Above: Melodie Somers, Amelia Penland, Kathy McKenna.
Below: Delores Kenan
















Photography: Elizabeth Wolynski

THE COAL DIAMOND

OVERVIEW OF THE PLAY:
A lighthearted comedy set in the '50's in a small midwestern town at an insurance office. During their lunch time bridge game, four typists gossip; one inadvertantly revealing an unsavory secret of another's past.
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AWARDS:
The Heidemann Prize at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival,

OF INTEREST:
Selected for "Best Short Plays of 1980" edited by Stanley Richards, Chilton Book Co.: Radnor, PA

PLAY HISTORY:
The Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY

New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre

Circle Repertory Theatre of New York

REVIEWS:
"Lighthearted...cleverly placed climax in an exhibition of female dominance. Ms. Lauro writes very well."
-The London Times

"In THE COAL DIAMOND Ms. Lauro writes amusingly of the petty scandals that people of limited emotional resources cling to in order to bring excitement to their lives. She writes affectionately, without condescending to them. The play is diverting."
-The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY

"A surprising play...truly original...The playwriting itself has the feel of the 1950's when American playwrights still shaped characters in minutely realistic detail...it is refreshing, almost indeed shocking, to meet people so specifically alive on the stage."
-The Soho News, NY

AVAILABLE FROM:
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SELECTED WORK

Full Length Plays
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