An Ode to Albert Innaurato


Screenwriter, playwright, and director Albert Innaurato, 70, died on the 24th of September, 2017.

Innaurato’s death is not as shocking and familiar to me as Graham Chapman of Monty Python’s, nor is it as globally painful as David Bowie’s or Prince’s deaths, but it is more real to me than the others because it is the death of an artist who lived his work and created with variety and gusto.

He studied theatre at Yale, was classmates with Christopher Durang, Meryl Streep, and Wendy Wasserstein.

His early play, Gemini, played 1977-1981 on Broadway, a strong showing for a controversial gay-themed play, especially one written to enhance tolerance and examine ethnic and cultural relationships.  It was made into a 1980 film (starring the inimitable Madeline Kahn), and a musical version in 2006.

Following up this success, Innaurato continued writing plays, taught classes, wrote TV scripts for Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, and was a general all-around inspiration for artists of all sorts.  Innaurato wrote for parterre box ( and Opera News, directed operas, adapted the productions, and played piano.

We have lost an explorer.  We have lost a risk taker. I think Innaurato left something wonderful – he left the world with space to create and the belief it can, in any form it chooses.


This blog was Written by Film Faculty Killian Heilsberg

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