Freyda Thomas is an actor, playwright and translator who earned her MFA from CalArts at 56. Her thesis play, The Gamester, an adaptation of a 1696 comedy of manners by Jean-Francois Regnard, received its world premiere in the spring of 2001 at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The Gamester was produced in 2003 by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and in 2005 by ACT in San Francisco, and published by Dramatists’ Play Service later that year. Thomas has also translated and adapted Molière’s The Learned Ladies, which premiered off-Broadway and starred Jean Stapleton. Her other works include Tartuffe Born Again, a modern verse adaptation of Molière’s most famous work; The Heir Transparent, modeled after another Regnard comedy; and an adaptation of Goldoni’s romp The Mistress of the Inn.