A Piece of My Heart
Infinite Variety Productions
New York, NY

Interview with University of Miami's Mihoko Suzuki & Kathryn Tosney about the significance of Curie’s achievements. Playwright SHIRLEY LAURO discusses her new play, "THE RADIANT."

R.J. Seikaly (Paul); Angelica Torn (Marie Curie), 2011 World Premiere of THE RADIANT, New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL
Photo: Norman Gorback

5 Questions I’ve Never Been Asked: Shirley Lauro
By Leonard Jacobs
Monday, October 5, 2009

American Theatre Wing
Working in the Theatre

... director Clinton Turner Davis ("Two Can Play"), playwright Herb Gardner ("I'm Not Rappaport"), playwright/​lyricist Tom Jones ("The Fantasticks"), playwright Shirley Lauro ...

Interview with publisher Samuel French

"As we continue our “Look Back” series, which examines the history and development of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, today we profile distinguished playwright Shirley Lauro. Shirley was an early winner of the Festival: two of her short dramas, OPEN ADMISSIONS and NOTHING IMMEDIATE were winners of the 4th OOB Festival in 1979 and were subsequently published in the OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS, 4TH SERIES.

Since her OOB Festival win, Shirley has enjoyed a number of successes and accolades as a playwright including several Drama Desk awards and a Tony Nomination. We recently interviewed Shirley to find out a bit more about her two OOB Festival-winning one acts, as well her more recent Samuel French publications:"


Full Length Plays
LA PREMIERE 2017, The Acting Company at The Other Space; 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)
Multigenerational play commissioned by Theatreworks, USA.
An explosive, sexually charged drama drawing on the supernatural.
2016 Carol Kane at The Cherry Lane Theater; A young poet in New York is drawn back to the midwest where her mother is suffering a mental breakdown in an Iowa sanitarium.
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"; "A perfect gem of a one-act play" NY Magazine; 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