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Daniel Pinkerton



Nationality:    USA
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Daniel Pinkerton, a California-born and Minneapolis-based playwright, holds advanced degrees in playwriting and European history. A core member of the Playwrights' Center since 2000, he has been awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, a Jerome Fellowship in Playwriting, a Minnesota Arts Board Fellowship, and a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant. His play DO YOU Want TO KNOW A SECRET? has been workshopped in Minneapolis, New York, and Portland, Maine. It was published in the anthology LITTLE FESTIVAL OF the UNEXPECTED 2000-2001 (Stage and Screen Book Club, 2002), and a monologue from it was published in the PLAYWRIGHTS' CENTER MONOLOGUES FOR MEN (Heinemann, 2005). It will receive its world premiere in Minneapolis in March, 2006. His recent work has included the BALLAD OF MARY MALLON and SURVIVOR's HAIKU, two music Theatre works created in collaboration with composer Chris Gennaula, and SO THIS PUPPET WALKS INTO A BAR, a short work for two actors and a hand puppet.
biography courtesy of the Playwrights' Centre

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2016)

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        Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

a play for live actors and video, is based on a true story of life before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is rooted in the historical reality of communist East Germany, where more than one in every twenty adult citizens were enlisted as unofficial collaborators to spy on their colleagues, friends, and relatives. Karin Berger has been fighting the repressive communist regime in East Germany for much of her life, even though her father, General Wolf Neidermann is a prominent officer in the secret police, the Stasi. At the time the play opens, Karin has been betrayed to the authorities and has been put in prison. Karin's faithful husband, Walter, is raising their teenaged daughter, Erika. Karin is freed when the communist regime falls. As a member of the new, democratically elected German parliament, she leads a successful crUSAde to open up the surveillance files on individual citizens compiled by the Stasi. When she reads her own file, she discovers the shocking and unexpected identity of her chief informant. the Bergers-Karin, Walter, and Erika-and those closest to them, including Karin's Father Wolf and her friend and fellow dissident, Anja, are ripped apart by both the betrayal itself and the fallout after its discovery. the ensuing tragedy explores the psychological and emotional cost of living in a society built on an elaborate framework of deceit, the consequences of betrayal, the price of knowledge, the impossibility of forgetting, and the difficulty of forgiving.


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Actors Repertoy Theatre Luxembourg. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg     09 Mar 2016


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