Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Wes Anderson to Sarah Badel
Robert Auletta Biography (1940-)
Addresses: Home: 161 Prince Street, New York, NY, 10012; Office: School of Visual Arts, 209 E. 23rd Street, New York, NY, 10010; Agent: Helen Merrill, 337 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY, 10011.
SIDELIGHTS: "I keep wrestling with America. You can't walk a stepwithout running into dramatic material. None of us will ever set to the bottom of it, but the attempt has to be made. Journalism can only go so far. Dramatic fiction has the edge over it all, I believe, including movies and novels.The theatre today commands a special perspective on reality. Only the stagecan address itself to the multi-dimensional ebb and flow of images that constitute our present day 'realism.' America is a dramatist's dream--if only he is careful not to lose himself amidst the hallucinations of its constantly shifting landscape. England has produced some very good play-wrightslately--full of seriousness and style--but they lack the Whitmanesque poetryand tragedy of our best work. If only we could overcome our hyperactive commercialism; if only our regional theatres could regain some of the purity andpurpose that first inspired them; if only our most conservative playwrights were not continually encouraged at the expense of the innovators; if only ouractors were offered alternatives to 'making it' other than movies andT.V. ... Still and all, the audiences are out there waiting for the living word, the inspired action, that image of America that offers both pain and pleasure in quick succession."
- Birth Details
- March 5, 1940
- New York City
The National Guard, Yale Theatre, vol. 1, # 1; Red Mountain High, Yale Theatre, vol. 2, #3; Walk the Dog, Willie, Yale Theatre, vol. 6, #1; Foreplay-Doorplay, Yale Theatre, vol. 6, #3; Stops, Play-wrights for Tomorrow, University of Minnesota Press, vol. 10; Rundown, Plays in Process, Theatre Communications Group, 1981-82.
The National Guard, Experimental Theatre, Yale School of Drama, 1967; Red Mountain High, Studio Theatre, Yale School of Drama, 1969; Coocoo-shay, New York Shakespeare Festival, 1970; Stops, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1972; Foreplay-Doorplay, St. Peter's Church, New York, 1975; Walk the Dog, Willie, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1976; Wednesday, Sharp, Yale Cabaret, 1976; Guess Work, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1978; Expo 99, Third Street Music School, New York, 1979; Joe: ADramatic Idiocy, Theatre for the New City, New York, 1980; Hage:The Sexual History, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Waterford, CT, 1981; The Tobogganists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York, 1981; Stops andVirgins, P. S. #122, New York, 1982; Rundown, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1982; Days in a Can, Westbank Cabaret, New York, 1983; Birth, Cooper Union, New York, 1983.
- "Hello Columbus." New Catholic World, 1975; "Political Theatrics."Courier, Queens College Alumni publication.
- Teacher of playwriting, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, 1969-74; playwright in residence, Yale Repertory Theatre, 1974-77; teacher of theatre, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 1975-present.
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