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David Peimer

David Peimer is a playwright, librettist and director. He has won many awards (including the Soros Open Society Award, Goethe Inst Award, South African National Playwriting, and others), directed over 40 plays in the EU, South Africa, New York, UK, and for the Pinter Centre. He is also a Professor of Theatre (UK) and was at New York University (Prague campus). Born in South Africa, he graduated from Columbia University on a Fulbright Scholarship. His most recent book of plays Armed Response; Plays from South Africa was published in 2009. Recently, Dame Janet Suzman read his adaptation of Elie Wiesel’s Night in London. He was also the first English speaking director in Vaclav Havel’s Prague theatre, has staged work in the EU Parliament (Culture Department) and at the Prague Quadrennial. He is currently endorsed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a new project.
Shylock and Caliban Speak
Playwrights Robert Gordon and David Peimer present their new play. Shakespeare’s ‘outsiders’ Shylock and Caliban talk back to the societies that have persecuted them over centuries. Their stories speak urgently. Who is a citizen? Who an ‘alien’? As recurring forces of racism and nationalism frame cultural identity, where do Shylock and Caliban belong? With original African and Jewish music, the play promises a surprising new approa to The Merchant of Venice and T...