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That’s me, a Korean War recruit, stationed in Lenggries, German (Bavaria). Working as a clerk typist for Officer Records. And writing news releases for back-home newspapers. After hours, I worked on my plays and wrote some poetry for the U.S. Army newspaper, Stars and Stripes.  I worked on an advanced, state of the art, word-making machine they called “a typewriter.” I believe. I can’t recognize myself as I was then, but I remember the eye glasses. God, I loved those glasses. FG

On “Last Words”

[Facebook essay: 28 August 2020] On “LAST WORDS” (My Latest Plague Diversion, Leading To “Pub Faustian”) . . .I’ve been re-reading the works of playwright, George Bernard Shaw (GBS), and came across his last words: “Dying is easy, comedy is hard” — a phrase used many...

The Moment (New Song)

THE MOMENT ©
 (ASCAP) Lyrics, Frank Gagliano Music, James Rushin (Demo track below: Jonathan Mousette, vocal; James Rushin, piano) Sometimes I'll glimpse it,Maybe at night,Often when I'm sitting all alone.Sometimes I'll sense it,Out there in space,Even when I'm...

Holographing the Playtext

ANGLES OF VISION FROM A PARTICULAR PLAYWRIGHT, ABOUT THE SPECIAL PRESSURE COOKER THAT IS DRAMA.  by Frank Gagliano    Beginning quotes and notes toward a book: HOLOGRAPHING THE PLAY-TEXT   (or DEMONSTRATING THE PLAY-TEXT) — a new approach for theatre practitioners who...

Knickers

Based on autobiographical material,with a goodly mix of fantasy (Screenplay? Novel? Opening Section?)       NARRATOR (Voice over) In those days you wore knickers. In those days you played marbles. . . and a game called Skelly. . . You’d kneel on the knees of your...

My Five Days with Chekhov

My Five Days With Chekhov: The 2012 International Anton Chekhov Conference, Chekhov Museum, Yalta/Crimea By Frank Gagliano THE DRAMATIC QUESTION There is always a dramatic question, of course. And the dramatic question, from the moment I arrived in Yalta was this:...

I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT!

I FOUND IT! I FOUND IT!" by Frank Gaglianoplaywright So I'm throwing out boxes of stuff from my garage (summer of 2009 project) and I decide to explore one box before I dump it and --LO! --I find it: The lost souvenir program from the American Theatre Wing's 1957...

Interview #2: FROM A RECENT UKRAINIAN QUESTIONNAIRE

On March 15, 2005—just three months after the Ukrainian Orange Revolution—I gave a reading/performance of my play, “MY CHEKHOV LIGHT,” in the Regional Art Museum in Kirovograd, Ukraine. In many ways, it changed my life. Pavlò Bosyy, a native of Kirovograd, and a...

Interview #1: FROM A RECENT ON-LINE INTERVIEW

1. Mr. Gagliano, What made you want to work in the professional writing field? •As is usual with me, it’s never about planning. I tend to fall into things. I was always interested in the entertainment field, though; did some performing as a young, young man and...

CHINA JOURNAL: PLAYWRIGHT IN BEIJING (Intro & Part 1)

Introduction: This journal covers the making of the BIG SUR production; the teaching of playwriting to English speaking Chinese students; and includes my conducting English conversation classes with large groups of adult Chinese, who are part of the enormous working...

China Journal: Part 2

I KNOW JOE AND I ARE ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH WHEN THE AGING HIPPIE IN “BIG SUR”—WITH THE ARROW IN HER FOREHEAD?—MAKES HER ENTRANCE FROM STAGE LEFT. In BIG SUR, Jeremy Chester’s very first hitchhiker steals Jeremy’s car at gunpoint and leaves Jeremy stranded in his...

China Journal: Part 3

After leaving Joe, I stop at the newsstand that is open late and I pick up a copy of China Daily, an English edition of daily news. The newsstand is located on a part of the campus that has produce stands, restaurants, a bank and other buildings which, during class...

China Journal: Part 4

WHAT IMPRESSES ME MOST ABOUT THE PLAYWRITING CLASS IS HOW FAST THESE CHINESE STUDENTS OF ENGLISH GET IT. WHAT CONTINUES TO IMPRESS ME ABOUT JOE GRAVES IS HIS ABILITY TO RUN A PROGRAM, TEACH, DIRECT AND BUILD A FIRST-RATE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE LEAD CHARACTER, JEREMY...

China Journal: Part 5

SILLY TONGUE-TWISTER EXERCISES FOR THE ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSPEKING UNIVERSITY/SPRING SEMESTER 2007 1) Ends of words must all be said, said Ed, who read with dread the final consonants put there to break his head. 2) Violent Willy vividly wishes his windows were...

China Journal: Part 6

(ALL THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS ARE REPRINTED WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE PLAYWRIGHTS) Among the many imperatives for the playwright, one of the most important is to get his/her drama off the ground as soon as possible. I call this...

China Journal: Part 7

(Beijing Journal/Part Seven)IN WHICH I FIND MY GROOVEIN THE ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS FOR ADULT EDUCATION CHINESE STUDENTS— IN WHICH I LECTURE ON THE TURNING POINT FOR AMERICAN DRAMA IN THE 1960s, AND I HAVE AN EPIPHANY— IN WHICH SHANGHAI FISH INTRODUCES ME TO LU XIN...