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ReDiscovery Readings

Since the 1993-1994 Season, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has staged more 70 plays as part of its ReDiscovery Series. Now in its 18th year, the ReDiscovery Series has investigated many rarely produced classics that resulted in mainstage productions including Schiller’s Don Carlos (produced during the 2000-2001 Season), A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde (produced during the 1998-1999 Season), The Silent Woman by Ben Jonson (produced during the 2002-2003 Season) and a new translation and adaptation of George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig (produced during the 2006-2007 Season). In recent years, the series has led directly to newly commissioned adaptations by David Ives of French verse comedy: Pierre Corneille’s The Liar (produced in the 2009-2010 Season) and Jean-François Regnard’s The Heir Apparent (produced in the 2011-2012 Season). The series also included the sold-out world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ rediscovered one-act plays, Five by Tenn, at the Kennedy Center in 2001, a production later remounted in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

Works for the ReDiscovery series are chosen by Artistic Director Michael Kahn and presented under the direction of Shakespeare Theatre Company's artistic staff. Guest artists join members of the Washington theatrical community to investigate classic works of world literature at the Lansburgh on several Mondays throughout the year. Guest scholars, translators and adapters involved with the evening's reading also frequently participate in rehearsal, performance and post-performance discussions.

The ReDiscovery Series is made possible through the generosity of donors Jean and David Grier.

See this seasons ReDiscovery Readings.

The production history of the series is as follows:


March 3 A Family Affair,
by Alexander Ostrovsky


December 9 Henry IV,
by Tom Stoppard
September 30 Rutherford and Son,
by Githa Sowerby
June 10 Love for Love,
by William Congreve
March 4 The London Merchant,
by George Lillo


November 19 Wild Oats,
by John O’Keeffe
October 1 Crazy Money,
by Alexander Ostrovsky (translated by Stephen Mulrine)
June 4 Emilia Galotti,
by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, translated by Anna Johanna Gode von Aesch
February 27 Sejanus,
by Ben Jonson


December 19 Egmont, by Johann Wolfgang
von Goethe (translated by Michael Hamburger)
September 26 Marta the Divine, by Tirso
de Molina (translated and adapted by Harley Erdman)
June 6 Don’t Play with Love,
by Alfred de Musset (translated by Michael Sadler)
April 4 The Superior Residence,
by Carlo Goldoni (translated by Frederick Davies)
February 28 The Government Inspector,
by Nikolai Gogol (adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher)

2 010

October 18 Madness in Valencia, by
Lope de Vega (translated and adapted by David Johnston)
May 17 Arden of Faversham, anonymous
March 15 Waste, by Harley Granville-Barker

2 0 0 9

December 7 Ruy Blas, by Victor
September 14 The Bourgeois Gentleman,
by Moliere, adapted by Barry Kornhauser
June 1 Britannicus, by Jean
April 20 Sir Patient Fancy, by
Aphra Behn

2 0 0 8

December 15 The Gamester, by Jean-Francois
Regnard, adapted by Freyda Thomas
October 20 The Dispute, by Pierre
June 30 The Venetian Twins by
Carlo Goldoni
March 31 The Liar by Pierre
Corneille, translated and adapted by Ranjit Bolt
February 4 The Demi-Monde by
Alexandre Dumas fils, translated by Barret Clark

2 0 0 7

December 10 The Jew of Malta by
Christopher Marlowe
October 15 The Phantom Lady by
Pedro Calderón de la Barca, translated and adapted by
Richard Sewell
May 14 Sir Thomas More, attributed
in part to William Shakespeare
April 22 The History of Cardenio,
by William Shakespeare and JohnFletcher, an imaginative reconstruction by Gary Taylor
February 12 Edward III – attributed
in part to William Shakespeare

2 0 0 6

December 4 The Belle's Stratagem – by
Hannah Cowley, edited by Melinda Finberg and David McCallum
September 25 London Assurance – by
Dion Boucicault
April 24 The Modern Husband – by
Henry Fielding, adapted by Michael Kahn
February 20 Hernani – by
Victor Hugo, translated and adapted by John Strand

2 0 0 5

December 5 The Voysey Inheritance – by
Harley Granville-Barker
October 3 The Spanish Tragedy – by
Thomas Kyd
May 2 The Beaux' Stratagem – by
George Farquhar, adapted by Thornton Wilder and Ken Ludwig
February 7 A Busy Day – by
Fanny Burney, adapted by Alan Coveney

2 0 0 4

December 6 The Dog in the Manger** – by
Lope de Vega
September 20 and October 18 Boston Marriage – by
David Mamet
February 23 Nathan the Wise – by
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, translated by Edward Kemp

2 0 0 3

December 9 Lorenzaccio* – by
Alfred de Musset – translated and adapted by John Strand
September 22 A Chaste Maid in Cheapside – by
Thomas Middleton
February 27 Brand – by
Henrik Ibsen

2 0 0 2

December 9 The Recruiting Officer – by
George Farquhar
October 14 Turcaret – by
Alain-René Lessage
February 25 Mulatto – by
Langston Hughes

2 0 0 1

December 10 The Newly Discovered One Acts
of Tennessee Williams
October 8 The Alchemist – by
Ben Jonson
February 26 The Beaux' Stratagem * by
George Farquhar

2 0 0 0

December The Double Dealer – by
William Congreve
October The Silent Woman* – by
Ben Jonson

1 9 9 8

December 7 The Alcestiad – by
Thornton Wilder
February 23 The Wives' Excuse – by
Thomas Southerne

1 9 9 7

December 15 Amphitryon – by
Molière – translated by Richard Wilbur
September 29 The Surgeon of Honour – by
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
May 12 Women Beware Women – by
Thomas Middleton
March 3 All is True – by
William Shakespeare and John Fletcher – adapted by Greg
January 6 A Woman of No Importance* – by
Oscar Wilde

1 9 9 6

November 4 The Roman Actor – by
Philip Massinger
April 29 The Knight of the Burning
– by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
March 11 The Tutor – by
Jakob Lenz

1 9 9 5

December 11 Lorenzaccio – by
Alfred de Musset
October 30 Ion** – by Euripides
May 15 The Malcontent – by
John Marston
March 13 The Man of Mode or Sir Flopping
– by George Etherege
January 9 Venice Preserved – by
Thomas Otway

1 9 9 4

October 10 The Last Days of Don Juan – by
Tirso de Molina
February 14 Brittanicus – by
Jean Racine

1 9 9 3

The Relapse – by Sir John Vanbrugh
The Critic – by Richard Brinsley
Sheridan Beaumont and John Fletcher
Don Carlos* – by Frederich

*Fully produced by the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

** To be produced by the Shakespeare Theatre Company as part of the
2008-2009 season.