Albert Innaurato (born June 2, 1947) is an American playwright, theatre director, and writer. Innaurato was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1947. After graduating from Temple University and California Institute of the Arts, Innaurato attended the Yale School of Drama. He was awarded the Guggenheim Grant, the Rockefeller Grant and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Innaurato collaborated with Christopher Durang on The Idiots Karamazov, I Don't Normally Like Poetry but Have You Read Trees, and Gyp, the Real-Life Story of Mitzi Gaynor while both were students at Yale University's School of Drama. They performed in all three plays but especially in the last two named. Dressed as priests they played women in summer stock, they opened the Manhattan Theatre Club, almost costing the founder Lynn Meadow her new board. At Yale they frequently appeared in plays with their Drama School classmates Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver and their friend, the late Wendy Wasserstein. In 1976, he drew critical attention for the Playwrights Horizons staging of his play Gemini. A year later, after some cast changes, the play was produced at PAF Playhouse on Long Island. That production subsequently was presented off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Company, opening March 8, 1977, where it was acclaimed by the major New York critics. The Circle Rep production transferred to Broadway, where it ran for 1819 performances and earned him an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding New American Play. Innaurato is currently Artistic Director of Creative Development Projects at Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia.
As a writer, Mr. Innaurato has an intense operatic voice, by turns comic and sentimental, that lingers in the ear. GUS AND AL is flecked with sweetly written passages. In Mr. Blum's appealing, weary-eyed portrayal, Al's self-pity isn't self-martyrdom so much as a rueful hypersensitivity to the modern world with which he is perpetually at odds.—Frank Rich, New York Times |Read Full Article