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Central Works

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Central Works

2315 DURANT AVE

BERKELEY, California 94704

United States

Company Description

At Central Works we make plays. For more than two decades we have played a vital role in our community, supporting local artists and bringing affordable, provocative world premiere plays to Bay Area audiences. Now in our 22nd season, we develop challengin ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Teacher

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Company

Writer

News-Register

Education

MFA

Playwriting

Southern Illinois University

Ph.D.

University of California , Berkeley

Ph.D.

Directing

U.C. Berkeley

Web References (115 Total References)


Central Works: About Central Works

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Since then, current co-directors Gary Graves and Jan Zvaifler have produced 37 world premieres using a distinctive process, the Central Works Method.

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Central Works also 3 received nominations from the SFBATCC for its 2014 productions, including "Original Script" for Dracula Inquest by company Co-director Gary Graves.
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Gary Graves Company Co-director gary@centralworks.org
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Gary Graves
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GARY GRAVES is a director and playwright living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1998, he has been a company co-director of Central Works in Berkeley, California, where he has overseen the development of over 50 world premiere productions. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Southern Illinois U., a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from U.C. Berkeley, and he has been teaching playwriting at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for 15 years.


Central Works: Central Works 25th Season opens with world premiere #46, Enemies: Foreign and Domestic

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Enemies: Foreign and Domestic is Central Works World Premiere #46, and will be directed by Gary Graves.

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Gary Graves is a playwright and director living in the Bay Area. Since 1998, he has been a company co-director of Central Works. He directs the Central Works Writers Workshop, an ongoing commissioning program, and he has been directing, writing and acting with the company 1994. He received a Ph.D. in Directing at U.C. Berkeley, and an MFA in Playwriting at Southern Illinois University. He currently teaches playwriting at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.


Central Works: Central Works 25th Season concludes with world premiere #49, “Ada and the Memory Engine� by Lauren Gunderson

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The production is directed by Gary Graves and features Kevin Clarke*, Josh Schell, Kathryn Zdan*, and Jan Zvaifler (*member AEA), with costume design by Tammy Berlin, prop design by Debbie Shelley, sound design by Gregory Scharpen and stage management by Vanessa Ramos.

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GARY GRAVES (director) is a director and playwright living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1994, he received a Ph.D. in the Directing Program at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1998, he became a resident playwright and company co-director at Central Works.. Since then, he has overseen the development of 48 world premiere plays with the company, many of which he has either written and/or directed. Titles of plays he has written include: Project Ahab; or, Eye of the Whale, Dracula Inquest, RICHARD THE FIRST, Parts 1, 2, & 3, Machiavelli's The Prince, The Grand Inquisitor, Chekhov's The Duel, and Penelope's Odyssey. He also leads the Central Works Writers Workshop, an ongoing commissioning program that develops new works. Since 2002, he has taught playwriting year-round at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theater, including the annual Summer Playwriting Workshop that develops and presents a series of staged readings of eight new plays.
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JAN ZVAIFLER (actor) is Co-director of Central Works along with Gary Graves and a founding member of the company.


Central Works: Central Works presents world premiere #48, the new musical PROJECT AHAB; or, Eye of the Whale

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Building on the success of the company's 2013 musical epic, Red Virgin, writer Gary Graves and director John Patrick Moore team up with musical director Ben Euphrat.

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GARY GRAVES (playwright) has been a resident playwright and company co-director at Central Works since 1998. He has been a part of developing 45 world premiere productions with the company, many of which he has either written and/or directed. Titles of plays he has written include: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper,Dracula Inquest, Lion and the Fox, Red Virgin, Richard the First (a trilogy), Machiavelli's The Prince, The Inspector General, Achilles and Patroklos, The Grand Inquisitor, Chekhov's The Duel, Misanthrope, Mata Hari, and Penelope's Odyssey. He also leads the Central Works Writers Workshop, an ongoing commissioning program that develops new works. Since 2002, he has taught playwriting year-round at the Berkeley Rep School of Theater, including the annual Summer Playwriting Workshop that develops and presents a series of staged readings of eight new plays each session.
JOHN PATRICK MOORE (director) is an Artistic Associate with Central Works where he previously directed the new musical Red Virgin: Louise Michel and the Paris Commune of 1871 and Penelope's Odyssey. He appeared (as an AEA actor) in Richard the First,Reduction in Force,Midsummer/4, Shadow Crossing, The Mysterious Mr. Looney, Chekhov's The Duel, and Mata Hari. With Expanded Arts/Free Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot in New York, he helped develop new adaptations of The Seagull, Medea, Richard II and Dracula.


"There's a story that Stevenson wrote ...

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"There's a story that Stevenson wrote 'Jekyll and Hyde' in a sort of mad fever dream in just three days," says playwright, Gary Graves.

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Written by Gary Graves - A Central Works Method Play
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Published in 1886, the story precedes, even anticipates both Freud's explorations of the unconscious, as well as the famous murders of Jack the Ripper, according to Graves.
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It has been interpreted as an allegory for late Victorian era homosexuality, as a parable of addiction, as a metaphor for the conflict between father and son, and a myriad other interpretations" remarks playwright,Gary Graves.
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GARY GRAVES is a playwright and director living in the Bay Area. Since 1998, he has been a resident playwright and company co-director at Central Works and has been a part of developing 50 world premiere productions with the company, many of which he has either written and/or directed. Titles of plays he has written include: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper,Dracula Inquest, Lion and the Fox, Red Virgin, Richard the First (a trilogy), Machiavelli's The Prince, Achilles and Patroklos, The Grand Inquisitor, Chekhov's The Duel, Misanthrope, Mata Hari, and Penelope's Odyssey. Dr. Graves received an MFA in playwriting from Southern Illinois University, a PhD in directing from UC Berkeley, and teaches playwriting at the Berkeley Rep School of Theater. He also developed and leads the Central Works Writers Workshop, an ongoing commissioning program that develops new works.
JAN ZVAIFLER is a founding member of Central Works, and its co-director along with Gary Graves.
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Since 1991, the company has developed and produced over 50 world premieres bringing to the stage new works by such local writers as William Bivins, Christopher Chen, Anne Galjour, Gary Graves, Aaron Loeb, Patricia Milton, Geetha Reddy, Michael Gene Sullivan, and Brian Thorstenson, among others.

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