Playwrite Frank Gagliano

 

 


That's me — Frank Gagliano circa 1997 — greeting a Showcase Of New Plays audience.

 

From 1987 to 1998 I was the Artistic Director for the Carnegie Mellon Showcase of New Plays  — a professional workshop for developing new plays.

And for the following three years (1999-2001), I was the Artistic Director of The Festival of New Plays for the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor — a professional workshop for developing new plays, screenplays and musicals.

Two of the Showcase of New Plays' writers went on to win Pulitzer Prizes: Doug Wright and Nilo Cruz.

The Arthur Miller Playwright Award was established at the Festival of New Plays, with Miller (a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor) attending and personally presenting the first award to playwright Willy Holtzman.

Most of the one hundred or so other writers and their new pieces, developed in both venues went on to full-out professional productions.

This link will give the history of these developmental programs and will describe what made them unique
garnering national and international attention.

There will be essays and statements from the writers, directors, designers involved — and their take (pro and con) on play development today.

And there will be photos, programs, and asides from an audience that still considers those years of development, “a golden age.”

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THE SHOWCASE OF NEW PLAYS

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh 

 

[The Showcase offered each playwright his/her own unit of actors, director and designers (especially lighting), with two weeks of working on the scripts, culminating with script-in-hand stagings for live audiences.The casts consisted of Equity and non-Equity actors. The professional directors were from the CMU faculty, from New York or from the Regional Theaters. The charge for tickets was $ .99 cents. The plays were presented in the Carnegie Mellon Kresge and Studio Theaters. There were three weekend presentations, with wine-and-cheese after-show receptions on the terrace of the Kresge Theatre. Each playwright received transportation, room and board and a $1000 stipend.]


TWELVE SEASONS OF CARNEGIE MELLON’S
 “SHOWCASE OF NEW PLAYS”

 Artistic Director/ FRANK GAGLIANO

(1987-1998)

FIRST SEASON
(Summer, 1987)

(Studio Theatre)

“Blood Of The Panther”
Playwright, Michael Winks
Director: Mary G. Guaraldi

“The Dykes Of Dunkirk”
Playwright, Bill McCardell
Director: Scott T. Cummings

“From The Bodoni County
Songbook Anthology”

Original text and lyrics: Frank Gagliano
Music: Claibe Richardson
Director: Larry Arrick
Music Director: Keith Lockhart

“Classic Mistakes”
Playwright: Anthony McKay
Director: Anthony McKay
    and
“A Thousand Miles of Coleslaw”
Playwright: Dennis Danziger
Director: Brook Garrett
 

 

[Link here for the Complete twelve seasons of Carnegie Mellon's Showcase Of New Plays] 

 

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FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Artistic Director/ FRANK GAGLIANO

[In addition to stage plays, The Festival of New Works in Ann Arbor developed musicals and screenplays. In The Festival, director Dan Green pioneered a whole new technique for workshopping screenplays]

 

 

  (Playwrights Arthur Miller and Frank Gagliano at a luncheon announcing the Arthur Miller Award For Playwriting during thefirst season of the Festival of New Works)

 

Plays, Screenplays, Musicals,

developed during the first

three Festival of New Works

Seasons (1999, 2000, 2001)

 

1999 FESTIVAL SEASON

(Trueblood Theatre)

May 21, 22, 23,
ROCK GARDEN
Screenplay by Beth Winsten
Directed by Dan Green

June 4, 5, 6
HEARTS
play by Willy Holtzman
Directed by Michael Montel

June 18, 19, 20
SUMMER OF ‘42
(new musical based on the movie, original screenplay by Herman Raucher)
Book by Hunter Foster
Music and Lyrics by David Kirshenbaum
Directed by Brent Wagner

(Arena Theatre)

May 21, 22
DEAD AND KICKING
Screenplay by Tim Pollock

June 4, 5
ROAD RAGE
a play by Wendy Hammond

June 18, 19
WAR IS. . .
a play by Oyamo

[Link Here For the COMPLETE Festival Of New Works Three Seasons]