Joey Coletta is an ordinary kid in 1950s California whose life goes from drab to dramatic when he wins the lead role in a family sitcom on television. But Joey’s fictional family life seems so much better than his real one, where he is the only child of separated parents. Can Joey reunite his parents and recreate a sense of community? Can a nine-year-old survive in the fast-paced world of Hollywood?
“The Incredible Life of Joey Coletta” is a funny, heartwarming tribute to the beloved domestic sitcoms of the 1950s and ’60s. A story about family, faith and creativity, it explores growing up in the “Leave It to Beaver” era and what it was like to be a child star during the golden age of television.
Michael De Sapio is a writer and musician from Alexandria, Virginia. His articles on music, religion, and cultural history have been featured in such publications as Fanfare, Touchstone, and The Twilight Zone Museum. “The Incredible Life of Joey Coletta” is his first screenplay.