LAUREL ANDERSEN (she/they) is an NYC-based queer theatre artist who works frequently with heightened text and music.
Susie M. Barstow and Edith Wilkinson Cook, two very different painters of the Hudson school -- and fast friends -- take a canoe trip to Pollopel (soon to be Bannerman) Island every Autumn from 1858 to 1902.* What will they discover about themselves -- and about each other -- over long years of friendship, art, and paddling through rough water towards the reward of the elusive island?
Leila’s beloved Frankie is gone. Good thing magic is real. And the weird old person who sold Leila a portal to The Other Side wasn’t full of it.
"I woke to find myself in a place without air, without breath, without sound
and the silence
and I realized I had been holding my breath
so I --
and I blinked
and the world was grey
but then suddenly
or maybe after a very long time
there was life in it
DISPATCHES FROM THE GREY is a short magical realism/sci fi play that can be performed digitally (i.e. on Zoom), or in a live theatrical space.
Penthea's just moved to a new apartment. All she wants is to start over. Forget the past. Maybe order a pizza.
So what will she do when Dionysus shows up at her door?
Loosely inspired by THE BACCHAE, FRENZY and FURY examines the toll that repressed trauma and unreleased anger can take -- what form it might take as it manifests in our bodies, in our lives.
All the Man knows is he is an ever-changing character in The Woman's dreams.
All the Woman knows is she's got something in her chest that wants Out. And that the Man could be the key to setting it free.
Can either find answers before they lose each other to the morning?
TAM LIN is loosely inspired by the Scottish folktake of the same name, is an epic, queer, women+ centered fantasy-romance in the spirit of 80s adventure movies. Edinburugh, Fall 1987. It’s Halloween Night. Janet is a young woman waitressing in a pub to help settle her missing father’s debts when her friend and coworker, Maura, is spirited away to Faeryland. To save her, Janet must navigate a strange and dangerous new world, face all manner of creatures, and -- ultimately -- choose love over fear. TAM LIN uses its fantasy setting to examine how change, fear, and love can shape our choices -- and how we imagine ourselves and each other.
DISPATCHES FROM THE GREY
Online workshop production with Match: Lit's Screen:Lit series (2020)
SIX AUTUMNS ON THE HUDSON
Finalist, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Bake Off, 2020 (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival)