'ROUND MIDNIGHT

Urban Stock Company, 1985
Urban Stock Company, NY, directed by Alma Becker
West Bank Café, NYC, 1994, directed by Richard Harden
Joseph Kesselring Award for Drama, 1985

Synopsis: Two jazz musicians live, love, spar and sing against a backdrop of jazz standards.

NIGHT LUSTER  [Order E-book from Amazon]

Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 1985
Director: Alma Becker
With: Ellen McLaughlin, Roma Maffia, David Lawrence, Mike Gottlieb, John Everett

"Night Luster: A Discovery in Marin" "Everything that could go right did at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival production of Laura Harrington's Night Luster. This is one of those rare instances at a play festival where the long-sought new "voice" is apparent. Harrington's use of language is original. The author's ability to create emotion-charged scenes with a minimum of words is remarkable." —The San Francisco Chronicle

Winner of the San Francisco Chronicle's "Bernie" Award for 10 Best New Plays.

FREE FALL

Primary Stages, NY, NY 1987
Produced by Primary Stages in association with Douglas M. Green
Casey Childs, Artistic Director
45th Street Playhouse, NY, NY
Director: Alma Becker

Helicon Players, Studio Theatre, NY, NY, 1992
Emily Caigan, Artistic Director
Director: Alma Becker

Synopsis: The battle of the sexes with motorcycles and airplanes.

"The initial 50 minutes are so good that some philanthropic agency should give Laura Harrington a grant so she can do a major rewrite of its later half. Or perhaps some movie mogul should buy the script as is, and have it reworked for the likes of Kathleen Turner or Sigourney Weaver." — New York Native

CHUTE LIBRE (FREE FALL)

La Licorne Theatre, Montreal, Canada, 1988 Une Production de la Manufacture
Traduction de l'Americain: Rosemarie Belisle
Mise en Scene: Daniel Simard
Avec: Roch Aubert, Paule Baillargeon, Johanne Fontaine, Gildor Roy

Musique Original: Dominique Laprise
Conception Visuelle: Louise Lemieux
Regie: Lou Arteau Direction de Production: Jean-Denis Leduc

ANGEL FACE

BACA Downton, Brooklyn, NY, 1987
Omaha Magic Theatre, 1989

Presented by Primary Stages, NY, Casey Childs, artistic director, in association with BACA Downtown, Fringe Series, Greta Gundersen, artistic director
Directed by Liz Diamond
Lighting: Pat Dignan
Music: Roger Ames

With: Terres Unsoeld, Tom Wright
Synopsis: A gritty urban fairy tale about 2 lost souls who, in the midst of violence, find love, salvation and release.

" 'Angel Face' Rises Above BACA Downtown to Earn its Wings"

"Angel Face opens to a stage floor littered with swaths of mirrored glass shards. The illusionary shadow of a pair of broken winged birds is cast on the blue-gray downstage wall. Windows in the theatre arena are unshaded, and Brooklyn street lights turn the windows opalescent. There is the slight figure of a woman crouching on the inside window ledge. As the composer Roger Ames' music slowly rises with Pat Dignan's lighting at BACA Downtown, and Lil speaks from her ledge, "I need a pair of night wings," the parts become whole. The blending of dramatic elements is pure and potent. The play continues to walk the ledge, but with director Liz Diamond in firm control...The 40 minute performance is intoxicating." — The Phoenix

"Eloquent Angels"

"In Angel Face, the real protagonist is Harrington's language, which swells and rises above the plot - like Wagner's music above his librettos. Risking pompousness, she fills the text out with scriptural constructions ("He lay with his head in the hollow of my belly and I knew peace") and incantatory repetitions ("Night vision will save me, night vision will slay me") just to the point where credulity flags, then rescues it with a few incongruous mythic images...

Imagination, it seems, is the divine power to create a world in which you can live. Angel Face, too, is about its language, and the simple, elegant recitations of Terres Unsoeld (Lil) and Tom Wright (Gabriel) on the almost bare stage - the set consists of glass shards on a dark wood floor - is all the spectacle it needs." — The Village Voice


MERCY

Shakespeare and Co, Lenox, MA, 1996
Tina Packer artistic director
Directed by Gary Mitchell and Normi Noel
The Stables Theatre at the former Wharton estate, The Mount

With: Annette Miller, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey, Dennis Krausnick, Corinna May, Walton Wilson

Synopsis: Faith, dying with cancer, wants the gift of one more day of life to rewrite her troubled family history.

"It's a fine match. Laura Harrington's 1996 Clauder Competition award winning play "Mercy" and Shakespeare & Company, the winner of the 3rd annual Boston Theatre Award for "continued excellence in theatre" teaming up for the plays' world premiere. The heart wrenching story of a woman who wants the gift of one more day of life to rewrite her troubled family history is one anyone who has known love and loss and thought about their own mortality can relate to. No smoke rising from the ground or moving sets, just the playwright's eloquent language, eloquently delivered. Mercy leaves you gasping for breath and impatient for more." — CurtainUp

"Playwright Laura Harrington has the gift of the poet, of being able to lyrically wrap language around a core so distilled that the images it conjures are vivid, immediate and resonant. Her most recent play, "Mercy," vibrates with poetry that ebbs and flows within the story of a dying woman's final day."—Boston Herald

Winner: Clauder Competition for Best New Play.

PICKETT'S CHARGE

Workshops:
New Voices Series, Geva Theatre, 2000
Nora Theatre Reading Series, 2001

Synopsis: PICKETT'S CHARGE is a modern comedy/ fantasy about Civil War re-enactors who are granted their fondest wish and fall through a hole in time. It explores our dangerous love affair with war and our need to romanticize the past and the wars of the past.

THE BOOK OF HOURS

Wellesley Summer Theatre, 2004

Synopsis: THE BOOK OF HOURS is set in the famous library of Louvain, Belgium, in August, 1914, during the German invasion of Belgium in the first days of WWI. The library becomes a crucible for those trying to save the priceless collections, themselves, and their country. The play explores questions of courage and faith and the human costs of war and resistance.

Wellesley Summer Theatre, Nora Hussey, artistic director
Director: Nora Hussey
Set and Light Design: Ken Loewitt
Sound Design: George Cook
Costume Design: Kelsey Peterson
Stage Manager: Annette Adamska
Asst Director: Andrea Kennedy

With: Kelly Galvin, Ed Peed, Melina McGrew, Charlotte Peed, Derek Stone Nelson, Alicia Kahn

Workshops: Portland Stage Company's Little Festival of the Unexpected, 2005, The New Harmony Project, 2005

"The Book of Hours builds to a moving climax as the lives of these innocent people are forever changed by their decisions in the face of the ungodly war machine. Ed Peed, as the elderly Father Albert, who's more in love with his books - and his wine bottle - than with his flock, is affecting in his overwhelming encounter with his emotions at the end. As Sophie, Wellesley College undergraduate Kelly Galvin makes a lively adolescent confronted by unspeakable anguish." — The Boston Phoenix

"The play is punctuated with occasional monologues that are remarkably beautiful in their poetic simplicity, as they orient us to what's happening and reveal the inner feelings of the speaker.  One of the best performances of the evening is given by Derek Stone Nelson as Septimus, the priest who befriends Vera and feels a growing need to do something courageous for his country. Nelson is a quiet, steady force throughout the show ... The Book of Hours ... builds to a powerful and deeply moving conclusion.  Nora Hussey, who commissioned and directed the play, deserves considerable credit for taking on such an important subject, as does the playwright Laura Harrington." — The Daily News Transcript