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Laura Shaine Cunningham

Laura Shaine Cunningham is the author of six full-length plays and several dozen short plays. She debuted at Steppenwolf Theater with a main stage production of her play BANG, a dark comedy set in an underground condominium. BANG received a Jefferson Award nomination. BEAUTIFUL BODIES premiered at Olympia Dukakis’s Whole Theater in New Jersey. BEAUTIFUL BODIES has gone on to worldwide major productions. BEAUTIFUL BODIES is one of the most popular plays in Russia (Current: State Theatre Ryazan in Ryazan, Russia, and Volgograd Theatre, Russia) and Ukraine, Finland, Bulgaria, Lithuania. Her short plays are published in numerous Random House…

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Leah D Frank

Leah D Frank graduated from Queen Anne High School in Seattle, WA, in 1962, then moved to Germany where her father was Exec Officer at Landsthul Army Medical Center. In 1965 she moved to New York City and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She has been involved with theater in one way or another for most of her life, primarily as a drama critic. She was the first woman to write drama criticism on a regular basis for The New York Times and wrote weekly for the Sunday edition’s Long Island Section for several…

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Daniel Damiano

Daniel Damiano is an award-winning playwright, award-nominated actor, and published poet based in Brooklyn, NY. His plays have been produced throughout many areas of the U.S. as well as London, England and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Recent productions of his plays include THE GOLDEN YEAR (“Beautifully crafted.” —Times Square Chronicles.) and THE DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE OF PRIVATE PITTS (“This play is a heroic underdog that points a dirty yet necessary mirror back at its viewers.” —Center on the Aisle.) DAY OF THE DOG (St. Louis Theatre Circle Award Nominee for Best New Play, 2013) received two acclaimed productions with St….

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Stacy Davidowitz

Stacy Davidowitz is a playwright, actor, singer, and teaching artist who has had work developed and produced in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Portland, Los Angeles, and London. PINK!, published by Broadway Play Publishing and Indie Theater Now, was a 2009 Lark Play Development Center Playwrights’ Week Finalist and received seven New York Innovative Theatre Nominations, including Outstanding Full Length Script, for its production by Down Payment Productions at the WorkShop Theater, NYC. PINK! received a second production through Portland Theater Collaborative, Maine in June 2012, and her screenplay version was under option as an independent feature film. Stacy’s…

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Russell Davis

Russell Davis grew up in Europe and the Middle East and then went to college in the United States. His plays have been produced at various theatres, including People’s Light & Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Long Wharf Theatre, Center Stage, Yale Repertory, and Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival. He has been a 2008-10 recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He was resident playwright at People’s Light for the residency program of the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group. He has received grants and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, McKnight Foundation,…

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Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra was born in Spain in 1547 to a family once proud and influential but fallen on hard times. His father, a poor barber-surgeon, wandered up and down Spain in search of work. Educated as a child by the Jesuits in Seville, the creator of Don Quixote grew up to follow the career of a professional soldier. He was wounded at Lepanto in 1571, captured by the Turks in 1575, imprisoned for five years, and was finally rescued by the Trinitarian friars in 1580. On his return to Spain he found his family more impoverished than…

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Eduardo De Filippo

Eduardo De Filippo was born on 24 May 1900, the son of actor Eduardo Scarpetta and Luisa De Filippo. He made his debut in 1904 as a Japanese child in LA GEISHA, written by his father. In 1914 he joined the regular staff of his step-brother’s theatre company, where he stayed until 1920 when he was called up for military service. In 1922, on completing his military service, he resumed his acting career in the theatre. In 1931, together with his brother Peppino and sister Titina, he founded the theatre company Teatro Umoristico I De Filippo, an enterprise that…

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Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Born in Madrid, Spain, on January 17, 1600, Pedro Calderón de la Barca would eventually become one of Spain’s most important dramatists. Along with the older playwright Lope De Vega, Calderón would dominate Spain’s Golden Age of theatre. Educated at the Jesuit Colegio Imperial, Calderón studied law at the University of Alcalá (1614 – 15) and the University of Salamanca (1615 – 21), but did not earn a degree. In 1621, he entered the household of the Constable of Castille, Don Bernardino Fernández de Velasco. Two years later, in 1623, he began writing plays for the court. Calderón’s most…

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Tirso de Molina

Tirso de Molina (c. 1579 – 1648) was the nom de plume of friar Gabriel Téllez, Spanish dramatist, poet, and Roman Catholic monk. One of the great playwrights of the Spanish Golden Age, he was the author of EL BURLADOR DE SEVILLA, the first stage play to immortalize the legend of Don Juan, which Mozart used as the basis for his opera Don Giovanni. He is credited with writing over 80 plays, and together with Lope de Vega and Calderón de la Barca, he is part of the golden triad of Spanish Baroque theatre.

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Alfred de Musset

Alfred de Musset (1810 – 1857) was a French Romantic poet, playwright, and novelist. LORENZACCIO, written in 1834 and produced in 1896, was based on the murder of the Florentine tyrant Alessandro de’ Medici by his cousin Lorenzo, known as Lorenzaccio. The author of over a dozen plays, de Musset is considered, along with Racine and Molière, to be among France’s most important dramatists.

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Fernando de Rojas

Fernando de Rojas (c. 1465/73 – April 1541) was a Spanish author and dramatist, known for his only surviving work, LA CELESTINA, first published in 1499. It is considered the last work of the Spanish Middle Ages or the first work of the Spanish Renaissance. LA CELESTINA was never staged during de Rojas’s lifetime, but it enjoyed considerable success and numerous printings, with some 60 editions having been published.

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Christopher Denham

A Chicago native, Christopher Denham’s film credits as an actor include: Ben Affleck’s Argo (Academy Award for Best Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), The Bay, Sound of my Voice, Forgetting The Girl, Shutter Island, Enter Nowhere, Restive, Duplicity (alongside Julia Roberts and Clive Owen), Charlie Wilson’s War, Camp Hell, and El Camino. He made his feature directorial and writing debut with the IFC Films distributed Home Movie, starring Adrian Pasdar. Television credits include: The Good Wife, The Following, Deception, Person of Interest, Rubicon, Law & Order, and Law…

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was an English Victorian writer, responsible for creating some of the world’s best-known and loved fictional characters. A prolific author of short stories, plays, novellas, novels, fiction, and nonfiction, during his lifetime Dickens became known throughout the world for his remarkable characters, his mastery of prose, and his depictions of the social classes, mores, and values of his times. Among his most famous works are Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, and A Tale of Two Cities.

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Katy Dierlam

Katy Dierlam was an actress best known for Shadows and Fog (1991), Bugs Bunny’s Lunar Tunes (1991), and Beloved (1998).

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Sally Dixon Wiener

Sally Ann Dixon Wiener (1926 – 2013) was born in Burlington, Iowa. She attended Tucson High School and earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona. Beginning with her “junior year abroad” at Barnard College, she loved New York City and after writing for dailies in the west she returned to work for several papers in New York. She wrote short stories under the name Samuel Devon Warner. She later studied piano and playwriting at the New School and wrote many musicals and plays which were produced at The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and at Off-Off-Broadway venues in…

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