Julia Pascal PhD is a London playwright-theatre director and scholar. Her new play 12-37 premieres at The Finborough Theatre, London in autumn 2022. She is currently writing and presenting a BBC World Service radio documentary on The Sin Only Women Commit-Ageing. Julia trained as an actor and worked professionally as a performer before becoming a stage director and playwright. She was the first woman director at the National Theatre on the South Bank with Men Seldom Make Passes her adaptation of Dorothy Parker’s writings. As a journalist she has worked for the London Times, The Guardian, City Limits magazine and The Observer as well as for BBC radio. Her plays have been published and produced in the UK, Europe and the USA. In New York, scenes from her St Joan, about a Black Jewish Londoner, were part of the Lincoln Centre’s Director’s Lab and her Dybbuk was seen at Theatre For the New City. Crossing Jerusalem, her contemporary drama set in the 2002 intifada, has had two London productions and a German adaptation at the Karlsruhe Staatstheater. Prizes include an award from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Produced and published texts include The Holocaust Trilogy, Crossing Jerusalem, Woman In The Moon, The Dybbuk, The Golem, Nineveh, L’Année Zéro, Honeypot, The Shylock Play and The Yiddish Queen Lear. They mainly focus on women’s histories and reveal stories of exile and trauma which are part of drama’s reluctant and hidden narratives. She is a director of Pascal Theatre Company. In 2021 she produced Dancing, Talking, Taboo! and was dramaturg and director of this community theatre project as a collaboration with students from London Contemporary Dance School. She is a Research Fellow at King’s College, London University and has taught at NYU in New York and London. Represented by United Agents
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MORE ABOUT ME
I tell stories through theater as this is the language that I know best. Live performance is exciting to me and I feel the dearth of women's stories is something I have a mission to correct. If I could bring one change to theatre it would be parity for women on all levels. I have worked politically to try to change the marginalisation of women as a writer and as a poltiical activist. It is crucial to me and to all women.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
A new play about Hannah Arendt, Charlotte Salomon and Eva Daube when they were imprisoned in Gurs 1940. A new play for a community project on Eleanor Marx. A television adaptation of the Oedipus story from Jocasta's point of view set in London today.
Political, Equality, Satire, Jewish, Myth, site-specific, biography.
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