Professor of Theatre,
Translator from German and French
(ATA-certified Ger > Eng)
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Oil by Lukas Bärfuss
- from German, ÖlPresented in staged readings, Goethe-Institut Washington and Goethe-Institut Chicago, June 2011.
hamlet is dead. no gravity by Ewald Palmetshofer
- from German, hamlet ist tot. keine schwerkraftPresented in staged readings, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, CUNY, New York, and Austrian Cultural Forum, Washington, DC, June 2011; also by One Year Lease at Playwrights Horizons, New York, November 2011.
Translation completed during residency at Ledig House International Writers Residency, Omi, New York, Fall 2010.
The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents by Lukas Bärfuss
- from German, Die Sexuellen Neurosen unserer ElternPublished by Nick Hern Books (2007), available in US through TCG.
- Gate Theatre, London, Aug. 31-Sep. 29, 2007
- Electric Pear Productions, New York, Nov. 6-22, 2008
- Luna Playhouse, Glendale, CA, Aug. 7-22, 2009.
Also presented in staged readings, October 2006, at Goethe-Institut Chicago at the School of the Art Institute, and at CUNY's Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, New York, as part of European Dream '06. Translation sponsored by the Goethe-Institut.
The Ballad of the Pine Tree Killer by Rebekka Kricheldorf
- from German, Die Ballade vom NadelbaumkillerPublished in The Mercurian vol. 1 no. 3, March 2008. Excerpts published in LMDA Review (The Newsletter of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) 18.2 (Summer 2008), along with "'A Fundamental Resistance': An Interview with Neil Blackadder by Beth Gallagher."
Presented in a staged reading at HERE Arts Center, New York, May 2006, as part of New German Voices 2006 reading series in German Theatre Abroad's Stadttheater New York. Due to be presented in a staged reading at UNC, April 2012.
Blackbox by Thomas Martin
- from GermanPublished in The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht Jahrbuch #35 (2010), with my translation of the author's "Three Paragraphs on Blackbox."
Tattoo by Igor Bauersima and Réjane Desvignes
- from German, Tattoo
Published in TheatreForum #35 (2009), with my introduction, "Art and Morality: The Plays of Igor Bauersima and Réjane Desvignes." Translation completed with a fellowship to the Banff International Literary Translation Centre, Banff, Canada, June 2008.
The Lovers by Margareth Obexer
- from German, Die LiebendenCommissioned for Obexer's residency at Dartmouth College, and presented in staged reading at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA, Spring 2009. Published in eXchanges, an online journal of literary translation published by the University of Iowa.
Rosa and Blanca by Rebekka Kricheldorf
- from German, Rosa und Blanca
Produced at Knox College, 2008, and at Grinnell Arts Center, Grinnell, IA, 2010..
Cold Cargo by Maxim Biller
- from German, KühltransportPresented in a staged reading at CUNY's Martin E. Segal Theatre Centrer, New York, May 2006, as part of the reading series Dis-Location and Re-Invention - International Plays about the Experience of Immigration, co-sponsored by the New Group and the Immigrants' Theatre Project. Translation sponsored by the Goethe-Institut.
Oswald and Zénaïde, or Asides by Jean Tardieu
- from French, Oswald et Zénaïde, ou les apartésPublished in Absinthe: New European Writing 4 (2005).
Dog, Woman, Man by Sibylle Berg
- from German, Hund, Frau, Mann, inspired by Yael Hedaya's story "Housebroken"Available for download from the Goethe-Institut's Theater Library website.
"A Better Life" by Martin Brinkmann
- from German, "Schöner leben"Published in Joyland Dec. 7, 2010.
"The Necessity of Art" by Margareth Obexer
- from German, "Die Notwendigkeit der Kunst"Published in limited edition pamphlet by Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, 2010.
"Inspired by Football" by Ralf Rothmann
- from German, "Erleuchtung durch Fußball."Published in Stand 7 (2007)
"Rue Laferrière" by Jacques Réda
- from French.Published in Two Lines XIV (2007). Republished in France: A Traveler's Literary Companion, ed. William Rodarmor and Anna Livia (Whereabouts Press, 2008).
