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Kristen Palmer

Kristen Palmer’s plays include THINGS YOU CAN DO, ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, THE STRAY DOG, THE MELTING POINT, LOCAL STORY, THE HEART IN YOUR CHEST, DEPARTURES, and GLOUCESTER POINT. They have been produced and presented in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. She has been a Women’s Project Lab Member collaborating on the Off-Broadway production WE PLAY FOR THE GODS, a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center, New Georges associate artist, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab Member, and a company member of Printer’s Devil Theatre in Seattle. She is a graduate of Bretton Hall…

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Seth Panitch

Seth Panitch is a playwright, director, actor, and screenwriter. His plays include ALCESTIS ASCENDING (produced off Broadway at the Harold Clurman Theater, and in Havana, Cuba at the Teatro Raquel Revuelta by the Cuban National Office of Scenic Arts); HELL: PARADISE FOUND (produced off Broadway at the 59E59 Theaters and in Los Angeles at the Ventura Court Playhouse); DAMMIT SHAKESPEARE! (produced off Broadway at Urban Stages and the Westbeth Theatre Center, and in Los Angeles at The Globe Theatre); and WHAT’S TAKING MOSES SO LONG? (produced in Los Angeles at the Wooden O). In 2008, Seth became the first U…

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Brian Parks

Brian Parks’s plays have been produced in New York City as well as several cities across the U.S. They’ve also been staged internationally, in London, Edinburgh, Ireland, Adelaide, Heidelberg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Oberzeiring, Austria. His play AMERICANA ABSURDUM helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997, where it also won the Best Writing Award. AMERICANA ABSURDUM went on to win a Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and became the first play produced at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory theater. His other plays include GONER, THE INVITATION, IMPERIAL FIZZ, AMERICAN POODLE (SPLAYFOOT), SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE,…

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Peter Parnell

Peter Parnell’s plays have been produced by the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Mark Taper Forum, the Seattle Rep Theatre, the Old Globe, and Center Stage in Baltimore, among others. His two-part stage adaptation of John Irving’s The Cider House Rules won the American Theatre Critics Association Award, Ovation Awards, Joseph Jefferson Awards, and Drama League nominations, and was produced at the Seattle Rep, the Taper, Trinity Repertory, and the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York. His play QED was produced at the Taper and then on Broadway at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre. For television, he was a…

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Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons is most widely known for her Academy Award – winning performance in Bonnie and Clyde and her ten years as Mother Bev on the hit sitcom Roseanne. In the theatre, she is known for her portrayal of the tyrannical eighth grade teacher in Roberto Athayde’s classic about totalitarian power, MISS MARGARIDA’S WAY, which she performed on Broadway, all over the United States, and in London, Dublin, Turkey, and Australia. She has appeared in plays by the great writers of our time, including Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fo, Arthur Miller, Samuel Beckett, Paul Zindel, and Horton Foote….

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Jerry Patch

Jerry Patch is Director of Artistic Development at Manhattan Theatre Club. Prior to that, he was Resident Artistic Director of The Old Globe. During his time at the Old Globe he brought to the theatre works by such renowned playwrights as Amy Freed, Howard Korder, Richard Greenberg, and Donald Margulies. In the Globe’s past three seasons, eleven world premieres and two second productions of new works have been presented, including A BODY OF WATER, winner of the 2006 Best New American Play Award. He previously served as the Dramaturg and a member of the longstanding artistic team at Southern…

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Sybille Pearson

Sybille Pearson wrote the book for the musical BABY for which she received a Tony nomination. A revised version of BABY was presented at The Papermill Playhouse in 2004. She has written the book for the musical adaptation of Edna Ferber’s novel Giant, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa. Ms. Pearson and Mr. LaChiusa have recently been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to write an original opera. She is the author of the plays: SALLY AND MARSHA , PHANTASIE, WATCHING THE DOG, UNFINISHED STORIES, which was selected for publication in American Theatre Magazine, TRUE HISTORY AND REAL ADVENTURE…

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Matt Pelfrey

Matt Pelfrey is a theatre, film and television writer. His plays have been produced around the country and overseas and include COCKROACH NATION, TERMINUS AMERICANA, AN IMPENDING RUPTURE OF THE BELLY, PURE SHOCK VALUE, FREAK STORM and recently the stage adaption of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Los Angeles Theatre Works produced an audio version of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, which aired nationally on National Public Radio. A live version of the LATW production toured the U.S. and played over twenty venues. His plays are available from Broadway Play Publishing, Original Works Publishing, and Samuel French….

