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Laura Shaine Cunningham

LAURA SHAINE CUNNINGHAM  

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(photo credit Jerry Bauer) Laura Shaine Cunningham is a novelist and journalist as well as a playwright. Her play, BEaUTIFUL BODIES, is popular world wide, currently the most popular comedy for women in Eastern Europe with multiple productions in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria. The play leads a dual life as a bestselling novel in English, Dutch, Russian, French ("Six Filles Dans le Vent"), German and Japanese. Her acclaimed memoir, Sleeping arrangements, is now also a play and will have a world premiere at Theater J in Washington DC in January, 2007. Her short plays, including Flop Cop (2M) and other fierce comedies are widely produced and anthologized in Take Ten, Take Ten Two, Plays for actresses and Leading Women, all from Vintage.Plays by Laura Shaine Cunningham, published by Broadway Play Publishing

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Bang         Beached         Beautiful Bodies         Cruising Close To Crazy         D Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The         El Depresso Espresso         Fall Of The House Of Glass, The         Flop Cop         Happy Talking         I Love You, Two         Married Before         O Hair In Hell         Outsourced         Romeo Hates Juliet         Sleeping Arrangements         Web Cam Woman         Wives, The



Bang

Synopsis:
Wild black comedy, set underground - in a luxury subterranean condominium, designed to withstand nuclear and economic catastrophe. New Yorkers Len and Sheila visit their old friend, Bev, in her honeymoon home - which happens to be under the Utah desert. Bev has married Roy, a handsome charismatic psychotic, who happens to be an isolationist who has stocked his underground condo with enough DVDs, gourmet meals, and liquor to last till the next millennium. They don't need a war to destroy themselves-the two married couples clash and burn as adultery and mayhem erupt. a world premiere main stage at Steppenwolf Theater - the play is a success du scandal, and not for the faint of heart.

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Genre:
Wild Black Comedy Comedy

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Beached

Synopsis:
a woman finds herself running from kidnappers across a very strange beach. She finds a woman, hidden under veils, who reveals the sinister purpose.

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Genre:
short play One act

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Beautiful Bodies

Synopsis:
6 long-term women friends, mid 30's, trade confidences and witty exchanges throughout a party to celebrate a friend's pregnancy from a one night love affair. Secrets surface and tensions flare - as the circle of friends reveal all, fight, and find comfort in this one night gala. also a best selling novel, of the same title. Beautiful Bodies is performed around the world and is translated into Russian, Dutch, French, and soon Japanese

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also A novel (Bloomsbury)

1st Produced:
Courtyard, N1, London    2000

Organisations:
Confederate Theatre Company

1st Published:
in Plays by Laura Shane Cunningham, Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NY,    -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Cruising Close To Crazy

Synopsis:
Country Western star Carolee is careening toward a climactic meeting with her old lover and singing partner. all action takes place in her bedroom - in the rump of her customized million-dollar tour bus. Can be opened up to include a country western concert or performed in cabaret setting.

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Genre:
long one act One act

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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D Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The

Synopsis:
Tennessee Williams boards a train, to find that it is populated only by his characters, Stanley & Blanche, Maggie & Brick. a loving satire.

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Genre:
short play One act. - - Gay, theme/character, one act

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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El Depresso Espresso

Synopsis:
a young man and woman meet in a depression clinic at a strange hospital. Two doctors offer a surprising cure

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Contained in: "Take Ten II More Ten Minute Plays" published by Vintage Books 2003   -

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Genre:
short play One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Fall Of The House Of Glass, The

Synopsis:
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

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Genre:
Wild Comedy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Flop Cop

Synopsis:
Surreal black comedy, popular worldwide. a cop is summoned to subdue an out of control playwright, who has set up a siege in a theater, and is threatening to deliver his monologue

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Genre:
Ten Min

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Happy Talking

Synopsis:
a woman, alone in her apartment, is verbally assaulted by telephone solicitors, who offer her bizarre choices of plans

