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Arthur Feinsod

Arthur Feinsod wrote Coming to See Aunt Sophie, a two-act drama based on the life of World War II Underground courier Jan Karski, the “man who tried to stop the Holocaust.”  The play premiered at the HERE AND NOW FESTIVAL in May 2014 in Mannheim, Germany and was the only American play represented at this festival of English-speaking plays. Sponsored by the Museum of Polish History, the Karski play then toured Poland, to Karski’s hometown of Łodz, then Kielce, and Warsaw. The final performance was shown at the Museum for the History of Polish Jews on the grounds of the Old Jewish Ghetto.  For its American premiere, Coming to See Aunt Sophie had a nine-performance run in the Crossroads Repertory Theatre 2014 season and, in September, was performed at Chicago’s Chopin Theatre. The play has been translated into Polish and Hungarian.  Among Feinsod’s other plays include Malcolm’s Call, which had an Equity showcase production at Manhattan’s Synchronicity Space. He also co-wrote an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, entitled The Curse of Sleepy Hollow, which enjoyed a national tour by the Tony-Award-Winning National Theatre of the Deaf, culminating in a Halloween showing at Hartford’s historic Bushnell Theatre.  Between 2001 and 2014, Feinsod served as Artistic Director of Crossroads Repertory Theatre, where he directed plays such as The School for Wives (2002); The Glass Menagerie (2004); A Raisin in the Sun (2007); The Fantasticks (2009); and The Servant of Two Masters (2013).  His adaptation of William Butler Yeats’ Cuchulain plays, Sword Against the Sea, directed by Yeats Scholar/Director Sam McCready, was part of Crossroads Rep’s 2005 season and then traveled to the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, Ireland, co-sponsored by the Yeats Society.  Sword Against the Sea is now published by Samuel French.  Dr. Feinsod’s play Table 17 was part of the 2007 Crossroads Rep season and later presented at the 78th Street Theatre in Manhattan directed by Dale McFadden, who also staged Coming to See Aunt Sophie in Europe and America.  Feinsod taught playwriting, directing and theater history at Trinity College in Hartford, where he also served as Dramaturg at the Hartford Stage Company for Mark Lamos and Bartlett Sher.  He now teaches playwriting at Indiana State University. He has degrees from Harvard, UC Berkeley and NYU and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


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