Celebrating the members of the League of Professional Theatre Women

Shirley Lauro

Shirley Lauro, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenPlaywright, Novelist, Editor
New York, New York USA

Where do I look for inspiration?
Deep, emotional life experiences. What is closest to me, whether personal or situations I observe that touch so deeply, I feel compelled to express and share them.

Favorite line from a play?
“Time and the hour run through the roughest day.” Macbeth.

Favorite drink?
Dry martini with olives!

What play changed your life?
Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, and A Doll House. Born in small town Iowa, I felt suffocated growing up. Ibsen made me believe I could be free and create life for myself.

Is there anything you still dream of doing?
I started as an actress and would like to act again. Also I would like to feel freer to open up and write everything in my heart.

I feel most like myself when I –
“You can take the girl out of the country, you can’t take the country out of the girl!” What I do miss about Iowa is the country in summer, barefoot, laying under a tree in the grass, looking up at the sky, only alive to my senses.

What is your best escape?
Traveling. Lately cruising – sitting on a boat deck, reading, sipping wine, maybe a game of Scrabble.

What’s one thing nobody knows about you?
I’m addicted to TV’s “Deal Or No Deal” game show! Watch it especially late night.

Shirley Lauro. Open Admissions: Broadway: one Tony nomination, adapted for CBS TV. A Piece of My Heart: Vietnam Vets selection: “Most Enduring Play on Vietnam”. Co-editor: Front Lines anthology. Novel, The Edge: Doubleday, publisher. Grants: Guggenheim, NY Foundation For Arts, 3 NEAs. Affiliations: DG’s Fund Board, EST, Actors Studio Playwrights Unit.

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