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A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeare

As You Like It

Playwright and Dramaturg

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    In September of 2018 David assumed the role of Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory after a two-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Arizona Theatre Company. Previous to Arizona, he served almost seven seasons as Artistic Director of the The Utah Shakespeare Festival. In Utah he acted and directed over 50 productions in a relationship spanning 20 seasons. As Artistic Director, he helped usher in a 40 million dollar expansion of facilities including two new theatres, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop and administrative offices. His tenure is marked by a significant re-brand of the organization and several key initiatives including the launch of WORDS (cubed) new play program, which will feature the World Premiere of Neil Labute’s How to Fight Loneliness (Ivers returns to direct in August). In addition, Ivers spent 10 years as a resident artist building over 40 productions as actor/director with the acclaimed Denver Center Theatre Company.

    In his earlier career David was the Associate Artistic Director of Portland Repertory theatre and appeared in productions at some of our countries top regional theatres; Including Portland Center Stage, The Oregon, Alabama and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals and others. In the last several seasons his Directing work has been seen at The Arizona Theatre Company (Outside Mullingar, The Music Man) The Guthrie Theatre (The Cocoanuts, Blithe Spirit), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Hand to God, One Man Two Guvnors), The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Coconuts, Taming of the Shrew), South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company and others. In addition, Ivers has taught at several colleges and universities and gave his first TEDx talk in 2015. His passion for parenting, writing, community, architecture and all things relating to “structure” continue to ignite him.

    David Ivers

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    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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Production History

  • 2019

    Jun. 15 2019

    • Play On! Festival NYC

      Rehearsal and Staged Reading directed by Rob Salas with full cast as part of the Play On! Translation Festival in NYC.

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      Play On! / Classic Stage / Oregon Shakespeare Festival