|Mae Ziglin Meidav, Ph.D.
Mae Ziglin Meidav, Artistic Director and founder of Brookside Repertory Theatre in April 2001, is the recipient of the California Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship, 1991-92. The fellowship was granted for her one-woman show Delicate Pin Stripes and Other Tales. Written with humor, passion, and a feminist sensibility free from political pieties, the play fleshes out the story of one woman's treacherous passage through corporate America's mores of power and sex. The show, later scripted into a two-act play, Delicate Pin Stripes, was a finalist in the 1992 San Francisco Bay Guardian Playwrights Contest, and was produced by Subterranean Shakespeare in 1993 in an extended run.
A staged reading of Meidav's current play, Basha Rubenchek from Minsk, Comrades of Petaluma, is scheduled for Monday, March1, 2004 in San Francisco.
Meidav is a long-time contributor to the dramatic vigor of the Bay Area. Her full-length play Franz/KAFKA, inspired by the life and works of Franz Kafka, was produced at Berkeleyís Subterranean Shakespeare in 1997. About the production and script, The Express (June 13, 1997) wrote: "Meidav has crafted an arresting script exploring the life of one of the most unique literary craftsman whose imaginative visions were so powerful that they have since come to define their own genre."
Meidavís play, Island Heat, was the first fully staged production of Brookside Repertory Theatre, at the Phoenix II Theatre, San Francisco in 2001. A two-act stage play set in the steamy climate of a remote Caribbean outpost, the play portrays a neo-colonial couple in an open marriage, intertwined with the indigenous culture and the stranger who comes to manage the islandís geothermal energy development.
Brookside Repertory Theatre received the award of Best Collected Shorts for Check The Box at the 2003 San Francisco Fringe Festival, of which Meidavís play Speak Softly and Carry A Big Computer formed part. The play, Chanukah Is Not the Jewish Christmas, was performed in Brookside Repertoryís collection of Holiday Shorts staged readings providing a different take on the holiday season.
Selected for the 2000 Solo Mio Festival in San Francisco, Meidav performed When Youíre Down, Youíre Up: A Guide to an American Yiddish Family. Other fully staged original scripts performed in the Bay Area include: The Butcher; Bessie, Peshie; Ejecting a Jeep from an Airplane: The Birth of Tamar; My Zayde, Or, Never Turn the Pickle Barrel Sour; Basha Rubenchek; On Stage, Off Stage; The Funeral; The Best Boss I Ever Had; Sacramento; Nairobi; The Azores; The Interview, Or, Would You Consider Saudi Arabia?
Intensive theater and playwrighting training include participation in the Dramatic Writing Workshops of Will Dunne; the West Coast Playwrights Festival with Maria Irene Fornes, Robert Hedley, and Alma Becker: and BRAVA! For Women in the Arts, with Ellen Gavin and Michele Linfante. As an actor, Meidav has appeared on Bay Area stages in both contemporary and classical productions. Favorite roles are Amanda, The Glass Menagerie, Volumina in Coriolanus, the Dukes in As You Like It, Gertrude in Hamlet, and most recently as the Nurse, in the original play Phaedra, by Berkeley playwright, Deborah Rogin. She trained in both London and the San Francisco Bay Area in contemporary and classical stage acting, and in cutting edge solo performance as practiced by such luminaries as Jean Shelton, Phil Bennett, Ray Reinhardt, Bill Talen, Irene Maria Fornes, Nina Wise, Corey Fischer and Ann Galjour.
Meidav, a native of St. Louis, earned academic degrees in mathematics and physics from Washington University, St. Louis, and University of Missouri, and an M.A. degree and Ph.D. in sociology from University of California, Riverside. She taught sociology at St. Johnís College, New York, and currently teaches workshops in Middle Eastern dance and creative writing. Meidav is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Theatre Bay Area, International Center for Women Playwrights, and the Theater Communication Group.