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Contained in: "Leading Women: Plays For Actresses II" published by Vinatge Books 2005   978-0375726668

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Play/Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  1            Other:  optional 4 M, or 4F

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I Love You, Two

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Where She Went; What she Did; The Man At The Door

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Samuel French, London, 1988   -

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Genre:
3 x 1 acts One act

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Married Before

Synopsis:
a bride and groom, both "married before" have a confrontation at the altar

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Genre:
short play One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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O Hair In Hell

Synopsis:
inspired by the premise that the actual Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the world's most famous atheist and "the most hated woman in America", finds out, after her murder, that she was wrong - There is an after-life and she is trapped in the Texas desert, with a mysterious drifter, Juan, who may be God, or her murderer. . .and his teenage mistress. a comment on actual godless-ness-the wasteland of American culture. Howling. Madalyn enters, headless, and tosses her severed femur. Madalyn is mad as hell.

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Genre:
Surreal comedy/drama Comedy

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Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Outsourced

Synopsis:
Max is completely maxed out on all of his credit cards but he is desperate for more cash. He telephones his latest card supplier to extend his credit and reaches that dreaded modern phenomenon, the Call Centre. Which country is he calling? Is there a happy end to his crisis?

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1st Produced:
Des Neue Theater am Bahnhof Dornach    2009

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Semi-circle

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Genre:
One act

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Romeo Hates Juliet

Synopsis:
a contemporary school production of Romeo and Juliet has a crisis - The actor playing Romeo doesn't like the girl who dreams of him, and is cast as Juliet. Chaos erupts, as the drama club divides into two houses, and the core of the Shakespeare play is exuberantly explored. a fun way for a class to learn the classic.

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Genre:
15 min youth theatre One act

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Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Sleeping Arrangements

Synopsis:
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 charactors)

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based on the best selling memoir

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Genre:
Comedy/drama Comedy

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Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Web Cam Woman

Synopsis:
The play can be described as " a one woman play, in which the woman has sold her soul and intimate moments to web cam voyeurs, who keep seven cameras trained on her at all times..a wild and woeful account of the ultimate price-- and revenge Web Cam Woman exacts". Inspired by news accounts of this new web perversion.

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The Thirteenth Street Repertory Company presents Five Story Walkup, An evening of new short plays And monologues by some of today's leading dramatists, including John Guare, Neil LaBute, Quincy Long, And Clay McLeod Chapman. The following description is from the show's press release: "Follow the travails of mismatched lovers, A webcam provocateur, small-town philosophers, And urban pioneers As they strive to maintain or escape from their domestic situations. These works cover wide narrative territory, exploring cityscapes And rural settings, but Are tied together by An intimate focus on the bond between identity And home." Proceeds from this production will go towards Thirteenth Street Rep's Legal Fund.
nytheatre.com

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Genre:
One act

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Wives, The

Synopsis:
Two actresses play six divergent roles in this intense and funny night of the female soul: 1)THE WIVES: (main play , 45 minutes)Two wives descend upon the death bed of their famous ex-husband. Whom is he calling for as he leaves this earth? Who is the "true" wife? The ultimate catfight, as each woman stakes her claim to the dying movie star. Is the true wife, the wife of 27 years, who bore him 7 children? Or the sexually ferocious drinking partner, he left her for, years ago? They duke it out. Strong monologues. 2)aBOUT FaCE: (secondary play, 25 minutes). a famous movie star and her personal assistant go to a hidden plastic surgeon's retreat. . .but disaster strikes before the face-lift. Is their relationship sick, or only consuming? Who will triumph, as the personal assistant rebels against the star? 3)LaST DaNCE: (curtain raiser). Two elderly women attend a Senior Swingles dance, hoping to meet Mr. Senior Right. One does.

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Genre:
evening for two women

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Male:  -            Female:  2            Other:  -

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