Lunari was born in Milan, Italy, in 1934. He studied law and music
before becoming dramaturg with Giorgio Strehler at the Piccolo Teatro
in Milan, where he stayed for twenty years. Lunari has written books
and essays on Italian, French and English literature and drama,
and on theatre history. He has translated the Molieres complete
work, as well as plays by various English and American playwrights,
from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. He has a lively and satirical style
and has written various successful scripts for television and the
As a playwright his career took off after a French production of THREE ON THE SEESAW (1990) at the Avignon Festival starring Pierre Santini in 1994. Currently this play is one of the greatest successes in Europe, and has been translated into eleven languages with productions in Paris, Lisbon, Stockholm, Prague, Bruxelles, Berlin, and other European cities. It's United States premiere is scheduled for July 2000 in Atlanta.
Other plays by Lunari include Senator Fox (1980), Uncomfortably Close Encounter (1995) and In the Name of the Father (1997).
Other writing credits include the novel: Il Maestro e gli altri (1990), an essay on Maria di Nazareth(1988), a thematic history of Italian theatre Hundred Plots in the Italian Drama, (1994), A Short History of Theatre (1999), and To Be or Not to Be, an anthology of monologues (1999).
Lunari plays the piano and the trumpet. He enjoys bridge, but no longer plays tennis. He does not golf, but he walks a great deal and sleeps little. He also tries to "eat little" but with little success! A difficult person, he has always had to leave something ; the Piccolo Teatro, having drawn attention to the beginning of its decadence; the University, because of the excessive number of ignoramuses he was obliged to grant degrees to; the daily Avanti, where he worked as a critic, because he refused to praise a firmly recommended person. He lives on the net at http://www.aet.cc/lunari