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Monday, March 21, 2011

Jon Lipsky 1944-2011

Jon Lipsky, April 12, 1944-March 19, 2011
As a playwright and director, Jon Lipsky's work appeared at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New Plays, the American Repertory Theater, and other regional theaters. He was playwright-in-residence at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, TheaterWorks/Boston and Associate Artistic Director at the Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. 

His work includes: Living In Exile – a Retelling of the Iliad, The Survivor: a Cambodian Odyssey, and Maggie’s Riff, an adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy

In 2007 he won the Boston Critic’s Eliot Norton Award for Best Direction in a small company. His award-winning collaboration with jazz musician Stan Strickland, Coming Up For Air, was presented in 2008 at the Underground Railway Theater in Cambridge and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In the fall of 2008, he published a book about a theater of dreams called Dreaming Together (Larson Publications). 

Jon's full-length dream plays include Dreaming With an AIDS Patient and The Wild Place. An interconnected progression of short plays, Walking the Volcano premiered at the Vineyard Playhouse in 2008. Living in Exile was revived in 2010 at the Under The Radar Festival in New York's La Mama and in a separate production at the Actors’ Shakespeare Projects' Festival of plays this month. Jon was Professor of Acting and Playwriting at Boston University’s School of Theater.

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