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Peter Manos

Peter Manos is a professional playwright, director and actor who has worked extensively in New York and regionally and now resides and works in northeastern Ohio. He is also a historian with a Ph.D. in American history and teaches at Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College and elsewhere. Manos is artistic director of Bodwin Theatre Company in Cleveland, specializing in classical theatre from Shakespeare to Sartre. His plays have been performed off-Broadway and regionally. His adaptation of Anthony Hope's swashbuckler The Prisoner of Zenda premiered at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. His comedy set in the Middle Ages, Golden, was recognized for excellence at the Centre Stage New Play Festival. Dr. Manos specializes in historical drama, however, especially African American history. His plays Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad and Walk, Don't Ride: A Celebration of the Fight for Equality are performed frequently throughout the country by professional, amateur and school groups and are published by Dramatic Publishing, as is Loving, his most recent African American history play. Loving is about the 1967 Supreme Court case that overturned state laws against interracial marriage and had its premiere in 2017 in Lynchburg, Va., not too far from where the real events took place. As a historian, Manos he has published a book about the memoirs of an ordinary soldier in the American Revolution, Joseph Plumb Martin and the American Imagination. He lives in Cleveland with his beautiful wife, actress Sandra Manos, and three sons, Sean, Eli and Nicholas. Silent Night is dedicated to Nicholas Manos, who is autistic, and to all families learning to cope with children with autism and other learning differences.

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