Laura Shaine Cunningham

Plays written by Laura Shaine Cunningham



Beautiful Bodies – (6W) Six women in their thirties gather on a stormy winter night at a New York loft to celebrate the pregnancy of one of the friends, Claire. All the women are in a state of turmoil, with boyfriends being sought and dumped, careers soaring and floundering, and biological clocks ticking and tocking. The comedy bonds the performers and the audience by inviting the spectators to join the party.

The Fall of the House of Glass – (4M 4W) Wild comedy about a married couple that breaks up, after 20 years of marriage, at the birth of their first child. Great character roles, as both sets of parents descend on the couple to “celebrate.” Adultery and high tech reproduction form this all-new comedy of marriage and family for the 21st century.

Sleeping Arrangements – (3M 3W) Memory play inspired by the author’s critically hailed and best selling memoir of growing up, an orphaned child, raised by two bachelor uncles. The book is available through Bloomsbury, U.K. and Penguin Putnam, USA. The roles are Lily, who appears as both a child, and the narrator, her two uncles, Len and Gabe, her eccentric grandmother, Etka from Minsk, and Mrs. Hassan (the opposing gossip neighbor) her two nubile wild little girlfriends (played as children) , and a multiple role for a woman who will triple as the supporting characters).


Laura Shaine Cunningham is the author of six full-length plays. She debuted at Steppenwolf Theater with a main stage production of her play, BANG, a dark comedy set in an underground condominium. BANG received a Jefferson Award nomination. BEAUTIFUL BODIES premiered at Olympia Dukakis’s Whole Theater in New Jersey. BEAUTIFUL BODIES has gone on to frequent regional productions, one of which won the STONEY award for “Best New Play” in Savannah, Georgia in 2000. In 2003, the play began a national tour of Russia and remains one of the most popular plays in Russia and the former CIS nations. BEAUTIFUL BODIES has been produced in major productions in Ukraine, Finland, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Finland. Her plays are published as PLAYS by LAURA SHAINE CUNNINGHAM by Broadway Play Publishing and in numerous anthologies, including Vintage’s Take Ten, Plays for Actresses, Leading Women, Laugh Lines, and in many of the Applause Books Best Plays series. Laura’s latest play, SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS premiered at Theater J, in Washington D.C. and WEB CAM WOMAN premiered at 13th Street Repertory Theater.

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