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Albert Innaurato

ALBERT INNAURATO

  (1947 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Born in Philadelphia, Pa in 1948. Graduated Yale School of Drama, 1974. M.F.A. in Playwriting. He has suffered through many odd jobs in New York while continuing the writing of his plays. Recipient: Guggenheim Grant, 1975-76; Rockefeller Grant

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        Coming Of Age In Soho         Doubtless         Dreading Thekla         Earth Worms         Gemini         Gus And Al         I Don't Genarally Like Poetry But Have You Read "Trees"?         Idiot's Karamazov, The         Life Story Of Mitzi Gaynor; Or, Gyp         Magda And Callas         Passione         Transfiguration Of Benno Blimpie, The         Ulysses In Traction         Urlicht         Wisdom Amok: Bizarre Behavior



Coming Of Age In Soho

Synopsis:
the scene is a loft in the Soho section of Manhattan, where a blocked writer named Bartholomew Dante (but called Beatrice) has fled to escape his wife of fourteen years and to come to terms with his art and his homosexuality. But his eagerly sought tranquility is interrupted by a series of unexpected visitors: first a young runaway, Di, who is escaping from prep school and uptight family; then an astonishingly precocious teenager with a German accent (Puer) who informs Beatrice that he is his son by a German terrorist with whom Beatrice had a brief but intense fling; and finally his estranged wife, Patricia, a Mafia-connected lawyer who is running for Congress and wants Beatrice back so as not to lose the Catholic vote. Caught in a sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious crossfire of temptations and demands, Beatrice struggles to sort things out, for himself and the others, arriving, in the end, at a resolution that is filled with wisdom, rich with humor and touched with nobility-all at the same time.

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1st Produced:
Seattle     1984

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1985   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  1            Other:  2 boys

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Doubtless

Synopsis:
Two nuns try to accept who they are

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Summer Shorts     2014

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Short play

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Dreading Thekla

Synopsis:
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Notes:
World Premiere

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Music:
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Earth Worms

Synopsis:
A blind woman kills cockroaches. Three nuns scourge a half naked young man for sexual indiscretions. A retired professor dresses as a lady in 19th century clothes. A naked couple rolling about in a churchyard get covered in the blood of worms

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Waterford, Connecticut     1974

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Bizarre Behaviour", avon, New York, 1980   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Absurd

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Gemini

Synopsis:
the play takes place in the backyard of adjoining houses in South Philadelphia: one house occupied by Fran Geminiani, a laborer, and his son, Francis, a Harvard student; the other by a boisterous, earthy divorcee named Bunny and her fat, asthmatic son, Herschel. It is the eve of Francis' twenty-first birthday, and suddenly he is paid a surprise visit by two friends from college, a brother and sister named Hastings, who set up a tent in the backyard. the friends, Randy and Judith, are wealthy, attractive and from an elevated social background that contrasts painfully with Francis' own humble circumstances. In addition, while Judith is in love with Francis, he is infatuated with Randy (or thinks he is) and it is from this unsettling discovery that the plot proceeds-a series of lively, funny, touching and revealing incidents that occur in fast-moving, antic succession until the final, joyous moments of the play.

Notes:
Winner of the Obie Award

1st Produced:
New York     1976

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1977   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy Drama Comedy. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Gus And Al

Synopsis:
as the play begins al (in reality the author himself) has had another opening-and another crushing set of bad notices. Discouraged and wishing he were elsewhere, al tinkers with a bizarre time machine concocted by his roommate, Kafka (a gorilla), and suddenly his wish is granted as he finds himself, dazed and dislocated, in the parlor of Gustav Mahler, one of his idols. the place is Vienna, the time 1900, and Mahler too is struggling to establish himself in the face of critical animosity and public indifference. Once the shock of al's outlandish arrival has been absorbed, he and "Gus" find that they are kindred spirits, and soon al becomes a member of the household, along with Mahler's smitten housekeeper, Natalie; his young sister, Justine; and eventually the beautiful, free-spirited alma, who is destined to become Mahler's wife (much to Natalie's annoyance). Filled with subtly revealing and frequently hilarious scenes, the play is both a wry comment on the artist's lot and also a fascinating exploration of the creative mind and spirit. along the way there is even a brief visit with Sigmund Freud (who is trying to help Mahler untangle his romantic confusion) and the latter's gardener (whom al recognizes as his own grandFather as a youth) before al is returned to the present as abruptly as he left it-perhaps not a happier, but certainly a wiser young man.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Denver, Colorado     1987

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1989   -

Music:
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Genre:
Fantasy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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I Don't Genarally Like Poetry But Have You Read "Trees"?

