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Distinguished translator of Catalan contemporary theater Marion Peter Holt dies

Language.  New York, 19/08/2021

In June, 2010, Marion Peter Holt's translation of Sergi Belbel’s BLOOD had its Australian premiere at TheatreWorks-Melbourne. His other translations include, among many other plays, Belbel’s OFFSIDE and Guillem Clua’s acclaimed MARBURG, which was the featured play in the spring 2011 issue of TheatreForum. His published BENET I JORNET: TWO PLAYS (FLEETING AND STAGES) and BARCELONA PLAYS, a co-edited collection in which his translations of Benet i Jornet’s SALAMANDER and Lluïsa Cunille’s BARCELONA, MAP OF SHADOWS appear.

Marion Peter Holt, Professor Emeritus (Theatre, Graduate Center, and Spanish, College of Staten Island). He has been a visiting professor at the Yale School of Drama, Hunter College, and Barcelona’s Institut del Teatre. Ph.D. University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Publications include: The Contemporary Spanish Theatre: 1949-1972 (1975), Antonio Buero-Vallejo: Three Plays (1985) (a Choice Outstanding University Press selection), DramaContemporary: Spain (1985), and Magical Places: the Story of Spartanburg’s Theatres and Their Entertainments: 1900-1950 (2004). His translations of contemporary Spanish and Catalan plays have been staged in New York and London, in Australia, and by regional and university theatres throughout the United States. Recent published translations include: José M. Rodríguez-Mendez’s Autumn Flower (2001), Sergi Belbel’s Blood (2004), Jaime Salom’s Behind the Scenes in Eden (2004), and Àngels Aymar’s Magnolia Café (2007). In 1986 he was elected a corresponding member of Spain’s Real Academia Española.

Marion Peter Holt (1925-2021)

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