David Whiteley

David Whiteley is an Ottawa/Gatineau-based playwright and theatrical translator/adaptor, with a penchant for classical French texts.  His Canadian English translations in Alexandrine rhymed verse of Molière's The Misanthrope and Tartuffe as well as Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac received popular and critical acclaim upon their respective professional premières with Third Wall Theatre (both Molière plays) and Plosive Productions (Cyrano).  His recent translation of Georges Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear received a first professional production by SevenThirty Productions under award-winning director John P. Kelly.

Whiteley has also created a number of shorter, small-cast works suitable for Fringe Festival production:  a four-character 60-minute adaptation of Alfred Jarry's Ubu roi as Ubu Rex, an original sequel to same based on Shakespeare's Macbeth under the title Ubu Mactwobu, two Fringe-friendly variations of Arthur Schnitzler's Die Reigen/La Ronde as What Goes Around… and …Comes Around, a stage adaptation of Kafka's The Burrow and original works Mozart Requiem, Hot Spur!, The Beer Tent and The Beer Tent: Reflux, all of which have received Fringe productions.

In addition to playwrighting, Whiteley is a director and actor, and serves as Co-Artistic Director of Plosive Produtions and Season Co-ordinator of The Gladstone, former venue of the Great Canadian Theatre Company.

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