Andrea Stolowitz

Andrea Stolowitz

Andrea Stolowitz is the Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Repertory Theater, a member of New Dramatists class of 2024 and a core member at The Playwrights Center. Her plays have been developed and presented nationally and internationally.

Andrea’s latest play Successful Strategies, an adaptation of a Marivaux farce set on a Willamette Valley Vineyard, will world-premiere at Oregon...
Andrea Stolowitz is the Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Repertory Theater, a member of New Dramatists class of 2024 and a core member at The Playwrights Center. Her plays have been developed and presented nationally and internationally.

Andrea’s latest play Successful Strategies, an adaptation of a Marivaux farce set on a Willamette Valley Vineyard, will world-premiere at Oregon Contemporary Theatre in February, 2018.

Berlin Diary, Andrea’s auto-biographical tour de force was presented at English Theater Berlin/International Performing Arts Center in October 2016 and Portland’s Coho Theatre in April 2017 produced by Hand2Mouth Theatre.

A recipient of Artists Repertory Theater’s $25,000 Fowler/Levin prize, Andrea premiered her play Ithaka at the theatre in 2013. The play had its mid-west premiere in Chicago in 2014 and won the 2015 Oregon Book Award in Drama.

Andrea works as a collaborating writer with the award-winning devised theater company Hand2Mouth Theatre. Their collaboration Pep Talk is touring nationally. They are currently at work on their latest collaboration Psychic Utopia which will premiere in Portland in November 2017.

An MFA playwriting alumna of UC-San Diego, Andrea currently serves on the faculty at Willamette University. She has also taught at The University of Portland, Duke University and UC-San Diego.

Plays

  • Successful Strategies
    In this raucous free-wheeling comedy inspired by the Marivaux farce by the same name, two-time Oregon Book Award winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz creates a hilarious new play about love and winemaking in the Pinot Noir laden land of the Willamette Valley. Successful Strategies is set on a vineyard just before the grape harvest and follows three couples falling in and out of love, into the arms of others, and...
    In this raucous free-wheeling comedy inspired by the Marivaux farce by the same name, two-time Oregon Book Award winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz creates a hilarious new play about love and winemaking in the Pinot Noir laden land of the Willamette Valley. Successful Strategies is set on a vineyard just before the grape harvest and follows three couples falling in and out of love, into the arms of others, and then eventually back to the the one they truly love. The play asks pointed questions about the nature of love, its staying power over time and why it hurts so much all while creating a delightful parallel to the specificity of the world of wine making. An extremely funny comedy, Successful Strategies delights the heart and mind.
  • Berlin Diary
    The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives into the light. The record keeps as many secrets as it shares; how do people become verschollen, lost,...
    The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives into the light. The record keeps as many secrets as it shares; how do people become verschollen, lost, like library books?

    In this complex, contemporary drama about the search for home, fragmented heritage and Jewish diaspora, two performers scintillate between characters and locations at the border of reality and memory and the intersection of national history and private lives.
  • ANTARKTIKOS
    Somewhere between Oregon and Antarctica lie several points on a continuum: Susan, a writer at an artists residency at the South Pole; Captain Robert Falcon Scott, leader of the British Antarctic expedition of 1912; and Hilary, Susan’s 21-year-old daughter. When an insomniac EMT named Alex becomes the hapless link among them, time collapses, geographies blend and destinies emerge.
  • Ithaka
    Marine Captain Elaine Edwards has just returned from her latest tour in Afghanistan but this time things are different; home doesn’t feel right and nothing makes sense. After a blow up fight with her husband propels her to skip town, she undertakes an Odyssean journey through the American landscape battling her monsters, trying to find her way home.
  • Knowing Cairo
    Rose, an elderly German-Jewish New Yorker, is a screamer. Approaching the big 8-0, she has managed to scare away an array of caretakers with her overwhelming antics. That is until her busy psychoanalyst daughter hires Winsome, an African American woman, who proves to be Rose’s match. When Lydia realizes how close the two have become, she suspects Winsome of being a clever grifter, but are her suspicions based...
    Rose, an elderly German-Jewish New Yorker, is a screamer. Approaching the big 8-0, she has managed to scare away an array of caretakers with her overwhelming antics. That is until her busy psychoanalyst daughter hires Winsome, an African American woman, who proves to be Rose’s match. When Lydia realizes how close the two have become, she suspects Winsome of being a clever grifter, but are her suspicions based on truth, or merely produced by jealousy? Alternately funny, moving and disturbing, this play raises questions of trust, race, and family obligation.