Louis LaRusso II, (1936-2003) a native of Hoboken, wrote scores of plays. About two dozen of them chronicled working-class life in his hometown, starting with Beginnings, which recalled his grandparents' arrival at the house that became his own home.
Among his work was Lamppost Reunion, which won Tony and Drama Desk nominations for best play in 1976.
Other plays produced on Broadway were Wheelbarrow Closers (1976) and Knockout (1979). His Off Broadway work included Marlon Brando Sat Right Here (1980) andSweatshop (1998).
Mr. LaRusso worked on the books of several Broadway musicals and in the movies. He helped rewrite Saturday Night Fever in 1977, and, living in Los Angeles for a time, received screen credits for Beyond the Reef (1983), Hell Hunters (1986) and The Closer (1990), based on his own play.