Playwrite Frank Gagliano

 

 

FOREWARD


INTRODUCTION TO THE PLAYS OF FRANK GAGLIANO

 

"Reflections On A Total

Immersion Into The Works Of

Frank Gagliano" 

By Greg Holt 

(Actor/Director)

Also

John Lahr: Frank Gagliano's "nether world."  [Introduction to the Grove Press Edition of "Father Uxbridge Wants To Marry."] 


ESSAY: "The 'Our Town' World of Frank Gagliano," by Audrey Ahern  

ESSAY:"The Children's Theatre World of Frank Gagliano," by Ben Levesque  
 

 
   THE PLAYS

 

1)  "THE CITY SCENE"
 

"PARADISE GARDENS EAST."

"CONERICO WAS HERE TO STAY"  
 
  THAT FEATURED (OFF-BROADWAY) MICHAEL DOUGLAS, RAUL JULIA, DOMINIC CHIANESE (UNCLE JUNIOR IN THE SOPRANOS),TERRY KAISER, MELINDA DILLON, AND JAIME SANCHES (WHO WON A DERWANT AWARD FOR HIS ROLE AS JESUS IN "CONERICO")
 

"

 GO TO THE 

"THE CITY SCENE" Page"  

  FOR "PARADISE/CONERICO" PLOT DESCRIPTONS, COMPLETE TEXTS, PHOTOS, AND OFF-BROADWAY HISTORIES

  

Download here the complete revised script of 

 Conerico Was Here

To Stay.pdf 

 

The Playwright   

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 2) NIGHT OF THE DUNCE 

STARRING ANN REVERE 

(PLOT  DESCRIPTION)

  

  

“Night Of The Dunce ” Excerpts from the Dramatists Play Service publication

  

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3) FATHER UXBRIDGE WANTS TO MARRY

    

 

(PLOT DESCRIPTION)

John Lahr introduction to the Grove Press edition: Frank Gagliano's "nether world."

 

"FATHER UXBRIDGE WANTS TO MARRY" COMPLETE, REVISED SCRIPT (For Easy pdf download)  

 

STARRING OLYMPIA DUKAKIS 

  

 HERE ARE EXCERPTS FROM THE DRAMATIST PLAY SERVICE EDITION AND PHOTOS FROM A MAJOR PRODUCTION I DIRECTED. “Father Uxbridge Wants To Marry”  

 

(THE GERMAN PRODUCTION OF "UXBRIDGE" NEVER HAPPENED, BUT THE GERMAN SCRIPT DID. SOUNDS AMAZING IN GERMAN.)

"Complete

"UXBRIDGE"GERMAN

Script for easy download.

 

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4) THE HIDE AND SEEK ODYSSEY OF MADELEINE GIMPLE (Childrens Play)

 
(PLOT DESCRIPTION)

  

"The Children's Theatre World of Frank Gagliano," Essay by Ben Levesque  

 

   

“The Hide-And-Seek Odyssey Of        Madeleine Gimple” EXCERPTS from Dramatists Play Service publication  

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5) BIG SUR 

(PLOT DESCRIPTION

 

"BIG SUR" Complete REVISED 

Script (For PDF Download)   

 (In which Jeremy Chester dialogues his way across America, with his American Indian pickup,Nobel Savage, to a mythical Big Sur.)

 (Actor-Director Joseph Graves as Jeremy Chester, in his Beijing all-Chinese cast "Big Sur" production)

 

(A Chinese actor as the Native American, Noble Savage) 

 

(For a glimpse of one of the more inspiring events in my writing and teaching life. . .)

