John DiFusco
Director – Writer – Actor
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Walk'n Thru The Fire

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e-mail: greywolfvet@yahoo.com

Biography

In June 2007, Mr. DiFusco performed his new play, WALK’N THRU THE FIRE, (a memoir and a spiritual journey), at the Hayworth Theater (Los Angeles). The play received rave reviews. Los Angeles Times says, "This absorbing autobiographical piece reflects DiFusco’s life long search for meaning. WALK’N dives into issues that he has grappled with for a lifetime. From the Viet Nam service that spurred TRACERS to the sense of mortality raised by the deaths of five siblings, DiFusco relates his unblinking view of what he’s learned with passion, grace, and humor. It’s good to have him back on the boards where he belongs." L.A. WEEKLY "DiFusco is a gifted story teller who plumbs the hearts, heads, and significance of his characters. He plaits their lives into a large and accessible canvas with insight, passion, and humor." The play is on LA Weekly Steven Mikulan’s 2007 New Plays Ten Best list.

He created the ground-breaking, critically-acclaimed Viet Nam play TRACERS, with a group of Viet Nam veteran-actors. He directed the premiere production at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles. The play was subsequently produced by the Steppenwolf Theatre directed by Gary Senise. DiFusco directed the New York premiere at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, (produced by Joseph Papp and VETCO). Jack Kroll of Newsweek called it, "a land mine of a play that blows complacency to shreds". TRACERS was published in Otis Gurney’s Ten Best Plays of 1984/85, by Dramatists Play Service and by Hill & Wang Publishers.

After directing and mentoring numerous productions here and abroad, he directed the 20th Anniversary production of TRACERS at the Odyssey Theatre, where it premiered. (L.A. Weekly ‘Pick of the Week’ and Back Stage West "Critics’ Pick"). Back Stage West wrote, "Riveting…TRACERS is as vivid, grim and powerful as it was 20 years ago!" TRACERS continues to be produced by theatre companies throughout the U.S. Los Angeles’ Gangbuster Theatre company’s production opens February 29, 2008 at the Victory Theatre, and the Hermosa Beach Playhouse production opens May 27, 2008.

Directing credits include Don Nigro’s NECROPOLIS on New York’s Theatre Row, Hollywood’s Tamarind Theatre, MARKED TREE (nominated for five ADA Awards) and WHITE PEOPLE, both at the Road Theatre. WHITE PEOPLE received ‘Critic’s Choice’ in the Los Angeles Times and the Back Stage West. It was awarded five Valley Theatre League Awards (including Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Production) and was nominated for two Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Awards. He directed ALI at the Odyssey Theatre, a one-man show written and performed by Geoffrey Ewing about the one and only, Muhammad Ali. It received L.A. Weekly’s ‘Pick of the Week’ as well as rave notices from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times; and WILL STRIP FOR FOOD (also L.A. Weekly ‘Pick of the Week’) at Glaxa Studios and the Tamarind Theatre.

Other directing credits include POLICE OFFICERS’ WIVES at the Ventura Court Theatre; the critically-acclaimed a cappella musical AVENUE X at the Odyssey Theatre, a production which garnered six L.A. Weekly award nominations (including Best Director), an Ovation Award nomination for Best Musical and eleven Drama~Logue awards; CUT, POISON & BURN at Chicago’s Mary Arrchie Theatre; JOAN & THE ZULUS (with Grace Zabriskie); AFTERSHOCK, LOVE OR SOMETHING OUT ON HWY. 97 and ROUNDS at The Cast Theatre; HAIR at the Heliotrope Theatre; JACK RUBY IS MY IDOL for the Mark Taper Forum’s New Works Festival; THE DEALS ARE GOIN’ DOWN at the Embassy Theatre; and ANIMAL at the Odyssey, as well as dozens of readings and new/original plays. He is a member of The Actor’s Studio Playwright/Directors Unit, LA Writer’s Center, and VetStage.

DiFusco served as Technical Advisor on the Emmy-Award winning HBO film, DEAR AMERICA: LETTERS HOME FROM VIETNAM and directed a video of TRACERS. He has worked as a director/part-time faculty member of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

With writing partner, Claudia Adams, he has written three other screenplays and received the Gold Award for Best Dramatic Adaptation at the 2000 WorldFest Houston for their screenplay TERMITE HILL. Their video of POLICE OFFICERS’ WIVES received the Bronze Medal in the Social Issues category at the 1998 WorldFest. DiFusco completed a ‘revised’ edition of TRACERS, published again in 2000 by Dramatists Play Service.

As an actor he has appeared on Lifetime’s, "Strong Medicine", the independent film AMERICAN ROULETTE, the Movie of the Week, TONYA & NANCY: THE INSIDE STORY; TO HEAL A NATION; LOST IN AMERICA; PRECIOUS IMAGES; THE MASTER; THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO; BLACK WIND and BREAKER! BREAKER! His stage credits THE BALKAN TRILOGY, BUFFALO SOLDIER, CHICAGO CONSPIRACY TRIAL, BACK BAR, LOVE OR SOMETHING OUT ON HWY. 97; TRACERS; EDMUND; THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE, PEER GYNT; THE KID; CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, among others. As a poet, he has performed his original work in many Los Angeles venues.

Mr. DiFusco has received the New York Drama Desk Award, The Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award, two L.A. Weekly Awards, two NAACP Awards, a Drama~Logue Award, a Robby Award, two Valley Theatre League Artistic Director Awards and the USAF Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service in Viet Nam.