"The Speech-Animal" by Sibylle Lewitscharoff
- from German, "Das Sprachtier."Published in Chelsea 80 (2006)
"Prevent Forest Fires!" by Christoph-Wilhelm Aigner
- from German, "Verhindert Waldbrände!"Published in Thorny Locust 12 (2004)
Performing Opposition: Modern Theater and the Scandalized Audience (Praeger, 2003)
A study of the hostile initial audience response to certain key European plays between the 1880s and the 1930s (Hauptmann’s Before Sunrise, Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, and several plays and operas co-written by Brecht during the Weimar Republic). I analyze the scandals provoked by these works in the contexts of changing norms of audience behavior and the evolution of theatrical practice.
Reviewed in Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, Theatre History Studies, Brecht Yearbook, New Theatre Quarterly, Particip@tions, Theatre Survey & Choice
Selected articles, chapters, reviews:
"Lies of the Drama," review of Donald Margulies' Time Stands Still and Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, hotreview.org [Hunter College online theater review], March 2010
Performance review: Waves devised by Katie Mitchell after Virginia Woolf's novel, and Martin Crimp's Attempts on her Life directed by Katie Mitchell, Theatre Journal, March 2008
Book review: Bertolt Brecht’s Dramatic Theory by John J. White, Text & Presentation 2007
Performance review: Lessing’s Emilia Galotti directed by Michael Thalheimer, Theatre Journal, May 2006
“What’s so great about new plays?” LMDA Review (The Newsletter of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas) 16.1 (Fall 2005/Winter 2006)
“Merdre! Performing Filth in the Bourgeois Public Sphere,” in Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life, ed. William A. Cohen and Ryan Johnson (University of Minnesota Press, 2005)
“Shakespeare on Stage in Pre-War Germany: From the Memoirs of Fritz Kortner,” The Upstart Crow 23 (2003)
“A Decade in Helms Country: North Carolina’s Manbites Dog thrives with homegrown support,” American Theatre March 1998
Dramaturg: 24Seven Lab workshop, New York, July-August 2005
Script-reading: member of Literary Wing of Lark Play Development Center; also script-reader for New York Theatre Workshop and Flea Theater, New York, summer-fall 2005
Dramaturg: Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein, directed by Jeff Storer, Duke University, 1996
Dramaturg: Oscar Over Here by Romulus Linney (world premiere), directed by Jeff Storer, Duke University / Manbites Dog Theater, 1995
Dramaturg: Measure for Measure, directed by Devon Allen, Duke University, 1994
Director: Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller, trans. Peter Oswald, 2011
Director: Exit the King by Eugène Ionesco, trans. Donald Watson, 2011
Director: Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, trans. Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, 2009
Director: Tartuffe by Molière, trans. Richard Wilbur, 2008
Director and translator: Rosa and Blanca by Rebekka Kricheldorf, 2008
Director: Nora by Ingmar Bergman, adapted from Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House, 2006
Director and co-translator (with Carl R. Mueller): Round Dance by Arthur Schnitzler, 2005
Director and translator: staged reading of Dog, Woman, Man by Sibylle Berg (inspired by a story by Yael Hedaya), 2002
Co-director (with Robert Whitlatch): The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare, 2002
Co-director (with Elizabeth Carlin Metz): War and Peace, adapted from Leo Tolstoy by Helen Edmundson, 2001
Director and co-translator (with Colin Duckworth): Chamber Theatre: Five Plays by Jean Tardieu, 1999
Theatre professor at Duke University 1994-98, Knox College 1998-
Areas of specialization include modern and contemporary theatre, dramaturgy, and playwriting
Courses currently taught on a regular basis (descriptions):
THTR 151/ENG 123 Foundations of Theatre and Drama
THTR/ENG 209 Beginning Playwriting
THTR 251 Dramaturgy
THTR/ENG 309 Playwriting and Screenwriting Workshop
THTR 351-353 World Theatre and Drama I - III
THTR/ENG 386 Theatre and Society
March 25, 2012