SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE 2017 47 Kate Jopson (Candide) is Associate Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre Co and Artistic Director of The Flagship Ensemble in Los Angeles. Recently, she directed María Irene Fornés’s Fefu and Her Friends at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. She also develops documentaries with Stick Figure Productions. Directing credits Include 1984 (Greenway Court Theatre); Twelfth Night (Coeurage Theatre Co.); Second Skin (The West/The Flagship Ensemble); A Willow Grows Aslant (La Jolla Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Doll House, Casagemas, Elizabeth I, Cry Old Kingdom (UC San Diego); The Hanging Odes (Theater Pub); Jesus, She Said (Marin Fringe Festival: Critic’s Choice, Best Director). She has assisted at the Seoul Arts Center, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T, CalShakes, The Magic Theatre, and Theatre @ Boston Court. Kate was formerly one of National Arts Strategy’s Creative Community Fellows, Experience Director for Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre in LA, and Associate Artistic Director of Woman’s Will. She has been a guest lecturer at UC San Diego and CU Boulder. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and MFA in Directing from UC San Diego. The playwrights William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) was an English poet and dramatist, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He was born in 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Between 1585 and 1592, Shakespeare began a successful career as an actor and playwright in London. He was also one of the seven sharers who built and owned the Globe Playhouse in 1599. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. Shakespeare retired around 1613, having written 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. He died in 1616, and was buried in Stratford-upon-Avon. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Patrick Barlow (Adaptor, The 39 Steps) is renowned for his four-person adaptation of The 39 Steps, which has played in over forty countries worldwide. It has won Olivier, Helpmann, Molière and Tony Awards and made Patrick the most performed playwright in America for 2012. Patrick is celebrated in the UK for his two-man theatre company National Theatre of Brent, whose comedy epics include Wagner’s Ring Cycle, The Charles and Diana Story, The Messiah, The Wonder of Sex, The Arts and How They Was Done, The Black Hole of Calcutta, The Life and Times of the Dalai Lama, and Zulu! He is currently writing further four-person epics, A Christmas Carol, Ben-Hur and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Voltaire (1694 – 1778), born François-Marie Arouet, made major contributions to almost every sphere of intellectual activity, including the sciences, trade and commerce, politics, and especially the arts and is considered one of the main figures of the European Enlightenment. He wrote Candide when he was 65, living in exile in Switzerland. Despite the astonishing range of his literary activities, the theatre occupied a central position in his life from the beginning of his career to its close. He created a total of 56 plays, and there was rarely a time in his life when he was not working on a theatrical script. At the end of his career, his works were produced more frequently on the French stage than those of any other serious dramatist and served as models for aspiring young playwrights throughout Europe.