Laura Pittenger

Laura Pittenger

Laura Pittenger is a playwright, director, and a proud resident of NYC's Astoria. Her original plays have been produced at the internationally-acclaimed FringeNYC (The HVAC Plays); The Sheen Center Theater Festival (The Drill); The Gallery Players (Brooklyn, NY; Thou Shalt Not), GI60's International One-Minute Theatre Festival (Sandwiches and Nibon​, co-written with Meron Langsner), and Ball State...
Laura Pittenger is a playwright, director, and a proud resident of NYC's Astoria. Her original plays have been produced at the internationally-acclaimed FringeNYC (The HVAC Plays); The Sheen Center Theater Festival (The Drill); The Gallery Players (Brooklyn, NY; Thou Shalt Not), GI60's International One-Minute Theatre Festival (Sandwiches and Nibon​, co-written with Meron Langsner), and Ball State University (Daughters of Trinity: Women of the Manhattan Project, led by Jennifer Blackmer).

Laura is an inaugural Playwriting Fellow at the Sheen Center working on her play The Honor of Your Presence. She was commissioned by Project Y to write An Unexpected Resurrection, a free adaptation of the work of Hroswitha of Gandershaim, for the Fourth Annual Women in Theater Festival. Laura also spent the last year working with New Sanctuary Coalition and Robert Choiniere to create interview-based theater with immigrants living in New York City.

Laura's plays have received workshops with 3V Theatre, 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Fort
    Two brothers home for the holidays journey to their childhood sanctuary. What awaits them in the fort? Ten-minute.
  • 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.

    This play was previously available for purchase on Indie Theatre Now.