Kenneth Cavander began his theatre career in England at London’s Royal Court Theatre, as Assistant to Director George Devine on Chekhov’s Platonov, starring Rex Harrison. Subsequently he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, translating and co-adapting with John Barton a three-evening cycle of plays based on ten Greek tragedies, The Greeks. Meanwhile, starting as assistant to film director Carol Reed, and later in the story department of the Rank Organization, he began writing for BBC television. Among his assignments was an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s science fiction story, The Machine Stops., recently reissued in DVD by the British Film Institute as part of the celebrated series Out of the Unknown. More recently, his television drama, Beyond Narnia, was aired on the BBC in 2007, and his film biography, Florence Nightingale, received a BAFTA nomination in 2009. His U.S. television work has ranged from The File on Jill Hatch, a three-part co- production of Channel Thirteen and the BBC, to movies of the week for CBS and NBC. Among his television documentaries are the award-winning, Beyond Hate, with Bill Moyers, and a one-hour special on Robert Motherwell for the long-running series, American Masters. Continuing his work in theatre in the U.S., his plays and adaptations have been represented on and off Broadway, and in many regional theatres. He was a founding director of the Williamstown Theatre Second Company, where he wrote and directed several productions, including the musical Boccaccio (with composer Richard Peaslee), later produced at Washington’s Arena Stage, and on Broadway. He also developed the original workshop version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, Jelly’s Last Jam. Returning to the Arena Stage, his adaptation of six classical dramas, telling the story of King Agamemnon and his daughters, opened the 2001-2002 season there. His one-act opera for family audiences, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, also with music by Richard Peaslee, originally produced at Lincoln Center, had a successful revival later off-Broadway in New York. His reworking of the many legends surrounding the mythical character of Oedipus, The Curse of Oedipus, received a 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Cicle nomination for writing. He has completed two projects for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s PLAYON versions of Shakespeare plays, Timon of Athens (2014), and The Tempest (2017), both produced by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.


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