Think of this pitch to a room of venture capitalists: “What we’re proposing is a scalable, repeatable product that makes vital intellectual and emotional wisdom portable, communicable, and adaptable and memorable. Everyone will use it and keep using it for millennia. We call it: storytelling.”
A young Serbian woman who is essentially enslaved when she is forced into prostitution in London. A female pioneer of math and physics who confronts establishment sexism in 18th-century France. A pair of teenage girls who journey from high school outcast status to don’t-mess-with-us empowerment, with a big assist from a Hindu deity in (female) human form.
On the surface, these characters could hardly be more dissimilar. But what Lucy Kirkwood’s “It Felt Empty When the Heart Went at First But It Is Alright Now,’’ Lauren Gunderson’s “Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight,’’ and Aditi Brennan Kapil’s “The Chronicles of Kalki’’ have in common is that they are stories by and about women that offer illuminating perspectives on circumstances and issues that might not have drawn the sustained attention of male dramatists.
Recent productions of these plays on local stages and others by female playwrights have helped to underscore a point that shouldn’t need to be made at all: Namely, the more that women’s voices are heard, the closer theater comes to representing the full human experience.
More from the Boston Globe’s article here
The New York Times previews BAUER with an in depth story on the play and the history behind it here.
The New Yorker calls BAUER “beautifully written,” “brings it’s audience to tears”
TDF Stages theatre magazine profiles Lauren and the ingredients for Bauer.
The Brooklyn Rail profiles Lauren here.
“In one extraordinary scene, actor Jennifer Le Blanc stopped the show—in the best possible way. The play was Lauren Gunderson’s By and By, a science fiction–tinged drama premiering at Shotgun Players in Berkeley, Calif. Le Blanc was playing the teenage daughter of a genetic scientist who may have stumbled upon the secret to successful cloning. Then, toward the end of the play, Le Blanc segued into a second character, simultaneously playing the daughter and the deceased woman from who she was cloned.”
– Chad Jones, American Theatre
The Bear Facts
“Playwright Lauren Gunderson talks about her riff on a Shakespearean theme in Exit, Pursued by a Bear, opening at Circle Theatre this week; and more.”
The Gunderson Effect
From TheatrePlayByPlay‘s comprehensive article on all that’s going on in The Bay
EMILIE on air…
Listen here to WABE’s story…
“The Weird Sisters is a theatre project helmed exclusively by women, working together to elevate the role of women in Atlanta theater and bring new work to the stage. Their current production, titled Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, is opening this week at the Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville and WABE’s Myke Johns spoke with those involved.”
Playwright, Weird Sisters take on ‘Émilie’
From the AJC’s preview of EMILIE…
“A great woman deserves a great play. There may be few people more conscious of that fact than playwright and Decatur native Lauren Gunderson, who took on the monumental task of bringing the unconventional 18th century genius Émilie du Châtelet to life on the stage.”
Toil and Trouble Bubbles Over With Ideas
From The Cincinnati Enquirer’s preview of TOIL!
“Gunderson makes a strong case that hubris, greed, lust for power, and just plain lust never go out of style.”
Lauren’s Profile in the LA Times
“A lot of my pieces are science – or history-based, so most of my creative development starts with research. I cram a lot of information into my brain and there’s spillage that ends up on the page…” – 2009
Science Plays Come of Age
– UK based science journal THE SCIENTIST
“Gunderson – a playwright, screenwriter, short story author, and actor based in Atlanta, GA – discusses the art of scientific storytelling.”