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Liza Birkenmeier is a playwright from St. Louis, Missouri. 2019-2020 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Ars Nova.

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Return Engagement of Liza Birkenmeier's GRIEF HOTEL is Coming to The Public

Clubbed Thumb and New Georges announce the return engagement of GRIEF HOTEL, a collaboration that soars to new heights with an intimate and gentle ensemble play.

Ryan J Haddad, William Jackson Harper, Marla Mindelle, and More Win Obie Awards - Full List of Winners!

The American Theatre Wing has announced the recipients of The 67th Obie Awards. Check out the full list of winners here!

F*CK7THGRADE to Return to Wild Project for Second Encore Engagement in November

wild project will present the return engagement for F*ck7thGrade. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets!

DR. RIDE'S AMERICAN BEACH HOUSE Comes to St. Louis Actors' Studio in October

STLAS presents 'Dr. Ride's American Beach House' by Liza Birkenmeier at The Gaslight Theater. An intimate snapshot of queer anti-heroines on a St. Louis rooftop. Learn more about the production and how to purchase tickets here!

Complete Cast Set for COPING MECHANISM at Wild Project

Dive into the world of Coping Mechanism at wild project with a complete guide to the cast. Find out who's performing, when and where the show is happening, and make sure you don't miss this incredible production.

The Orchard Project Reveals Artists and Companies For 2023 Lab Programs

The Orchard Project announced the artists and companies selected to participate in its 2023 Lab programs.

F*CK7THGRADE Returns to Wild Project

wild project will present a 2nd encore engagement of the critically acclaimed musical memoir 'F*ck7thGrade'. Nominated for a 2023 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, it features music, lyrics, and concept by Jill Sobule, book by Liza Birkenmeier, direction by two-time Obie Award-winner Lisa Peterson and music direction by Julie Wolf. 'F*ck7thGrade' runs November 8 - 26.

Jillian Walker's THE WHITNEY ALBUM Comes to Soho Rep This Month

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of multidisciplinary theater-maker, musician, and composer Jillian Walker's The Whitney Album. Walker's ritual performance flows between incantation, love lecture, scene, and song as it considers the labor of performance itself and honors the legacy of Whitney Houston and so many other Black women beloved, and consumed, for their art.

Initial Casts Set for SUMMERWORKS at Clubbed Thumb - Featuring Three New Plays

Clubbed Thumb has announced initial casting for the 26th SUMMERWORKS festival of new plays. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Jillian Walker's THE WHITNEY ALBUM Premieres at Soho Rep in May

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of multidisciplinary theater-maker and “imaginary historian” Jillian Walker's The Whitney Album, a meditation on the artist's relationship to Whitney Houston's work and personal life, and perceptions of both in the American imagination. The production concludes a 2022-23 Soho Rep season consisting entirely of works commissioned by the organization

Complete Programming Set for Clubbed Thumb's 2023 SUMMERWORKS

Clubbed Thumb has announced the complete line-up for the 26th SUMMERWORKS festival of new plays. SUMMERWORKS will run May 18 – July 1, 2023 at The Wild Project.

Jill Sobule's F*CK7THGRADE Extends at Wild Project

wild project's F*ck7thGrade, with music, lyrics, and concept by Jill Sobule, book by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Lisa Peterson with music direction by Julie Wolf, has extended through November 19. F*ck7thGrade began performances on Wednesday, October 12.

Cast Announced For F*CK7THGRADE At Wild Project

wild project (Ana Mari de Quesada, Producing Artistic Director) is thrilled to present F*ck7thGrade, music, lyrics, and concept by Jill Sobule, book by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Lisa Peterson with music direction by Julie Wolf. F*ck7thGrade begins performances on Wednesday, October 12 for a limited engagement through Saturday, November 5. 

Jill Sobule's F*CK7THGRADE to be Presented at Wild Project in October

wild project will present F*ck7thGrade, music, lyrics, and concept by Jill Sobule, book by Liza Birkenmeier and directed by Lisa Peterson with music direction by Julie Wolf. F*ck7thGrade begins performances on Wednesday, October 12 for a limited engagement through Saturday, November 5.

15 Shows Announced for Ars Nova's 14th Annual ANT Fest

Ars Nova has announced the lineup for its 14th Annual ANT Fest featuring 15 shows, 13 of which will premiere in-person and online at Ars Nova Supra with the first two shows premiering exclusively online.

Ars Nova Announces New Vision Residency Programming

Ars Nova has announced additional programming running between April 27 – June 24, 2022. All events will take place in-person at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street, Manhattan) for $15 and online via Ars Nova Supra for $10.

Alysia Reiner, Ebońee Noel, Sonal Shah & More to Take Part in Upcoming 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES

 The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues will return on Tuesday, October 26th, with an all new series of unforgettable performances. Thirteen actors have been paired with writers who have crafted unique pieces especially for them. From 6 PM until 10 PM, new monologues will be published every 15 minutes.  

BWW Review: DR. RIDE'S AMERICAN BEACH HOUSE is an Out of This World, Feel-Good, Euphoric Knockout at Jobsite Theater

In 1983, Sally Ride, or as proclaimed in the play, “She should be called Dr. Ride,” an Astrophysicist became the first and youngest American woman in Space aboard the Orbiter Challenger. Liza Birkenmeier’s play is not about Sally Ride, even though her name is mentioned throughout the 85 minutes. However, under the veil of the ’80s in St. Louis, Missouri we meet four women living out their lives and by a matter of opinion telling stories that boldly go where none of them have gone before so to speak. At its heart, Birkenmeier’s script is compelling, enlightening, and stunning from top to bottom, a true marvel of live theatre. In her script, we get to meet characters that are not as often displayed on-stage, and that is what makes this show so endearing. Being that this show is set in the 80’s smartphones, and other things like social media, don’t exist yet; which renders the compelling humanity shown throughout the script. It’s a breath of fresh air as we learn of these women, and how they may or may not enjoy their current way of life, and yet so different in a matter of opinions and lifestyle they are all one and the same.

F*It Club to Present THE SPRING FLING: HAPPILY EVER AFTER

F*It Club, the New York Innovative Award-winning film and theatre company, will complete ten years of its annual series of short, commissioned world-premiere plays at the IRT Theater as part of their 3B Development Series in Manhattan's West Village with The Spring Fling: Happily Ever After.

The Playwrights Realm Announces 2021-2022 Writing Fellows, Scratchpad Playwrights, International Scratchpad Playwrights, And The Continuation Of Script Share

As theater begins a lengthy, gradual comeback from a shut down year, centering support for playwrights is key to ensuring that what’s on the horizon looks different than the standard production models that drove the industry’s recent past. In The Playwrights Realm’s 15th Anniversary Restart Season, in lieu of productions, the organization expands its existing programs and networks of support for playwrights, generating a vital sense of community that likewise catalyzes vital writing.

Liza Birkenmeier FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Liza Birkenmeier has written 2 shows including Doctor Ride's American Beach House (Playwright), F*ck7thGrade (Book).

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