Being the personal chronicle of a life in American Theatre:

From the glory days of the Off-Broadway movement, to theatre’s present decline,
and towards its uncertain future.

“Conerico Was Here to Stay” was Gagliano’s first Off-Broadway hit. It took place on the New York subway station. 



Welcome to my Website.

Come on in and explore my Off-Broadway productions and full play and musical theatre catalogue (texts and mp3 tracks); various short play-and-prose Bits and Pieces; a novel (Anton’s Leap); assorted Facebook TributesArticles and Essays; and (after a teaching career spanning 40 years) my insights into the art and craft of the writing of plays.

Whether you write, direct, produce plays or act in them; or just enjoy reading play texts; or if you want to get a sense of the exhilarating 1960’s energy that triggered this journey to today . . .  you might find navigating through this new a rewarding journey.


My works

“One will never be able to accuse Frank Gagliano of being a writer who has forgotten that it is called ʻplayingʼ for a reason.” – Greg Holt

Access my plays, musicals, monologues, articles, and essays here!




. . .a potpourri of stuff. . .

New Lyric: “When The Island Of Kacòw Disappeared, Oh Lord!”

. . .that relentless, flooding, plastic wave. . . and the journey of the Piper clan. . .   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * [After being turned on by the Ken Burns PBS TV series on Country Music, I began developing a country music story-lyric. My...

21 Club Memories

[Facebook Essay: March 13, 2021] I WORKED AT THE "21 CLUB" FOR A WEEK! THEN THEY FIRED ME!As part of a sad story about how Covid has decimated restaurantsand clubs, the New York Times today published a story about thelegendary “21 Club” (21 West 52nd Street) that has...


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