​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Magpie

An original Musical in Two Acts with Latin overtones, MAGPIE is the story of star-crossed lovers set in the fast-paced world of New York bicycle messengers.

Book and Lyrics by Edward Gallardo, Music by Gary William Friedman. 


The Players Theater.  Development Workshop Production, Original Book by Steven M. Jacobson, Lyrics by Edward Gallardo, Music by Gary William Friedman. Additional Lyrics by Stevie Holland. Directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, Produced by AMAS, Donna Trinkoff, Producing Artistic Director and Steven M. Jacobson.   Musical Director, Martin Bejerano.    Starring Jessica Fields and Ronny Mercedes. 
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Selena Forever

A new musical about slain Tejano Music Superstar, Selena Quintanilla-Perez.

Book and Lyrics by Edward Gallardo. Music by Fernando Rivas.  Featuring additional songs recorded by Selena.


San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, 2003. World Premiere. Directed by William Alejandro Virchis; Choreographed by Kevin Patterson.  Toured cities in Texas and Chicago -  Produced by Selena Forever, LP (Jerry Frankel, Tom Quinn, Peter Fitzgerald and Michel Vega).  Executive Producer, Forbes Candlish.  Casting by Stephen DeAngelis.  Sound by Peter Fitzgerald, Sound Associates.  Starring Veronica Vazquez, Daniel Valdez, Margo Reymundo, David Velardi and Maxx.


Selena, a Celebration of Life

Ricardo Montalban Theater, Los Angeles.

An unauthorized version of Selena Forever, directed and choreographed by Miranda Gary. Produced by Tom Quinn, Joe Bradbury, Luna Productions. 


Casanova Returns 

Based on the opera by Dominic Argento.

 Written in collaboration with Sarah Schlesinger and Arthur Masella. Music by Mike Reid.

  • Showcased as a work in progress at the Global Musical Theatre Festival in Cardiff, Wales.

  • Staged reading, 890 B'way, directed by Arthur Masella, starring  Brent Barrett (Phantom of the Opera, B’way and Vegas and Annie Get your Gun with  Reba McEntire, Sierra Boggess, B’way's The Little Mermaid and Joyce Castle, B’way and opera veteran.​


Jammin’ in the Slam Zone

Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center. Experimental lab workshop directed by David Becker, 1998. Jonathan Ward, Henry Street Settlement Playhouse, Producer. Starring Richard Vasquez, Tessa Martin and Martin Revere. 

Resurrecting Levin


Denver Center Theatre Company. Donovan Marley, Artistic Director. Bruce Sevy, Director of New Plays Project. Fully rehearsed staged reading directed by Arthur Mesalla as part of their 1998 U S West TheatreFest. Written in collaboration with John Flaxman. Starring Rocco Sisto and Jacqueline Antaramian and the Denver Center Theatre Company.


Levin

Playwright's Forum. Rehearsed staged reading directed by Arthur Mesalla, Starring John Glover, Trini Alvarado, Kevin Conway, Mila Conway Burnette, Joanna Merlin.


The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Lyrics by Edward Gallardo, Music by Gary William Friedman. Based on the novel and screenplay by Mordechai Richler. Directed by Bryna Wasserman. Saidye Bronfman Center for the Arts. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 1997

The Petrified Prince

Bookwriter. Music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa. New York Shakespeare Festival, George C. Wolfe, Producer. Directed by Harold Prince. Rob Marshall, Choreographer. Kathleen Marshall, Assistant Choreographer. Costumes by Judith Dolan (Lucille Lortel Award for Excellence in Costume Design; Drama Desk Award nominee). Barge Puppets by Jim Henson, Productions. 1994.  Based on the unproduced screenplay, "The Petrified Prince", by Ingmar Bergman.  Starring Candy Buckley (Drama Desk nominee), Daisy Prince (Merrily We Roll Along) & Alexander (Gaberman) Chaplin (Spin City). Workshop and readings starred Christine Baranski (The Good Wife; Cybil), Lucie Arnaz (The Lucy Show; Promises, Promises), Judy Kaye (The Phantom of the Opera) and Tony Goldwyn (Scandal).

Carmen Libre


Book and lyrics. Music by George Bizet. A new musical based on the opera CARMEN, set in Cuba sometime in the near future. Commissioned and Co-produced in Concert by the Coconut Grove Playhouse and the Greater Miami Opera. Arnold Mittelman, director. Joseph Ilick, musical director. 1992.

Women Without Men  

(​Mujeres sin Hombre)

  • Public Theatre - (Susan Stein Shiva Theater) - Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival  production.  Santiago Garcia, director - 1985.  Starring Giilda Miros, Socorro Santiago, Olga Merediz, Lisa Loomer and Wanda DeJesus 


  • Puerto Rico - Teatro Bellas Artes - Virazon, producer. Vicente Castro, director - 1988

  • Mexico - Instituto Nacional de Beflas Artes, producer. Vicente Castro, director - 1988

  • Los Angeles - Bilingual Foundation For the Arts - Carmen Zapata, Producer. Charles Bazaldua, director 1991.

