A Playwright Drawn to Dark Material
Greg Pierotti is an actor and an award winning writer for both the screen and the stage. He is co-writer of the teleplay The Laramie Project, which was produced by Good Machine and HBO (Emmy nomination). He was co-writer of the play The Laramie Project (Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award for outstanding achievement in the theater, NY Drama Desk nomination, GLAAD media award nomination). The Laramie Project continues to be one of the most produced plays in the country.
He is co-writer of The Laramie Project 10 Years Later, which was performed 2009 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The play was performed simultaneously in 150 theaters around the world from Hong Kong to Melbourne to Tel Aviv. It received a national tour in 2010, and he will perform it one last time in repertory with The Laramie Project at BAM in the fall of 2012.
In The Laramie Project 10 years Later his dramatic rendering of the prison visits he had Aaron McKinney, Matthew Shepard’s murderer, drew particular notice. McKinney had only granted one media interview until his ten hours of talks with Pierotti. In those talks he confided new information to Pierotti about the murder and his motivation, which drew the attention of the gay activist community and of the media beyond the arts and entertainment columns.
Pierotti is also the head writer of The People’s Temple, which retells the story of the rise and fall of Jim Jones’s notorious religious and political organization in California from the members’ perspectives. For The People’s Temple he and his collaborators received the Will Glickman Playwright Award for best new play.
"The purpose of apology is to provide a way for criminals and wrongdoers to apologize for their misdeeds in the hope that this will help them turn over a new leaf. At the end of this program you may record any statement you care to make.”
-- Allan Bridge