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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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Jeremy Dobrish

Jeremy Dobrish is a stage director, playwright, artistic leader, and teacher whose main focus has been developing and directing new plays and musicals. As a New York City based director, Jeremy has directed at Second Stage, MCC, Amas, WPA, Joe’s Pub, The Westside Arts, The Promenade, The Variety Arts, The Century, Actor’s Playhouse, Soho Playhouse, Zipper, etc. His productions have received several Lortel and Drama Desk nominations, and the New York Times has described his directing as “Adroit, Canny, Comic, Funny, Gleeful, Ingenious, and at Double Espresso Speed.” Jeremy has directed at all of the major New York festivals,…

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Tom Donaghy

Tom Donaghy is the author of the plays EDEN LANE, BOYS AND GIRLS, THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST, MINUTES FROM THE BLUE ROUTE, NORTHEAST LOCAL, and DOWN THE SHORE, among others. His work has been produced by some of the most prestigious theaters in the country, including Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company, and South Coast Repertory. The plays are archived on video at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; available in acting editions through Dramatists Play Service; and published by Grove Press in a collection…

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Born November 11, 1821, to parents Mikhail and Maria, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was the second of seven children. His mother died of an illness in 1837, and his father died two years later, reportedly murdered by his own serfs. Shortly after his mother’s death Dostoyevsky was enrolled at the Military Engineering Academy at St. Petersburg, which served as a recruiting pool for the Russian bureaucracy. However, even as he was studying the trade of government, he was honing his skills as a writer, inking drafts of what would become his first novel, Poor Folk, which was published in 1846 to…

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David Drake

David Drake made his playwriting debut in June 1992 with the semi-autobiographical one-man play THE NIGHT LARRY KRAMER KISSED ME at New York’s Perry Street Theater. Playing a year Off-Broadway it became one of the longest-running solo shows in New York and won Drake an Obie Award, two Dramalogue Awards, and a Lambda Literary Award nomination. To date, the play has received nearly 100 independent productions worldwide in the USA, England, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, France, New Zealand, and has also been translated into Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

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Helen Duberstein

Helen Duberstein’s novel, The Dream Of Rewards, was nominated for the Pushcart Press Tenth Annual Editors Award. Her fiction, poetry, reviews, and articles have appeared in the New Republic, The Village Voice, Commentary, Liberation, and other publications. She participated in the early formation of the Living Theatre, was a member of the Circle Repertory Theatre Company, and worked with the Theatre for the New City. Her plays have been performed by major experimental companies throughout the United States, Europe and South America. The Shameless Old Lady, her latest book of poetry, has been adapted as a performance piece with…

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Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas, père, (born July 24, 1802, Villers-Cotterêts, Aisne, France—died December 5, 1870, Puys, near Dieppe), was one of the most prolific and most popular French authors of the 19th century. Dumas succeeded in gaining a great reputation first as a dramatist and then as a historical novelist, especially for such works as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. His memoirs, which, with a mixture of candour, mendacity, and boastfulness, recount the events of his extraordinary life, also provide a unique insight into French literary life during the Romantic period. He was the father (père) of…

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Laura Eason

Laura Eason is the author of twenty plays, original work and adaptation, a musical book writer, and screenwriter. Selected productions of full-length plays include SEX WITH STRANGERS (Second Stage Theatre, NYC; Signature Theatre, DC; Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago; Sydney Theatre Company, AU; published by Overlook Press); THE UNDENIABLE SOUND OF RIGHT NOW (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Women’s Project Theater, NYC; Rising Phoenix Rep, NYC); THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (Hartford Stage, CT; New Victory Theater, NYC; People’s Light & Theatre Company, PA; Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY; The Kansas City Repertory Theatre; The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Denver…

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Yussef El Guindi

Born in Egypt, raised in London, and now based in Seattle, Yussef El Guindi’s work frequently examines the collision of ethnicities, cultures, and politics that face Arab-Americans and Muslim Americans. El Guindi holds an MFA in playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University and has worked as resident playwright at Silk Road Theatre Project; literary manager for Golden Thread Productions; and playwright-in-residence at Duke University. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the 2010 Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award. El Guindi’s most recent productions include THE TALENTED ONES at Artists Repertory Theatre in…

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Steven Epp

Steven Epp has been an actor in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He’s played Tartuffe, Hamlet, Gulliver, and Curusoe. Most of his career was spent on the stage with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, which closed its doors in 2008. Today, Steven still is considered a master of farce and quick change.

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Nikolai Erdman

Nikolai Erdman (1900 – 1970) was a Soviet playwright and screenwriter primarily remembered for his work with the director Vsevolod Meyerhold in the 1920s. His plays, notably THE SUICIDE (1928) form a literary link between the satirical work of the great Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, and the post-WWII sensibility of the Theatre of the Absurd. Erdman’s masterpiece had a tortuous production history. Meyerhold’s attempts to stage the play were thwarted by Soviet authorities. The Vakhtangov Theatre also failed to overcome censorship difficulties. At last Konstantin Stanislavsky sent a letter to Joseph Stalin, in which he compared Erdman to Gogol…

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Euripides

Euripides (c. 480 – 406 BCE) was a tragedian of classical Athens. He became one of the best-known and most influential dramatists in classical Greek culture; of his 90 plays, 19 have survived. His most famous tragedies, which reinvent Greek myths and probe the darker side of human nature, include MEDEA, THE BACCHAE, HIPPOLYTUS, ALCESTIS, and THE TROJAN WOMEN.

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Scott Alan Evans

Scott Alan Evans is a director, writer, teacher, and the former Founding Executive Artistic Director of the award-winning Off-Broadway company TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. Since 1993, Evans has unearthed, produced, and/or directed over 200 plays for TACT, including rare or forgotten works as well as new plays. His writing includes: THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT (conceived, co-wrote, and directed the World Premiere Off-Broadway production); GOOSE! BEYOND THE NURSERY (book, lyrics, directed, Outer Critic Circle Award nominations for Best Lyrics and Best Off-Broadway Musical); CHARLOTTE & SHAW, OR ON THE MARRIAGE QUESTION (book and lyrics, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference finalist);…

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