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Written under the name Shirley Mezvinsky.

An emotionally charged novel which dramatizes the message of "the feminine mystique." An unsparing portrait of the crucial twenty-four hours in the life of Lois Marks, a talented, terrified middle-class wife and mother, living - and dying a little, every day - in a small midwestern suburb. The reader is carried right along with Lois Marks to the very edge of life itself.

"A really brilliant study of a personality in disintegration...beautifully written...extremely well done."
-Alan Pryce-Jones, N.Y. Herald Tribune

"A book worth reading...tackles a current problem and results in a piece of genuine, artfully created experience...It is written with the assurance of the artist and with great sensibility...Shirley Mezvinsky weaves a spell, and makes a visit in Limbo a fascinating experience."
-Daniel Stern, Staurday Review

"A powerful and moving story...Because it is so very good, men and women may find themselves following its absorbing record of one woman's journey into self-awareness with a curiosity that their own wives have never aroused."
-Baltimore Sun

"A novel with universal human appeal...for everyone who has ever wondered whether they had taken the right fork in the road when the choice was still open to them, and later doubted the rightness of that decision. The big question in their minds being "IF ONLY..."
-Martha Foley

Hardback: Doubleday and Co.: NY
Softcover: Dell: NY

Great Britain:
Hardback: Widenfeld & Nicolson Ltd.: London
Softcover: The New English Library, Ltd.: London

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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