His play Shylock's Beard won the Award for Excellence in Playwriting from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). For a feature about the play from the University of Pennsylvania website, click here.
He is author of Shakespeare Refashioned: Elizabethan Plays on Edwardian Stages (UMI Research Press, 1981), editor of Great Shakespeareans XV: Poel, Granville Barkeer, Guthrie, Wanamaker (Bloomsbury-Arden, 2013), and author of
Double Shakespeares: Emotional-Realist Acting and Contemporary Performance
(Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015).
To see a c.v., click here.
At Penn, Mazer teaches courses in various periods of Theatre History and
Dramatic Literature. In the spring semester he is teaching, Theatre Arts 236: Acting Shakespeare, and Theatre Arts 274: Dramaturgy. For
syllabi from past courses, click here.
Among the theatre productions he has directed are:
- Pericles, by William Shakespeare, Theatre Division, Columbia
- The Devil's Disciple, by G. Bernard Shaw, Princeton Summer
- Not I and Rockaby, by Samuel Beckett, Intuitons,
University of Pennsylvania, 198l.
- As You Like It, by William Shakespeare, Penn Players, University
of Pennsylvania, 1982.
and, for the Theatre Arts Program at Penn:
And semi-staged script-in-hand readings:
- Electra, by Euripides, 1983.
- Richard II, by William Shakespeare, 1989.
- Playing with Peter, based on, and
incorporating the text of, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 1990.
- The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster,
- Miss Julie, by August Strindberg, 1995.
Play, by August Strindberg, at
the University of Pennsylvania and at the 1996 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Two Gentlemen of
Verona, by William Shakespeare, 1999
- Old Times, by Harold Pinter, 2000.
- Major Barbara, by G. Bernard
- Transfixed, an original documentary theatre piece, 2010.
- Look/Alive, an original adaptation of stories by Ovid, Grimm, Anderson, and others, 2011, at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
He has written four plays:
- The Spanish
Tragedy, by Thomas Kyd, The Red Heel Theatre, 1993.
- The Good Person of Szechwan, by Bertolt Brecht, Theatre Arts Program, University of Pennsylvania, 1996.
- Spring Awakening, by Frank Wedekind, Theatre Arts Program, 1999.
- Engaged, by William S. Gilbert, Theatre Arts Program, 2008.
- Cyrano de Bergerac, by Edmond Rostand, translated by Michael Hollinger, adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner, Theatre Arts Program, 2011.
- The Octoroon by Dion Bouciccault, Theatre Arts Program, 2016.
In addition, he has acted (as Kadmos) in the Theatre Arts Program production
of The Bacchae by Euripides, directed by Jim Schlatter (1992); and served as guest dramaturg for
productions of The Importance of Being
Earnest, by Oscar Wilde (1993), Misalliance, by G. Bernard Shaw (1994),
Heartbreak House, by Shaw (1998), and The Merchant of Venice by William
Shakespeare (2002), at People's Light
& Theatre Company.
- Pinchas Vontz, after Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen.
- Shylock's Beard.
- Seven Lectures on Hamlet.
- A Puppeteer with the Palsy Performs Scenes from Shakespeare, or, The Ghost in the Machine.
From 1986 to 1999, he was a theatre critic for the Philadelphia
City Paper. To read reviews from past
issues of the City Paper, click here. Click here
to read his valedictory essay in City Paper, September 16, 1999).
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