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Adam Klasfeld | Theater

As a playwright, director and producer, my work often takes dark twists on little-known historical narratives: The first part of the American Folk Trilogy, "The Report of My Death," explores the later life and politics of Mark Twain, receiving widespread acclaim during its 2009 premiere aboard a U.S. Coast Guard steamship in Manhattan, the S.S. Lilac. It has since toured Alaska, N.Y., Iowa, Mass., N.J. and N.M. The second installment, "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill’s Lover, Last Night," focused on the forgotten love affair behind a union folk hero, and his curious ties to Helen Keller, through a dream narrative. The last play of the trilogy, "Pluck," drudged up the sordid scandal that nearly ruined Horatio Alger, whose children’s books came to represent a certain kind of American Dream. His other plays "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" (chashama AREA Award 2005) and "The Prostitute of Reverie Valley" (Last Frontier Theatre Conference 2006) both premiered at Fringe NYC.  I produced these works – and directed many of them – through my theatre company, One Armed Man. I also organized a theater festival, "The 9.13 Project," for the Brecht Forum in Manhattan's West Village, in response to an attack on the institution by a Fox News program; one of the shows at this festival, Isaac Rathbone's "Captain Ferguson's School for Balloon Warfare," later transferred Off-Broadway to the 59E59 Theatre.


I am a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

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