Playwrite Frank Gagliano

 

    

"THE CITY SCENE" 

Two one-act plays: 

"PARADISE GARDENS EAST" 

"CONERICO WAS HERE TO STAY"

In 1964 Richard Barr, Clinton Wilder and Edward Albee started the Off Broadway Playwright’s Unit. I was asked to join. We workshopped my new play, “Conerico Was Here To Stay.” 

In the Off-Broadway production of "Conerico Was Here To Stay," at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Produced by Barr-Wilder--Albee), the role of Jesùs, the Puerto Rican gang member, and YAM's salvation, was played by Jaime Sanchez. Jaime went on to win a Derwent Award.  

 

 

  The Blind Man goes through "The Crazies" 

in

"CONERICO WAS HERE TO STAY" 

(Complete Revised Script for Easy Download)

(BLURB DESCRIPTONS)

“Conerico Was Here to Stay” Cover and some pages from Samuel French publication  

 “Paradise Gardens East” Cover and some pages from Samuel French publication   

 

For a photo album from the "Playwright’s Unit" workshop production, click here: Conerico Album.pdf (for easy download)

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PARADISE GARDENS EAST, The Musical 

When 'CONERICO WAS HERE TO STAY" was revived Off-Broadway in 1969, it was part of "The City Scene" (produced by Simon Saltzman) and was coupled with the musiical version of my play, "PARADISE GARDENS EAST." Book and lyrics were by Frank Gagliano; Mildred Kayden composed the score. Terry Kaiser starred as YAM, Raul Julia was featured as Jesùs and Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior on The Sopranos) won kudos as the Blind Man.  

 Cleaning the soot from her eyes, before he jumps off the ledge at Paradise Gardens East

Here's the original stage manager's text version of the musical version of "Paradise Gardens East" with the New York Times Clive Barnes review included. 

"Paradise Gardens East"

The Musical