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A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeare


Playwright and Dramaturg

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    Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a Bird, A Narrow Bed, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Trojan Women, Infinity’s House, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor, Septimus and Clarissa, Pericles and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London. Among her honors are the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. Her Trojan Women was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk Award for Best Adaptation.

    She has taught playwrighting at Barnard College since 1995. Other teaching posts include Princeton University and Yale School of Drama.

    As an actor, she is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in all workshops and productions of the play through its Broadway original run.

    Ellen McLaughlin

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    Alan Armstrong was the founding director of the Southern Oregon University Center for Shakespeare Studies, working in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to make performance more central to Shakespeare teaching and scholarship. He led twelve NEH national Shakespeare institutes for school teachers and served as a senior scholar for NEH institutes for college and university professors at Shakespeare’s Globe (London) and the American Shakespeare Center. He is currently research dramaturg for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 productions of Henry IV, Part One and Henry IV, Part Two, and 2018 production of Henry V.

    Dr. Armstrong studies both original and contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s plays. His most recent work includes a book of interviews entitled Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story; an essay discovering textual evidence for the doubling of Egeon and Dr. Pinch in original performances of The Comedy of Errors; and an article on “Actors as Evidence: Building a Character.” For many years, he also co-edited the international journal Literature and History and reviewed OSF productions for Shakespeare Bulletin.

    Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Cornell University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship (University of Southampton, U.K.) and ACLS research grant (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford), and has taught also at Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Mary Baldwin University/American Shakespeare Center’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance.

    Armstrong has been production dramaturg for eight OSF Shakespeare plays: King John; Coriolanus; Henry VIII; Hamlet; Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; and Pericles. He was also dramaturg for OSF’s world premiere production of Great Expectations and literary consultant for its production of Wit.

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Production History

  • 2019

    Jun. 17 2019

    • Play On! Festival NYC

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

    • Produced by:

      Play On! / Classic Stage / Oregon Shakespeare Festival