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David Herskovits, Guest Lecturer

Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium IV

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Room: 202
1505 S St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: GAUN
Amy Ossian, (402) 472-5186,
David Herskovits is the founder and Artistic Director of Target Margin Theater. Recent Target Margin directing credits: Second Language at The Chocolate Factory; The Really Big Once at The Ontological; A Family of Perhaps Three at The Chocolate Factory; Ten Blocks on the Camino Real at The Ohio Theatre; Old Comedy at Classic Stage Company; The Argument & Dinner Party at The Kitchen; As Yet Thou Art Young and Rash at The Ohio Theatre. He also directed the company’s production of Goethe’s Faust Parts I& II, which opened to wide acclaim at Classic Stage Company in April 2006 after three years of development. Other recent productions include Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta for Theatre for A New Audience, Pascal Dusapin’s new opera Faustus the Last Night for the 2007 Spoleto Festival USA, Nick Brooke’s opera Tone Test for the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival, and The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc by Charles Péguy at HERE. For 2 years he worked on People Are Wrong! a new rock-concert/anti-musical by Julia Greenberg and Robin Goldwasser, with performances at PS122, Mass MoCA, and the 2004 Bonn Biennale; the Target Margin Theater/Vineyard Theatre production of People Are Wrong! premiered in October 2004. With Target Margin other notable productions include a new opera based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Sandman,” which he developed with composer Thomas Cabaniss and Dramaturg Douglas Langworthy, The Marriage of Figaro, Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe, and the premieres of Rinne Groff’s The Five Hysterical Girls Theorum and Tulpa by Todd Alcott. His 1998 production of Mamba’s Daughters by Dorothy and DuBose Heyward won an OBIE for the company, and was presented at the 1999 Spoleto Festival USA. David directed Chikamatsu’s Love Suicides at Amijima at the Institut Internationale de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mezieres, France, and The Hairy Ape at The Cleveland Public Theater. Other productions include classics from Shakespeare to Ibsen, opera and music-theater, modern writers such as Gertrude Stein and Marguerite Duras, and neglected works with literary and historic significance. He has published essays in The New York Times, Theatre Magazine, and Performing Arts Journal, among others. David was a member of the 2006 OBIE awards committee and has served on the New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Panel and the South Carolina Arts Commission, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and various other grant-giving institutions.

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