Playwrite Frank Gagliano

(Three scenes from)

a play in one act
Frank Gagliano

second play in “The City Scene”,
published by Samuel French)

YAM, conservatively dressed and carrying a briefcase and umbrella, awakens from a doze to discover he is alone on a subway platform. He has amnesia. His hat is on the subway tracks.

He calls various numbers written on the posters—to help him get back his hat—and his memory. While waiting, he avoids making contact with a belligerent blind man, who seeks his help; stands by when a girl with a cello is raped by some gang members; tries to find his courage in a suicidal fantasy and—finally—does find courage when he meets a charming, courageous, volatile Puerto Rican gang member, who, in a climax of violence and escape, helps YAM find his identity—and his humanity.

In the original Off-Broadway production (Produced by Edward Albee), the role of Jesùs was played by Jaime Sanchez, He won a Derwent Award for creating the role. In the Off Broadway revival,Terry Kaiser starred as YAM and Raul Julia was featured as Jesùs, the Puerto Rican gang member.

Opening Scene.pdf
(CONERICO Opening scene: 2M, 1W)
YAM, Woman Voice over phone, Man Voice over phone.

Blindman, YAM Scene.pdf
(Blindman scene:2M)
YAM, Blindman

Yam Monologue Scene.pdf
(Monologue scene: 1M)
YAM alone.

(Complete 2009 revised text for download)

The Last Hurrah of Harold Hubris

A fifteen Minute Piece
for three performers:

Yours Truly
Harold Hubris

Frank Gagliano

Harold Hubris can smell trouble coming, and he knows he can always outrun whatever the trouble. He smells the end of the world approaching and finds the lovely Henna to join him in the run. But there are smells and smells, as Harold finds out -- perhaps too late? Narrated by Yours Truly.



A 25 Minute Piece
for five performers:

Yours Truly
Eubie Copocola

Old Matilda Trimble
The Bikini Poster Girl

Frank Gagliano

A BODONI COUNTY FABLE. As told by yours truly,Jonathan Overview—with the help of Eubie Copocolo, Joy, Old MatildaTrimble and The Bikini Poster Girl. In which Eubie meets Joy and,together, they step into a (paradise, beach-scene) travel poster, and make love, and look for the fabled Island of Despair.


(A Fairytale Extravaganza For Grownups
In Two Acts)

“INNOCENT: What is there in them that makes them mean and ugly and vicious? —makes them, in their agony, need to punish each other? Yes:EACH OTHER! The answer’s there —there in that daisy chain of pain! Each one the torturer! Each one the victim! Chasing each other with electric prods around the rim of — what . . . —the Cardinal’s abyss! How can that be? When it’s only for the amusement of the Mainland? —Oh, God; there’s the horror! Performing that dance of pain for their sick laughter! —I’m babbling, Glorabella! But the answer is simply
. . .I must stay. Because, finally — and I’ll never understand this — . . .the ones who chased me, beat me, betrayed me . . . I love them all.” (from Act 2, Scene 4)

Prince Innocent is summoned to Peasantmania to attend his mother’sfuneral and, he thinks, to meet, finally, a younger brother he’s nevermet—Rudolph.

His mother had kept Innocent away from the politics of Peasantmania,isolated on the Island of Arcadia, to shield him from corruption.

Innocent’s first indication that all is not well in Peasantmania iswhen a woman sneaks into his rooms and paints his throat with hertongue.

Then Innocent discovers that his brother Rudolph is somekind of a perverted tyrant who wants the throne. Then there’s thelaughter that comes from the heavens and quickly goes. And there’s thecreaking and sudden shift of the ground that keeps you tilted for a fewseconds, before the earth rights it’s self again.

Then —the Insurrection! And Innocent takes flight through his kingdom, with Rudolf and the Rudolph forces in pursuit.

Accompanying, or also pursuing Innocent, are:
Glorabella, Innocent’s sweet companion from Arcadia—and the wise-mouth,beautiful Sauna, who falls in love with Innocent —and Sauna’s ambitious,deadly, sister Magda —and the despairing Jester, who desires Glorabella—and Pina, the warn-out Seer —and The alcoholic Cardinal, sufferingfrom doubt and existential fatigue —and at times, it seems, the entirepopulace of Peasantmania are against Prince Innocent and are hot on his heels.

The play ends in the sewers of Peasantmania with a duel to the death confrontation between Innocent and Rudolph.

THE CARDINAL SCENE FROM ACT ONE--Where Prince Innocent Loses His Faith
(2M) Prince Innocent and The Cardinal

(1M, 1W) Sister Magda and Prince Innocent (pdf)

THE SPLIT SCENE IN THE JESTERS FUN HIDEAWAY--Were Prince Innocent Loses His Cherry Again and the Jester Has Glorabella Face Reality .
(2M,2W) Sauna, Prince Innocent, Jester and Glorabella (pdf).


(A Full Evening's Piece Without Intermission)

The year is 1968. Forty-five year old church organist Jeremy Chester, having won a car in the church raffle (“the first thing I ever won in my life”), decides to take to the road and head west.  “—Straight across this great country I’ve never seen.  

JEREMY:  . . . In the past few years I’ve become itchy. Have wanted to talk to people— not past them. Open up to them—have them open up to me. Have wanted to start a—and this is one of my favorite words—”dialogue.” Isn’t that beautiful? . . . “Dialogue.” . . . —And besides that, I’ve had this urge to get to see Big Sur . . .”

Jeremy Chester’s journey becomes a tragic-comic American odyssey as, along the way, he picks up nine passengers, including: A hold-up person who steals his car; a frustrated big city policeman, now relegated to the sticks; an aging, now ineffective hippie on her way to an anti-war rally; a flamboyant rock star who owns the world; an African-American law student (who really wants to act), and is on his way to a new job as a “token black,” in a law firm; an eccentric old mother, being taken to “an old lady’s home” by her son; a priest, who listens to Jeremy’s confession and who turns out to be deaf; —and, as his constant companion on the trip, a Native American who comes on as a cigar-store, Tonto-like, stereotype, but who ends as a tragic, hip American, looking for his roots “in a dunghill.”  And throughout the journey, Jeremy is pursued by a mysterious, black sedan.

Using a guitar-strumming balladeer to frame the journey, and with Gagliano’s noted quirky humor and compassion for all his characters, in BIG SUR we come to understand that the incongruities and anachronisms of contemporary life are more than merely annoying or depressing—they are lethal.

Yet the journey goes on, heading for Big Sur and the redeeming state of naturalness—which may already have escaped us forever.

BIG SUR was originally commissioned by NBC for its
Experiment In Television Series and presented on the NBC Network.
The television program included James Coco as The Policeman, Gene Troobnick as Jeremy Chester, Danny Sullivan as The Indian, Susan Tyrell as The Hippie womanl and Billy Dee Williams as The Black Graduate. The television show was produced and directed by Peter Goldfarb.

BIG SUR was then fashioned into a stage play at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and has been presented in many venues in The United states.

In April, 2007, BIG SUR will be produced at the Beijing Institute of World Theatre And Film, directed by Joseph Graves.

OPENING SCENE (1M,Jeremy/Balladeer & Holdup Person,Male or Female)