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Neil Blackadder

Neil Blackadder is a Chicago-based translator of contemporary plays from German and French, and a retired professor and theatre historian.

Neil Blackadder translates drama and prose from German and French, specializing in contemporary theatre. Neil’s translations have been staged in New York, London, Chicago, and elsewhere, and widely published. Playwrights Neil has translated include Lukas Bärfuss, Rebekka Kricheldorf, Ewald Palmetshofer, Ferdinand Schmalz, Mishka Lavigne, and Thomas Arzt. He is also the author of Performing Opposition: Modern Theater and the Scandalized Audience.


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Taking Risks to Promote Community with Visky’s Juliet

Taking Risks to Promote Community with Visky’s Juliet

20 April 2020

Neil Blackadder writes about three productions of Juliet at Chicago’s Theatre Y, including the most recent one that configured and filled the small black-box space in an unusual way.