My Soldiers

Wagner College Theatre Stage One presents "My Soldiers," written and directed by Richard Kalinoski, about a young woman soldier suffering from post-traumatic syndrome after her time in Iraq.  Performances are March 4-9, 2014.

Richard Kalinoski Biography

Mr. Kalinoski’s most well known play, Beast on the Moon, was chosen for the Humana Festival in March of 1995, and since has won the following:  The Osborn Award (American Critics Assoc.)  the Agnouni Award,  (Armenian Relief Society of North America ) the Garland Award ( Backstage West )Best Play from the Repertory, Moliere Award (Prix Moliere) , Paris, France, May, 2001 (in addition to four other Moliere Awards) ; the ACE Award, Argentina, for Best Play in the year 2001 in Argentina, October.

Beast on the Moon opened 27 April, 2005 Off-Broadway at the Century Center Theatre in Manhattan. The play ran 120 performances (including 17 previews) and was named one of five “ must see” plays in New York by the New York Daily News. In December of 2005 Richard Kalinoski was awarded the Khorenatsi Medal for contribution to the Arts from the Country of Armenia.  The award was given by the President of Armenia (Robert Kachadarian).

Beast on the Moon has been translated into at least twelve languages and has had long runs at theatres in Athens, Moscow (the Moscow Art Theatre), Buenos Aires, Paris, London and New York.  In March of 2010 Beast on the Moon was installed as part of the permanent repertory of the Tallinn City Theatre, Estonia. The play has also had four productions in Chicago as well as productions at the Alliance in Atlanta, the Asolo in Florida, the Artists Repertory in Portland, Oregon and some 40 other venues in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Kalinoski’s play, My Soldiers premiered at Eastern University (near Philadelphia) in November of \2009 and  a UW Oshkosh production directed by Merlaine Angwall was chosen for presentation at the Midwest Regional American College Theatre Festival (sponsored by the Kennedy Center) in January of  2011.

Formaldehyde”, a short play, won the Jury Prize at the Fusion Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was produced professionally as part of the theatre’s THE SEVEN (seven short plays selected from international competition). “ Formaldehyde” went on to win the Audience Favorite Award at the Fusion Theatre—June, 2011.

Mr. Kalinoski’s play,  Between Men and Cattle  (Barrymore nomination, Philadelphia, 2000) was produced at Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee  in 2004 in addition to productions at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, the Bloomington Playwrights Project and several other community based productions.

A Crooked Mana play written by Mr. Kalinoski in 2006/7 won the Lillian and Varnum Paul Award in 2007 (sponsored by the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance) in ceremonies in Los Angeles. A Crooked Man was produced in Toronto and Buenos Aires in 2008.

Mr. Kalinoski’s newest play, Front Room, was read at both Next Act Theatre (2013) and In Tandem Theatre (2012).


Mr. Kalinoski is  a three time veteran of the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Center in Connecticut.

Since 1998 Mr. Kalinoski has been a director and resident playwright at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.