Shirley Lauro

Anthology
FRONT LINES: Political Plays by American Women, Shirley Lauro & Alexis Greene, Editors
The New Press: Spring 2009

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

Short 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
TURN DOWN (in BACK STORY)

Screenplays:
OPEN ADMISSIONS
OUT OF TIME

Novel:
THE EDGE


A Piece of My Heart
ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE
HUMANA FESTIVAL PRODUCTION






















































Artwork and Web Editing: Ros Winner Sterling, NYC






























"Playwright Shirley Lauro writes without polemical agenda, instead, simply and directly moving us with emotionally overwhelming dramatic power on topics historical, inter-racial, inter-cultural and vital to women."


-FRANCE SOIR, Paris, France.



UPCOMING EVENT...


Celebration Book Party: Shirley Lauro’s THE RADIANT.Start: Sep 18 2014 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Celebration Book Party: Shirley Lauro’s “THE RADIANT”
Angelica Page reprises her world premiere role as Mme. Marie Curie, reading scenes from the play with Tim O'Doyle, from the New York Premiere.

The DRAMA BOOK SHOP, Inc.
250 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018


In The News...



RECENT PRODUCTIONS...


Speranza's Production of A PIECE OF MY HEART
opens May 22nd and runs through June 1st
Thurs/Fri/Sat @ 8pm
Sat 5/24 @ 3pm
Sun 6/1 @ 3pm
Barrow Mansion
Jersey City, NJ

Syracuse University has selected ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT as the Drama Department's Summer Study Abroad production project for THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL.

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT centers on four German Gentile girls living in a village near Berlin, and coming of age during the reign of The Third Reich.

Opens August 4th at The Quaker Meeting House in Edinburgh.

A Piece of My Heart
by Shirley Lauro

September, 2013
Red Barn Theatre
Holland, MI

"...[a] rollercoaster of emotions displayed onstage"
-PEG MCNICHOL
The Holland Sentinel
Posted Sep 19, 2013
Read more: http://www.hollandsentinel.com/features/x1843591584/War-drama-brutal-tender-funny-true#ixzz2gUVxqix8Holland Sentinel,


THE RADIANT February 21 – March 10, 2013, The Theater at the 14th Street Y, NYC

THE RADIANT By Shirley Lauro Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams at Red Fern Theatre Company, NYC Feb/Mar 2013

PHOTOGRAPH by MICHAEL PALMA




A PIECE OF MY HEART, Ramshein Air Base, Germany
The production was presented by the Little Black Box, Kaiserslautern Military Community.

"Come ready to leave behind a piece of yourself, because 'A Piece of My Heart' is a life-changing theatrical experience."
-Joanie Ralston and Rachel Clark, Contributing writers.



THE RADIANT at National Arts Club, New York, NY
The Radiant by Shirley Lauro June, 2012
Starring award-winning actress Angelica Page, The Radiant is set one hundred years ago in Paris, and centers on the tempestuous, love-torn life of Marie Curie.

Blue Valley High School, Stilwell, KA
"In Shirley Lauro’s drama, A Piece of My Heart, we are given a glimpse into the fear, horror, confusion, and scarring of war, from the unique viewpoint of six female Vietnam veterans. Director Dan C. Schmidt and his cast...capture it all, with remarkably deep and intense portrayals of the women. "

LIVING THEATRE
Presents A Special Engagement

A PIECE OF MY HEART
by Shirley Lauro

2/19-2/29, 2012

21 Clinton Street
New York, NY

ARTSWEST Seattle, WA
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT speaks directly with a warning for today. Inspired by interviews with German Gentile women, and set during and after the Third Reich, the play is both stylistic and surrealistic, sweeping through the women's teen years and young adulthood during the Holocaust and then beyond. The Nazi Regime impacts the women's lives as they struggle over education, work, religion, marriage and motherhood. Making overwhelmingly hard choices, they survive or succumb to Hitler's Reign and are changed forever.

ARTSWEST All Through The Night JAN 18 — FEB 12, 2012


UWM's 2011-2012 season opens in October with Shirley Lauro's A Piece of My Heart. For more information, visit http://arts.uwm.edu/theatre.

A Piece of My Heart
by Shirley Lauro
directed by Erin Vlasaty
Nov. 11-20, 2011

RECENT PUBLICATION...


Shirley Lauro channels class, race and religious prejudice in in three newly published works: "ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT,”
“SPECKLED BIRDS” and “CLARENCE DARROW'S LAST TRIAL.”

TRIPLE PLAY with Playwright SHIRLEY LAURO

The New Press presents

FRONT LINES: Political Plays by American Women
Alexis Greene / Shirley Lauro, Editors


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The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media honored FRONT LINES: Political Plays by American Women as one of 5 honorees at their March 2009 Biennial Collaboration Award celebration.

RECENT PRODUCTIONS...





Presentation of
"ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT"
March 20, 2011
Theater of the Mind,
Arts Center, Sarasota FL


The Red Fern Theatre - New York Premiere...


All Through the Night
By SHIRLEY LAURO
Directed by Melanie Moyer Williams

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT will receive its New York Premiere October 1-25, 2009 at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater ( 5 West 64th Street @ Central Park West)

East Tennessee State University Division of Theatre and Dance. Production dates November 11-14 at 7:30 and 15 at 2:00. directed by Bobby Funk.

THE AMERICAN CENTURY THEATER
A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro
November 6 - 21, 2009
Washington, DC 20001

A Piece of My Heart chosen for performance by Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation
at Vietnam Women's Memorial on Veterans Day, 2009

TURNING POINTS: a new play festival
Monday, November 9, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St.

10 new short plays by Paula Cizmar, Glenda Frank, Leah Kornfeld Friedman, Anne Hamilton, Shirley Lauro, Carol K. Mack, Sheilah Rae, Deborah Savadge, Joan Vail Thorne, Leonora Thuna.

Premiering:
AUDITION...by Shirley Lauro, with Andrea Mezvinsky & Laura Anderson; Melanie Moyers, Director



The Actors Studio 432 W 44 St., New York City April 14, 2008 6 PM




"A Jeff Recommended Play"

"...inspired by true coming-of-age stories of four young German, Christian women who survive or succumb to an ever more powerful Nazi Government that comes to control their very existence..."

"A SIGNIFICANT SERIOUS AND INTENSELY MOVING NEW WORK BY A PROVEN BROADWAY PLAYWRIGHT...A SHOW THAT'S BOTH RUMINATIVE AND REVELATORY, SMART AND EMOTIVE, IMMERSIVE AND DISTANCING. AND MOST IMPRESIVE OF ALL, THIS IS A PLAY WITH ENOUGH DARING TO LOOK AT THE POLARITIES OF WAR WITH A STRONG SENSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF HUMAN LIMITATIONS...A COMPELLING NEW PLAY."
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

"...CONTAINS A POWERFUL LESSON FOR TODAY."
Chicagocritic.com

Clarence Darrow's Last Trial 2006 Carbonella Awards Nominee













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