Benedum Professor of Theatre and noted playwright Frank Gagliano will retire from the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts faculty after 33 years of teaching.

A special cabaret featuring excerpts from his plays and musicals will be held at the Creative Arts Center on Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre.

Featured Gagliano works include “From The Bodoni County Songbook Anthology,” “Congo Square,” “The Farewell Concert of Irene and Vernon Palazzo,” “My Chekhov Light,” “In the Voodoo Parlour of Marie Laveau,” “The Total Immersion of Madeleine Favorini” and “The Prince of Peasantmania,” among others.

Gagliano will provide narration and excerpts will be performed by WVU theater students Audrey Ahern, Melissa Allen, Todd Berkhich, Dan Evans, Taylor Ferrera, Greg Holt, Greg Jernigan, Ben Levesque, Chasdan Mike, Becky Purcell and Matt Webster.

For complete texts of all of Gagliano’s plays, musical excerpts, essays, memoirs and more, visit

The cabaret is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the division of theatre and dance at 304-293-4841 ext. 3120.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4841 ext. 3108,

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