Contemporary Gay American Poets and Playwrights: An A-to-Z Guide

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HARRY KONDOLEON (1955–1994)

Craig S. Rich


BIOGRAPHY

Harry Kondoleon was born on February 26, 1955, in Forest Hills, New York. He shared a birthday and an interest in art with his sister Christine, who was two years older. His father Sophocles, an accountant, and his mother Athena were first-generation Greek Americans but were known to their friends in Queens as Cliff and Tina. As a child, Kondoleon attended New York public schools, painted, and put on puppet shows. He was never sure exactly what drew him to writing plays but recalled being more inspired by great writers than by the theater he saw growing up.

Kondoleon received a B.A. in English literature from Hamilton College and pursued art studies at the Rhode Island School of Design. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and decided to spend a year in Bali studying Balinese theater. “I suppose it was a sort of zany thing for me to do,” Kondoleon said in a 1988 interview, “Here I was a playwright, going to study this nonverbal theater, which uses dance, mime, puppets and masks. Everything is done in a trance. People pass out, then they come to in a different state of being. But it did affect my work” (Richards G1).

Upon returning to the United States, Kondoleon entered the playwriting program at Yale. He received Yale’s Kazan Award for best original script in both 1979 and 1980 and completed his M.F.A. in 1981. His one-act plays quickly established him as an important young playwright with a distinctive voice. Critics and audiences took notice of his unique theatrical style, which at first appeared naturalistic but then spiraled into absurdism. Robert Brustein wrote that Kondoleon’s work was “totally irreverent, mischievous, and howlingly funny, but issuing from a deep core of personal pain” (Brustein 53).

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xiii
  • Edward Albee (1928–) 1
  • Jeff Baron (1952–) 11
  • Jeffery Beam (1953–) 19
  • David Bergman (1950–) 25
  • Alan Bowne (1945–1989) 29
  • Donald Britton (1951–1994) 38
  • James Broughton (1913–1999) 43
  • Bibliography 50
  • Victor Bumbalo (1946–) 54
  • Charles Busch (1954–) 61
  • Leo F. Cabranes-Grant (1960–) 69
  • Robert Chesley (1943–1990) 74
  • Justin Chin (1969–) 82
  • Alfred Corn (1943–) 87
  • Mart Crowley (1935–) 93
  • Melvin Dixon (1950–1992) 101
  • Bibliography 106
  • Tim Dlugos (1950–1990) 108
  • Bibliography 116
  • Mark Doty (1953–) 117
  • Bibliography 123
  • David Drake (1963–) 125
  • Robert Duncan (1919–1988) 130
  • Christopher Durang (1949–) 141
  • Edward Field (1924–) 147
  • Harvey Fierstein (1954–) 153
  • William Finn (1952–) 162
  • Kenny Fries (1960–) 171
  • Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997) 178
  • Thom Gunn (1929–) 188
  • Bibliography 196
  • Essex Hemphill (1957–1995) 198
  • William M. Hoffman (1939–) 205
  • Richard Howard (1929–) 212
  • Bibliography 215
  • Maurice Kenny (1929–) 217
  • Bibliography 220
  • Rudy Kikel (1943–) 222
  • Harry Kondoleon (1955–1994) 230
  • Bibliography 234
  • Larry Kramer (1935–) 236
  • Tony Kushner (1956–) 246
  • Michael Lassell (1947–) 260
  • Timothy Liu (1965–) 268
  • Craig Lucas (1951–) 272
  • Charles Ludlam (1943–1987) 280
  • J.D. Mcclatchy (1945–) 288
  • Bibliography 291
  • Terrence Mcnally (1939–) 293
  • Bibliography 307
  • Scott Mcpherson (1959–1992) 309
  • James Merrill (1926–1995) 316
  • Paul Monette (1945–1995) 323
  • Frank O’hara (1926–1966) 334
  • Bibliography 340
  • Robert O’hara (1970–) 342
  • Peter Parnell (1953–) 349
  • Carl Phillips (1959–) 357
  • Kenneth Pobo (1954–) 363
  • D.A. Powell (1963–) 369
  • Bibliography 376
  • Guillermo Reyes (1962–) 377
  • Bibliography 382
  • Assotto Saint (yves FranÇois Lubin) (1957–1994) 383
  • Bibliography 387
  • F. Allen Sawyer (1957–) 388
  • Bibliography 392
  • James Schuyler (1923–1991) 393
  • Reginald Shepherd (1963–) 398
  • Bibliography 405
  • Martin Sherman (1938–) 406
  • Aaron Shurin (1947–) 412
  • David Trinidad (1953–) 421
  • Gore Vidal (1925–) 427
  • Bibliography 435
  • Jonathan Williams (1929–) 438
  • Doric Wilson (1939–) 444
  • Lanford Wilson (1937–) 451
  • Chay Yew (1966–) 461
  • Selected Bibliography 467
  • Index 469
  • About the Contributors 477
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