Writer, Arthur Feinsod
Arthur Feinsod’s most recent play is Coming to See Aunt Sophie, a two-act drama based on the life of World War II Polish Underground courier Jan Karski, the “man who tried to stop the Holocaust.” The play premiered at the HERE AND NOW FESTIVAL in May 2014 in Mannheim, Germany. Sponsored by the Museum of Polish History, the drama then toured Poland, to Karski’s hometown of Łodz, to Kielce, and finally to the Museum for the History of Polish Jews on the grounds of the Old Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. For its American premiere, Coming to See Aunt Sophie had a nine-performance run as part of Crossroads Repertory Theatre’s 2014 season, followed by performances at Chicago’s Chopin Theatre. The play has been translated into Polish and Hungarian.
Among Feinsod’s other plays are Malcolm’s Call, which had an Equity showcase production at Manhattan’s Synchronicity Space. He also co-wrote an adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, entitled The Curse of Sleepy Hollow, which enjoyed a national tour by the Tony-Award-Winning National Theatre of the Deaf, culminating in a Halloween showing at Hartford’s historic Bushnell Theatre.
Between 2001 and 2014, Feinsod served as Artistic Director of Crossroads Repertory Theatre, where he directed plays such as The School for Wives (2002); The Glass Menagerie (2004); A Raisin in the Sun (2007); The Fantasticks (2009); and The Servant of Two Masters (2013). His adaptation of William Butler Yeats’ Cuchulain plays, Sword Against the Sea, directed by Yeats Scholar/Director Sam McCready, was part of Crossroads Rep’s 2005 season and then traveled to the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, Ireland in a production co-sponsored by the Yeats Society. Sword Against the Sea has been published by Samuel French. Feinsod’s play Table 17 was part of the 2007 Crossroads Rep season and was later presented at the 78th Street Theatre in Manhattan directed by Dale McFadden, who also staged Coming to See Aunt Sophie premieres in Europe and the United States. Dr. Feinsod taught playwriting, directing and theater history at Trinity College in Hartford, where he also served as Dramaturg at Hartford Stage for Mark Lamos and Tony- Award-winning director Bartlett Sher. At Indiana State University, where he is Professor of Theater, Feinsod teaches playwriting, along with theater history, directing and honors humanities courses. He holds degrees from Harvard, UC Berkeley and NYU and is a Dramatists Guild member. He is represented by Ms. Tonda Marton of the Marton Agency in Manhattan.
Director, Dale McFadden
Dale McFadden began his directing career as a young actor in the 1970s at The Bucks County Playhouse close to New York City and Philadelphia. Later, at Body Politic and other Chicago theaters, he directed a wide range of plays, several of which were nominated for Joseph Jefferson (JEFF) Awards. He also brought theatre companies from abroad such as the Warsaw Mime Troupe to Chicago. He directed and helped develop the play Table 17 by playwright Arthur Feinsod which was presented as a developmental work in New York at The 78th Street Theatre. At Crossroads Repertory Theatre in Terre Haute (for which Feinsod is Artistic Director), Dale has directed five productions, including Terre Haute,which was also seen at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Bad Dates, which was invited to The TIG 7 Theatre Festival in Mannheim, Germany in 2012. McFadden’s directorial work in other parts of Indiana has included a long-standing association with Brown County Playhouse and, more recently, with the Indiana Festival Theatre, both summer theaters. In addition he has a relationship spanning twenty years with the Phoenix Theatre, a top professional theater in Indianapolis, where he has directed prominent new American plays.
McFadden is a Professor of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University where he serves as Associate Chair and Head of the Acting and Directing Programs. In the university setting he has staged classical works, contemporary dramas, and new plays. Dale McFadden received his undergraduate training at Royal Holloway College in England, Trinity College, Dublin and Temple University in The United States. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Directing at The Goodman School of Drama, Chicago, under the tutelage of Joseph Slowik, Stage Director and Grotowski Teacher.