Former Payson Student, Paul Duran, Had Role In University’S Three-Act Play


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), one of the leading arts conservatories in the United States, produced Shakespeare’s epic histories Henry IV Parts 1 and 2.

The two plays were adapted into an award-winning one three-act drama by actor, director and educator Dakin Matthews. Directed by UNCSA School of Drama Dean Gerald Freedman, Henry IV was performed at UNCSA in Winston-Salem, April 17-20 and 23-26, 2008.

Paul Duran of Payson, played the part of King Henry IV, Bolingbroke. Duran graduated from UNCSA, formerly known as the North Carolina School of the Arts, in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Drama. He is the son of Liz Silver of Payson.

Conspiracies, rebellion and a battle for the crown lie at the heart of Shakespeare’s tale of a country at war. Some of the Bard’s most memorable characters, including Sir John Falstaff, combine bawdy comedy and dark drama to tell the story of Prince Hal’s tumultuous journey to the throne.

Gerald Freedman was the first American invited to direct at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. His directorial credits range from Broadway to regional theater to the international stage. He has staged 26 of Shakespeare’s plays, along with dozens of other world classics.

He has served as the artistic director of Great Lakes Theater Festival, the American Shakespeare Theatre and Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival.

His Broadway directing credits include: The Robber Bridegroom, The Grand Tour, the revival of West Side Story (co-directed with Jerome Robbins), the premiere of Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and Other Business, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. 

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation.

More than 1,100 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: dance, design and production (including a visual arts program), drama, filmmaking and music.

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Adaptor Dakin Matthews is an associate artist of the Old Globe Theatre, a founding member of The Acting Company; former artistic director of California Actors Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and the Antaeus Company; and an emeritus professor of English at Cal State, Hayward.


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