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C J Hopkins

C J HOPKINS

  

Nationality:    USA
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C.J. Hopkins is anexpatriate American playwright based in Berlin, Germany. He was Aprominent figure in the 1990s indie Theater movement in New YorkCity. Since 2001, his plays and experimental texts have been producedinternationally and have won numerous playwriting awards. Mr.Hopkins' work is typified by existential explorations of Americanculture, consumerism, capitalism, authority, and the human condition.His plays are often darkly comedic, leaving the audience with morequestions than answers.

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        Cunnilinguistics         Degenerate Art Texts         Der Aufstand (the Insurgency)         Extremists, The         Horse Country         How To Entertain the Rich         How To Go         Installation, The         Message From Marjorie, A         Place Like This, A         Position, The         Psychohaiku (Or the Light At the End Of the Tunnel)         Red         Revolution, The         Screwmachine/eyecandy Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Big Bob         Texas Radio         Texts For Sound Painting         Valediction



Cunnilinguistics

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Before the play proper begins, and between segments, recorded text taken from cunnilinguistics is broadcast in the theatre. Directed by erin O'Leary and designed by Jared Brown, it's an impressionistic collage of words and ideas, like overheard snatches of random scenes from another of Hopkins's ineffably magnetic plays--an entirely suitable way to begin this admirable evening.
nytheatre.com

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Degenerate Art Texts

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Commissioned by Irondale theatre ensemble for Degenerate Art

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Der Aufstand (the Insurgency)

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a site-specific play commissioned by the Free University of Berlin. World premiere staged April 11, 2006 in the FU Philological Library in connection with the Germany - Land of Ideas initiative.

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ein ortsspezifisches theaterstuck fur die Philologische Bibliothek. Das Stuck "Der Aufstand" im Rahmen des bundesdeutschen Wettbewerbs 365 Orte im Land der Ideen Am 11. April 2006 in der Philologischen Bibliothek uraufgefuhrt.

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FU Philological Library, Free University of Berlin    2006

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the original english text, the Insurgency, was published December 2006 in the premiere issue of Bordercrossing Berlin.,    -

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Extremists, The

Extremists, The
Spin or fact? theater or reality? a biting, original political satire that challenges audiences of any political affiliation, the eXTReMISTS is a labyrinth of wordplay and mind games in which a television talk show host and his guest who wrote a book about terrorism get lost in their own doublespeak . . . or are they really double-agents, subversively reprogramming our sound-byte-saturated minds? This is a funny and fast-paced work of fiction, not an extract pulled from today's headlines or news shows . . . but really, what's the difference anymore?

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1st Produced:
English Theatre, Berlin    2009

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7 Stages, English Theatre Berlin, and PushPush Theater

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Broadway Play Publishing   978-0-88145-441-3

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Horse Country

Horse Country
brings the spirit of Godot to America's bars and puts the bourbon in Beckett.

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euro Premiere Edinburgh Festival 2002

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Monkey Wrench Theater

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Methuen Drama (4 Mar 2004)
in "Plays and Playwrights for the New Milenium" edited Martin Denton,    978-0413774071

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How To Entertain the Rich

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La reflexion sociale impregne egalment l'ectriture nerveuese et drôle du jeune auteur Americain CJ Hopkins. Trois pieces courtes sont a peine croquees dans une mise en place de Joshua Goldberg tandis que Horse Country est presente de maniere plus aboutie avec une mise en scene de John Clancy, l'un des cofondateurs du festival. Ces textes, dans les deux cas, sont servis par de tres belles interpretations. On n'oubliera pas de sitôt la precision gogueunarde des ourvirs de L'installation dont on ne sait trop quel engin vicleux ils branchment, d'autant que ces mecs sont joures avec une ironique ambiguite par deux femmes, Renee Buciarelli et Rebecca Wisocky. (Le SOIR, Nathalie Mattheim)

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How To Go

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at once covering a lot of ground and absolutely none at all, How To Go leaves us feeling somehow hopeful; it's a fitting ending to the challenging and thought-provoking roller coaster ride that aboutFive turns out to be.
nytheatre.com

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New York City    2001

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Solen Productions/Manhattan Theatre Source

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Installation, The

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Hopkins' refreshingly direct dialog is showcased in psychohaiku. . . the third piece, the Installation, is the strongest marriage of playwright, director and actors. . . Renee Buciarelli and Rebecca Wisocky turn in captivating performances as the "installation guys." although we never discover exactly what it is these "guys" do - they speak circuitously of hooking up wires and providing customers with a special service - Buciarelli and Wiocky take Hopkins' exploration of power and sexual innuendo through a stark, yet mesmerizing and thought-provoking performance. (BaCKSTaGe, Jessica Daniels)

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Message From Marjorie, A

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produced by Charm Offensive And RaDa in the America Now program

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reading at Royal academy of Dramatic Arts, London    2003

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Place Like This, A

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a meditation on the state of the theater circa the new millennium, and on the society it reflects. Without a story, without characters, an ensemble of players dispenses with Dramatic formalities and attempts to get to the heart of certain questions having to do with the essence of the theatrical event, namely, why people have gathered in theaters since the dawn of civilization, and why we still do.

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the Present Company, NYC    2000

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Position, The

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a bizarre, darkly comic job interview expands beyond its Dramatic framework into the theater itself, calling into question the unarticulated power dynamics inherent in American society and values

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Ice Factory, NYC    1997

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Monkey Wrench Theater/Ohio Theater

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Psychohaiku (Or the Light At the End Of the Tunnel)

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Through a late-night confrontation on a desolate subway platform, this short piece casts a nervous eye toward a future in which global consumer culture threatens to dismantle the last vestiges of traditional social values

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Red

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taking us into the mind of a fortune teller throwing Tarot cards for an unseen male customer. . .. Punctuated by (uninterpreted) draws from the deck (e.g., "This covers him"), this long monologue both describes and comments on the places where randomness and destiny intersect in a life both unexamined and unfulfilled.
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New York City    2001

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Solen Productions/Manhattan Theatre Source

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Revolution, The

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produced by Charm Offensive And RaDa in the America Now program

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reading at Royal academy of Dramatic Arts, London    2003

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Screwmachine/eyecandy Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Big Bob

Screwmachine/eyecandy Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Big Bob
Cash. Cars. Prizes beyond your wildest dreams! anything can happen on the Big Bob Show, TV's wackiest game show. Contestants Dan and Maura Brown are ready for anything and desperate to win. But tonight's different. Tonight Big Bob is playing for keeps.
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Scotsman Fringe First, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2005

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Scamp Theatre

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Broadway Play Publishing, Inc, 2007   0-88145-338-2

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Texas Radio

Synopsis:
a charismatic leader on a fishing expedition, a mysterious murder, a diabolical cable repair call, a visit from two double-talking strangers. . . the doors of perception are opened, but into what hallways? Do they lead out into unexplored country, or merely into other, more horrific rooms? This play traces the often invisible threads connecting the political cynicism and social apathy of mainstream American culture to the cult mentality and religious fundamentalism on its fringes.

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the Present Company, NYC    1998

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Texts For Sound Painting

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the Walter Thompson Orchestra

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Valediction

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Commissioned by Joshua Goldberg for Dilute! Dilute! Dilute!, (Transcinema 2000 festival)

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