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John Gould Rubin

DORSET >> On July 11, at 7 p.m., as part of their nationally renowned New Play Readings, Dorset Theatre Festival will present director, writer, and translator, Royston Coppenger's re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen's classic play - A Doll's House. Developed by director John Gould Rubin, Coppenger and Rubin have found new resonance in the play that astonished its audiences when first produced.

Director and actor, John Gould Rubin is the director of the recently extended Broadway hit, "Turn Me Loose," the story of comedic genius Dick Gregory, starring Joe Morton and produced by musician John Legend. Director, writer, and translator Royston Coppenger's work has been produced across the United States and abroad. His translations of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Chekhov's The Seagull, and his adaptation of Strindberg's Playing with Fire were all directed by John Gould Rubin in New York City.

Rubin, and the entire cast and creative crew Coppenger, the actors, Audrey Ross, Luke Forbes, Sammi Katz, Sarah Wharton, Stephen Dexter, and Vayu O'Donnell; Production Designer, Liz Toonkel, and Composer Ryan Rummery will all be in Dorset ahead of the July 11 reading for an immersive and multi-media exploration of the script. Reached in New York City, Rubin commented on the play, "A Doll's House is a play about perverse behavior by an unbalanced couple compensating for their own moral corruption. Their actions privately and publicly are lurid, exhibitionistic and embrace deliberate sexually titillation." Groundbreaking at the time of its publication, "A Doll's House" remains relevant and provocative for contemporary audiences.


New plays begin their lives at Dorset Theatre Festival, and a new generation of playwrights tests their voices there before having their plays produced on Broadway and beyond. The Festival has hosted over 70 playwrights in the past six years, developing over 90 new works, 18 of which have gone on to receive full productions or further development at some of the most prestigious venues in the country; redefining the landscape of regional theatre.

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