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Innaurato, Albert (b. 1948)  
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Likewise in Ulysses, Lenny--a middle-aged, gay, Jewish unsuccessful New York actor reduced to teaching theater in a Detroit university--recognizes why he upsets his department chair: "It still freaks Steve out that I have a wife. These straight people are all so simplistic they think sex is everything. I'm proud to say I haven't touched Naomi [his wife] in twenty years and we have a beautiful marriage. And more, we are not going to end up in divorce court like Steve and his wife, and Stu and his wife, and Steve and Doris [the student with whom Steve is currently having an affair], and Stu and whomever he marries next."

"In a cosmetic universe the most unbearable fact is to be different," John explains in Ulysses. For Innaurato, as much damage is caused by gay liberationists who insist that one perform one's sexuality in recognizably "proud" ways as by homophobes who disdainfully reduce gay men to effeminate, sex-hungry aberrations of nature.

Innaurato's protagonists take pride in refusing to conform to anyone else's expectations of their sexuality, body size, or ethnicity. When time-traveling Al meets his nineteen-year-old grandfather shortly before the latter emigrates to the United States, they discuss the difficulty that others have pronouncing their family name, which both insist they will not change.

Television Writer, Journalist, Teacher, Opera Developer

In addition to his plays, Innaurato has also written successfully for television. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his teleplay for the PBS Great Performances series, Verna: U. S. O. Girl (1978), which starred Sissy Spacek and William Hurt. In 1989 and 1990, he wrote scripts for the NBC/Lifetime series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.

He also writes about opera and on popular culture for such publications as the New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and Opera News. He has taught playwriting at a number of universities, including Columbia University, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Temple University, and Rutgers.

In 2005, Innaurato returned to Philadelphia to serve as a writer in residence at Philadelphia's Prince Music Theater, where he also co-produced and developed projects for the company, including the musical based on Gemini.

He currently serves as Artistic Director of Creative Development Projects at City Center Opera Theater in Philadelphia, where he has worked on the development of new operas such as Love/Hate by Jake Perla and Rob Bailis, and Michael Ching's Slaying the Dragon. He also works as a dramaturg and coaches young singers on acting and interpretive technique. In addition, he has directed several operas for the company.

Raymond-Jean Frontain

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DiGaetani, John Louis. "An Interview with Albert Innaurato." Studies in American Drama, 1945-Present 2 (1987): 87-95. Rpt. in A Search for Postmodern Theater: Interviews with Contemporary Playwrights. DiGaetani, ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1991, pp. 175-82; and in Speaking on Stage: Interviews with Contemporary American Playwrights. Philip C. Kolin and Colby H. Kullman, eds. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996, pp. 185-92.

Innaurato, Albert. "Introduction." Bizarre Behavior: Six Plays by Albert Innaurato. New York: Avon, 1980. vii-xviii.

_____. "An Introduction." The Metropolitan Opera: The Radio and Television Legacy. New York: Museum of Broadcasting, 1986. 4-9.

_____. "Introduction." Best Plays of Albert Innaurato. New York: Gay Presses of New York, 1987. iii-xvi.

Kirschenbaum, Blossom S. "Albert Innaurato's Plays: Bizarre Behavior in Bizarre America." Voices in Italian Americana 5.1 (1994): 85-98.

Lange, Alexandra. "The Other Philadelphia Story." New York Magazine (June 21, 1999):

Vedder, Polly A., and Jean W. Ross. "Innaurato, Albert (F.)." Contemporary Authors. Vol. 122. Detroit: Gale, 2007, pp. 243-47.


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    Entry Title: Innaurato, Albert  
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