Jose Quintero Biography ((?)-)

See index for CTFT sketch: Full name, Jose Benjamin Quintero; born October 15, 1924, in Panama City, Panama; died of cancer on February 26, 1999, in Manhattan, NY. Theatrical director and author. Quintero was credited with reviving interest in the plays of Eugene O'Neill. Quintero directed more than twelve of O'Neill's plays and did it so well that O'Neill--who had been largely ignored during the second half of the 1900s--became againrecognized and appreciated. Both O'Neill and Quintero had unhappy childhoods, a fact that influenced their work. Quintero was nominated for and won Antoinette Perry Awards for his directing work. He also established a GreenwichVillage theatre, which influenced the growth in off-Broadway theatre after World War II. Writings by Quintero include the memoir If You Don't Dance They Beat You(1974) and the play Gabrielle(Buffalo, New York, 1974).


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