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Jules Tasca

Jules Tasca

Jules Tasca has taught playwrighting through I.U.P. at Oxford University in England and he has performed with a Commedia dell'arte group in Central Italy. He is the author of over 125 (full length and one-act) published plays that have been produced in numerous national theaters from the Mark Taper Forum to the Bucks County Playhouse, as well as abroad in England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, South Africa, Canada, and Australia. He has also written for radio and television. He scripted The Hal Linden TV Special. His plays La Llorona and Maria were produced on National Public Radio. Other one-act pieces were broadcast in Los Angeles and abroad in Germany. He was the national winner in New York's Performing Arts Repertory Theater Playwrighting contest for his libretto, The Amazing Einstein, which toured the country and played at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has adapted the stories of Oscar Wilde, Guy deMaupassant, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Chekhov, and Saki and has modernized Aristophanes' Ecclesiazusae (Women in Congress). He has written new versions of Hamlet and Macbeth. His libretto for C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe had its world premiere in California and played in London and New York and is currently touring nationwide. For his play, Theater Trip, he was the recipient of a Thespie Award for Best New Play, and Old Goat Song won a drama critic's award in Los Angeles. His plays, The Spelling of Coynes, The Death of Bliss, Deus-X, The Birth of Theater, and The Rapture of Mammon have been included in the Best American Short Plays Anthology. His tragic piece, The Balkan Women, won the prestigious Barrymore Award for Best Play. His Christmas play The Grand Christmas History of the Andy Landy Clan was broadcast on 47 national Public Radio Stations. Mr. Tasca received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts to develop a new theatrical form, the Eurhythmy, a system of movement of language, music and sound. His tragedy, Judah's Daughter, received the Dorothy Silver International Playwrighting Award. He won first prize in the Bucks County Writers' Club Screenwriting Contest. His piece, Live Drawing, is about the relationship between Leonardo daVinci and the Mona Lisa, and has been published by the Dramatic Publishing Company. Mr. Tasca's play, The Mission, which played at New Theatre in Florida, received a Silver Palm Award from the South Florida Thetre League for best new play. Art Lover, the story of the theft of the Mona Lisa was produced as part of the 2011 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. His latest anthology, Chekhov's Ladies, was recently published by Samuel French. Currently, he is working on a Jazz Opera with musician, Leslie Burrs, Director of Opera North. DWWonders@aol.com.


Samuel French Titles by Jules Tasca