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Anton Chekhov

Widely considered one of the world’s greatest writers, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860, in Taganrog, Russia. In 1879 he entered the University of Moscow to study medicine and graduated in 1884. He kept a strict writing schedule and continued to practice medicine for the rest of his life. In addition to his numerous short stories, many considered masterpieces of the form, Chekhov wrote over a dozen plays, among them the classics of Western dramatic literature UNCLE VANYA, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, THE THREE SISTERS, and THE SEAGULL.

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Robert Chesley

Playwright, Composer, Author, Activist. B.A. in Music, Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Robert Chesley is best remembered as a playwright, though he was also an author, critic, and composer. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and taught in private schools in upstate New York for nearly ten years before settling in New York City in 1976. He relocated to San Francisco in the early 1980s where he became a part of the gay theater scene. Chesley composed during the ten-year period 1965 to 1975 and his compositions were almost exclusively for voice. Between 1966 and 1970 he composed…

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Mark Chrisler

Mark Chrisler’s plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, London, San Francisco, New Orleans, and throughout the US, as well as in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He has been presented or developed at such places as The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio, The San Francisco Playhouse, Ilkhom Theatre, Four Humours Theatre, The Side Project, Springboard Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, Curious Theatre Branch and many more. He is the author of over ten full-length and solo plays in addition to nearly a hundred short plays. He received his MFA in dramatic writing from Ohio University and…

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Anthony Clarvoe

Anthony Clarvoe’s plays PICK UP AX, SHOW AND TELL, THE LIVING, LET’S PLAY TWO, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, AMBITION FACING WEST, WALKING OFF THE ROOF, and THE ART OF SACRIFICE and his translations of Henrik Ibsen’s GHOSTS and THE WILD DUCK are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. He has received American Theatre Critics, Will Glickman, Bay Area Theatre Critics, LA Drama Critics, Garland, Elliot Norton, and Edgerton New American Play awards; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Irvine, Jerome, and McKnight Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts, and Kennedy Center; commissions from South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum,…

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Jo Clifford

Jo Clifford (formerly known as John Clifford) is an award-winning playwright, translator, poet, and performer, who has also worked as a journalist and academic. She was instrumental in establishing the reputation of the Traverse Theatre Company in the 1980s. Jo Clifford is the author of over 70 works in every dramatic medium. Her work has been translated into many languages and has been performed all over the world. Her plays include THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE; SEX, CHIPS AND THE HOLY GHOST; EVERYONE; AN APPLE A DAY; LOSING VENICE; PLAYING WITH FIRE; INES DE CASTRO; LIGHT IN THE VILLAGE; TCHAIKOVSKY…

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Bob Clyman

Bob Clyman’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres, such as the Alley Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, George Street Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Colony Studio Theatre in Los Angeles, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and L.A. Theatre Works, in addition to touring Scotland. His play SECRET ORDER was initially commissioned and produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre under the auspices of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It was subsequently produced at 59E59 Theatre in New York, where it was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award for the best…

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Christina Cocek

Christina Cocek is the author of STEPPING OFF A CLOUD.

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Matt Coleman

Matt Coleman works in the fields of writing and education. His short fiction has appeared in various journals and web publications. He also spent three years writing for The City Life Supplement, a comedy podcast. His novels include Juggling Kittens and Graffiti Creek. He has spent fifteen years in public education and is currently a school improvement specialist in Texarkana, Arkansas, where he lives with his two daughters, four rescued dogs, two rescued cats, and a fish who refuses to die.

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Constance Congdon

Constance Congdon has been called “one of the best playwrights our country and our language has ever produced” by playwright Tony Kushner in Kushner’s introduction to her collection TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS AND OTHER PLAYS. In addition to TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS, which has had more than 200 productions worldwide, Congdon’s plays include: CASANOVA, DOG OPERA, NO MERCY, LOSING FATHER’S BODY, LIPS and NATIVE AMERICAN. PARADISE STREET, was produced in Los Angeles and Amherst. Three commissions from the American Conservatory Theater: A MOTHER, starring Olympia Dukakis, a new verse version of THE MISANTHROPE, and a new adaptation…

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Keith Cooper

Keith Cooper was a member of Chicago’s Illegitimate Players.

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Pierre Corneille

Pierre Corneille studied law and then entered the Rouen parliament in 1629. He would serve as the king’s counselor in the local office of the department of waterways and forests for twenty-one years, and, remarkably, he still found the time to write twenty plays during this period. After his retirement from the legal profession, he would write twelve more. Although Corneille is considered by most critics to be the father of French tragedy, six of his first eight plays were comedies. His first play, MÉLITE, was presented by a strolling troupe that happened through Rouen in 1629. He followed…

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Clare Coss

Clare Coss is a playwright and activist convinced that we have it in our power to create a just and safe world. Her plays include EMMETT, DOWN IN MY HEART, Erica Gould director, Castillo Theatre, NYC and winner TADA! Play Contest, Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists, Tucson, AZ. Translated into French, DANS LES RIVIERES DU DELTA. Moving Parts Theatre, Paris. DR. DUBOIS AND MISS OVINGTON, New Federal Theatre in association with Castillo Theatre, NYC starring Kathleen Chalfant and Tim Simonson. STRING OF PEARLS, Provincetown Theatre Company. OUR PLACE IN TIME, TEN SCENES FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, co-produced by Women’s Project/New Federal…

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Jeffrey Couchman

Jeffrey Couchman collaborated with Scott Alan Evans on the comedy THREE WISE GUYS, based on a pair of stories by Damon Runyon, which was produced Off-Broadway by TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. He has written the book and lyrics for the sung-through musicals BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (music by Eric Allaman) and BLOOD AND FIRE (music by Lisa Heffter). POTEMKIN has been staged Off-Broadway at the York Theatre, at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in New Jersey, the Hartt School in Hartford, as part of a Festival of New Works in Nashville, and at Gallissas Theaterverlag in Berlin (German translation), among other venues….

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Elizabeth Crane

Elizabeth Crane is the award-winning author of three collections of short stories: When the Messenger is Hot, All This Heavenly Glory and You Must Be This Happy to Enter. Her work has been featured in Other Voices, Mississippi Review, the Believer, McSweeney’s Future Dictionary of America and several anthologies including The Best Underground Fiction, Loser, Altared, and The Show I’ll Never Forget. In 2003 she received the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award. Her work has been adapted for film and the stage. She teaches creative writing in the UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA program. We Only Know…

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Avery Crozier

Avery Crozier is the author of a one-act, THE RAT EXPLODES (The Complex, Los Angeles, 1995) and a monologue in ENDANGERED SPECIES (Interact Theatre Company, North Hollywood, 1996). EAT THE RUNT premiered Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre in 2001 and has had a dozen productions around the country. Other plays include WALKING TO BUCHENWALD and PISHTACO.

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