Albert Innaurato Gives an Exclusive Interview with SV’s Bob Shuman: Part I appeared 8/26/15 and Part II appeared 9/2/15
Innaurato’s short play Doubtless, produced by John McCormack, appeared at 59E59’s Summer Shorts series in 2014. Gemini, winner of the Obie Award, became the fifth longest-running play to appear on Broadway: premiering Off-Off-Broadway in 1976, and moving to Broadway in 1977, it ran for four years (1, 819 performances). The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie won a second Obie in 1977. Other plays include Passione, Magda and Callas, Coming of Age in Soho, Gus and Al, and Dreading Thekla. While attending the Yale School of Drama Innaurato wrote The Idiots Karamazov, I Don’t Normally Like Poetry but Have You Read Trees, and Gyp, the Real-Life Story of Mitzi Gaynor with Christopher Durang. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Vera: U.S.O. Girl; additional television credits are: The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd and short plays for PBS, including Death and Taxes. Innaurato has directed many operas, premiering new work as well as interpreting classics, for a small company in Philadelphia, where he moved to work at the Prince Music Theater. Adjunct at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, and Temple University, essayist, and cultural critic in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and very frequently in Opera News, Innaurato blogs about serious music and opera at: http://mrsjohnclaggartssadlife.blogspot.com/.
What’s the nicest thing that someone ever said to you about a play you don’t want to be remembered for?
I am so amazed when people remember that I wrote plays that I’m thrilled for a minute or two. I don’t expect to be remembered as a person, let alone as a playwright. I’ve written some lousy plays, God knows, but really, people who remember the good or the bad, are so rare and so sincere, I’m grateful.
Read Part I of the Stage Voices interview: http://stagevoices.com/2015/08/26/two-time-obie-winner-albert-innauratos-exclusive-interview-with-bob-shumanpart-ii-will-be-published-september-2-inn/
Read Park II of the Stage Voices interview: https://stagevoices.com/2015/09/02/albert-innauratos-transfiguration-the-two-time-obie-winner-on-arts-police-the-transsexual-movement-b/
Photo: The New York Times–Albert Innaurato is (l).