Frank Dwyer is a poet, playwright, director, actor, and translator. His play, THE AFFLICTION OF GLORY: A COMEDY ABOUT TRAGEDY, was commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum and premiered at the Getty Center in a joint production with the Mark Taper Forum.
At the Taper, Frank directed Anton Chekhov’s THE WOOD DEMON, the premiere production of LA’s classical Antaeus Company, in his own co-translation with the late Nicholas Saunders. Together, Saunders and Dwyer translated 20 Russian plays, including the five major works and many of the comic one-acts of Chekhov, as well as works by Gogol, Turgenev, Gorky, and Bulgakov. CHEKHOV X 4, an evening of one-acts premiered by the Antaeus Company, won Saunders and Dwyer the 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Translation. Their version of Bulgakov’s ZOYA’S APARTMENT was produced on Broadway at Circle in the Square, and their translation of THE CHERRY ORCHARD was broadcast on public radio stations across the United States and recorded for cd sales and distribution by LA Theatre Works. Their two final translations, Gorky’s ENEMIES and Ostrovsky’s THE FOREST, are in preparation.
As an actor, Frank was a member of the company of the Repertory Theater at Lincoln Center (1972-73), appeared on Broadway in the 25th-anniversary revival of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and in productions at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Roundabout Theater, Playwrights’ Horizons, CSC Repertory Theater, and the Quaigh Theater (NYC). At CSC, Frank directed Tom Stoppard’s ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and played the key role of The Player. At the Quaigh, he played the title role in Mrozek’s VATZLAV. A Founding Member of the Antaeus Company (LA), Frank and his wife Mary Stark appeared together in the Taper-Antaeus Classic Lab production of Feydeau’s A FLY IN THE OINTMENT. For Robert Winter’s Summerfest series at the Getty, Frank narrated Poulenc’s BABAR, with Neal Stuhlberg conducting. In the summer of 2004, Frank directed MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for the Ojai Shakespeare Festival. His performance as Falstaff, in an adaptation of both parts of Shakespeare’s HENRY IV produced at the Odyssey Theater (LA), won Frank an Outlook “Best of the Year” citation. In his 12 years as Literary Manager and then Guest Artist at the Mark Taper Forum, Frank worked frequently as an actor, director, and dramaturg.
Frank has had poems published in many literary journals and magazines, including American Poetry Review, The New England Review, Shenandoah, Ploughshares, Centennial Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, and Salmagundi. His poem, “Bible Story,” won a major prize in the prestigious Arvon Foundation competition (London). He has written four young adult biographies – John Adams; Henry VIII, James I, and Danton, all published by Chelsea House (NYC). His articles have appeared frequently in Taper and Ahmanson programs as well as in Convergence (the Autry National Center magazine). He blogs regularly on the Huffington Post.
A speaker in demand in the Los Angeles area, Frank has given talks for the Center Theatre Group, the Getty Museum, the Huntington Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Opera, the Clark Library, the Jane Austen Society, the Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable, the Friends of English (UCLA), and the Pasadena Senior Curriculum.
He taught Shakespeare and History of World Theater at the California Institute of the Arts and then moved to UCLA where he lectures on theater, with colleagues Robert Winter (Music) and Emma Lew Thomas (Dance), for the popular cluster course “Inside the Performing Arts.”