Join us for the Play On Shakespeare educational series First Reads. This week we’ll be reading and discussing Coriolanus translated by Sean San José with dramaturgy by Rob Melrose.
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.
Sean San José
Sean San José is a Writer, Director, Performer and Co-Founder of...
Sean San José is a Writer, Director, Performer and Co-Founder of Campo Santo, a new performances company for people of color in San Francisco. Founded in 1996, Campo Santo is an award-winning group committed to developing new Performance and to nurturing people of color centered new audiences and has premiered more than 75 new pieces. For 15 years he was the Program Director of Performance for Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space. He co-created Alma Delfina Group-Teatro Contra el SIDA and Pieces of the Quilt, a collection of 50+ short plays on AIDS. He teaches in the Theatre, Dance, Performance Studies Department at University of California at Berkeley. His writing commissions and productions include: Play On! for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory, Ictus Productions, Kronos Quartet, and others. San José has created original theatrical works from the prose writings of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hagedorn Denis Johnson, Luís Saguar, Vendela Vida and more.
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Rob Melrose is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cutting Ball Theater...
Rob Melrose is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cutting Ball Theater and works nationally as a freelance director. He has directed at The Public Theater (Pericles, Prince of Tyre), The Guthrie Theater (Happy Days, Freud’s Last Session, Pen, Julius Caesar – with the Acting Company); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida – in association with the Public Theater), The Old Globe (Much Ado About Nothing); Magic Theatre (An Accident, World Premiere); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days); Black Box Theatre (The Creature, World Premiere, BATCC Award for direction), as well as Actors’ Collective; The Gamm Theatre; Cal Shakes; and Crowded Fire, among others.
His directing credits at Cutting Ball include A Dreamplay, Ondine (World Premiere), Mount Misery (World Premiere), Communiqué no˚ 10, Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep, Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night (World Premiere), Pelleas & Melisande, the Bay Area Premiere of Will Eno’s Lady Grey (in ever lower light), The Tempest, The Bald Soprano, Victims of Duty, Bone to Pick & Diadem (World Premiere), Endgame; Krapp’s Last Tape; The Taming of the Shrew; Macbeth; Hamletmachine, As You Like It, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Roberto Zucco, and My Head Was a Sledgehammer among others. His translations of Woyzeck, Ubu Roi, Pelleas & Melisande, and Communiqué no˚ 10 have been published by EXIT Press. He has also translated Phèdre, The Chairs, The Bald Soprano, No Exit, The Stronger, and The Man with the Flower in his Mouth. He has written a number of plays including Helen of Troy, Asylum, Divorsosaurus, and his rock musical of L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz. He has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, USF, the University of Rhode Island and Marin Academy. He has a B.A. in English and Theater from Princeton University and an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.
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