Richard Alfieri (born April 9, 1948) to Sam and Nena Alfieri is an American playwright, screenplay writer, novelist, film producer, and actor. His awards include two Writers Guild Awards and an Emmy nomination.
A graduate of Yale University, Alfieri began his professional career in New York City, where he studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Alfieri's first professional acting role was as Matt in The Fantasticks at the Rochester Music Theater. He later starred on Broadway in Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre, and off-Broadway in Awake and Sing and The Justice Box. His film-acting credits include Children of Rage and Echoes, and he has appeared in episodes of Magnum PI, Trapper John, M.D., and Stories from the Bible. Alfieri received a Writers Guild Award for the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Harvest of Fire. He won the Grand Prize at the New York Film and Television Festival and a Writers Guild Award nomination for his teleplay for the film A Friendship in Vienna. He also received both a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Norman Lear’s ABC special I Love Liberty. He wrote the feature film Echoes and the novel Ricardo - Diary of a Matinee Idol, which he adapted into the screenplay Moonlight Blonde. He also wrote the film adaptation of Robert James Waller's novel Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. His play "The Sisters", suggested by Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse. Alfieri adapted the play for feature-film production, and the film appeared as an Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hollywood Film Festival. Alfier's most-recent play, Revolutions, premiered at the Barter Theatre. Alfieri produced the feature film Rescue Me and executive-produced the NBC film False Witness. His play Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theater starring Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill. The play premiered in Los Angeles where it set records at the Geffen Playhouse in a production starring the legendary Uta Hagen in her last role. It has since been translated into 14 languages and opened in over 24 countries with productions in cities including Berlin, Sydney, Melbourne, Vienna, Madrid, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Budapest, Helsinki, Prague, Istanbul, Hamburg, Munich, Athens, Seoul, Johannesburg, and London. In Australia, it was performed in 2006 by Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes and became the most successful play in the Ensemble Theatre's 58-year history. Other international stars who have played the leading role of Lily include Leslie Caron, Constance Towers, Claire Bloom, Loretta Swit, Elke Sommer, Lola Herrera, Miriam Zohar, Mitsuko Kusabue, and The Kessler Twins. Alfieri adapted Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks into a feature film starring Gena Rowlands, which was released in 2014.
Movies & TV shows
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
A retired woman hires a dance instructor to give her private dance lessons at her home -- one per week for six weeks. What begins as an antagonistic relationship turns into a close friendship as they ...
Harvest of Fire
In a small Amish community, three barns are burnt down almost simultaneously. FBI agent Sally Russwell is sent in to investigate this possible hate crime. What she finds however is a community that li...
A Friendship in Vienna
Inge Dournenvald and Lise Mueller are best friends in pre-WW2 Austria, despite the fact that Inge is Jewish and Lise is the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer. When they are forbidden to see each other, t...
An artist is plagued by nightmares of a love triangle and murder. A psychic says the dream figure is his brother, a "troubled soul" from an ancient past life. Nearly born as his twin but miscarried, t...
1 TV show
A private investigator who works when he wants, lives in a beachfront estate in Hawaii, drives a posh Ferrari, runs up an unlimited tab at a swank bar, and charms attractive women in peril - that's th...
Children of Rage
The viscous conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is now a generation old. For many of the children of the region, the terrorist war has been going on for their entire lifetimes, killing their ...
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Richard_Alfieri", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.