Join Play On Shakespeare and Hero Theatre for our first collaboration on our educational series First Reads. This week we’ll be reading and discussing Twelfth Night, translated by Alison Carey with dramaturgy by Lezlie C. Cross.
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.
Learn more about our partner on this reading Hero Theatre by visiting their website: http://www.herotheatre.org/
Playwright, Twelfth Night
Alison Carey is director of American Revolutions: the United States History...
Alison Carey is director of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s multi-decade program of commissioning and developing 37 new plays about moments of change in United States history. Carey is co-founder of and former resident playwright of Cornerstone Theater Company, which creates work with and for communities, sometimes through adaptations of Shakespeare and other older works. Her work has been produced at venues nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, the Public Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the shuttered mother plant of Bethlehem Steel, and a dirt-floor cattle sale barn.
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Lezlie C. Cross
Dramaturg, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night
Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at...
Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at the University of Portland. Her recent dramaturgical work includesTimon of Athens; The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa; As You Like It; All’s Well That Ends Wellat the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island, Guys and Dollsand William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Playat the Utah Shakespeare Festival; A Raisin in the Sun at Cincinnati Shakespeare Love’s Labours Lost at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville;and The Tempest,Much Ado about Nothingat Classic Stage Company. Her published articles and book reviews appear in the journals Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Annual, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Theatre Survey as well as the book projects Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom and Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. Her article in Theatre History Studies (2017) places the controversy surrounding Play On! in historical context. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington, a MA from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK, and a BA from Whitman College.
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