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Release: May 28,1999
Iowa Playwrights Workshop faculty member Clubb and
alumnus Hancock win 1999 Obies
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An appointment this spring as the
resident playwriting faculty member in the University of Iowa department of
theatre arts was apparently not enough excitement for Dare Clubb. He celebrated
by winning an Obie Award, off-Broadway theater's top honor, for the New York
production of his retelling of "Oedipus."
At the recent award ceremony in New York, three playwrights
were honored: Clubb, Christopher Durang and W. David Hancock, a graduate of
the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Hancock, who won an earlier Obie for his performance
installation "The Convention of Cartography," was honored this year for "The
Race of the Ark Tattoo" at Performance Space 122.
Clubb, a visiting UI faculty member this spring, will
join the regular faculty of the department of theatre arts this fall.
Reviewing the production of "Oedipus" that Clubb directed
for the Blue Light Theater Company, Village Voice critic Alisa Solomon wrote,
"The challenge of Clubb's 'Oedipus' is not that it lasts four hours, but that
it thrusts us into a serious and deeply discomfiting investigation not only
of what constitutes moral behavior, but of whether it's even possible. . .
. Language itself is a subject in Clubb's play. Naming and confessing and
cursing and vowing -- all inexorably call action into being. Clubb shows how
cruel or even thoughtless words can slaughter and maim. And his bold, sprawling
play shows, too, how words can create a universe of bleak beauty and depth."
Clubb earned a bachelor's degree from Amherst College,
and graduate theater degrees from Yale University. He has taught at Princeton
University, the New School for Social Research, the Tisch School of the Arts
at New York University, Playwrights Horizons in New York and the Breadloaf
School of English at Middlebury College.
He has been playwright-in-residence at the Juilliard
Theater Center, and he was the dramaturg for the world premiere of Athol Fugard's
"Master Harold . . . and the Boys" and the U.S. premiere of Fugard's "A Lesson
His previous scripts include "Passed Out in Wisdom,"
produced by the Juilliard Theater Center and "Flash Floods," produced by Yale
Read Solomon's full Village Voice review of "Oedipus"
on the World Wide Web at: <http://www.villagevoice.com/arts/9843/solomon.shtml>.
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