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Meet Dick Dotterer

Street: 3371 Glendale Blvd. #141
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Zip: 90039
Email Address: dickdotterer@gmail.com



CO-CHAIR EMERITUS

Dick Dotterer is one of the founding members of ALAP, and served as Co-Chair 1997-2002. He is also the author of the ALAP Production Contract, and the ALAP Play Reading Agreement, both of which are approbated by The Dramatists Guild, Inc.

 He has had 19 of his plays produced internationally, and 5 of them have been published.  He has directed approximately 100 stage productions, workshops, and play readings. He has worked off camera in televsion and winked at the movies. He has also been cast as a dramaturge, literary manager, director of development, and artistic director  for theatre companies and others. He has received 6 writing awards, two of them national playwriting competitions. As a director, he has had a handful of nominations, and has won two: for A SHOT IN THE DARK and ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL. He has also worked as a newpaper  reviewer, book critic, food magazine contributor, and various other occasional pieces.

He has worked in educational theatre, taught acting, guest lectured on playwriting, on acting, on directing, and on performing farce techniques. For 7 years he was the National Coordinator for the Julie Harris Playwrights Competition and the Marilyn Hall Plays for Youth, both sponsored by The Beverly Hills Theatre Guild. He hold a B.A. in English and History from Texas Christian University, and an M.F.A. in playwriting and directing from the University of Oklahoma. (The School of Drama there now awards the MFA in playwriting and directing as "dramaturgy"--Who knew?!!) He also holds "Life Time" secondary teaching certification in Theatre, English, and History from the state of Texas.

As an actor he has played 79 roles, including in the Shakespeare cannon the roles of Antonio (The Merchant of Venice),  Bottom, Malvolio, Richard III, Menenius (Coriolanus), Baptista (Shrew) and Cassius, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony (in three different productions, so he claims to be the only person he knows who has plotted his murder, murdered himself, and avenged his murder). He has also played the title role in The Scottish Play, a performance and production he refuses to talk about out of good taste.

Along side the Shakespearean experiences some of his other acting experience as been in the following plays (in no particular order of importance or chronology): THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (2 productions: Mr. Kraler; Mr. Van Dan); THE GREAT SEBASTIANS (Josef, the theatre manager); TIME OUT FOR GINGER (Howard Carol); ALL MY SONS (Frank Lubey); ANDROCLES AND THE LION ([GBS] Caesar); THE AMERICAN DREAM (Daddy); IMAGINARY INVALID (Thomas Diaforus); A MAJORITY OF ONE (Jerome "Jerry" Black); SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (George Holly); THE TENTH MAN (Zitorsky); THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BURSTEIN'S WINDOW (Wally O'Hara); OEDIPUS THE KING (Oedipus); SCHOOL FOR WIVES (Oronte); MARY, MARY (Bob McKellaway); SUBJECT WAS ROSES (John Cleary);
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (2 productions: Mortimer Brewster; Teddy Brewster); THE MOON IS BLUE (Don Gresham); BLITHE SPIRIT (Charles Condomine); THE REIGN OF KING EWARD III (Lord Audley); KRAPP'S LAST TAPE (Krapp);  OUT TOWN (2 productions: Simon Stimson; Stage Manager); DEAR LIAR (G.B. Shaw); "12 Pound Look" ([James M. Barrie] Sir Harry); "The Inca of Perusalem" ([GBS] The Inca); "How He Lied to Her Husband" ([GBS] the Husband); Escurial (Michael de Ghelderode) 2 productions:  Executioner; Foliol)  PINOCCHIO (original youtheatre script--The Fox); RIP VAN WINKLE (original adaptation--Henrik Hudson; "Franklin, grown up"). 

PUBLISHED PLAYSCRIPTS: Stuff 'n Nonsense; I'll Love You Forever--Tomorrow; The Small War in Corridor "A"; The Humpty Dumpty Complex; and This Site Unsuitable for Dragons.

UNPUBLISHED BUT PRODUCED PLAYSCRIPTS (that are still allowed production--selected list): PORTIA OF PRETORIA (Musical Mellerdrammer Farce--book and lyrics); DEAR LOVE; SAYING GOODBYE; END OF PLAY; THE MISTAKEN MISADVENTURES OF SGANARELLE (in public workshop); MOLIERE'S THE SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS (in public workshiop).

PRODUCED MARIONETTE PLAYS: The Queen's Glass Slippers; Hansel and Gretel; Marvo's Midnight Royal Magic Show; The Church Mouse's Christmas Carol; The Adventures of Sigmund the Squid; Koko the Clown Finds a Job.'

Commissioned Screenplay: PRIVATE CODES ( Don't go looking for  it at either Neflix or Blockbuster; still unfilmed as far as I know.)

SCRIPTS WAITING IN THE WINGS FOR FULL PRODUCTION: AND ONE FOR TOMORROW; SILLY SHUW SHAN--or A Red Cap, a Red Coat, And a Pair of Red Riding Boots; BITTER ALMONDS; MOLIERE'S THE SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS; THE MISTAKEN MISADVENTURES OF SGANARELLE  (Double bill of  "Sganarelle" and "The Forced Marriage.")

PUBLISHED BOOKS: The Transdisciplinary Process (A Handbook for the Care Givers of Infants at Risk); Shakespeare's Monologues They Haven't Heard (2 editions); Shakespeare's Monologues for Women; Monologues from Moliere !also translator); Shakespeare's Ladies; Knaves, Knights, and Kings: Monologues for Men from Shakespeare; Speeches and Scenes from Oscar's Best Films (a source book for film actors, directors, and editors); For Women: A pocket Book of Monologues from Shakespeare.

PRODUCTIONS DIRECTED: ( Selected list and in no particular order--truth is, I don't remember all the productions I've helmed.)

LONG PLAYS: Oedipus at Colonus; She Stoops to Conquer; Twelfth Night; Light up the Sky; A Shot in the Dark; The Moon is Blue; The Impossible Years; Blithe Spirit; Crime on Goat Island; Mary, Mary; Quest for Young Arthur; Small War in Corridor "A" (Premiere); The Humpty Dumpty Complex (Premiere);  This Site Unsuitable for Dragons; The Reign of King Edward III (1st professional production it at least 358 years; now accepted in the Shakespeare canon); All's Well That Ends Well; Kiss of the Spider Woman (U.S/North American premiere---in English); Moliere's The School for Husbands (public workshop performanc); The Mistaken Misadventures of Sganarelle (public workshop performance).

SHORT PLAYS: (Selected list):"Suppressed Desires"; "Impromptu"; "The Long Christmas Dinner"; "The Man in the Bowler Hat"; "The Bad Children"; "Dear Love"; "Saying Goodbye" (Premiere); "Ways and Means"; "A Social Event"; "The King's Creampuffs"; "End of Play" (Premiere).

MUSICAL THEATRE AND OPERA: PORTIA OF PRETORIA(Premiere); CARNIVAL (twice); MAN OF LaMANCHA; AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS; LA BOHEME; MARTHA; LE NOZZI DE FIGARO; SAMSON ET DALILAH; UN BALLO IN MASCHERA.

He was one of the original voters for the L.A. Ovation Awards, participating for 9 years as one of the singular "voters-at-large." The last 8 of those years he also served on the Ovation Awards Procedure Committee, the oversight committee for the Ovation Awards at the time.