Laura Axelrod

Laura Axelrod

Laura Axelrod is a writer, playwright and actor. Her plays have been performed in California, New York and Europe. A graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, she received her BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing. Her work focuses on beliefs – why people believe the things they do. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild. Visit Laura's website at www.lauraaxelrod.com for more information.

Plays

  • Moving Off Mercer Street
    Louisa Crane is trapped in a relationship with an abusive boyfriend. For months she has tried to get help from her therapist, friends and a manager at work but has been turned away or ignored. After breaking up with him, she knows he will murder her. Just as she gives up hope, two strangers appear to help her make one last attempt to free herself. Where she winds up next is not where she expected.
  • Why Are You Blue?
    Maureen and Dan have been attending a local church for 15 years. However, they have lost faith in Republican politics. In the latest election, she chooses to publicly support a Democrat. The minister angrily confronts the couple on the steps of the church one Sunday morning. When church and state meet, foundations are cracked.
  • Everybody In This House
    Father O'Donnell turns a deaf ear to Mary Turner's pleas about her marriage. Several weeks later, she is dead. What happened to Mary Turner? He soothes his conscience by visiting the family, only to have his fears justified. He finds the reality of domestic violence and child abuse, and confronts his own powerlessness in the face of evil.

    Reviewed by The Stage (Edinburgh, Scotland),...
    Father O'Donnell turns a deaf ear to Mary Turner's pleas about her marriage. Several weeks later, she is dead. What happened to Mary Turner? He soothes his conscience by visiting the family, only to have his fears justified. He finds the reality of domestic violence and child abuse, and confronts his own powerlessness in the face of evil.

    Reviewed by The Stage (Edinburgh, Scotland), this play is called "superbly written" and "totally uncompromising."
  • Absence of Light
    A free verse performance poem in three parts. In the first part, Rethinking the Morning Sunrise, a woman wakes up in New York City wondering about the meaning of her humdrum existence. During the second part, Along Molasses Trail, she finds herself in hell due to a frightening, abusive relationship. The final part, The Redemptive Leaf, she settles in Connecticut and comes to peace with the uncertainty of life.
  • Sky Crosses
    Two people spot chemtrails in the sky and try to alert the media.
  • Eye Level - a Monologue
    A woman finds love during her morning commute on a crowded subway train.
  • I Want to Tell You Something - a Monologue
    Overcoming a fear of being visited by the FBI, a conspiracy theorist explains The Curse of Tippecanoe.
  • The Energy of Location - a Monologue
    A psychic discusses her findings after a visit to the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9/11.