Charles Morey

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Charles Morey Bio

Morey_2CHARLES MOREY is the author of eleven produced plays. The most recent, THE GRANITE STATE  received its inaugural production at the Peterborough Players in 2014. FIGARO (freely adapted from Beaumarchais) was commissioned and produced by New York City's Pearl Theatre Company and played Off-Broadway in the fall of 2012 to critical acclaim including a New York Times "Critic's Pick." In its 2015 west coast premiere at A Noise Within FIGARO was an L.A. Times "Critic's Choice." Other plays include: LAUGHING STOCK  which has received over 100 productions world-wide to date, THE YELLOW LEAF, DUMAS' CAMILLE, THE LADIES MAN (freely adapted from Feydeau)  and stage adaptations of the 19th century classic novels: THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, DRACULA and THE THREE MUSKETEERS. His plays have had numerous productions at professional theatres across the country including: Denver Center Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center,  Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis,  Meadow Brook Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, PCPA Theaterfest,  Peterborough Players,  Connecticut  Repertory Theatre,  Elm Shakespeare Company, Arvada Center, Creede Repertory Theatre, Artists' Ensemble, Actors' Summit Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Shadowland Theatre, Theatre in the Square, Centenary Stage Company and Cortland Repertory Theatre in addition to the afore-mentioned Pearl Theatre Company and A Noise Within. He has had hundreds of US and international amateur productions as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, Austria, India, Canada and The Netherlands. LAUGHING STOCK has been translated into Russian and has been running in Moscow since April 2013 in the repertory of Arcadia Theatre and in Pervouralsk in the repertory of the Variant Drama Theatre under the title "Balagan". DRACULA was produced as a radio play by LA Theatre Works and is replayed regularly by stations around the country each October. LA Theatreworks will tour their "Live Radio Play" version of DRACULA nation-wide in 2015-2016.  

LAUGHING STOCK was nominated for the American Theatre Critic's Association Steinberg Award and won the "Best New Play" citation from the New Hampshire Theatre Association and the “Readers Choice” Award for Best Play from the Sarasota Herald Tribune. In it's 2013 revival by the Peterborough Players, it won six New Hampshire Theatre Association Awards including "Best Play."  "Dumas' Camille" was a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and received the City Weekly "Slammy" award for Best New Play in Utah. THE LADIES MAN received the "Readers' Choice" Ovation Award from the Denver Post for best comedy. His, as yet unproduced play, 
THE SALAMANDER'S TALE,  was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama. THE GRANITE STATE was nominated as Best New Play by the New Hampshire Theatre Awards. FIGAROLAUGHING STOCK and THE LADIES MAN are published by Dramatists Play Service and THE THREE MUSKETEERS and THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO are published by Playscripts. The radio version of DRACULA is available for download or on CD from  

He served as Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company from 1984 to 2012 where he directed more than ninety productions including the  world premieres of FIND AND SIGN by Wendy MacLeod, Bess Wohl's TOUCH(ED) and IN as well as  the first regional theatre productions of LES MISÉRABLES, THE PRODUCERS and THE VERTICAL HOUR  in addition to THE TEMPEST, HAMLET,CHICAGO, METAMORPHOSES, JULIUS CAESAR, HUMBLE BOY, JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD, CYRANO DE BERGERAC and THE REAL THING among many others. In June of 2012 he was named Artistic Director Emeritus and currently splits his time between Utah and New York City focusing on free-lance directing and writing projects.

From 1977 to 1988 he served as Artistic Director of New Hampshire's Peterborough Players where he directed the world premieres of such plays as Percy Granger's EMINENT DOMAIN and VIVIEN and poet laureate of the United States Donald Hall's RAGGED MOUNTAIN ELEGIES. In thirty seasons with the Players over the past forty-six years he has directed forty-five and acted in thirty-two productions.

New York directing credits include productions for the Ark Theatre Company and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally he has directed for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (the world premiere of Bess Wohl's "Barcelona"),  Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis,  MeadowBrook Theatre, the American Stage Festival, PCPA Theatrefest and Utah Shakespeare Festival.

He began his career as an actor working with many New York and regional theatres such as the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New Dramatists, Ark Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, Syracuse Stage, the Peterborough Players, Theatre by the Sea and many others.

He has served as both a panelist and on-site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees of the National Theatre Conference. He received a BA from  Dartmouth College and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.

Link to Broadway World retirement article
Link to KUED TV brief career  retrospective
(3 Minutes)
Link to KUED TV  "Utah Conversations" June 2011 Interview (30 Minutes)
Link to KSL TV Retirement Interview
Link to Salt Lake Tribune Retirement Article

ZACHARY PROCTOR POTRAIT OF CHARLES MOREY which hangs in the lobby of The Simmons Pioneer Theatre. 



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