David Kaplan stages plays around the world with professional companies
in indigenous languages and settings.
Mr. Kaplan is curator and co-founder of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. He has staged Williams' plays worldwide. In
2003 Mr. Kaplan directed Tennessee Williams The
Eccentricities of a Nightingale
in Cantonese at the Hong Kong Repertory Theater. In 1993 he directed and designed the Russian premiere of Suddenly Last Summer, and in 2008 in Chicago, the world premiere of Williams' The Day on Which a Man Dies. In 2012 he directed and designed Ten Blocks on the Camino Real for performances in Rioplatanese Spanish at the marketplace of Paysandu, Uruguay.
Seasons past include:a
Sufi King Lear
in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, performed in the Uzbek language; Genets
in Ulaan Baator, Mongolia, performed in Mongolian; A
Midsummer Nights Dream
in Buryatia, performed in the Buryat language with shamans.
In Russia Mr. Kaplan staged the first Russian productions of Auntie
Mame and Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! Also in Russia: Macbeth.
Plays directed by Mr.
Kaplan have appeared in 40 of the 50 United States. These include
his own adaptations of Charles Finneys The
Circus Of Dr. Lao and
two American operas: Stephen Fosters Beautiful
Dreamer and Gertrude
Steins Dr. Faustus
Lights the Lights.
More traditional repertory staged by Mr. Kaplan include Genets
in New York, Chekhovs Cherry
Orchard in Los Angeles. He has staged
spectacles at the Atlantic City and Las Vegas Convention Centers,
the Coney Island Wax Musee, The Sarajevo Winter Festival, and a
multi-ethnic celebration for Benneton in the Central Park Zoo.
Since 1979 and for more than 20 years, Mr. Kaplan has collaborated on two solo shows which he
adapted and directed. The revival of Ruth Drapers
monologues performed by Patricia Norcia, The
World of Ruth Draper, is a repertory
in 12 languages (some of them invented) which plays for a total
9 hours. Miss Norcia performs the Draper repertory to sold out audiences
at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York and has appeared in Tokyo,
Munich, Rome, and Londons West End.
Mr. Kaplans tribute to Mississippi
writer Eudora Welty was written with
and has been performed by Brenda Currin since 1980. Critically acclaimed
performances throughout the United States include extended runs
in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. A compact disc recording
was released in 2002 with live concert performances in 2003 throughout
the state of Mississippi and at the International Eudora Welty Colloquium
in Rennes, France.
David Kaplan is also the author of Five
Approaches to Acting (Hansen Publishing Group. Come passare dal testo alla scena is the Italian edition, Dino Audino Editore, Roma September
2003 ) He has held classes for actors since 1980. He has taught
and lectured at Bard, Clark, Hofstra, NYU, Colombia, Rutgers, The
University of New Mexico, The University of the South, Mississippi
State University, The Siberian Academy of Fine Arts (in Russian),
and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. His professional students
in New York and Los Angeles have won numerous stage awards, including
the Tony. Three theater companies have formed out of Mr. Kaplans
classes, including Artificial Intelligence, the creators of the
long-running Tony N Tinas Wedding.
Mr. Kaplan holds degrees from Clark University and the Yale School
of Drama. His teachers include Jan Kott, Richard Gilman, Robert
Brustein, Lee Breuer, Stanley Kaufman, Lou Criss, and in Russia,