The Kennedy Center

Norman Allen

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    Playwright Norman Allen describes Nijinsky's Last Dance.

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    Playwright Norman Allen describes what makes this production of Nijinsky's Last Dance unique

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    Playwright Norman Allen describes the process of creating Nijinsky's Last Dance.



Biography

Norman Allen's work has been commissioned and produced by the Kennedy Center (The Light of Excalibur), the Shakespeare Theatre Company (On the Eve of Friday Morning), and the Karlin Music Theatre in Prague, where his contemporary take on Carmen (score by Wildhorn & Murphy) ran for four years. While playwright-in-residence at Signature Theatre, Allen premiered Melville Slept Here, Nijinsky's Last Dance (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Play), In the Garden (Charles MacArthur Award), and Fallen from Proust, with subsequent productions throughout the United States, South Africa and Europe. He provided the concert adaptation for Encore's Sweet Adeline at New York City Center, and the libretto for the national tour of Cirque Ingenieux, later featured on PBS. Other PBS credits include documentaries on Van Gogh, Sargent, Cassatt, and Cezanne. Allen's plays have been translated into Czech, Hungarian, Slovenian, and Japanese. His features and commentary have appeared in The Washington Post, Smithsonian magazine, WAMU-FM (NPR), and other media outlets.
Norman Allen