Timberlake Wertenbaker

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birthdate = 1944
birthplace = New York City, New York, USA
birthname = Lael Louisiana Timberlake Wertenbaker
occupation = Playwright
nationality = United Kingdom
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genre = Modern theatre, original works and translations
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Lael Louisiana Timberlake Wertenbaker (born 1944) is an America-born British playwright.

Biography

Wertenbaker was born in New York City, New York to Charles Wertenbaker, a foreign correspondent for "Time" magazine, and Lael Tucker, an author. She grew up in the Basque Country of France near Saint-Jean-de-Luz. [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1250483,00.html] She attended schools in Europe and the US before settling permanently in London. Her breakthrough play, "Our Country's Good" is an adaptation of a book by Thomas Keneally and was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1988 [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth138] . She is the author of many plays for the stage and for radio, and has translated works by authors including Jean Anouilh, Sophocles, and Euripides [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth138]

Honours and awards

*1985 Plays and Players Most Promising Playwright Award for "The Grace of Mary Traverse"
*1988 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright for "Our Country's Good"
*1988 Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play for "Our Country's Good"
*1989 Eileen Anderson Central Television Drama Award for "The Love of the Nightingale"
*1990 Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play (New York) "Our Country's Good"
*1991 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for Best West End Play (London) "Three Birds Alighting on a Field"
*1992 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize "Three Birds Alighting on a Field"
*1992 Writers' Guild Award (Best West End Play) "Three Birds Alighting on a Field"

Work

*"This Is No Place for Tallulah Bankhead", 1978
*"The Third", 1980
*"Second Sentence", 1980
*"Case to Answer", 1980
*"Breaking Through", 1980
*"New Anatomies", 1981
*"Inside Out", 1982
*"Home Leave", 1982
*"Abel’s Sister", 1984
*"The Grace of Mary Traverse", 1985
*"Mephisto" by Ariane Mnouchkine (translator), 1986
*"Leocadia" by Jean Anouilh, (translator) 1987
*"Our Country's Good", 1988
*"False Admissions; Successful Strategies; La Dispute: Three Plays by Marivaux" (translator), 1989
*"The Love of the Nightingale", 1989
*"The Thebans" by Sophocles (translator), 1992
*"Three Birds Alighting on a Field", 1992
*"The Break of Day", 1995
*"After Darwin", 1998
*"Filumena" by Eduardo de Filippo (translator), 1998
*"Dianeira" 1999
*"The Ash Girl" (adaptation of "Cinderella"), 2000
*"Credible Witness", 2001
*"Galileo's Daughter", 2004
*"Divine Intervention", 2006
* "Jenůfa" by Gabriela Preissova (adaptation), 2007
*"Arden City" (For the National Theatre Connections program) 2008

References

External links

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* [http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5520 Entry in The Literary Encyclopedia]
* [http://explore.georgetown.edu/documents/?DocumentID=3749 Georgetown Hosts Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker]
* [http://members.iconn.net/~ab234/Plays/Mephisto/Wertenbaker.html Article about translating "Mephisto"] From The Sunday Times (UK) - April 6 1986
* [http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=auth138 Biography and critical perspective from the British Council Arts Contemporary Writers website]


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