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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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Charles Evered

Charles Evered took his undergraduate degree from Rutgers-Newark and an MFA from Yale University, where he studied with director George Roy Hill. Mr. Evered has won several awards for his writing including The Berrilla Kerr Award, The Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, The Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, The Bert Linder Fellowship, The Lucas Artist Fellowship and The Crawford Playwriting Award. His plays include: RUNNING FUNNY (premiere featured Paul Giamatti), THE SIZE OF THE WORLD (premiere featured Liev Schreiber), THE SHOREHAM (premiere featured Eric Stoltz), ADOPT A SAILOR (premiere featured Sam Waterston…

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Sara Farrington

Sara is an NYC/NJ based playwright and theater maker, co-founder of Foxy Films, her theater company with husband, Reid Farrington. MFA from Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman. Recent and upcoming: CASABLANCABOX (commissioned by HARP @ HERE Arts Center, nominated for two 2017 Drama Desk Awards, Unique Theatrical Experience & Outstanding Projection Design.) BRANDOCAPOTE (The Tank 2019), RED QUEENS (InTandem Lab, 2020) COSMICOMICS (The Flea 2020), HONDURAS (AFO SoloCollective, NYC & regional tours), LEISURE, LABOR, LUSTt (Tank, The Mount, Art House), THE RETURN (commissioned/performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art), NEAR VICKSBURG (Incubator Arts), REQUIEM FOR BLACK MARIE (Incubator,…

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Lauren Feldman

Lauren Feldman is a queer, feminist playwright (and circus artist) who loves theatrically adventurous, physically ambitious, intimate, inquisitive, deeply honest plays — usually about outsiders, often about searchers, always about the human connection. Her plays include THRIVE, OR WHAT YOU WILL (New Georges Audrey Residency); ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE (Sewanee Writers’ Conference, PlayPenn Conference, O’Neill Finalist, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Drama League workshop); AMANUENSIS (Georgetown University, Northwoods Ramah Theatre Company commission); THE EGG-LAYERS (Jane Chambers Honorable Mention, O’Neill Finalist, New Georges/Barnard College co-commission); A PEOPLE (Orbiter 3, Jewish Plays Project); GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING (Denver Center Theatre Company,…

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Georges Feydeau

Georges Feydeau was born in Paris on December 8, 1862, the son of novelist Ernest-Aimé Feydeau and a Polish woman. He found his first success at the age of twenty-four with TAILLEUR POUR DAMES (LADIES’ DRESSMAKER, 1889). That same year Feydeau married Marianne Carolus-Duran, the daughter of the famous portrait painter Carolus-Duran. To Feydeau, the marriage brought wealth that would sustain him until he found greater success. The marriage lasted fifteen years, after which the couple underwent a judicial separation and were formally divorced in 1916. Feydeau began a study of great farces in 1890, studying the works of…

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Star Finch

Star Finch is a native San Franciscan trying her best to hold ground amidst the Black-erasure of gentrification. She is currently the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Campo Santo and Crowded Fire Theater. She’s also a member of the RPI program at Playwrights Foundation. Finch’s plays include H.O.M.E. [Hookers on Mars Eventually] and BONDAGE (Relentless Award honorable mention). Her multidisciplinary collaborations include Campo Santo’s Ethos de Masquerade (with Global Street Dance Masquerade) and Crowded Fire’s Death Become Life (with Ensemble Mik Nawooj and AXIS Dance Company).

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Kenny Finkle

Kenny Finkle’s plays include INDOOR/OUTDOOR (Off-Broadway @ DR2, SPF, Trinity Rep, Portland Stage, Hangar Theatre) ALIVE AND WELL (Old Globe, Virginia Stage Company), PENELOPE OF ITHACA (Hangar Theatre), TRANSATLANTICA (Flea Theatre, Operating Theatre Company), A THOUSAND YEARS (FIU Theatre Festival), JOSH KEENAN COMES OUT TO THE WORLD (high school tour — Hangar Theatre), SYD ARTHUR (Keen Company/Keen Teens). INDOOR/OUTDOOR and PENELOPE OF ITHACA, A THOUSAND YEARS are published by Broadway Play Publishing. ALIVE AND WELL and TRANSATLANTICA will be published by BPPI in 2015. INDOOR/OUTDOOR is also published in Smith and Kraus’ “Best Plays of 2006” anthology. SYD ARTHUR…

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Dominic Finocchiaro

Dominic Finocchiaro is a Brooklyn-based playwright, performer, and freelance dramaturg. Dominic Finocchiaro’s full-length plays include BROTHER BROTHER, BRUT, COMPLEX, THE FOUND DOG RIBBON DANCE, GOLD PERSON, THE LUCKY LADIES (SOMEDAY YOU WILL BE LOVED), MOTHER’S SON, and TREES IN THEIR YOUTH. His writing has been produced and developed around the country, including with Roundabout Theatre, the New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Echo Theater, the Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, the Lark Play Development Center, the National New Play Network, Portland Center Stage, the Flea Theater, the Kennedy Center, PlayPenn, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Dixon Place, and the Amoralists. MacDowell…

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Firesign Theatre

The Firesign Theatre was an American comedy troupe consisting of Phil Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Philip Proctor. Their brand of surrealistic humor is best known through their record albums, which acquired an enthusiastic following in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The troupe began as live radio performers in Los Angeles on radio stations KPPC-FM and KPFK during the mid-1960s. The group’s name stems in part from astrology, because the membership encompasses all three “fire signs”: Aries (Austin), Leo (Proctor), and Sagittarius (Bergman and Ossman).

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John Fisher

John Fisher has written and directed over twenty works for the stage, both plays and musicals with original music and lyrics. His shows include the long-running MEDEA: THE MUSICAL, COMBAT! and THE JOY OF GAY SEX, all of which have been performed in many cities (NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles) and have received numerous awards (Critics Circle, NEA Grant, Glickman, Backstage, GLAAD.) His plays have been performed Off-Broadway in New York City. He has directed many plays by other authors in local premieres (SF Bay Area) or major revivals. These shows include NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, RED SCARE ON…

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Dario Fo

Born in Sangiano, Italy, in 1926, Dario Fo is an Italian playwright, theater actor, and composer. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1997. The Nobel committee described him as a writer “who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.” His plays often depend on improvisation and utilize the Commedia dell’arte style. His most famous works are MISTERO BUFFO and ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST. He passed away in 2016.

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María Irene Fornés

Fornés was born on May 14, 1930, in Havana, Cuba, to Carlos Luis and Carmen Hismenia Fornés. After her father died in 1945, she moved with her mother and sister to the United States, becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1951. From 1954 to 1957, Fornés lived in Paris, studying to become a painter. However, after attending a French production of Samuel Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT, Fornés decided to devote her creative energies toward playwriting. Upon returning to the United States, she worked for three years as a textile designer in New York City. THE WIDOW, Fornés’s first professionally…

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