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Adriano Shaplin

ADRIANO SHAPLIN

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    United Talent Agency  UK representative Curtis Brown Group Ltd

Adriano Shaplin is a playwright, performer, sound designer, and artistic director of the Riot Group, an ensemble he co-founded in 1997. He is the author of 11 plays for the Riot Group including Wreck the Airline Barrier, Pugilist Specialist, Victory at the Dirt Palace, Freedom Club and Sophie Gets the Horns. In 2004 Adriano joined Pig Iron Theater Company to create the OBIE-award winning Hell Meets Henry Halfway, an adaptation of Witold Gombrowiczs The Possessed. In 2006 Adriano became the first International Playwright-in-Residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his first play for the RSC, The Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes, opened at Wiltons Music Hall in London in 2008. Adriano is a four-time recipient of the Scotsman Fringe First, a Sloan Foundation grANT recipient, and has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, the Royal Shakespeare Company, New Paradise Laboratories, and Interact Theatre Company. His plays have been produced at the Soho Theater and Riverside Studios in London, the Arches in Glasgow, the Magic Theater in San Francisco, the Theater Der Welt Festival in Germany, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Princeton University, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Ice Factory Festival, 59e59 and The Culture Project. His most recent play, Sophie Gets the Horns, debuted at the Incubator Arts Project in May 2012. His plays have been published by Oberon Books, Playscripts Inc, and in the Yale School of Dramas Theater journal. He lives in New York.

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        Freedom Club         HeArts Of Man         Hell Meets Henry Halfway         Present: Tense - Seven         Pugilist Specialist         Sarah Flood in Salem Mass         Sophie Gets the Horns         Switch Triptych         Tragedy Of Thomas Hobbes, The         Victory At the Dirt Palace         Why I Want to Shoot Ronald Reagan         Wreck the Airline Barrier         Zero Yard, The



Freedom Club

Synopsis:
Freedom Club is a savage comedy about the delirium and danger in American extremism.Freedom Club moves from a dream-play involving Abraham Lincoln and assassin John Wilkes Booth to Virginia, 2015, where a determined group of self-styled extremists are trying to become more radical.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
Connelly theatre
220 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009    06 Jan 2011

Organisations:
New Paradise Laboratories and the Riot Group

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Genre:
75 min Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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HeArts Of Man

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Hell Meets Henry Halfway

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Original Playwright - Witold Gombrowicz. Adapted by Adriano Shaplin in collaboration with Pig Iron theatre Company from Possessed

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Pig Iron Theatre Company

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Adaptation

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Present: Tense - Seven

Synopsis:
A group of playwrights, directors, film-makers, poets, musicians and other creatives convenes to select the most momentous story on the news agenda. They each have seven days to create a piece of work that responds to the story they choose before it is performed for you the public on Sunday 22 June 2008 - exactly one week after they began. Performers Joe Dunthorne and Inua Elams (performance poets). Authors: Tom Morton Smith. Phil Porter and Adriano Shaplin.

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The Mayhem Company

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Pugilist Specialist

Synopsis:
Four highly trained U.S. Marines are assigned the task of eliminating a Middle-Eastern leader. A microphone records their conversations as they meet, receive briefings, travel, and finally attempt to execute a modern political assassination. At the center of the mission is a female explosives expert with a bad reputation for following the rules.

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Organisations:
the Riot Group

1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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70-80 min Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  3 males, 1 female

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Sarah Flood in Salem Mass

Synopsis:
A radical re-telling of the events leading up to the Salem Witch Trials. Sarah Flood in Salem Mass  five girls in the woods, two families at war, and a village on the brink. Blood feuds, praying Indians, and time travel collide in this magical portrait of an uprising in Salem.

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1st Produced:
Flea
41 White Street, New York, NY 10013    24 Sep 2013

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Genre:
historical drama

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Sophie Gets the Horns

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Sophie Gets the Horns is a play about young artists, fatal rivalries, sexual warfare and suicidal depression. Set in the mid-'90s at an elite liberal Arts college, Sophie Gets the Horns tells the story of a collision between four students and a young professor and an event that changes all their lives. At once autobiographical and fantastical, Sophie Gets the Horns explores hallucinogenic mischief, the anxiety of influence, sexual experimentation and the ghost of Sylvia Plath. the play is the Riot Groups tenth full-length work and is inspired, in part, by real events surrounding the formation of the company.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
Incubator Arts Project
131 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003    04 May 2012

Organisations:
the Riot Group

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Switch Triptych

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the play is set in New York in 1919. This is a time of change following a war. In the telephone exchange where the action takes place, a more radical change is coming in the form of the Strogen, an automated switchboard that will make the triptych of operators (looking much more creations of Francis Bacon than the renaissance) redundant in their own mini industrial revolution. he exploration of their reactions encompasses a picture of New York, an investigation of the battle between the sexes in a patriarchal society where the men are weak, individuality versus unionisation and in a mysterious way, a look at religion.

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Play/Drama

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Tragedy Of Thomas Hobbes, The

Tragedy Of Thomas Hobbes, The
the Tragedy of Thomas Hobbes charts the revolution in philosophical thinking that took place during the seventeenth century. the play celebrates the growth of public scientific demonstrations at a time when, under Cromwell (and less than thirty years after Shakespeare's death) the theatres were closed. Against this backdrop of civil war and social upheaval, science became the new theatre and philosophy a new faith

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RSC

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Oberon Books, London (2008) >>>    978-1840028881

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Male:  14            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Victory At the Dirt Palace

Synopsis:
the two most popular news broadcasters in the nation are Father and daughter working for rival networks. their vicious battle for supremacy becomes a national Drama as sex scandals, terrorism, and dementia threaten both their careers. Loosely based on King Lear, Victory At the Dirt Palace is a vicious, witty avant-Drama about primetime royalty and corruption.

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the Riot Group

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Why I Want to Shoot Ronald Reagan

Synopsis:
A multi-layered meditation on political assassination and pre-millenial tension, Why I Want to Shoot Ronald Reagan uses the life and writings of John Hinkley Jr. to explore the intersections of fame and obsession which compose the American media landscape.

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1st Produced:
-    1998

Organisations:
the Riot Group

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Wreck the Airline Barrier

Synopsis:
Steve, Stone, and Sarah are three peppy Americans who meet each other on a passenger flight to Spain. they each say goodnight to their kids on their mobile phones, share their fears of flying while waiting in the departure lounge, then board their flight (where the meal choices are "chicken or egg"). Later on, the plane will crash. . ..Wreck the Airline Barrier is a quick-witted and brutal indictment of new-age conservatism and middle-class race evasion, performed with religious intensity by three actors who occupy a dizzying array of characters and voices.

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1st Produced:
-    1999

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the Riot Group

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Zero Yard, The

Synopsis:
A dark and illegible tour-de-force on political and sexual domination. Set inside a prison, the Zero Yard details the struggle of a young female inmate against the structures of institutional terror. Locked amongst hardened criminals and sociopathic guards, she must translate the dense layers of violence and decode the prison mythology in order to survive her stay in "the zero yard, where no saints are allowed. . ."

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1st Produced:
-    2000

Organisations:
the Riot Group

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