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Ralph B Peña

Ralph is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of the Obie and Drama Desk Award – winning Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Michael Lew’s MICROCRISIS (EST/Youngblood and Ma-Yi Theater Company), Lloyd Suh’s CHILDREN OF VONDERLY (Ma-Yi) and HAPPY END OF THE WORLD (Children’s Theater Company and Ma-Yi at Arena Stage), Nicky Paraiso’s HOUSE/BOY (La Mama ETC, Singapore and Dublin Theater Festivals), and SAVAGE ACTS by Kia Corthron, Han Ong, Sung Rno, and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (Ma-Yi). He is also the author of FLIPZOIDS, DEAD MAN’S SOCKS, I__NY, PROJECT: BALANGINA (with Sung Rno), and additional text…

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Penny Penniston

Penny Penniston is the author of the stage plays KEYS OF THE KINGDOM; SPIN; 7 YEARS AT THE MAYFAIR MALL; MISS JULIE (adapted from Strindberg); NOW THEN AGAIN; and THE ROARING GIRL (adapted from Middleton/Dekker, co-authored with Jeremy Wechsler). Her work has been produced, commissioned, or workshopped with Theater Wit; Portland Center Stage; Milwaukee Repertory; Old Globe Theatre; Bailiwick Repertory; Shakespeare’s Motley Crew; Gorilla Rep; Blank Theatre; Depot Theatre; Collaboraction Theatre; Stage Left Theatre; and Penfold Theatre. She is the recipient of multiple Joseph Jefferson Citations for “Best New Work” and the Sloan Prize in Screenwriting at the 2005…

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Richard Pevear

Richard Pevear was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, on 21 April 1943. Pevear earned a B.A. degree from Allegheny College in 1964, and a M.A. degree from the University of Virginia in 1965. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire, The Cooper Union, Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and the University of Iowa. In 1998, he joined the faculty of the American University of Paris (AUP), where he taught courses in Russian literature and translation. In 2007, he was named Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at AUP, and in 2009 he became Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Besides translating Russian…

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Louis Phillips

Louis Phillips, a widely published poet, playwright, and short story writer, has written some 50 books for children and adults. Among his published works are: five collections of short stories — A Dream of Countries Where No One Dare Live (SMU Press), The Bus to the Moon (Fort Schuyler Press), and The Woman Who Wrote King Lear and Other Stories (Pleasure Boat Studio), Fireworks in Some Particulars (Fort Schuyler Press) and Must I Weep for The Dancing Bear (Pleasure Boat Studio). Hot Corner, a collection of his baseball writings, and R.I.P. (a sequence of poems about Rip Van Winkle)…

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John Pielmeier

John Pielmeier’s plays include AGNES OF GOD (Broadway); THE BOYS OF WINTER (Broadway); SLEIGHT OF HAND (Broadway); VOICES IN THE DARK (Edgar Award, Broadway); SLOW DANCE WITH A HOT PICKUP (musical with Matty Selman, winner of New Hampshire Theatre Award, Best New Play). Selected Film and TV: Agnes of God (WGA nomination); Choices of the Heart (Humanitas Award, Christopher Award, WGA nomination); Sins of the Father (Humanitas nomination, WGA nomination); Hitler: The Rise of Evil (Emmy nomination); The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (Emmy nomination, WGA nomination); Gifted Hands (Humanitas nomination, Image Award, Epiphany Award); The Pillars of the Earth (WGA…

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Steven Pimlott

Steven Charles Pimlott (1953 – 2007) was an English opera and theatre director, whose obituary in The Times of London hailed him as “one of the most versatile and inventive theatre directors of his generation.”

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Virgilio Piñera

Virgilio Piñera (1912 – 1979) was a Cuban poet, novelist, and playwright, who is considered the founder of Cuban modernism. Piñera’s literary output included more than 20 plays, three novels, volumes of short stories, and a vast number of poems. He is best known for his avant-garde theater. His most autobiographical play, and his most famous, AIRE FRÍO (COLD AIR), opened in Havana in 1962 and met with disapproval by the Castro regime. Thereafter, his plays were no longer performed in Cuba.

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