Jannuzzi, Luigi (USA)
Luigi Jannuzzi is an award-winning comedic playwright of one-act theater pieces as well as full-length plays, who combines romantic/absurdist comedy with serious themes of love, truth, and the need to rise above it all. His one-act plays, such as A Bench at the Edge and The Barbarians Are Coming, are both winners of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Play Festival, provide staple fare for college productions, and have received critical acclaim from major publications in the US and abroad.
Additional one-act plays from Mr. Jannuzzi include The Appointment and With or Without You. His full-length plays include Night of the Foolish Moon and For the Love of Juliet!. His themed collections include All the King’s Women and Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies. Mr. Jannuzzi is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Metropolitan Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Theater, Waterfront Ensemble of Hoboken, and Genesis Repertory Theater. His playwriting has won many awards, among them: Goshen College Playwriting Peace Prize (1986); New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship (1987); National Endowment for the Humanities Grants with University of Vermont (1995), Columbia University (1998), and Rutgers University (2001); Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grants (1995, 2001); Best One-Act in Ireland Designation (1999); Best One-Act in Scotland and the United Kingdom Designation (2001); Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center Grant (2001), and a Perry Award (2006). His plays are published by Samuel French.
Mr. Jannuzzi holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Salem University in West Virginia and an MA in Ethics from the University of Notre Dame.