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Laura Shamas

LAURA SHAMAS

  

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Agency for the Performing Arts  represented by Beth Bickers

Laura Shamas was born in Oklahoma, and has lived in various places across the U.S., including Tulsa, Los Angeles, and Denver. She is a writer and cultural mythologist. As a playwright, Shamas has had twenty plays produced, nine published, and is included in four anthologies. She has won numerous awards, including a 2007 Aurand Harris Fellowship from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America, a Drama-Logue Award for Playwriting, a Marquee Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award for Outstanding New Drama, the Warner Brothers Award, and a Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation Grant. Her plays have been produced in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. In America, productions of her work have appeared in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, and other cities. Her bookWe Three: the Mythology of Shakespeare's Weird Sisters was published in 2007 by Peter Lang usA.

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        Amelia         Amelia Lives         Babylon Revisited         Chasing Honey         Checkmate         Circular         Daleesha Report, The         Delicacies         Fitness         Great Dakota Tom, The         In His Dremynge (Weird Sisters)         Lady-Like         Last Slumber Party, The         Lincoln Vacation         Living Doll         Lucky In Hollywood         Mock Talk         Moliere In Love         Other Shakespeare, The         Picnic At Hanging Rock         Pistachio Stories         Portrait of the Nude         Re-Sourcing         Runestone Hill         Saucer City         Seeds         Talking Leaves         Telling Time         Trance Dance         Trapper Joan         Up To Date         Venus In Orange



Amelia

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Amelia Lives

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the story of Amelia Earhart the flying pioneer

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Babylon Revisited

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Chasing Honey

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Checkmate

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An out-of-work reporter becomes involved in the decoy industry through a female private investigator--with devastating consequences

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Part Of The Blank Theatre's "Living Room Series"     06 May 2013

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Circular

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A military psychiatrist on her first tour of duty in Afghanistan gets drawn into the world of "The Odyssey"

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Daleesha Report, The

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A young woman witnesses her boyfriend committing a brutal murder.

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Ten minute play

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Delicacies

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Fitness

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Great Dakota Tom, The

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In His Dremynge (Weird Sisters)

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Lady-Like

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A female adventure story of friendship and freedom, beginning in 1778. Against all odds, two aristocratic Irish ladies and a maid flee abusive homes to start a new life together. Poor, without means or male guardians, they must learn to fend for themselves. Through many travails they arrive in Wales, eager to retire from society, but fate has other plans in store. these "Ladies of Llangollen" become famous for their literary salons; they influence major poets, writers, kings, and queens, and live together happily for 50 years. their home is now a National Trust Property in Wales.

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The Tiffany Theaters (Los Angeles, Ca, United States)     1991

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110-120 min Biographical Drama

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Last Slumber Party, The

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Lincoln Vacation

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Living Doll

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Rose a widow runs a dolls hospital but with the onset of Alzheimer's disease her family have a difficult decision to make.

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One act

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Lucky In Hollywood

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A Hollywood family and a Native American family whose lives are intertwined for years from 1943 to 2012

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Native American New Play Festival     2015

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Mock Talk

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Moliere In Love

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Set in 1670, Paris, Moliere in Love is based on the true story of Moliere's theatrical attempt to win back the love of his much younger wife, Armande. In order to "re-romance" his wife, the playwright decides to write a play-ballet to showcase her talents and beauty. But because of Louis XIV's extramarital pursuits, the king demands that the show - Psyche, with its cast-list of 300+ actors and dancers - must be completed and produced within a few weeks. Frantic to complete the project, Moliere must partner with one of his rivals, Pierre Corneille, in order to please the King. But ss Moliere assembles his troupe of actors and dancers to rehearse, the internal politics of his own company adds further complications. One of Moliere's own former lovers is cast as the beautiful Venus, much to Armande's dismay. And Armande hates the handsome leading man with whom she must perform. Or so it seems. . . until Moliere stumbles upon them in a passionate, incriminating embrace, with the excuse that they are "just rehearsing". Moliere battles literary and romantic rivals, a meddlesome royal patron, an insane deadline and his own ego in order to create a work worthy of his task.But in the end, will it be enough to heal his marriage, keep the court appeased, and keep his company afloat?

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Historical Drama

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Other Shakespeare, The

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Cassandra, the brilliant sister of William

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Picnic At Hanging Rock

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Three pupils and a teacher disappear on a school outing to Hanging Rock

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Based on the book by Joan Lindsay

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Pistachio Stories

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Contained in: "2005 - the Best Ten Minute Plays For Three Or More Players" published by Smith and Kraus, 2007   

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Portrait of the Nude

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History of nudes in art

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Re-Sourcing

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Ameriblaze Company keeps outsourcing more and more work sacking their American employees and getting cheaper ones in Bangalore. One group of sacked American workers try to get their jobs back by pretending to outsource workers in Bangalore

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Noho Arts Center, North Hollywood     20 Nov 2004

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Broadway Play Publishing, 2008   

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Runestone Hill

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Saucer City

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Seeds

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7th Annual Short Play Festival, Native Voices, Los Angeles     2017

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Talking Leaves

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Telling Time

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Trance Dance

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Trapper Joan

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Cheating Lovers 101 investigates erring lovers by employing glamorous young women as decoys. But they do not seem to be working in their latest case

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Actors Forum, North Hollywood     23 May 2010

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Up To Date

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In a series of monologues, eleven diverse women grapple with the meaning of dating and romance in the 21st century -- from the promise and pitfalls of Internet dating, to biological clocks, dating as a widow, and the self-help industry. the monologue form functions as a metaphor for isolation in the modern world, and in the end, the women's various struggles coalesce in a scene of unity and hope.

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West Coast Ensemble (Workshop Production) (Los Angeles, Ca, United States)     2002

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80-90 min Seriocomedy

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Venus In Orange

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a performance piece that takes an uncompromising look at women's lives, roles, and sexuality in the 21st Century. Using Venus-Goddess of Beauty, Sex, and Love-as a tour guide, the play weaves real-world stories, myth, movement, and poetry to shed light on the often-perplexing roles of women who are caught between media images of femininity and their own desires for fulfillment in a world that still doesn't view them as equal. Sometimes sensual, sometimes chilling, sometimes funny, VENUS IN ORANGE is a provocative look at who women are-and who they can become.

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written by Paula Cizmar & Laura Shamas

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Cypress College Theatre, Cypress, California, Usa     2004

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