Known for writing plays like Elizabeth I and Satyricon, he won both the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Fellowships.
He moved from New Jersey to New York City to study law at age 21 and helped fashion designer Ellen Stewart open a boutique.
He was a founding member and the first president of the experimental theater troupe La MaMa, E.T.C.
He was openly gay.
He and the great Italian director Federico Fellini both tried their hand at adapting Satyricon.