Interview # 1 with Frank Galati

3-10-19 Interview

Frank Galati is “in his bones a theatre person.” But despite many hints along the way: his delight in mugging before the picture window in his family home, entertaining friends and family with antic behavior, the play he wrote and directed in High School, and spending most of his time in College and Graduate school playing in the theater, he had “no ambition to work in the theater.” But life had other plans for Frank. In this first of my two interviews with Frank listen to him describe the ironic way he got his Equity Card while still in Graduate School, became part of the fledgling Steppenwolf Theater Company and wrote what would be his Tony Award Winning Adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath.