Kent Stephens is an award-winning playwright and stage director, as well as a curator and cultural critic. He has been honored with the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, and has directed over 150 productions at Tony Award-winning regional theatres and off-Broadway, staging everything from Shakespeare and Shaw to world premieres by Ward Just, Peter Sagal of NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and his own adaptation of Annie Dillard. Two of his best known plays are about major artists: Angelheaded Hipster, a howling stage biography of Allen Ginsberg, and Orson Welles Rehearses Moby Dick, a magic-realism account of the actual theatre production in London in 1955. Stephens is a co-winner of the Morrow-Heus Screenplay Fellowship. He has served on the Theatre Panel for the National Endowment and as a reviewer for numerous playwright fellowships. Kent has been a professional singer of both popular and operatic music, is an accomplished public speaker, and has curated and hosted several series of classic American films for the Telluride-by-the-Sea Festival and others. His life as an artistic polymath and cultural omnivore has well equipped him to write I Guess I Forgive You, his debut work of creative nonfiction.
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