|Balzac, Honore De|
|Hofmansthal, Hugo von|
|Marivaux, Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de|
|Molière, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin de|
Freyda Thomas has to date completed 5 classical translations and adaptations. The first was Molière's THE LEARNED LADIES, which had its world premiere at CSC Repertory Theater in New York in 1991, starring Jean Stapleton. It has also been produced by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Florida Studio Theater and several University Theater Departments. Her modern verse adaptation of TARTUFFE (Retitled TARTUFFE: BORN AGAIN), had its world première on Broadway in the spring of 1996, starring John Glover as the infamous religious hypocrite. In this version Tartuffe is an American televangelist from Baton Rouge. Both Molière plays are published by Samuel French, Inc.
She is the first playwright to bring the works of Jean-François Regnard to the American stage. THE HEIR TRANSPARENT was originally produced by The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 1986, which theater commissioned her to translate the play, its first in English. It has since been produced by several regional and university theaters around the country and is scheduled for production by the Met Theater Company in Los Angeles in the spring of 1999.
THE GAMESTER, Regnard's other major work, was recently completed, and is currently making the rounds of regional theaters across the country.
In addition she was commissioned by the Virginia Museum Theater to adapt Goldoni's THE MISTRESS OF THE INN, (5 men, 2 women, 3 sets.) It takes place in colonial Williamsburg on the eve of the American Revolution. It had its world première at that theater in 1984.
Her original works include THE CREATURE CONCERT, a musical fable for family audiences, which has won two playwriting awards, and was performed in 1992 at Lincoln Center, under the baton of Marin Alsop.
Ms. Thomas specializes in witty and conversational verse, making the verse classics more "accessible" to modern American audiences. For further information on any of her works, contact Judy Boals at Berman, Boals and Flynn.