James Lapine

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Birth Name: James Lapine
Born: 01/10/1949
Birth Place: Mansfield, Ohio, USA

The Ohio native trained at CalArts as a photographer and graphic designer and spent several years plying those trades on the West Coast. Eventually, Lapine headed East when he accepted a position teaching design at the Yale School of Drama. With encouragement from some of his students, he adapted and staged Gertrude Stein's play "Photograph" which caught the attention of a producer who moved the show to Off-Broadway in 1977. Flush from winning an a special OBIE, Lapine staged his "Twelve Dreams", inspired by a case study of Carl Jung, as a work in progress. Two years later, he garnered attention and acclaim for his breakthrough stage comedy "Table Settings", about a zany Jewish-American fami... Continue Bio >>

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