  • Texas - The Elenco Experimental - University of Texas at El Paso.  Roberto Pomo, director 1992.

  • California - Produced as a benefit for Indian and Latin women, 1994.

  • Texas - King's Country Proteus Employees, July 1994.  Benefit for educational scholarships for children of migrant and seasonal farm workers.


* Published by Arte Publico Press

Fantasma


A Street Opera - Music by Marc Affen Trujillo

  • Public Theater - Fully Staged Reading - Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare; Festival Producer. Bill Castellino, director - August 1989. Starring Olga Merediz, Josie de Guzman, John Aller, Alex Paez, Jessie Corti, Lauren Mitchell, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Tommy Hollis, James Rocco, Lauren Muffson.


  • Southwestern College - (San Diego) William Alejandro Virchis, director - 1990


Simpson Street

(La Calle Simpson)

National productions:

  • Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (New York City), Miriam Colon, director - First Production - '79; Subsequent Revival Productions in '80, '85 and 1995.  Originally starring Antonia Rey. Subsequently starring Miriam Colón

  • Nosotros Theatre - (Los Angeles) - 1991

  • Public Theater - Festival Latino - Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival - 1980

  • Puerto Rican Cultural Center (Springfield, Massachusettes) 1980

  • San Juan Center, Inc. (Hartford, Connecticut) 1980

  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) 1980

  • Bonfils Theatre - Artes Chicanos, Inc. (Denver, Colorado) 1980

  • Adelante Estudiantes Latinos - Buffalo, New York) 1980

  • Cornell University - (Ithaca, New York) - 1985


Interational productions:

  • Spain - 11 City Tour including Madrid, Sevilla & Valencia 1981.  Starring Carmen Rosario and Richard Adan.

  • Puerto Rico - Teatro Beflas Artes - 1983.  Starring Miriam Colón and Edwin Sanchez

  • Colombia - Festival de Manizales - 1984.  Starring Miriam Colón and Edwin Sanchez

  • Mexico - Festival Cervantino (Mexico City & Guanajuato) - 1984


* Pubhshed by Arte Publico Press

Ballad of a Silent Man

Group Theatre - (Staged Reading) Semi-finalist American Minority Playwrights Festival - Seattle, Washington.  1985


Celebrando la Diferencia


Participated along with such notables as Edward James Olmos and Ruben Blades in "Celebrando la Diferencia", a weekly theatrical series promoting literacy to Latino youth, Co-Produced and Directed by Elizabeth Peña and the Met Theater in Los Angeles.


My children's story, Esperanza, was read by Brooke Adams as the action was performed in dance.


Hard Times, Hard Choices

A Play for Latino Teenagers about AIDS.  Commissioned by La Nueva Raza.  Toured Streets, Communities & Health Centers in Queens. Ismael Batancourt, Producer. Melia Bensussen, director. - 1990

Fragile Lady

Performance piece - Music by Bruce J. Taub, Christ & St. Stephen Church -NYC- North/South Consonance-'84; University of Kansas (Lawrence) - 1988; Memphis State University - 1990

A Little Spice... And Things Not So Nice Cabaret

Concept and lyrics by Edward Gallardo. Music by Paul Radelat. Center For Inter-American Relations - (NYC) - Commissioned and produced by Alberto Minero. Maria Norman, director - 1980

Bernie

  • New York Theatre Ensemble - Directed by Edward Gallardo, Starring Richard Niles, 1969

  • Paris Theatre Market - (Paris and Amsterdam) - 1969

  • New York Theatre Ensemble - Directed by and Starring Edward Gallardo, 1970

  • Bronx Community College (Starring Edward Gallardo) 1970

  • Westbeth Theatre Center - (New York City)  Starring John Pielmeier (Agnes of God) - 1979

  • Westside Repertory Theatre - (New York City) - 1984

  • Trocadero Cafe - kontrol-issuez theatre ensemble (New York City) - 1996


Waltz On A Merry-Go-Round

Incidental Music by Bruce J. Taub

  • Little Theatre - (New York City) - 1975

  • Nosotros Theatre - (Los Angeles, California) - Peter Del Valle, director.  Starring Silvana Gallardo, Billy Drago, Anhalita Giron.  1979


* Published by Arte Publico Press

Waltz On A Merry-Go-Round 

A Three-Act Opera, Libretto by Edward Gallardo, Music by Bruce J. Taub

Miss George Alliance


Playbox Theater (New York City)  Directed by Ned Leavitt, Produced by Edward Gallardo.  Starring Harvey Keitel, Kenneth Sinclair, Silvana Gallardo. 1971

Aryeto De Pescadores

Written Collectively with Pregones

  • Public Theater - Festival Latino - Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival prodcuction. - 1982

  • Puerto Rico - Festival de Pescadores - 1982


The Mugger

  • West Side Repertory Theatre - (New York City) -  1980

  • Abrons Arts Center - Henry Street Settlement Playhouse. Directed by and Starring Carla Pinza. 

