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Ellen Kapland ELLEN KAPLAN

Ellen W. Kaplan is Professor of Theatre at Smith College, Fulbright Scholar, professional actor, director and writer. Her plays have been produced in New England and across the US, Israel and Romania, and received awards from Mass Cultural Council and NETC. She directs and teaches in Israel (Khan, Sherover, Jerusalem and Mt. Scopus Theatres), China, and Costa Rica. Professional directing credits include work at New Century Theatre; The Egg, NY, and currently a tour of With Dream Awakened Eyes, based on the work of Charlotte Salomon. She has translated and directed plays in Spanish; published books, essays (Jewish History; Theatre Topics, Studies in Theatre & Performance), creative writing in Our Lives: Anthology of Jewish Women’s Writing; Stories of the Heart; The Deronda Review; her poetry has twice won awards in Massachusetts. Ellen does extensive theatre outreach, working with women in prison, adult learners, special education students and adjudicated teens.

Soul of the City

A building is being torn down in New York City, a neighborhood is being destroyed. During a blistering summer, old men are boiling to death in hot apartments, plagues of violence and fear paralyze the streets, and the youngest children are being left behind. A young woman tries to leave, but first she must find her father, an old man living in an urban cave. Robyn and her father are looking for each other, but both are lost in the collapsing labyrinth of a dying city.