An ominous play set in the lobby of a small rundown motel in Iowa. There, Edna, a morally self-righteous woman is tuned on the radio to her gospel hour when Sandra, a "Liberal New Yorker", arrives seeking refuge for the night. She has come to visit her father dying in a local hospital. An unnerving, uncanny clash ensues between the two women, moving to a terrifying confrontation.

Samuel French Play Writing Award

New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre

OOBA New Play Festival, New York

Actors Theatre of Louisville

"...The playwright creates a vivid metaphor for the unrest that lies at the heart of contemporary life...a gripping work, frightening in the way it develops an ethical clash between two vividly created personalities... moves tautly to a terrifying confrontation...[with] a sad realization that no easily diagrammed truce between the Ednas and Sandras of this world is possible.
-Louisville Courier Journal, KY

"Shirley Lauro's strong one-act [is] realistic, almost slice of life form."
-The Wall Street Journal

"Sinister...taut climax, an exhibition of female dominance. Ms. Lauro writes very well."
-The London Times

Samuel French Play Writing Award

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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