  Access

my 9-part

China Journal

here 

 

ESSAY: "The 'Our Town' World

of Frank Gagliano," by Audrey

Ahern   

(In which actress Audrey Ahern compares Thornton Wilder's , "The Happy Journey To Trenton and Camden" to "Big Sur's" darker journey) 

 

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6) THE RESURRECTION OF 

JACKIE CRAMER (The Rock Musical) 

 

(PLOT DESCRIPTION)

 ESSAY: "The 'Our Town' World of Frank Gagliano," by Audrey Ahern   

 

"The Resurrection of Jackie Cramer" FULL SCRIPT AND LYRICS  

  [In which Jackie slips in dog do, hits his head on a Volkswagen fender, dies and laughs his way through heaven, when he finds out that God is a Board Of Directors.] 

 

 (Scott Ellis as Jackie. 1980 Off Broadway Production, directed by composer Raymond Benson. Raymond was also at the keyboard, playing the score)  

  

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7) FROM THE BODONI COUNTY

SONGBOOK ANTHOLOGY (A

Musical Revue--Of Sorts)

  

Bodoni County Blurb.pdf  

(This latest iteration of "From The Bodoni County Songbook Anthology" had a cast of some of Pittsburgh's major Musical Theatre talents, was directed by one of Pittsburgh's major directors, Melissa Martin, had the prodigious Musical Direction of Douglas Levine, and was produced by the extraordinary producer, John Keating. A joy. Take a peek at the program.)

Bodoni Program 2017.pdf 

  

Bodoni Script

2017.pdf  

 

(SINCE INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS WERE NOT PART OF FULLER BODONI SKETCHES, AND JUST  STEPPED OUT AND REVEALED THEMSELVES IN JUST ONE SONG, I INVENTED FULLER BACKGROUND LIVES FOR THEM. GOT TO KNOW THEM BETTER MYSELF AND, AS A RESULT, I'M EXPANDING THEIR LIVES IN NEW BODONI PIECES. THE PERFORMERS FOUND THEM USEFUL)  

Bodoni Character Sketches  

(FINALLY: 

THE TIMELINE OF MY LIFE'S GOOD FORTUNE OF MEETING THE COMPOSER I WAS TO DO TWO MUSICALS WITH, CLAIBE RICHARDSON--AN INCREDIBLE MUSICAL THEATER MELODIST

 ClaibeRichardson.jpg

MeetingClaibe.pdf   

 
 
 
(The following "Bodoni musical' excerpts date back to Bodoni's beginnings at The O'Neill Theatre Center and were recorded in composer Claibe Richardson's NY apartment
 
-- on a cassette recording machine -- and in the basement of the historic Barn Theatre at the O'Neill. Stay tuned for a complete new studio recording of the full score, by the fabulous voices in this Pittsburgh performance)
  
 
 
 
 
 
   
Reagan's Legacy.MP3 
("I don't give a shit about anyone else but me")
(Lyric, Frank Gagliano/Music, Claibe Richardson
Performed by Patrick Hamilton)

 

BodoniFanfare.mp3
(Lyric, Frank Gagliano/Music, Claibe Richardson
Performed by Claibe Richardson)

 

Head Waltz.MP3
(Lyric, Frank Gagliano/Music, Claibe Richardson
Performed by Claibe Richardson)

 

MARIANNA.mp3
(Lyric, Frank Gagliano/Music, Claibe Richardson
Performed by Claibe Richardson)

 

 November Is My Time.MP3 

(Lyric, Frank Gagliano/Music, Claibe Richardson
Performed by Max Showalter)

 

Sand Dune Blues.mp3
(Lyric, Frank Gagliano/Music, Claibe Richardson/Performed by Susan Collins) 

 

 
Essay:
 ["The 'Our Town' World of Frank Gagliano," by Audrey Ahern 
 
 
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8) MY CHEKHOV LIGHT

 

                         (photo credit: David S. Rubin)

 Reading/Performance History and Time Lines

(PLOT DESCRIPTION)

THE COMPLETE ENGLISH TEXT:

"MY CHEKHOV LIGHT"

  

  "My Chekhov Light"

The  GERMAN Text 

*Newspaper Review Of German Production

And *English Translation Of German Review

 

