In residence at Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY

Anthology
-Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women
Shirley Lauro & Alexis Greene, Editors
The New Press, Publishers
June 1, 2009

Full Length Plays:
-ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
-THE LAST TRIAL OF CLARENCE DARROW
-"AKA"
-OPEN ADMISSIONS
-A PIECE OF MY HEART
-THE CONTEST
-PEARLS ON THE MOON
-SPECKLED BIRDS
-MARGARET AND KIT
-OUT OF TIME

One Act Plays:
-OPEN ADMISSIONS
-THE COAL DIAMOND
-NOTHING IMMEDIATE
-SUNDAY GO TO MEETIN’
-I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU’RE COMING FROM AT ALL!
-RAILING IT UPTOWN
-BACK STORY

Screenplays:
-OPEN ADMISSIONS
-OUT OF TIME

Novel:
-THE EDGE

Biography

Shirley Lauro’s THE RADIANT enjoyed its World Premiere in March, 2011, at New Theatre, Miami, starring Angelica Torn as Marie Curie. The play was commissioned by The Sloan Science Foundation, receiving their “Production Enhancement Grant,” in addition to grants from The Dramatists Guild and TCG’s Edgerton Foundation (honored as one of 40 World Premieres by American Playwrights). The play will mark its New York off-Broadway premiere in winter, 2013.

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT enjoyed its World Premiere in Chicago, receiving a Jeff Nomination, as “Best New Play of the Year.” Its New York Premiere was at Red Fern Theater, off-Broadway in 2010, followed by 2011 NYC revivals both at The Living Theater and Infinite Variety Productions. Other productions include: Saskatoon, Calgary; Phoenix, AZ; Macon, GA and ArtsWest, Seattle, WA.

CLARENCE DARROW'S LAST TRIAL, had its World Premiere at New Theatre in Miami, receiving a Carbonell nomination for “Best New Play of the Year in Florida”, and an NEA “Access to Excellence” Enhancement Grant. It was also an honoree for the New American Play Prize.

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, CLARENCE DARROW'S LAST TRIAL and SPECKLED BIRDS were all published in 2010 by Samuel French, and honored by the Drama Bookshop in an evening, TRIPLE PLAY, comprised of readings and a reception.

FRONT LINES: POLITICAL PLAYS BY AMERICAN WOMEN, co-edited by Ms. Lauro was a “2009 Honoree: Coalition of Professional Women in Arts and Media”.

Shirley’s best known work, A PIECE OF MY HEART, with over 2,000 productions around the world, was named by Vietnam Vets of America, Inc.: “The most enduring play in the nation on Vietnam”.

OPEN ADMISSIONS, on Broadway, received one Tony Nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, a Theatre World Award and a Samuel French Award,. It was a New York Times pick for “Ten Best Plays of the Year," received The Dramatists Guild’s Hull- Warriner Award and was adapted by Ms Lauro for CBS, starring Jane Alexander and Estelle Parsons. In 2008 the play was honored by publication in WRITING THROUGH LITERATURE, (by Anstendig & Hicks), where it joined works by Walt Whitman, Ionesco, Langston Hughes and Toni Cade Bambera in the book’s section, “The Lesson”.

THE CONTEST was directed by Jerry Zaks for Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center, and was published in 2000. It received the National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award.

Other work includes: THE COAL DIAMOND ( “The Best Short Play” Anthology; NOTHING IMMEDIATE (OOBA Festival Winner); RAILING IT UPTOWN; SUNDAY GO TO MEETIN'; PEARLS ON THE MOON(Stamford Theatre Works). Ms. Lauro’s novel, THE EDGE, published here and in Great Britain, was a Literary Guild Choice.

Major Fellowships: The Guggenheim, 3 NEA’s , NY Foundation for the Arts.

Major Affiliations: a director of The Dramatists Guild Fund; Playwrights/​Directors Unit, The Actors Studio; League of Professional Theatre Women/​NY; Ensemble Studio Theatre; PEN; Writer’s Guild East; Author’s Guild.

For more information on individual works, please visit www.shirleylauro.com and click on the individual work.



Shirley Lauro,(left), and Alexis Greene(right), in interview by Melissa Silverstein (center) at book launch event at Woman's Project.

SELECTED WORK

Full Length Plays
NEW YORK PREMIERE 2012, Red Fern Theatre, New York City; WORLD PREMIERE 2010-11 The New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL. THE RADIANT centers on the true, tempestuous, and love-torn life of Madame Marie Curie. Winner of the TCG/Edgerton Award; Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Grant; and the Dramatists Guild Play Grant.
NEW YORK PREMIERE October 2009 Chicago World Premiere, 2005 "Jeff Award"
2006 Carbonell Award Nominee; 2004 NEA "Access to Excellence Award", in collaboration with New Theatre, FL; 2001 New American Play Prize (Finalist)
Dark comedy of shifting identities and cultures.
Tony & Drama Desk nominations, New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award.
The Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights, The Susan Blackburn Prize (Finalist, The Kittredge Foundation Award.
National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award
Susan Smith Blackburn Award (finalist)
National Endowment for the Arts Residency Grant at The Alley Theatre of Houston, TX Jane Chambers Play Award (finalist)
Multigenerational play commissioned by Theatreworks, USA.
An explosive, sexually charged drama drawing on the supernatural.
Anthology of Plays
2009 New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media, Collaboration Award Finalist. Playwrights include: Paula Vogel, Quiara Hudes, Emily Mann, Shirley Lauro, Cindy Cooper, Nilaja Sun, Jessica Blank. Foreword by Julie Crosby, Artistic Director, The Women's Project, New York.
One Act Plays
New York Times pick for the “Ten Best Plays of the Year” list, Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, Samuel French OOBA Festival Award.
Samuel French Play Writing Award
The Heidemann Prize at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, selected for "Best Short Plays of 1980"
A play commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville showcasing the work of their Playwrights.
Other Work