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date: 13 November 2019

Sellars, Peterlocked

  • Steven Ledbetter
  • , revised by Jonas Westover

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(b Pittsburgh, PA, Sept 27, 1957). American theater and opera director. He studied at Harvard University (BA 1980), where he formed his own group, the Explosives B Cabaret, which put on several plays. In 1980 he staged Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector-General for the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a modernist, anti-realist style. For the same theater he directed a production of Handel’s Orlando (1981–2), in which the central character was an astronaut stationed at Cape Canaveral, and for the Chicago Lyric Opera he staged a version of The Mikado located in contemporary Japan. Sellars became the director of the Boston Shakespeare Company in 1983 and embarked on an adventurous repertory that included the American premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse. In 1984 he was appointed director of the American National Theater company at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

His Mozart productions include a widely acclaimed ...

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