"Chekhov" Yalta Keynote Speech 

"Searching For Chekhov" Essay

 

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9) THE FAREWELL CONCERT OF IRENE AND VERNON PALAZZO 

 

(PLOT DESCRIPTION)

 

  

The Full Text:

"The Farewell Concert of Irene And Vernon Palazzo

[The Song]

 

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 (THE VOODOO TRILOGY)

10) IN THE VOODOO PARLOUR OF MARIE LAVEAU

(LAVEAU BLURB DESCRIPTION)

IN THE VOODOO PARLOUR OF MARIE LAVEAU (Final Full Text) 

 

11) THE COMMEDIA WORLD OF LAFCADIO B

(BLURB DESCRIPTION)

LAFCADIO

(Final Full Text)

 

12) CONGO SQUARE (Musical)

 

CONGO SQUARE

(PLOT DESCRIPTION)   

(CLICK HERE FOR FULL"CONGO

SQUARE"SCRIPT and LYRICS

and Scene Breakdown)


(Click here for complete CONGO SQUARE musical score)

 

To access the playwright's narrative on the journey of the Voodoo Trilogy, click here: Gagliano's Voodoo Trilogy Narrative 

 

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13) THE TOTAL IMMERSION OF MADELEINE FAVORINI

 In which thirty-eight year old Madeleine Favorini journeys from dutifulness to rebellion on a gynecological examining table that takes wing.  

(PLOT DESCRIPTION)

 

 

[This latest version of "The Total Immersion of Madeleine Favorini" was presented in a two-day reading at Barebones Black Box Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pa on August 17, 18, 2018, Directed by Melissa Martin and produced by John Keating]  

  BarebonesProgram.pdf    

FavoriniScript2018.pdf 

  

(From the time I first heard Amalia Rodrigues sing rip-your-heart-out Fado songs, written especially for her by major Portuguese poets and composers, I knew I needed to get the pain of that sound into one of my plays. I went one better; I made her a character in The Total Immersion of Madeleine Favorini.” I made her the goddess Amalia— a character not seen, but heard — and to whom the characters respond. Here's one of Amalia's tracks) 

06 Com Que Voz.mp3 

  

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14) THE PRINCE OF PEASANTMANIA (Fairy-tale Extravaganza for grownups) 
 
(PLOT DESCRIPTION)

 

"The Prince Of Peasantmania

Act 1

   

 "The Prince Of Peasantmania"

Act 2

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15)   THE PRIVATE EYE OF

HIRAM BODONI

 

 

 

 Here's The Text Of 

"THE PRIVATE EYE OF HIRAM BODONI" (Latest Version that was read at New York's New Dramatists on 26 May 2015) 

  

  

 

Click Here For THE BLURB

/FLYER

That Announced The 

New Dramatists Reading

 

  

The Program

 

[If you are interested in reading the original 1969 version, click here. . .]

The Private Eye of Hiram Bodoni.pdf
(An original teleplay, written in 1969--just discovered in 2011)
 
 
SOME POST FACEBOOK HIRAM BODONI POSTINGS HERE   

 

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 BITS AND PIECES

 16) SMELLS

"Smells" Complete 15-minute pdf Piece for Easy Download 

17) DANCING WITH JOY

"Dancing With Joy" Complete 25-minute pdf Piece For Easy Download

18) EndgameScript.pdf
Complete "Gagliano (WVU Retirement) Endgame Tribute" Script For Easy Download.

 

19) Eyeball                                                                             (Excerpts from decades-old-plays that seemed to presage my current (2015) "wet" macular degeneration and the injections in my right eyeball)

20) (The Kaka Furies.pdf (Outtake "Bodoni" Sketch For Olympic Mindset) 

 

 [For queries about the published plays, please contact Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service directly. For queries about the rest of my plays, please contact Frank Gagliano at sandrico@aol.com]