Sign-interpreted performance: Saturday, December 15 at 3pm. Reservations for sign interpreting services must be made by December 1.
Jon Klein (Playwright) is the author of over twenty produced plays, produced Off-Broadway and at many prestigious regional theatres, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage in D.C., Arden Theatre in Philadelphia, Center Stage in Baltimore, South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, ALLIANCE THEATRE in Atlanta, Alley Theatre in Houston, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Seattle Children's Theatre, and many others. He is probably best known for his play T Bone N Weasel, which has received over a hundred productions at regional theatres throughout the US, and which he adapted for a TNT Network film, starring Gregory Hines and Christopher Lloyd. T Bone N Weasel received several awards after its premiere at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, including an HBO Playwrights USA Award. Jon is also the author of the only authorized stage adaptation of the famous children's book Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe, which has received over a hundred productions in the US and Canada, including a national tour.
Dimly Perceived Threats to the System (finalist for the American Theatre Critics' Association Award, at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep and many others) and Betty the Yeti (another entry at the Humana Festival in Louisville) also continue to be frequently produced. Two of his newest plays, Suggestibility and Wishing Well, recently premiered at the Victory Theatre in Burbank. Other plays that have received major productions around the country include Octopus (Contemporary American Theatre Festival, WV), Peoria (Woolly Mammoth Theatre, DC), Southern Cross (ALLIANCE THEATRE, Atlanta), The Einstein Project (co-authored with Paul D'Andrea, at Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge), Four Our Fathers (A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle), The Red and the Black (adaptation of the Stendhal novel, also at A Contemporary Theatre), and Losing It (winner of the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award, Off-Broadway and at Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago)
Derek Goldman (Director) is Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center and Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. He is an award-winning stage director, playwright, adapter, developer of new work, teacher, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway and at numerous major regional theaters, as well as internationally. He is also Founding Artistic Director of the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, an award-winning professional theatre founded in Chicago. Under his leadership, StreetSigns was named by the Chicago Sun-Times as "the most exciting company to emerge in Chicago since John Cusack's New Criminals"; by the New York Times as "one of Chicago's top theater companies"; and, after its move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by The Spectator as "the region's leading producer of cutting-edge work." His plays have been published by Samuel French, and his adaptations and productions of works by Agee, Beckett, Brecht, Chekhov, DeLillo, James, Lorca, Shakespeare, Wilder, and others have received numerous awards. He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.