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About the Author of the Play...


     Joan Holden was principal playwright for the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe from l967 to 2000: creating, as author or head writer, a satire a year for the Troupe's annual summer season in the parks. Longtime San Franciscans may remember THE INDEPENDENT FEMALE or A MAN HAS HIS PRIDE, THE DRAGON LADY'S REVENGE, FALSE PROMISES, THE HOTEL UNIVERSE, THE FACTWINO TRILOGY, THE MOZAMGOLA CAPER, AMERICAN or LAST TANGO IN HUAHUATENANGO, STEELTOWN, RIPPED VAN WINKLE, SEEING DOUBLE, BACK TO NORMAL, and OFFSHORE.
     Since the l980's she has enjoyed
parallel careers as a translator and adaptor of comedies; notably THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST for the Eureka Theater, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and THE POPE AND THE WITCH for the American Conservatory Theater, and VOLPONE and THE ALCHEMIST for the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  In 1998 she led a team of Jews and Arabs -- Israeli, American and Palestinian -- writing the Troupe's Obie-winning SEEING DOUBLE, an argument for a two-state solution in the form of a mistaken-identity farce.  
     With Dan Chumley, she has created shows in
collaboration with artists in Israel, the Philippines, Nepal and Hong Kong.  Holden has served on peer panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council.  She wrote the final report for the 1994 San Francisco Cultural Affairs Task Force, which created the City's Cultural Equity Endowment. 
     She has been honored with Bay Area
Critics' Circle, Dramalogue, Los Angeles Critics' Circle awards; playwriting grants from the Rockefeller and Gerbode Foundations; the San Francisco Working Women's Festival Working Woman of the Year award, and, with the Troupe, the San Francisco Media Alliance Golden Gadfly Award.
     Joan Holden's newest play, MALL*MART, THE MUSICAL!, made its world debut at Denver's Curious Theatre in May of 2007.

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