It’s about dreams, love, and getting what you already have…

“My Son’s Father” is a screenplay by Peter Ferko


Simon Charlton, a charming malcontent, has just turned 50 and is full of regrets. He blames his father for driving him into a career he hates instead of encouraging him to become the opera singer he is in his dreams. But above all, after 30 years, he still laments the loss of the girl he let get away. She was his college sweetheart and got pregnant. As a hippie, he insisted they not bring a child into the evil world of the 60’s. She had an abortion and said, “Okay, the baby’s gone, and so am I!” Simon never saw her again.

But she didn’t have an abortion. Terry Newsome is the son Simon never knew he had. Now Terry’s a psychologist who specializes in father-son relationships, and through a series of events, he’s unknowingly counseling Simon over the internet. But Terry’s got his own problems: he’s a super dad in training, but can’t find a girl who measures up to his Mom.

Caroline Carpenter is a smart and sassy talk radio producer. She just produced a show featuring Terry and is smitten with him. All (eventually) goes well with the new romance, except that Caroline’s mom is in love with Simon, and sooner or later, Simon and Terry meet, and their past—and present internet—relationship is revealed. Terry rudely accuses Caroline, who’s a practical joker, of using Simon as a sick joke on him.

Genevieve Carpenter, Caroline’s mom and a doctor, has been patiently waiting for oblivious Simon to come to his senses and see that she’s the one to shake him from the hold his past has on him. But now his past has come to town. Genevieve gets desparate!

Enter Gianni Schicci, a sexy visiting Italian doctor, who takes Caroline to Rome on business, and before long the plot ends up looking like one of Simon’s beloved operas!

My Son’s Father is a smart poignant comedy that is equal parts “The Importance of Being Earnest,” (mistaken identity of children) “When Harry Met Sally,” (friends who become lovers) and “Marriage of Figaro” (opera about jealousy resolved by clever manuevering by smart women).

For more information about My Son’s Father, contact Peter Ferko.

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