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John Flax

JOHN FLAX (Co-Director and Creator on A Dream Inside Another) John Flax has been creating and performing original theater for over twenty years. He joined the French/American Theatre de la Jeune Lune in 1979, performing in Moliere!, a dramatic history of Moliere’s company and A French Christmas, staged French folk tales. Along with the Jeune Lune ensemble he co-created and performed in Ubu for President and 1929: The American Dream. Both won Kudo Awards for Best Production in Minneapolis. In 1983, Flax founded Theater Grottesco with Frenchman Didier Maucort.

Their first production, Crusoe, an economic unraveling of Defoe’s novel, written by Maucort, won first prize at the Festival du Carreau de Temple in Paris and a Drama Critic’s Award in San Diego in 1984. Theater Grottesco moved to the United States in 1985 and began work on The American Trilogy Project. In 1994, Grottesco premiered The Angels’ Cradle, co-authored and directed by Flax. The Angels’ Cradle, seen Off-Broadway in 1999, is the story of a group of deformed outcasts living beneath our city streets, and the homeless man who finds them.

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