This Week on Broadway for February 21, 2021: Lauren Gunderson

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk with Lauren Gunderson.


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PETER FILICHIA is a playwright, journalist, and historian with a number of books. His columns appear at Encore MagazineMasterworks BroadwayBroadway Select and many other places.

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Guest: Lauren Gunderson

Photo of Lauren Gunderson by Bryan Derballa

Lauren Gunderson: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Wikipedia | IOBDB | Playbill | BroadwayWorld

Lauren has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.
Her newest play The Catastrophist, about her husband virologist Nathan Wolfe, premiered digitally in January 2021. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her audioplay The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone, and Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk.

Dramatists Guild

Young Playwrights Festival

Parts They Call Deep by Lauren Gunderson
Jeannette electrifies the life and history of suffrage activist, social worker and Montanan, Jeannette Rankin. Elected to Congress in 1916—three years before women are granted the right to vote—Jeannette finds herself to be the only female voice within the halls of power to vote on women’s suffrage. Written by America’s most produced playwright Lauren M. Gunderson and pop sensation Ari Afsar, Jeannette heralds one person’s radical voice in America’s ongoing journey toward equal rights for all

2001 Parts They Call Deep
2004 Leap
2005 Background
2005 Eye Of The Beheld
2010 Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
2011 The Amazing Adventures Of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!
2011 Rock Creek: Southern Gothic
2012 Exit, Pursued By A Bear
2012 We Are Denmark
2013 By And By
2013 Toil & Trouble
2014 I And You
2014 Fire Work
2015 Ada And The Memory Engine
2015 Bauer
2015 Silent Sky
2015 The Taming
2017 The Book Of Will
2017 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
2017 The Revolutionists
2018 Natural Shocks
2019 Jeannette (Musical)
2019 The Half-Life of Marie Curie
2021 The Catastrophist


Mint Theater Company (Jonathan Bank, Producing Artistic Director) will continue the highly popular Silver Lining Streaming Series with the on-demand streaming of the three-camera archival recording (filmed in HD!) of Women Without Men by Hazel Ellis, directed by Jenn Thompson beginning Monday, February 22nd, and continuing through March 21st. The price of admission is FREE. To receive a password, visit Closed captioning is available for all of Mint’s upcoming streaming productions.

Women Without Men explores the clash of conflicting natures and petty competitions that erupt amongst the cloistered teaching staff of an all-girls boarding school. Jenn Thompson directed an all-female cast that included Mary Bacon, Joyce Cohen, Shannon Harrington, Kate Middleton, Aedin Moloney, Alexa Shae Niziak, Kellie Overbey, Dee Pelletier, Beatrice Tulchin, Emily Walton, and Amelia White. Women Without Men was also designed by women: Vicki R. Davis will provide scenic design; Martha Halley, costume design; Traci Klainer Polimeni, lighting design; and Jane Shaw, sound design.

Peter’s Trivia Section

Michael’s Musical Moment:

You’d Better Love Me from High Spirits

You’d Better Love Me

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