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A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice

Playwright and Dramaturg

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    Elise Thoron’s music theater pieces have been produced in the United States, Europe, Japan, Cuba: Green Violin, music by Frank London of the Grammy award winning Klezmatics, (Nine Contemporary Jewish Plays); Prozak and the Platypus, music by Jill Sobule (also CD/graphic novella); Charlotte: Life? Or Theater? based on paintings by Charlotte Salomon, music by Gary Fagin. Recycling: washi tales with distinguished Japanese paper artist Kyoko Ibe and traditional Japanese musicians. Her Afro-Cuban Yiddish opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire with composer Frank London had its North American premiere at Peak Performances (2018), after a first Spanish language production at Opera de la Calle in Havana (2017), and will next be seen in Miami. For over twenty years, Elise created cross-cultural exchanges with Russian and American theater artists; she adapted and directed The Great Gatsby in Russian at a The Pushkin Theater in Moscow, where it played for over nine years. As Associate Artistic Director at American Place Theatre, Elise developed and directed many new plays, and co-founded Literature to Life, a highly successful theater literacy program now in its third decade nationwide. For Lit to Life she has adapted Diaz’sThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Lowry’s The Giver, Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, and developed County of Kings with Tony award winning spoken-word poet, Lemon Andersen, which went on to the Public Theater and venues around the world. Her translations of Russian plays are produced and published in the United States and Canada. www.elisethoron.com

    Elise Thoron

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    Julie Felise Dubiner is the former Associate Director of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. While at OSF, Julie served as dramaturg for Beauty and the Beast; The Wiz; Sweat, The Cocoanuts; The Liquid Plain; and Party People. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, she collaborated on more than 40 productions and projects in the regular season and the Humana Festival, and co-created Rock & Roll: The Reunion Tour. In Philadelphia, she was project manager of the musical The Rosenbach Company and dramaturg at the Prince Music Theater. In Chicago, Julie freelanced with Defiant Theatre, blue star performance company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and others. She has been a guest dramaturg at the Kennedy Center and KCACTF, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the New Harmony Project and elsewhere. Julie is the co-editor of two anthologies of Humana Festival plays; co-author of The Process of Dramaturgy: A Practical Guide; and a contributor to The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, Innovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance, HowlRound, the LMDA Source Book; and is a Kilroys nominator. Julie holds a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Columbia University.

    Julie Felise Dubiner

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Productin History

  • 2019

    Jun. 5 2019

    • Play On! Festival NYC

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

    • Produced by:

      Play On! / Classic Stage / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  • 2017

    Jan. 17 2017

    • Translation Workshop

      Workshop with full cast in NYC.