Laura Pittenger

Laura Pittenger

Laura Pittenger is a playwright, director, and a proud resident of NYC's Astoria, where she first discovered falafel and souvlaki (all on the same block!). Her original plays have been produced at the internationally-acclaimed FringeNYC (The HVAC Plays, available at Indie Theater Now), The Gallery Players (Brooklyn, NY; Thou Shalt Not), GI60's International One-Minute Theatre Festival (Sandwiches, co...
Laura Pittenger is a playwright, director, and a proud resident of NYC's Astoria, where she first discovered falafel and souvlaki (all on the same block!). Her original plays have been produced at the internationally-acclaimed FringeNYC (The HVAC Plays, available at Indie Theater Now), The Gallery Players (Brooklyn, NY; Thou Shalt Not), GI60's International One-Minute Theatre Festival (Sandwiches, co-written with Meron Langsner), and Ball State University (Daughters of Trinity: Women of the Manhattan Project, led by Jennifer Blackmer). Laura's plays have received workshops with One Bird Productions, Alaska's Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, The Playwrights' Center, and Ball State University.

Laura has directed at The Tank (NYC premiere of Jason Hall's thriller Third Floor), Project Y (Parity Plays), The Producers Club (Turn to Flesh Productions) and several productions at Ball State University.

Laura hails from Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in theatre production for directing, summa cum laude.

Plays

  • 49 Years and a Glass of Chardonnay
    Katie works in Times Square. Cassandra is on her first solo vacation in New York City. Their narratives - told in monologue form - intertwine in a moment of clarity which unites the two women across generations.
  • Thou Shalt Not
    A sudden death in an old manufacturing town gives an ambitious son the opportunity to reshape a bleak future into something grand. His family has other ideas. Full length.

    Note: a early ten-minute version of this play was previously staged at the Gallery Players; this version is no longer available for production.
  • 1 Bed 1 Bath
    A real estate broker, a client, and a delayed super. What happens when one of us stops fighting for the other? Old wounds resurface and what looks like the future is cast in doubt in this ten minute play.
  • The Honor of Your Presence
    Ever wonder what happens to the jilted exes as the credits roll over your favorite romantic comedy? Two such characters meet at the wedding of their respective exes. Suddenly, the present seems far less attractive, and the neglected past, a welcome respite. A dark comedy of loss, jealousy, and unforgettable memory. Full-length.
  • The Drill (Or, Civil Defense Is No Defense): A Play Concerning the Life of Dorothy Day
    City Hall Park in NYC on June 15, 1955, the day of the state’s annual Operation Alert civil defense drill, conducted in case of a nuclear attack. Dorothy Day, noted Catholic anarchist, leads a protest against the drills and in the process, meets a young stranger.
  • The HVAC Plays (Or, Adventures in Living Without Basic Necessities, Like Heat and Air Conditioning)
    6 exasperated city-dwellers, 3 crappy apartments & 1 absentee landlord. When central air fails, hot and cold collide and culminate in acts of desperation.

    Available for excerpt/purchase at Indie Theater Now (see link).
  • The Fort
    Two brothers home for the holidays journey to their childhood sanctuary. What awaits them in the fort? Ten-minute.
  • Christmas Eve Eve
    In 2016, the year the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, Grace buys a house. Her little sister Carly plots a Christmas Eve Eve surprise - which backfires.