Anthony E. Gallo
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Anthony E. Gallo
|Born||February 3, 1939|
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, US
|Known for||Playwright, economist & film and stage producer|
Anthony Ernest (Tony) Gallo (born February 3, 1939) is an American playwright. He has written over 60 dramatic works.
Anthony Gallo was born on February 3, 1939, and raised in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Domenic and Saveria Raso Gallo. A poor factory worker, Domenic suffered poor health from a house fire in 1940. This fire killed Gallo's brother and influenced his later playwriting.
Gallo graduated with 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 [R12], and a food marketing economist with the federal government. [External Link (EL) 10] He was also a pioneer in the renovation of historic homes in the Capitol Hill Historic District in Washington, DC [R10].
Gallo's career as a playwright began in 1980 when he visited Israel. Formerly an atheist, Gallo stated that he had a religious epiphany there. On his return, Gallo became interested in Judeo-Christian studies and the study of world religions. In his 50s, Gallo decided to become a playwright. [R18] His decision was 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.
Gallo has created over 60 works. [EL 10] Gallo owns his own theater company, the Seventh Street Playhouse [EL 3], and motion picture company, Eastern Market Studios [EL 8]. 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 [R18].
Gallo’s plays have been staged nearly 100 times in 40 venues including in Washington, DC: The Kennedy Center [Additional Reference (AR) Y], The National Press Club [R15, R16], Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Cosmos Theatre [R3], 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 [R5], Casa Italiana, Where Eagles Dare Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, and Midtown International Theatre Festival where one of his actresses won best supporting actress; in Maryland: The Greenbelt Arts Center [AR W], 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]
- "Margherita" on the relationship between Benito Mussolini and Margherita Sarfatti, based on the Book of Judith. [R2, R14]
- "Eugenio" on the conversion of Israel Zolli, Rome’s Chief Rabbi, in 1944. [R8, R13]
- "The Last Days of King Solomon" on doubt and faith during the rule of King Solomon. [R2]
- "The Agony of David” on the life of King David. [AR Z].
- "Vandergrift" on a businessman trying to reconcile capitalism with his Presbyterian religion to create a workers’ paradise. [R9, R22]
- "Lincoln and God" on Abraham Lincoln and God during the American Civil War [AR X, AR Y]
- "Charleston Revisited" set on Logan Street in Charleston, South Carolina. [R6, R12]
- "The Botticelli Cruise" on a cruise along the east coast of Africa.
- Paul” on the Apostle Paul. [R3]
- “Heathcliff in America" an absurdist play set in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
- "The Tragedy of King Saul" on King Saul
- "The Eaton Woman" on Peggy Eaton and the Petticoat Rebellion in the Andrew Jackson Administration
- Teresa on St. Teresa of Avila.
- *Better than the Best on nineteenth century capitalism
- "Luther" on the theologian Martin Luther.
- "Mr. Morris! Mr. Morris!" on the financier of the American Revolution, Robert Morris
- "Madame Caillaux" on the 1914 murder trial of Henriette Caillaux.
- "Robert" a surrealistic drama on Robert Todd Lincoln
- "Jonathan" on Jonathan, the son of King Saul.
- "Shakespeare and Lincoln" a surrealistic play on William Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln .
- "Cabala"[permanent dead link] about Rome during the 1920s.
- "The Springfield Boys"[permanent dead link] on the relationship between Abraham Lincoln, Joshua Speed, and William Herndon
Film and musicals
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. He is also the librettist and lyricist for four musicals: Lincoln and God (John Ward composer), Vandergrift (Beatrix Whitehall composer), Peggy (Margaret and Grant Bagley composers), and David (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. Arguello, Julio, Voice of the Hill, Cap Hill Playwright. page 20 July 2008
2. Blair, Jackson, Margherita at Harvard, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, November 2009.
3. Cosmos Club Bulletin, Selected Issue, 2002–2011
4. Colarco, Renee, Dramatist Diary, May–June 2010 selected Issues 2002-2011
5. Dramatists Diary, Dramatists Guild of American, Member Productions, All Issues, 2007–2011, New York
6. Carol Griffith, Review of Charleston Revisited, Greenbelt News, 2010. Greenbelt, MD
7. Jackson, Wanda, Prince Georges Sentinel, August 18, Vandergrift: Vandergrift! at The Greenbelt Arts, June 5, 2011
8. Lieble, Aaron, Jewish Times, Jewish Themed plays at Capital Fringe Festival, July 2009
9. Link, James. Review, Greenbelt News, Thursday, July 9, 2011
10. Lyon, Karen Hill Rag The Literary Hill, The Plays the Thing, May 2009
11. McCall, Celeste, More Hill Theatrics, April 2009.
12. Moravec, Nathan, About Charleston Revisited, Prince Georges Gazette June 2, 2011
13. New York Catholic Standard, Eugenio, July 2008.
14. Potomac Stages, Selected Issues, 2007–2010
15. National Press Club, The Wire, Selected Issues, 2009–Present
16. National Press Club, The Record, “Vandergrift Staging,” August 13, August 20, August 27. 2007, selected other issues, Washington, DC
17. Ryan Reilly, The Gazette, Playwright Debuts play about Life in Greenbelt. Thursday, August 5, 2010.
18. Rutkoski, Rex, Writing home: Vandergrift Native Turns Playwright, Valley News Dispatch, Sunday, September 27, 2009
19. Vandergrift News, “National Press Club Presents Vandergrift,” Vandergrift, PA, September 1, 2007
20. Wells, Carolyn, Review, Vandergrift, Community News. September 2007
22. Winding Streets, Victorian Vandergrift Museum, “Vandergrift, the Play”, September 2007, Vandergrift, PA
23. Washington Post, Selected issues 2007–present
- W: Greenbelt Arts Center: http://www.greenbeltartscenter.org/
- X: Debbie Jackson DC Theatre Review Lincoln and God, July 17, 2009.
- Y: Kennedy Center 2011: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=XLPTS
- Z: Kennedy Center:2010: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=XKPTS