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Charles Marowitz

Charles Marowitz is the author of Sherlock’s Last Case, seen on Broadway in 1987 starring Frank Langella, originally presented by the LA Theater Center at the Olympic Arts Festival, and winner of the Louis B. Mayer Playwriting Award. His plays include Murdering Marlowe and Stage Fright (Malibu Stage Company), Silent Partners (Scena Theatre in Washington, DC in 2006), and a musical reworking of Shaw’s The Admirable Bashville called Bashville in Love (Texas Stage, voted the Best New Musical of the Year by the “Dallas Morning News”). His other plays include Wilde West; Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life; Clever Dick; Artaud at Rodez; seven free-styled Shakespearean adaptations collected in the volume The Marowitz Shakespeare, and adaptations of plays by Ibsen and Strindberg under the title Sex Wars. His translations of plays by Henry Becque, George Feydeau, and Moliere appear in the Smith & Kraus volume Boulevard Comedies. His books include Stage Dust: A Critic's Cultural Scrapbook from the 1900s (Scarecrow Press), The Other Way, Roar of the Canon: Kott & Marowitz on Shakespeare (Applause Books), and How to Stage a Play (Amadeus Press). As a director, he staged the original West End production of John Herbert’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes, Joe Orton’s Loot, Eugene Ionesco’s Makbett, and Sam Shepard’s Tooth of Crime. He mounted a number of productions at the LA Theatre Center, where, for seven years, he served as both associate director and dramaturg. He was co-director with Peter Brook of the Royal Shakespeare Company Experimental group, founder and artistic director of London’s Open Space Theatre, and was founding artistic director of the Malibu Stage Company. He is currently on the Artistic Directorate of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank.

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