L M Feldman is a queer, feminist playwright who pens plays that are true ensemble ventures. Plays that are questing, wrestling, asking. Plays without answers. Plays about women and queers, plays about outsiders and searchers. Plays grappling with voice and agency, opportunity and access, history and its wake. Plays that are wildly theatrical but deeply intimate. Formally ambitious plays that move, take up space. Plays that seek to be a greater, communal, rare theatrical event in which something TRANSCENDENT transpires – for those both onstage and off. L loves theater that is dynamic, honest, brave, and the smallest bit impossible.
So far, her plays include THRIVE, OR WHAT YOU WILL [AN EPIC] (American Shakespeare Center, Kitchen Dog New Works Festival, New Georges Audrey Residency, Page 73 Residency, InterAct Core Playwrights); ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE (Colorado New Play Festival, FEWW Prize Honorable Mention, Magic Theatre Play Festival, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, PlayPenn Conference, Playwrights Realm Fellowship); AMANUENSIS, OR THE MILTONS (Emerson Stage, Georgetown University, Northwoods Ramah Theatre commission); THE EGG-LAYERS (Jane Chambers Honorable Mention, New Georges/Barnard College co-commission); GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING (Denver Center, Brown Paper Box Co., Art House Productions, Nice People Theatre, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award Nomination, Barrymore Nomination); A PEOPLE (Terrence McNally Award Finalist, Orbiter 3, YiddishFest, Jewish Plays Project); and a TYA adaptation of TROPICAL SECRETS: HOLOCAUST REFUGEES IN CUBA (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte; Kindness Project commission).
Her ensemble-devised works include GUMSHOE (New Paradise Labs + the Free Library of Philadelphia + the Rosenbach Museum), WAR OF THE WORLDS: PHILADELPHIA (Swim Pony + Drexel University), AND IF YOU LOSE YOUR WAY, OR A FOOD ODYSSEY (The Invisible Dog, New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination), LADY M (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival), the circus-theater show TINDER & ASH (SummerStage NYC, Orchard Project Residency, TOHU Residency), and many others.
She has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award, the New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, and twice for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. And she’s ongoingly grateful to have been a MacDowell fellow, a Playwrights Realm fellow, an InterAct Theatre Core Playwright, and a proud member of Orbiter 3.
An alumna of both the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, L is also a contemporary circus artist. She has performed duo trapeze and other circus-theater at festivals around the world, and she’s a dramaturg for circus artists around the country. She loves theater that moves, and circus that tells stories.
L has lived in seven cities and is now based in Philadelphia, where she teaches both playwriting and circus, writes and devises plays, and trains handstands. Currently, she's working on an EST/Sloan commission about the Mercury 13 (13 female-bodied astronaut candidates who fought for – but did not win – the right to go to space).
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