Join us for the Play On Shakespeare educational series First Reads. This week we’ll be reading and discussing Midsummer Night’s Dream translated by Jeff Whitty with dramaturgy by Heidi Schreck.
First Reads aims to replicate that initial table read on the first day of rehearsal—the questions that come up, the discovery of rhythm, the wild world of Shakespeare. We’ll read and discuss the play with a group of actors, a director, playwright, and dramaturg. All over Zoom! We will be joined via live-stream by students and others who will be able to engage in the discussions as the readers weave through the play.
Playwright & Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Jeffrey Whitty is a screenwriter, playwright, poet and performer. This year...
Jeffrey Whitty is a screenwriter, playwright, poet and performer. This year he received Best Adapted Screenplay honors for CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (Fox Searchlight Pictures) by the Writers Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Satellite Press Association and several more as well as Academy Award and BAFTA nominations. Musicals: the authentic pre-Broadway HEAD OVER HEELS (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015), AVENUE Q (Tony Award Best Book, Best Musical), TALES OF THE CITY (Best Book, Bay Area Theater Critics), BRING IT ON (Best Musical Tony Nom) with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green. Plays: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER, THE HIDING PLACE, THE PLANK PROJECT. Upcoming: FALLEN WOMAN, a true-crime playsical about his first cousin twice-removed (a famous burlesque dancer in the 1930’s), BAD FAIRY (a series for televison), and several projects soon to be announced. MFA NYU Graduate Acting/Tisch.
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Dramaturg, Midsummer Night's Dream
Heidi Schreck is an award-winning playwright, actor and screenwriter living...
Heidi Schreck is an award-winning playwright, actor and screenwriter living in Brooklyn. Her latest play Grand Concourse premiered at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf, and theaters across the country, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her other plays include Creature (New Georges and Page 73); There Are No More Big Secrets (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); and The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre). Awards include the Page 73 Fellowship, the Lilly Awards Stacey Mindich Prize, and the Claire Tow Fellowship at Playwrights Horizons. As an actor, Heidi has performed extensively at theaters in NYC and regionally, including the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Women’s Project. She has also appeared on Nurse Jackie, Billions, The Good Wife and Law and Order: SVU. Heidi is currently a writer and co-executive producer on Amazon’s I Love Dick. Other television writing includes Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and Billions, as well as projects in development with ITV and Bravo, and a mini-series inspired by Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior. Heidi has received two OBIEs, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award.
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