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Spotlight >> Richard Kalinoski


Richard Kalinoski, 20th Century Playwright Richard Kalinoski has been internationally acclaimed as the author of Beast on the Moon, an intimate drama about an Armenian immigrant couple in Milwaukee whose marriage is haunted by the 1915 genocide. The play has been translated into 12 languages, produced in 17 countries around the world, and showered with awards. In 2001 the Paris production won five Molière awards (the French equivalent of the Tony) including Best Play; that same year, the Buenos Aires production won five Ace awards including Best Play; and in 2004 the play became part of the repertory of the Moscow Art Theatre. First acclaimed in 1995 at the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Beast on the Moon went on to garner a sheaf of prizes (including the Agnouni Award, the Garland Award, and the Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association) as well as many regional productions throughout the U.S., including a 2005 New York production at Century Center Theatre where it ran for 120 performances. Although not of Armenian heritage himself, Kalinoski was married to an Armenian woman for seven years. His other plays include Between Men and Cattle which premiered at Interact Theatre (2000) where it was nominated for a Barrymore Award, and was produced again in 2004 at Milwaukee’s Next Act Theatre. First developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 1995 – where Kalinoski also served as dramaturg under Lloyd Richards for two summers – Between Men and Cattle also won the 1995 Reva Shiner Award at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Bloomington, Indiana. Skin of a Lawyer won the 2002 Stanley Drama Award and was part of the 2002 Basement Works festival at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany. A Crooked Man was part of the 2004 Future Fest at the Dayton Playhouse. Kalinoski was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He holds an MFA in drama from Carnegie Mellon University and was a Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He currently lives in Oshkosh, where he teaches in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In 2003 he was awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board.
Email: rkalinoski@sbcglobal.net
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