Lauren Goldman Marshall
playwright, director, teaching artist



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Plays & Musical Theater Works
(scripts and music demos available upon request)
  • Abraham's Land (with composer Roger Ames; additional music by David Nafissian and Paul Linnes.) An original musical set in Israel and Palestine, Abraham’s Land tells the story of two men, brought together by one tragic moment. Ismail, a Palestinian philosophy student, wants the Israelis to see his humanity and that of his people. Israeli Sergeant Yitzhak prides himself on ethical conduct, but when Ismail takes to the podium at a Palestinian demonstration in East Jerusalem, Yitzhak perceives him to be a threat. Yitzhak fatally shoots Ismail, only to realize that his victim was unarmed. Haunted by Ismail's ghost, Yitzhak resolves to make amends by returning Ismail’s identity card to his family in Gaza to ask for forgiveness.

    Produced by Theater of Possibility, Abraham's Land premiered at Kirkland Performance Center, July 2021, in a production directed by David Grabarkewitz, and featuring Palestinian, Israeli and Jewish-American actors in lead roles. Adapted from an earlier version by Lauren Goldman Marshall, Hanna Eady and David Nafissian which premiered at New Image Theatre, Seattle, 1992. Earlier versions produced by Seeds of Peace, Maine, 1999, and workshopped by Village Theatre, Nautilus Music Theatre and Broadway on Sunset. The 2021 production of Abraham's Land was supported with a $8,500 project grant from 4Culture.
     
  • Fixing Einstein (with composer Ian Williams)
    Have you ever wished you could split yourself in two? A cutting-edge neuroscientist facing a degenerative illness, clones herself, intending that her clone will do a better job of carrying on her work and caring for her unsuspecting husband and autistic twin boys while she goes off on one last travel adventure. But the clone has her own ideas about how to live her life. Developed and workshopped in the 5th Avenue Theatre New Works Program, 2013–15. Finalist, TRU Voices Festival of New Musicals, NYC, 2018
     
  • Waiter, There's a Slug in My Latté (with composer Todd Moeller)
    The distinctly Seattle musical review with hit songs such as Monorail: Train to Nowhere and Slug Sushi. Cabaret de Paris, over 200 performances, 1990-95. Original 1991 cast recording newly transferred to digital media. Now available on Bandcamp, or contact Lauren Marshall to purchase a CD.

  • The Misanthrope
    Contemporary verse adaptation of Moliere's classic, premiered in 1999 at Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR, where it won the Portland Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production of the Season. Subsequently produced, among other places, in 2003, by NYU Tisch School of the Arts, directed by Timothy Douglas, and in 2011, at Arizona State University. See here for more information.
     
  • Falling Leaves (with composer Michael Wartofksy)
    A one-act chamber opera adapted from The Last Leaf by O'Henry. Premiered at Dixon Place, NYC. Also produced by Seattle Public Theater. See here for more information.
     
  • The Big Cigar (work-in-progress, with composer Michael Wartofsky)
    New Opera Music Theater Institute, Boston (workshop)
     
Books and plays for youth and children:
  • The Monkey King, an original adpation of the Chinese classic tale, commissioned for and performed by young actors at Seattle Public Theater, 2015 and at Bellevue Youth Theatre, 2019.

     
  • Whadda 'Bout My Legal Rights? (co-created with Andrew Duxbury, with music by Suzanne Grant)
    A musical for teenagers about their legal rights and responsibilities. Premiered by Empty Space Theater, published by Samuel French, Inc.
     
  • The  China Heart & The 100th Eye
    Paired one-acts about two close friends dealing with the reality of AIDS. Premiered by AIDS Prevention Theatre Troupe. China Heart also produced by Concerned Productions, Santa Fe. 100th Eye also produced by West Coast Ensemble, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh New Works Festival.
     
  • Rivercide, P.I. (with music by Edd Key)
    A private detective is called on to investigate the death of a river. Premiered at Seattle Public Theater, published by Baker’s Plays/Samuel French, Inc.
     
  • My Beautiful Bow (with illustrations by Hannah Marschell)
    A children's picture book about adoption
  • Finding Pluie (with music by Chris Ballew)
    A children's play about the water cycle. Premiered at Spruce Street School, Seattle.

Also:

  • Travel articles and other freelance writing (various publications)
  • Educational videos (various)

Theater of Possibility:

Empowering neurodiverse youth through acting and improv

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