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A Modern Verse Translation of Shakespeare

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Playwright and Dramaturg

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    Amelia Roper is writing new plays for Yale Repertory Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Colt Coeur in NYC and The Rose in Omaha. Her plays have been developed at Berkeley Rep. Ground Floor, the Old Vic in London, Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Black Swan Lab at OSF, Kennedy Center in DC, Playwrights Realm in NYC, New Group NYC, Melbourne Theatre Company, RADA in London and The MacDowell Colony.

    Her plays have been produced by the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (2014), Crowded Fire in SF (2014), the Moscow Playwright and Director Center in Moscow in Russian translation (2011), Taffety Punk in DC (2017), Square Product (2017), Prelude Festival NYC (2014) and in Australia by St Martins (2008), Melbourne Arts Centre (2009) and Kings Cross Theatre in Sydney (2017).

    Her play Lottie in the Late Afternoon is on the Kilroy’s List and an excerpt is published in the new “The Kilroys’ List: 97 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans* Playwrights”. Other published plays include two shorts in the “2014 Humana Festival of New Plays”, Camberwell House about murderous old ladies is published by the Dramatists Play Service, Big Sky Town about the space race and She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchangeabout the Global Financial Crisis will be published late 2017. New plays include Zürich about American national identity and off shore tax evasion, Everything is Nice about ignoring climate change and A Duck on a Bike about art and personal tragedy. New stage adaptations include the modernist novel Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles for Yale Rep. and Alice in Wonderland for Marin Theatre Company.

    Amelia is a recipient of the American National Theatre Conference’s Paul Green Award, an Australia Council ArtStart grant and JUMP mentorship with mentor Will Eno, two Ian Potter Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Grant from the American Australian Association. Amelia has an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel, Doug Wright, Lynn Nottage and Sarah Ruhl. An Australian citizen, she now lives in Los Angeles, USA.

    Amelia Roper

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    Kate McConnell received her MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale School of Drama in 2005, specializing in Shakespeare production. She was the dramaturg on Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew at OSF in 2007 and has had the pleasure of contributing a variety of articles to OSF’s various publications in the years since. Kate spent several years as a visiting assistant professor of English and Theater at Colgate University, and while there she continued to work as a freelance dramaturg. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a senior creative director at Thinkwell Group, an experience design company, turning her dramaturgical skills to developing and telling stories in location-based experiences such as museums and theme parks. Some of her notable projects at Thinkwell include The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, Georgia Aquarium’s Aquanaut Adventure, Expo 2020 Dubai, and the new permanent exhibits at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. Kate is very excited for this opportunity to take a deep dive into Shakespeare’s language and enjoying the new discoveries and conversations it provokes.

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Production History

  • 2019

    Jun. 1 2019

    • Play On! Festival NYC

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

    • Produced by:

      Play On! / Classic Stage / Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  • 2018

    May. 21 2018

    • Translation Workshop

      Workshop and Staged Reading at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena California

    • Produced by:

      Play On! / Boston Court