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Laurel Ollstein

 
Bio:
Laurel Ollstein is an award-winning playwright based in Los Angeles. This year, Ms. Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon premiered Off Broadway at Theatre at St. Clement’s in a production by Miranda Theatre Company. She began her career as an actress before becoming a writer. Her one-woman show ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Laurel Ollstein is an award-winning playwright based in Los Angeles. This year, Ms. Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon premiered Off Broadway at Theatre at St. Clement’s in a production by Miranda Theatre Company. She began her career as an actress before becoming a writer. Her one-woman show ... (read complete bio)
 

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TheatreWorks Trustee Kristina Vetter and Playwright Laurel Ollstein Photo

TheatreWorks Trustee Kristina Vetter and Playwright Laurel Ollstein

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02/21/2020
Supporter Cindi Sears and Playwright Laurel Ollstein Photo

Supporter Cindi Sears and Playwright Laurel Ollstein

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02/21/2020
 

Laurel Ollstein Biography

Laurel Ollstein is an award-winning playwright based in Los Angeles. This year, Ms. Ollstein’s They Promised Her the Moon premiered Off Broadway at Theatre at St. Clement’s in a production by Miranda Theatre Company. She began her career as an actress before becoming a writer. Her one-woman show Laughter, Hope and a Sock in the Eye had successful engagements at three theatres in Minneapolis and toured New York City, Baltimore, and Los Angeles, winning awards and “critic’s choice” from LA Weekly and Los Angeles Reader. Returning to California, she became a founding member of Tim Robbins’ The Actors’ Gang. Her plays include Insomniac, Storage Room, Pot Roast, Cheese, OPA! The Musical, Dorothy Parker in the Bath, Blackwell’s Corner, Esther’s Moustache, The Dark Ages, andBias Cut. She also directs playwriting programs serving mature adults and teens, provides writing and arts education in schools, and creates plays on social justice themes. One result of this work is Showing Our Age, a play with music about aging produced at [Inside] The Ford. Ms. Ollstein also writes essays, memoirs, screenplays, and television. Her honors include the Marty Klein Comedy Writing Award, Kenneth McGowan Award in Playwriting, White Buffalo Mask Award, and UCLA Playwriting Recruitment Scholarship. Ms. Ollstein holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA.




Laurel Ollstein News

TheatreWorks And Getty Villa Museum Stream Laurel Ollstein's PANDORA Photo TheatreWorks And Getty Villa Museum Stream Laurel Ollstein's PANDORA
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 19, 2021

Pandora retells the Pandora's Box myth from a feminist perspective. This intriguing new work hypothesizes what might happen if a woman was suddenly created and dropped into the middle of the world now: a woman with no preconceived notions of anything—like beauty, love, or violence—who might allow humanity and the gods to suddenly see the world through her clear eyes. Pandora examines how hope and curiosity can change one woman's fateful actions.

The Old Globe To Present the Eighth Annual POWERS NEW VOICES FESTIVAL Photo The Old Globe To Present the Eighth Annual POWERS NEW VOICES FESTIVAL
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 7, 2021

The Old Globe announced today it will present the eighth annual Powers New Voices Festival, four days of readings of new plays by some of the most exciting voices writing for the American theatre today. This year's event will be presented virtually for the first time, streaming online January 21–24, 2021 on the free virtual Hopin platform. The Festival is free to the public, but reservations are required.

Theatreworks Silicon Valley Partners With Stanford University For NEW WORKS NEXT GEN Photo Theatreworks Silicon Valley Partners With Stanford University For NEW WORKS NEXT GENERATION
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 5, 2020

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley announces that it has partnered with Stanford University to present New Works Next Generation, a three-day virtual theatre festival offering three dynamic new plays about feminism, ethnicity, and religion.

VIDEO: TheatreWorks Presents Virtual Performance Of Beau Sia's COURAGE RISING Photo VIDEO: TheatreWorks Presents Virtual Performance Of Beau Sia's COURAGE RISING
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 9, 2020

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley encourages its audiences to a?oeget out the votea?? and stand up for racial justice as it launches a new online initiative entitled Voices of Democracy. Part of TheatreWorks from Home, a virtual stage for the Tony Award-winning theatre while in-person performances are on hold during the pandemic, Voices of Democracy offers digital theatrical experiences that celebrate diverse voices and build a bridge from empathy to action.

TheatreWorks's 'Voices Of Democracy,' Includes Streaming Of HOLD THESE TRUTHS Photo TheatreWorks's 'Voices Of Democracy,' Includes Streaming Of HOLD THESE TRUTHS
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 29, 2020

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will encourage its audiences to a?oeget out the votea?? and stand up for racial justice as it launches a new online initiative entitled Voices of Democracy. Part of TheatreWorks from Home, a virtual stage for the Tony Award-winning theatre while in-person performances are on hold during the pandemic, Voices of Democracy will offer digital theatrical experiences that celebrate diverse voices and build a bridge from empathy to action.

BWW Interview: Katy Sullivan of PANDORA at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Represents an  Photo BWW Interview: Katy Sullivan of PANDORA at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Represents an Exciting Expansion of Possibilities in the World of Theater
by Jim Munson - Sep 16, 2020

The best part of my job as a theater writer is that I get to speak with fascinating people, and they dona??t come more fascinating than actor and Paralympic athlete Katy Sullivan, who plays the titular role in TheatreWorks Silicon Valleya??s benefit online workshop reading of Pandora. This intriguing new work by acclaimed playwright Laurel Ollstein investigates the Pandoraa??s box myth, delving into the world-changing curiosity and hope resulting from one womana??s fateful actions. The streamed performance features a stellar cast of actors assembled from across the country and was recorded over Zoom under the direction of TheatreWorks Artistic Associate and Director of New Works Giovanna Sardelli. Pandora will be offered via video streaming from 6pm (PDT), Thursday, September 24, 2020 until 6pm (PDT), Monday, September 28, 2020. Viewers can sign up to receive a link to view Pandora at TheatreWorks.org without charge, although donations are encouraged to support TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. For additional information, visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

TheatreWorks Streams New Look At PANDORA, September 24-28 Photo TheatreWorks Streams New Look At PANDORA, September 24-28
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 2, 2020

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will stream a benefit online workshop reading of Pandora, an intriguing new work by acclaimed playwright Laurel Ollstein. TheatreWorks's production of Ollstein's play They Promised Her the Moon, an inventive look at women's early efforts to join the space race that was a hit among audiences and critics, was abruptly closed in March when shelter-in-place orders went into effect.

New Conservatory Theatre Center Announces IN GOOD COMPANY, New Episodic Podcast Serie Photo New Conservatory Theatre Center Announces IN GOOD COMPANY, New Episodic Podcast Series
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 29, 2020

New Conservatory Theatre Center has announced the release of a brand-new podcast, In Good Company, available for streaming and download starting August 26, with weekly episodes made available every Wednesday.

TheatreWorks Will Stream PANDORA Next Week Photo TheatreWorks Will Stream PANDORA Next Week
by Stephi Wild - May 29, 2020

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will stream a benefit online workshop reading of Pandora, an intriguing new work by acclaimed playwright Laurel Ollstein.

Burien Actors Theatre Takes Their 2020 Season Online Photo Burien Actors Theatre Takes Their 2020 Season Online
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2020

Burien Actors Theatre's 2020 season consists of five plays read over nine weeks. These five plays are the Artistic Director's choice, with only limited oversight. That means they will be different than what you can find anywhere else on social media or streaming.