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with Christopher Durang

1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut     1972

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Idiot's Karamazov, The

Synopsis:
Using the characters and events of the Brothers Karamazov as a springboard, the play becomes a lampoon not only of Dostoyevsky but of western culture and literature in general. Dotted with literary allusions and intellectual jibes, it pokes fun at figures ranging from ernest Hemingway and L. Frank Baum on to Leo Tolstoy, as it turns the saga of the ill-fated Karamazov brothers topsy-turvy. the narrator of the proceedings is the famed translator, Constance Garnett, who struggles to keep the wild goings-on in perspective and under control, and, in the end, settles for conjugating the verb "Karamazov" -which, under the circumstances, makes more sense than one might suspect.

Notes:
written with Christopher Durang, music by Jack Feldman

1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut     1974

Organisations:
Yale Repertory Company

1st Published:
in "Yale/theatre", New Haven, Connecticut, 1974   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, theme/character one act

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  6            Other:  plus several bits for women

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Life Story Of Mitzi Gaynor; Or, Gyp

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with Christopher Durang

1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut     1973

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Magda And Callas

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Philadelphia     1988

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Theatre Communications Group, New York, 1989   -

Music:
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Passione

Synopsis:
the scene is a rundown, cluttered apartment in the Italian-American section of South Philadelphia, where Berto, deserted by his southern-born wife some ten years earlier, is preparing a family party for his father, Oreste, who is paying his monthly visit from the nursing home to which he has been consigned. Chaotic at the best of times, things are thrown into even greater turmoil when aggy, Berto's estranged wife, suddenly turns up, shepherded by her tough-talking sister, Sarah (who farms her own spread in North Carolina), ostensibly to claim her personal belongings and to serve Berto with divorce papers. During their years apart, aggy, trying to bring some order into her life, has earned a medical degree, but she has also lost contact with their son, Little Tom, and she is filled with remorse when she learns of Tom's repeated attempts at suicide during her prolonged absence. But Tom, who has been "saved" by his grotesquely overweight, hilariously foul-mouthed wife, Francine, is not about to relieve his mother's guilt, nor is he abashed when Renzo, Francine's randy father, undertakes an athletic slam-bang pursuit of sister Sarah. Bursting with vitality, and bounding from scenes of wild hilarity to moments of deeply moving emotion, the play ultimately breaks through the barriers that separate its varied characters and unites them in a shared awareness that life, for all its untidiness and disorder, is meant to be lived-joyfully, for richer or poorer, and with love as its passionate core.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York     1980

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1981   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Transfiguration Of Benno Blimpie, The

Synopsis:
Benno Blimpie is an enormously fat and desperately unhappy young man who is literally eating himself to death. Rejected by his coarse family, and a world which holds him in contempt, Benno watches bitterly as the history of his life is played out in scene after scene around him. His foul-mouthed, unloving mother; his gross, derisive father; his sex-obsessed grandfather, who courts disaster with a teenaged nymphet-all subject him to derision and scorn. Trapped beneath Benno's gross exterior there is a sensitive and feeling person, with needs that cry out for fulfillment. But he learns that a love of beauty is not enough and, trapped within his ugliness, he can only shut himself away and methodically eat himself into oblivion.

Notes:
Winner of the Obie Award

1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut     1973

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Yale/theatre, New Haven Connecticut, 1976   -

Music:
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Genre:
comedy Drama One act

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Ulysses In Traction

Ulysses In Traction
the place is the rehearsal hall in the theatre complex of a large midwestern university. the time is 1970, and as those assembled in the hall proceed with rehearsal of a student play, a violent race riot is taking place outside the locked doors. Those besieged include the graduate student author of the play; the head of the department and the acid-tongued actress with whom he is having an affair; the alcoholic director of the play; a campy homosexual faculty member; an over-intense young student actor; and a frustrated female playwright turned stage manager. the work being rehearsed is a ridiculously sentimental parody of a Vietnam War play, and as the problems of interpreting it effectively increase, the students and faculty members break off to scuffle, fight, reminisce and to air the grievances, desires and disappointments which beset them all. What results is very funny, but it also reveals, beneath the humor, the unhappiness and sense of failure which these people feel-the knowledge of their mediocrity in retreating to the safe sterility of university theatre without ever having braved the demands and dangers of the real world-and the real theatre-beyond.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1978   -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Urlicht

Synopsis:
To save her impoverished convent Mother Superior May Martha Lazarus takes on a job of clubbing to death rats in the subway. She meets a young man there and terrorises him

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New Haven, Connecticut     1971

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
in "Bizarre Behaviour", avon, New York, 1980   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Absurd

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Wisdom Amok: Bizarre Behavior

Synopsis:
Father Augustine is sexually attracted to altar boys. He gate crashes the funeral of a twelve year old girl believing it to be of his young brother. He shocks everyone by fondling and kissing the corpse. The bishop sends him to an asylum as chaplain. The asylum only houses insane nuns. At Mass he actually turns the bread and wine into the real body and blood of Christ. The nuns eat it and it turns them into ravening cannibals. They eat every man they get their hands on including Father Augustine

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Berkeley Stage Company, Ca    

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Absurd

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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