Itallie, Jean-Claude van

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Itallie, Jean-Claude van Gender: M
born on 25 May 1936 at 23:50 (= 11:50 PM )
Place Brussels, Belgium, 50n50, 4e20
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 04°31' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 09°44 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 18°38'


Belgian-born American playwright best known for his work with The Open Theatre in the 1960s.

Jean-Claude van Itallie emigrated to the United States with his family to flee the Nazis in 1940 and grew up in Great Neck, New York on Long Island. He graduated from Harvard University in 1958.

He has taught at Princeton University, New York University, Harvard University, Yale University, Amherst College, Columbia University, Middlebury College, the University of Colorado, Naropa University, the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, the NY Open Center, etc.

His acclaimed plays include the 1960s off-Broadway trilogy of one-act plays, "America Hurrah;" "The Serpent" (1968); new English versions of the four major plays of Chekhov (1970s); "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" (1983), his poetic adaptation of traditional Tibetan passages; and "Ancient Boys" (1991).

He lives on a farm in Massachusetts, where he runs the Shantigar Foundation.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes an excerpt from van Itallie's "WAR, SEX, AND DREAMS" published in "The Kenyon Review." (Gambier: Summer 2005. Vol.27, Iss. 3), p. 73: "In 1936, ... to induce labor my father drives my mother over the bumpiest cobblestoned streets of Brussels. A day later, on May 25, I'm born at ten minutes to midnight."


  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script