Deborah Zoe Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Stage, and The Humana Festival. Informed Consent, which appeared at The Duke Theatre in 2015, was a NYTimes Critic’s Pick. Her play End Days began as an NNPN rolling world premiere, and went on to win The American Critics Association Steinberg...
Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Stage, and The Humana Festival. Informed Consent, which appeared at The Duke Theatre in 2015, was a NYTimes Critic’s Pick. Her play End Days began as an NNPN rolling world premiere, and went on to win The American Critics Association Steinberg citation. It’s received over 60 productions around the country, and in Germany and Russia. Leveling Up is optioned for a Broadway production for 2017. Other plays include Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Sirens, Meta, The Gulf of Westchester (an NNPN commission through Florida Stage), Miniatures, Fortune, and The Three Sisters of Weehawken, which she directed in October, 2016, at Theatre Lab in Boca Raton. Her latest play, Found Objects, was a commission of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award, and grants and commissions from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Edgerton Foundation, NNPN, the NEA, and the LeCompte du Nouy grant from the Lincoln Center Foundation. She is a graduate of Juilliard and a member of The Dramatists Guild. DEBORAHZOELAUFER.com

Plays

  • The Three Sisters of Weehawken
    Olga, Masha and Irina have dreamt of returning to their childhood home of Manhattan all their lives. There It lies, gleaming, a mere ferry ride away from their provincial home in Weehawken, New Jersey. Though their sister-in-law, Natasha, tries valiantly to help them realize their dream with offers of work, tickets, maps, guidebooks, even anti-depressants, old patterns are hard to break. And that fifteen-...
    Olga, Masha and Irina have dreamt of returning to their childhood home of Manhattan all their lives. There It lies, gleaming, a mere ferry ride away from their provincial home in Weehawken, New Jersey. Though their sister-in-law, Natasha, tries valiantly to help them realize their dream with offers of work, tickets, maps, guidebooks, even anti-depressants, old patterns are hard to break. And that fifteen-minute ferry ride may as well be a mission to Mars. As they remain, decade after decade stretching into old age, the walls of their world move in tighter and tighter, until it becomes nearly impossible to move at all, borrowing as much from Beckett as Checkhov, The Three Sisters of Weehawken, wonders at the forces that keep us from following our dreams, and begs the question -- how little can one live, and still have lived “a life”?
  • Sirens
    When Sam Abrams first fell in love with Rose he wrote her a song — a song that has been covered by every recording artist and translated to every language. It is heard in every elevator and on every cell phone ringtone. For twenty-five years, Sam has been trying to write the next song – to no avail. Sam and Rose are now celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with a cruise in the Mediterranean...
    When Sam Abrams first fell in love with Rose he wrote her a song — a song that has been covered by every recording artist and translated to every language. It is heard in every elevator and on every cell phone ringtone. For twenty-five years, Sam has been trying to write the next song – to no avail. Sam and Rose are now celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with a cruise in the Mediterranean. Sam hears the most beautiful music ever heard, jumps overboard, and winds up on the Siren’s island. There he must struggle with the seductions of the Siren, the terrors of middle age, and the tortures of creative failure. And he must find a way to get home and win his wife back.
  • End Days
    Sixteen year old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neightbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.
  • Leveling Up
    How do you straddle the fuzzy line between reality and virtual reality when you’re playing video games 20 hours a day? Ian, Zan, and Chuck are two years out of college when the government comes looking for expert gamers to launch remote missiles. And the bombs and the guns and the screams and the victories look so much like the ones on their Xbox.
  • Informed Consent
    With genomic breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, we can learn more about what our futures may hold than ever before. But how much should we know? And who gets to decide? Inspired by a recent court case between the Havasupai tribe and Arizona State University, Informed Consent takes us into the personal and national debate about science v. belief, and whether our DNA is our destiny.