‘Uncle Maroje’: A Play by Marin Drzic
Roland L. Reed, Playwright
An associate professor and director of the master’s program in playwriting at Catholic University, Roland Reed has been the playwright-in-residence for the Stanislavsky Theater Studio of Washington, D.C., and Synetic Theatre of Rosslyn, Va., since 1998. His play, “The Host and the Guest,” was named best play of 2002 by The Washington Post. Reed’s “Vera,” was produced by Catholic University; Signature Theatre of Arlington, Va.; and the Odyssey Theatre Company of North Carolina, which toured it with a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to 16 textile-mill communities in the Carolinas. “Wearing Louie” was produced off-off Broadway in 1996. His “Locusts” was produced by Ebony Theatre in North Carolina. His film script based on “Locusts” was a finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival Competition in 1992.
His translation/adaptation of Molière’s “The Miser” has been produced many times across the United States. His plays have had professional staged readings in Los Angeles and in the Washington, D.C., area. He has directed more than 100 major productions, including Wolfgang Hildesheimer’s “Mary Stuart”; Cavander and Barton’s “The Greeks”; Shakespeare’s “Othello,” “As You Like It,” “King Lear” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; Pinter’s “The Homecoming” and “The Birthday Party”; Peter Weiss’ “Marat/Sade”; and many productions of new plays including the first professional performance of Bill Triplett’s “Paperweight,” winner of the PEN/Faulkner Larry Neal Award.
Reed has directed the playwriting and directing programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and the University of South Carolina. He has served as an evaluator and national panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts-Expansion Arts Theatre program. He has been director of the New Play Division of the American College Theatre Association, for the Northeast and Southeast regions of the country. As co-director of the Shakespeare in Performance Summer Institute at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, he directs the performance workshops each year in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. He is currently a guest professor at Univerzitet Dzemal Bijedic in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Reed holds a doctoral degree in dramatic literature from the University of Nebraska. He earned a master’s degree in theater directing at the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in English literature at the University of Missouri.
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