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Frederick Gaines

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The plays of Frederick Gaines have been performed in regional theatres across the country, including Theatre of the First Amendment (CELLOPHANE XEROX), Baltimore’s Center Stage (A TEMPORARY PLACE), the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock (SAINT JOAN, A WRINKLE IN TIME), the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis (many plays and adaptations including KING ARTHUR, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, A CIRCLE IS THE SUN, JERUSALEM and OLIVER TWIST), Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theater (DRACULA, THE ALCHEMIST), the Guthrie Theater (THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER, performed in a regional touring production and THE GHOST DANCER, performed at the Guthrie Other Place) and New York’s Ellen Stewart Theater (THE HOUSE OF LEATHER) and Theatre de Lys (WILDE!). He has been awarded the Fulbright, McKnight, OADR, Eugene O’Neill, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships. He has had written several opera librettos (MICHELANGELO, UNBEKANNT, AN IMAGINARY LINE) for the American composer Brooke Joyce. His most recent play, HANDS ACROSS THE SEA, was written for production in French by the Theatre Club of the Notre Dame Lycee in Cahors, France. He is recently retired from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin but continues to teach as a volunteer in the Outagamie County Jail, the Oneida Reservation, Renaissance School for the Arts and Central High School, all in Northeast Wisconsin. Frederick Gaines passed away in April 2010.

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