  • Toured NYC Schools & Arts Centers through the Association of Hispanic Arts and
    CETA program - 1980


The Dinner Guest

Abrons Arts Center - Henry Street Settlement Playhouse. Directed by Carla Pinza, Starring 
Gina Belafonte and Carla Pinza.

The World of Muddy Waters

Children's play

  • Toured NYC Schools & Arts Centers through the Association of Hispanic Arts and CETA program - 1980

  • Pregones - (New York City) - 1982

  • Puerto Rico - Festival de Pescadores, Vieques - 1982


Maria

A play in One Act

Westside Repertory Theater,  1980

In Another Part of the City

  • New York Theater Ensemble, Directed by Edward Gallardo, Starring Kenneth Sinclair - 1970

  • Bronx Community College.  Produced and Directed by Edward Gallardo.  Starring Jose Machado and Edward Gallardo.

  • Rainbow Festival, Directed by Anthony Ciccotelli, 2016


Nobody Ever Says Goodbye


New York Theatre Ensemble, Directed by Edward Gallardo, Starring Kenneth Sinclair and Silvana Gallardo - 1970

Cordelia

Little Theatre - (New York City), Directed by Peter Del Valle, Starring Antonia Rey, Silvana Gallardo,  Gloria Irrizary, Gilbert Gottfried (Theatrical Debut) - 1976





Ghostwriter - "Over a Barrel." 4 Episodes.

Children's Television Workshop. Carin Greenberg Baker and Kermit Frazier, Headwriters. Miranda Barry, Producer. Starring Sean Elliot.  1992

The Silk Purse - "El Piano" - Ortiz/Simon Productions, Boston. Pilot script for proposed PB S Series. 1991.

The Palace - Redwood Productions - Co-authored with John Flaxman, 1990.

The New Voice - "Sandy" - WGBH (Boston) Robert Glover and Frank Marerro, producers. Pablo Cabrera, director.  Starring Sean Elliot. Guest Starring Silvana Gallardo, Juliet Modica and Manuel Torres.  1980

Popi - Synopsis and treatment for CBS series starring Hector Elizondo, ITP, Herbert Leonard, producer.  1974

Savior, Savior, Hold My Hand - Third World Cinema. Co-authored with Piri Thomas and Yolanda Gallardo. 1973




Coconut Grove Playhouse - commissioned to write "Carmen Libre", a new musical based on Bizet's opera Carmen, 1992.

La Nueva Raza - Commission to write "Hard Times, Hard Choices" to educate Latino teenagers about AIDS.  1990

New York Shakespeare Festival - Joseph Papp's Festival Latino's National Contest for Latino Plays.  First Place for "Women Without Men".  1985

Group Theatre - American Minority Playwrights Festival - Seattle, Washington - Semi-finalist for BALLAD OF A SILENT MAN 1985

Center For Inter-American Relations - Comission to write the cabaret "A Little Spice... And Things Not So Nice".  1980

Betances Award - Best Playwright - Committee for Arts & Culture, Puerto Rican Day Parade - 1983

Roberto Clemente Humanitarian Award - 1979

CAPS - (New York City grant to Artists) - 1979



Alphabetical Index of Plays...

A Little Spice... And Things Not So Nice Cabaret

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Aryeto De Pescadores.  In collaboration with Pregones

Bernie

Carmen Libre

Everybody Knows My Business.  Co-authored with Yolanda Gallardo

Fantasma

Fragile Lady

Hard Times, Hard Choices

In Another Part of the City

Jammin' in the Slam Zone

Maria

Miss George Alliance

The Mugger

Nobody Ever Says Goodbye

The Petrified Prince

Resurrecting Levin.  In collaboration with John Flaxman

Selena Forever

Simpson Street

Waltz On A Merry-Go-Round  

Women Without Men

The World of Muddy Waters


The Petrified Prince

Simpson Street - La Calle Simpson

​Simpson Street

The Dinner Guest

Awards, Grants & Commissions

Everybody Knows y Business

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Women Without Men - Mujeres Sin Hombre

Playwright - Lyricist - Librettist

Simpson Street - La Calle Simposon (Spain)

Everybody Knows y Business

In Another Part of the City

Everybody Knows My Business


Women Without Men

Women Without Men

Selena Forever

A Little Spice ...
and things not so nice

In Another Part of the City

Cordelia

Theater

The Petrified Prince.

Simpson Street - La Calle Simpson

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The Petrified Prince

Women Without Men - Mujeres Sin Hombre

​Edward Gallardo

The Petrified Prince

Playwriting & Screenwriting - City College of New York, BA Theater Arts 1973
Puerto Rican Traveling Theater - Playwright's Unit - 1979 & 1980
Actor's Studio - Playwright's Unit - (Guest Auditor) - 1970 - 1971
Intar - Playwright's in Residence Laboratory - 1980
Westside Repertory Theater - Playwright in Residence - 1980


Simpson Street - La Calle Simpson

Film & Television

Nobody Ever Says Goodbye

Simpson Street - La Calle Simpson

​Madrid, Spain

Everybody Knows my Business

The Petrified Prince

Bernie

Cordelia

The Petrified Prince.

Education & Training

Bernie