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A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeare


Playwright and Dramaturg

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    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 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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    MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS is an Assistant Professor at SUNY: New Paltz, a freelance dramaturg, and the President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

    Her dramaturgical credits include: The Greatest with the Louisville Orchestra, Fences and One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre; the Classical Theatre Company’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Antigone, Candida, Ghosts, Tartuffe, and Shylock, The Jew of Venice; Sweat at the Goodman; productions of Radio Golf, Five Guys Named Moe, Blues for An Alabama Sky, Gem of the Ocean, Waiting for Godot, Iphigenia at Aulis, Seven Guitars, The Mountaintop, Home, and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Hairspray, The Book of Will, Shakespeare in Love, UniSon, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Comedy of Errors, To Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 10 Perfect and The Curious Walk of the Salamander as part of the 2006 and 2007 Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival; and A Thousand Words as part of the 2008 WI Wrights New Play Festival.

    She also works with the Great Plains Theatre Conference and is affiliated with NNPN.

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Production History

  • 2020

    Apr. 24 2020

    • FIRST READS: An Online Educational Series

      A livestreamed exploration of Coriolanus featuring actors from across the country under the direction of Raphael Massie.

  • 2019

    Jun. 26 2019

    • Play On! Festival NYC

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

  • 2018

    Jan. 9 2018

    • Translation Workshop

      Work session with full cast in NYC.