Charles Grippo is an author, playwright, composer/ lyricist, attorney, producer, and investor. His plays include Sex Marks the Spot; When Angels Wept; A Wife’s Tale; Thursday in the Park; Outrageous Mis-fortune; Wait for the Wind; and The Tooth of the Matter. They have been produced off Broadway, as well as in Cortland, New York; Indiana; Chicago; and in Ojai, California. His short stories have been published in national magazines.
As a teen, Mr. Grippo's mentors included: Michael Ellis, who was co-owner of the Bucks County Playhouse, and, who, with James Hammerstein (Oscar's son), produced Neil Simon's first Broadway hit Come Blow Your Horn ; Literary Agent Scott Meredith, whose clients included (among others) Norman Mailer, Arthur C. Clarke, and best selling novelist Evan Hunter, today best known for having written the screenplay for Hitchcock's The Birds; and Shepard Traube, the producer and/or director of such Broadway shows as Angel Street, Holiday for Lovers, and Time Out For Ginger, and who was a co-founder of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Mr. Grippo remains grateful to these men for their time, teachings, and inspiration.
He is the author of The Stage Producer’s Business and Legal Guide, and Business and Legal Forms for Theater, both of which have been published by Allworth Press. The latter is in its second edition. His play Sex Marks the Spot has also been published. His works are available at fine bookstores nationwide, as well as at leading online booksellers.
Mr. Grippo has presented plays by authors as diverse as Neil Simon and David Mamet. In 2016 he presented the world premiere of The Ben Hecht Showby James Sherman, and, in a co- production with Dennis Zacek, he presented Confessions Of A P.I.M.P. by four time Tony (c) nominee Andre De Shields. He owns Charles Grippo Productions and New Lincoln Theatre Productions. He is the President of Grippo Stage Company, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public charity. He practices theater, music, and motion picture law. A nationally recognized authority on entertainment law, he is a much sought after speaker. Mr. Grippo divides his time among the cities of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
Mr. Grippo is a member of the Authors Guild, the Dramatists Guild, and Chicago Writer’s Bloc. He is a director emeritus of the Chicago Alliance for Playwrights. His biography appears in Contemporary Authors, Volume 235.
Grippo Stage Company, Inc., is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres.
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