Anthony E. Gallo

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Anthony E. Gallo
Playwright Anthony E. Gallo
Born (1939-02-03) February 3, 1939 (age 85)
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, US
Known forPlaywright, economist & film and stage producer

Anthony Ernest (Tony) Gallo (born February 3, 1939) is an American playwright.[1] He has written over 60 dramatic works.

Early life[edit]

Anthony Gallo was born on February 3, 1939, and raised in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Saveria Raso and Domenic Gallo.[1] In 1940, a house fire killed Anthony's brother and left his father, a factory worker, in poor health.

Anthony Gallo received an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and a master's degree from the Wharton School. He then worked as a banker, a college professor,[2] and a food marketing economist with the federal government. He was also a pioneer in the renovation of historic homes in the Capitol Hill Historic District in Washington, DC.[3]

Gallo's career as a playwright began in 1980 when he visited Israel. On his return, Gallo became interested in Judeo-Christian studies and decided to become a playwright.[4] This decision was also influenced by his friend, Herbert Stein. After retirement in 1996, Gallo became a prolific playwright, dubbed the "Wharton School Playwright" by his friends.

In 2007, Gallo married Susan Flaum Hesser, an information technology executive. Gallo has one son from a previous marriage, Thomas Augustus Gallo.

Writing career[edit]

Gallo has created over 60 works. Gallo owns his own theater company, the Seventh Street Playhouse, and motion picture company, Eastern Market Studios.[5] While he defines himself as a Judeo-Christian playwright, he states that all of his plays are meant for general audiences. His only guiding maxim is that there are a million roads to God, "and I hope I am on the right one."

Two of Gallo's plays are Holocaust dramas (Margherita and Eugenio) and two are Biblical dramas (The Agony of David and The Last Days of King Solomon). Five of his plays are about American civilization (Vandergrift, Lincoln and God, Better than the Best, Charleston Revisited, and the Botticelli Cruise). Gallo's play, Paul, is an examination of the life of the Apostle Paul. Heathcliff is Gallo's first absurdist comedy.[4]

Gallo's plays have been staged nearly 100 times in 40 venues, including in Washington, DC: The Kennedy Center,[6] The National Press Club,[7][8] Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Cosmos Theatre,[9] The Universalist Stage, The Warehouse Theater, The Corner Store Stage, and the Capital Fringe Festival; in New York City: New York University, New York International Midtown Festival/Dorothy Strelsin Stage, The Dramatists Guild of America,[10] Casa Italiana, Where Eagles Dare Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, and Midtown International Theatre Festival where one of his actresses won best supporting actress; and in Maryland: The Greenbelt Arts Center,[11] Silver Spring Stage/PF, and St. John's Church.

Three of Gallo's plays (Margherita, Eugenio, and Lincoln and God) are under contract to the Nederlander Producing Group for production in New York City. Margherita was scheduled to be jointly produced by Brown–Nederlander and the Seventh Street Playhouse in 2012.[needs update]

Stage plays[edit]

Film and musicals[edit]

The playwright is also very much involved in film-making and screenwriting. The Eastern Market Studios in Washington is currently shooting a feature film, Charleston Revisited, based on Gallo's successful stage play.[citation needed] He is also the librettist and lyricist for four musicals: Lincoln and God[21] (John Ward composer), Vandergrift[22] (Beatrix Whitehall composer), Peggy[23] (Margaret and Grant Bagley composers), and David[23] (Margaret and Grant Bagley composers).


  • Margherita: ISBN 978-1-4563-8030-4; Eugenio: ISBN 978-1-4563-8670-2; The Last Days of King Solomon: ISBN 978-1-4609-8420-8; The Agony of David: ISBN 978-1-4609-1598-1. Available From Browns Court Publishing Company: February 2010: Seven Religious Dramas By Anthony E. Gallo, Edited By Lenny Levy; August 2009: Eight Dramas By Anthony E. Gallo, June 2008: Seven Dramas By Anthony E. Gallo, July 2006: Five Dramas By Anthony E. Gallo, November 2005: The Complete Plays Of Anthony E. Gallo. Single Plays: The Last Days Of King Solomon, November 2008; The Agony Of David: July 2007; Lincoln And God: August 2007; Margherita: July 2006; Eugenio: July 2006; Better Than The Best: July 2006; Vandergrift!: December 2006; Charleston Revisited: July 2006. British Publications: Margherita: New Theatre Publications, January 2009; Vandergrift!: New Theatre Publications, June 2009.


  1. ^ a b Who's who in America. 1996–2010.
  2. ^ a b Moravec, Nathan (June 2, 2011). "About Charleston Revisited". Prince Georges Gazette.
  3. ^ Lyon, Karen (May 2009). "The Literary Hill, The Plays the Thing". Hill Rag.
  4. ^ a b Rutkoski, Rex (September 27, 2009). "Writing home: Vandergrift Native Turns Playwright". Valley News Dispatch.
  5. ^ Nelson, Elizabeth (October 7, 2019). "Village Voices: The Economist, the Playwright & Pierre L'Enfant". Capitol Hill Restoration Society. Retrieved 2022-07-29.
  6. ^ a b Kennedy Center 2011:
  7. ^ National Press Club, The Wire, Selected Issues, 2009–Present
  8. ^ National Press Club, The Record, "Vandergrift Staging," August 13, August 20, August 27, 2007, selected other issues, Washington, DC
  9. ^ a b Cosmos Club Bulletin, Selected Issue, 2002–2011
  10. ^ Dramatists Diary, Dramatists Guild of American, Member Productions, All Issues, 2007–2011, New York
  11. ^ Debbie Jackson DC Theatre Review Lincoln and God, July 17, 2009
  12. ^ a b Blair, Jackson, Margherita at Harvard, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, November 2009
  13. ^ Potomac Stages, Selected Issues, 2007–2010
  14. ^ Lieble, Aaron (July 2009). "Jewish Themed plays at Capital Fringe Festival". Jewish Times.
  15. ^ New York Catholic Standard, Eugenio, July 2008
  16. ^ Kennedy Center 2010:
  17. ^ Link, James (July 9, 2011). "Review". Greenbelt News. Greenbelt, Maryland.
  18. ^ Winding Streets, Victorian Vandergrift Museum, "Vandergrift, the Play", September 2007, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania
  19. ^ Kennedy Center 2011:
  20. ^ Griffith, Carol (2010). "Review of Charleston Revisited". Greenbelt News. Greenbelt, Maryland.
  21. ^ "LincOp".
  22. ^ "Van Musical".
  23. ^ a b "Peggy".

Additional references[edit]

  • Arguello, Julio, Voice of the Hill, Cap Hill Playwright. page 20 July 2008
  • Colarco, Renee, Dramatist Diary, May–June 2010 selected Issues 2002-2011
  • Jackson, Wanda, Prince Georges Sentinel, August 18, Vandergrift: Vandergrift! at The Greenbelt Arts, June 5, 2011
  • McCall, Celeste, More Hill Theatrics, April 2009.
  • Ryan Reilly, The Gazette, Playwright Debuts play about Life in Greenbelt. Thursday, August 5, 2010.
  • Vandergrift News, "National Press Club Presents Vandergrift," Vandergrift, PA, September 1, 2007
  • Wells, Carolyn, Review, Vandergrift, Community News. September 2007
  • Washington Post, Selected issues 2007–present

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