Gino DiIorio


The story of Bridget Cleary, a 28-year-old Irish seamstress who was burned alive in March of 1895 at the hands of her husband and family members.


It is 1849 and Charles Darwin is in the beginning stages of his famous book, “On the Origin of the Species”. If we challenge the natural order of the Universe, will God exact his revenge?


Three American soldiers find themselves caught in the no man’s land of “Ambush Alley,” near the Khyber Pass on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Gino is a New York City based playwright.  His new play The Jag was the winner of the 2010 Firehouse Theatre’s Great American New Play Award. The Jag was a finalist in the 2011 Laurents Hatcher Award Competition. The play was also a finalist in the Premiere Playwright’s Contest hosted by Kean University in 2010.

Release Point was a finalist for the 2011 Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwright’s Award.  The play was also a finalist in the Greenhouse New Play Festival through the HotCity Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri.  The play was given its world premiere at the New Jersey Rep in 2012. 
Reparation won the 2011 E. Desmond Lee Playwriting Prize (University of Missouri-St. Louis).   The play was also a Yale Drama Series Finalist in 2010 and received its world premiere in 2012 at Luna Stage featuring HBO’s Frankie Faison. 
Dead Ringer received its world premiere at the New Jersey Rep in 2009 and its 2nd production at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. The play won 1st place in the BBC’s 2005 International Playwriting Competition and was performed on BBC Radio.  Dead Ringer is published by Samuel French.

Darwin at Down won 2nd place in the 2007 Julie Harris Playwriting Competition.  The play has been given staged readings at the Urban Stages Theatre, and the International Theatre Festival in Timisoara, Romania. 

Centennial Casting, co-written with Nancy Bleemer, has had productions at Penguin Repertory Theatre, the Virginia Stage Company and the Arclight Theatre in NYC and the  Seven Angels Theatre.

Apostasy was given its world premiere at the New Jersey Rep in July of 2006. The play received its New York premiere at the Urban Stages Theatre in April of 2007. Apostasy is also published by Samuel French. 

Are You the Wife of Michael Cleary? received its NY premiere in January of 2008 at the Irish Arts Center.  The play was also produced at various venues throughout Ireland.

Sandbox was produced at the Garter Lane Theatre in Waterford, Ireland.

Gino has also written The Key, a one man show addressing teen depression.  The Key was developed through Educational Theatre of New England and Boston Children’s Hospital, and will begin a high school tour in 2009-10. 

Gino was the winner of the 2007 Urban Stages Emerging Playwrights Award.  He also has won a Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award (2003) and a Higgins School Grant (2001).  His plays have been finalists at the O’Neill Center, the Humana Festival and New Dramatists. 

Winterizing the Summer House was chosen as one of the top ten plays in the 2002 Writer Digest’s national play competition.  The play received a main stage production in 2003 at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre.  His first play, White Noise, received second prize in Delaware Theater Company’s “Connections” Contest for plays dealing with racial themes and received its first public reading starring Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham.  White Noise also received a Pilgrim Project Grant for Development and Production. The play has been given readings by the 12 Miles West Theatre Company (NJ) as well as at Chicago Dramatists. White Noise was given a main stage production by the Turnip Theatre Company in NYC.  His play The Pigeon Tree was produced by the Metropolitan Playhouse as part of their “East Village Chronicles” Series in January of 2005. His short play, Green Waits on Blue, was recently published in “Near South”, a poetry journal. 

His play Sleeping Dogs was given a public reading at the 78th Street Theatre Lab.  featuring Arthur Nascerella and Frank Vincent.    

Gino has written a number of screenplays, including “Fatboy” and “Morally Straight”, a 2002 Austin Film Festival Semifinalist. “Morally Straight” was given a reading by The Actor’s Playground in NYC, featuring Norbert Leo Butz in the lead role. 

Gino is a Professor of Theatre at Clark University in Worcester, MA.  He has won a number of awards for his teaching including a Logan Faculty Fellowship and a Hayden Junior Faculty Fellowship. 

He has also taught at The New School for Social Research, NYU, Rockland Community College, and Acteen. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.