photo by: Beka
Leonard Melfi: In Memorial

Leonard Melfi, a dramatist and poet, spent his life giving the world plays. Plawrights create people, circumstances, and stories that are sometimes better known than history. The playwright is the leader of the craft that sails through our minds and our lives. He is the captain of the other talents required to make the theatre fly and live. Melfi devoted his life to creating a reality that was his own and now be forever ours.

Thank you Leonard.
Tom O'Horgan

The Leonard Melfi Memorial was May 5th, 2002 from 2:00 to 4:00

Program
Nicky Paraiso
Piano Prelude
Ellen Stewart
Welcome
Barbara Eda Young
excerpts from BIRDBATH
Kristin Gray and Michael Raye
ANGEL by Jimi Hendrix
BEYOND THE REALM OF TIME by Michael Raye
Paul Foster
On being a playwright
Deanna Deignan
ON THE HARMFULNESS OF BEING SUSPICIOUS
Jeff Weiss
A reading
Jan Quackenbush
On being a plawright
   
TIMES SQUARE
(Moments & Monologues)
Jerry Cunliffe
Butch Flagstone
Marilyn Roberts
Bobo Society
Peter Craig
Stephen Beams
Mari-Claire Charba
Marigold Sobbing
   
Leonid Hambro
INTERMEZZO by Shumann
   
Crystal Field

A Reading

   
H.M. Katoukas
On being a playwright
Robert Heide
REMINISCENCE and a piece by Edward Albee
Kristen Gray
a piece by Rosemary Harris
John Gilman
a piece by Terrnece McNally
Joanne Tedesco
Anecdotes
   
John Melfi
Brother of Leonard Melfi
   
The Harris Sisters: Jayne Anne, Eloise and Mary Lou TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE by Bob Dylan

Thank you to Susan Weston for coordinating the tribute to Leonard.


Leonard Melfi Performance History at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club:

DATE TITLE DETAILS
October 26, 1962 LAZY BABY SUSAN directed by: Gino Ardito
August 25, 1965 PUSSIES & ROOKIES directed by: Ralph Cook
March 9, 1966 BIRDBATH director: Tom O'Horgan
composer: Tom O'Horgan
Tom O' Horgan and the La MaMa and the La MaMa Troupe returned from their long stay in Europe and now presented on the La MaMa Stage the plays they presented in Europe including BIRDBATH Ted Mann then produced these six plays at the Martinique Theatre.
January 18, 1967 NIAGRA FALLS director: Kevin O'Connor
May 18, 1967 TIMES SQUARE company: La MaMa Troupe
director: Tom O'Horgan
composer: Tom O'Horgan
presented with Sam Shepard's MELODRAMA PLAY
September 28, 1967 LUNCHTIME director: John Coe
December 6, 1967 JACK AND JILL
& STIMULATION
directors: Ed Setrakian & Ricardo Martinez
composers: David Walker & Christopher Allport
January 25, 1968 TIMES SQUARE director: Tom O'Horgan
composer: Tom O'Horgan
The La MaMa Troupe returned from their last tour ('68) and presented TIMES SQUARE as well as: FUTZ by Rochelle Owens, TOM PAINE (parts I & II) by Paul Foster & MELODRAMA PLAY by Sam Shepard
April 11, 1968 HAVING FUN IN THE BATHROOM director: Edward Setrakian
composer: Christopher Allport
April 20, 1969 RAVEN ROCK director: Wesley Jensby
composer: Allan Kashkin
December 6, 1974 HORSE OPERA director: Wilford Leach
composer: John Braden
October 8, 1981 BIRDBATH director: Tom O'Horgan
composer: Tom O'Horgan
BIRDBATH later moved to the Harold Clurman Theater


Leonard Melfi performance history on Broadway:

November 28 - January 11, 1969 MORNING , NOON, AND NIGHT written by Leonard Melfi
June 17, 1969 - August 12, 1969 OH! CALCUTTA! book by Leonard Melfi
September 24, 1976 - August 6, 1989 OH! CALCUTTA! contributions by Leonard Melfi
December 28, 1978 - December 31, 1978 TAXI TALES written by Leonard Melfi




photo by: James D. Gossage

"We'll keep a crystal vase near our pink and blue pillows, and after we wish and then after we kiss, we'll lower our faces to the very brim, the very delicate edge of the crystal vase, and then we'll let the syrup flow from our eyes into the gentle crystal vase. And every Christmas and every Easter and every other holiday known to man, we'll feed the syrup to our seventeen children, and they will remain children forever. Their imaginations will be in full bloom forever...and they will never die. Everything will be forever..."

-Leonard Melfi from TIMES SQUARE

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