Laura Neill

Laura Neill

Laura Neill writes ambitious woman-centered plays. Her play Winter People will be developed at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference this summer. Laura is under commission by SpeakEasy Stage Company to write Just Cause, a dark comedy about gentrification. Previous productions include DIVAS, commissioned and premiered by OperaHub; Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group; and Don...
Laura Neill writes ambitious woman-centered plays. Her play Winter People will be developed at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference this summer. Laura is under commission by SpeakEasy Stage Company to write Just Cause, a dark comedy about gentrification. Previous productions include DIVAS, commissioned and premiered by OperaHub; Skin and Bones, workshopped with the Wilbury Theatre Group; and Don't Give Up the Ship, premiered by Fresh Ink Theatre. Laura was an affiliate of the 2016 Company One PlayLab, and she was the WomenWorks playwright-in-residence at the University of Tulsa in 2017. She was a finalist for the Todd McNerney Award (The End Will Hurt) and winner of the Eleanor Frost Award (Conditions). She co-edited the New England New Play Anthology for StageSource. Laura has taught courses on creative writing and theatre at Boston University, Emerson College, and Boston College. MFA: Boston University. Learn more at http://laurajneill.wixsite.com/home.

Plays

  • Winter People
    The Hamptons. The dead cold of March, when there are no Kardashians in sight. A giant beach mansion burns down--and someone local will take the blame. Economic and racial tensions rise, a witch-hunt begins, and the lives of five local Long Island families start falling to pieces (if they were ever whole). Each actor plays an entire family In this love-hate letter to a complicated community.

    NOTE...
    The Hamptons. The dead cold of March, when there are no Kardashians in sight. A giant beach mansion burns down--and someone local will take the blame. Economic and racial tensions rise, a witch-hunt begins, and the lives of five local Long Island families start falling to pieces (if they were ever whole). Each actor plays an entire family In this love-hate letter to a complicated community.

    NOTE: Script is in progress.

    Please cast five young women (and/or non-binary folks), as they are what the five families have in common. But each actor will play characters of various genders and ages.
  • Skin and Bones
    Katharine, 60s, and Marly, 40s, are separated by age, class, occupation, you name it--she's a volunteer theatre usher and he's a bouncer for the fight across the hall. But they are both hiding secrets that demand to be told, and when their small talk doesn't line up, they find a strange honesty rising between them.
  • Just Cause
    When the abandoned T tunnel under City Hall is re-discovered, Blue Star LLC buys it from the city to build (what else?) luxury condos. Minimum-wage security guards Harry and Sammy keep watch for squatters… and other things… as Blue Star bosses rationalize mysterious red stains on the walls and Ava (a.k.a the inevitable white liberal) stages periodic sit-ins to protest. But is that interchangeable white guy boss...
    When the abandoned T tunnel under City Hall is re-discovered, Blue Star LLC buys it from the city to build (what else?) luxury condos. Minimum-wage security guards Harry and Sammy keep watch for squatters… and other things… as Blue Star bosses rationalize mysterious red stains on the walls and Ava (a.k.a the inevitable white liberal) stages periodic sit-ins to protest. But is that interchangeable white guy boss really in the Caymans, or did he maybe die in an explosion of blood and shadows? A gory and incisively depressing comedy that takes a hard look at Boston’s economy, the monsters that lurk in our shadows, and what we do to survive.
  • The End Will Hurt
    Maura's dying and obsessed with Facebook, but that's not the only problem—her daughter Cindy is under the Food Network's control, and her granddaughter Darcy is getting way too good at first-person-shooter video games. As each woman avoids facing her grief, digital worlds meld with the real world to create a dangerous new landscape in which anything is possible.
  • Don't Give Up the Ship
    When Diana, a middle-aged mother of two, wakes up as Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the War of 1812, she suddenly commands much more of her life than she used to. Imagining that her daughters are warring lieutenants, her ex-husband is her four-year-old son, and her nurse Lizzie is her darling wife, Diana establishes an identity that is much closer to her true self than anyone expected.
  • We the Sisters
    Becky has an opinion on how her old sorority sister Congresswoman Lara Sweet should vote on the next healthcare repeal bill... and a few old college stories to wield as weapons. This no-holds-barred battle between a powerful politician and her once-sister escalates quickly to a point of no return.
  • Cap, or, El Límite
    A sharp commentary on the politicization of education and "grit," Cap, or, El Límite makes a nationwide debate personal. As the pro-charter protest approaches and Andi is chosen to speak, Andi finds herself in the middle of a political battle that she doesn't want to fight. Andi's teacher Ms. D pulls her in one direction, but what she knows about her cousin Miguel pulls her in another--and...
    A sharp commentary on the politicization of education and "grit," Cap, or, El Límite makes a nationwide debate personal. As the pro-charter protest approaches and Andi is chosen to speak, Andi finds herself in the middle of a political battle that she doesn't want to fight. Andi's teacher Ms. D pulls her in one direction, but what she knows about her cousin Miguel pulls her in another--and then there's the new teacher candidate noticing too much, and Vick falling in love with her, and the teenage Chorus nosing into everyone's business. Full of energy and sharply funny, Cap, or, El Límite asks what happens when both teachers and students push their limits.
  • DIVAS
    DIVAS is a play with opera music that finds nine great opera divas from across three centuries locked together in the afterlife, pitted against each other to fight for the soul of opera. Connecting public-domain arias with stories of these crucial women's lives, DIVAS is a poignant showcase of larger-than-life women whose voices reverberate across the centuries.
  • The Secretaries
    Anna is a superhero!!! That's what her acceptance letter to the YZ Institute says--but when she gets there, she's informed it was a mistake, and she's reassigned to be a secretary. The “real” superheroes-in-training are impressive, but their arrogance makes it hard for Anna to fit in. To make things worse, the training mistress Madam Medusa suddenly goes missing. When Anna suspects that one of...
    Anna is a superhero!!! That's what her acceptance letter to the YZ Institute says--but when she gets there, she's informed it was a mistake, and she's reassigned to be a secretary. The “real” superheroes-in-training are impressive, but their arrogance makes it hard for Anna to fit in. To make things worse, the training mistress Madam Medusa suddenly goes missing. When Anna suspects that one of the so-called heroes may be to blame—and may be planning to use their powers for evil—she and her fellow "secretary" Bree must team up to save the world as we know it.
  • Funtown
    Five young outcasts live together in an abandoned fun park. But when their "abandoned" home is marked for demolition, their way of life is called into question. Jo wants to fight, Har wants to hack into the developers' system, and Doc just wants everyone to calm down. When a wrecking ball knocks down everything the band had known, will they come together, or scatter back to their loner lives?
  • Eggs
    Demi's broke. She's an actor-waitress. So when Facebook suggests that she sell her eggs, she has a little bit of an existential crisis about the $$$ that might bring in. To figure things out, Demi stages (what else??) her own experimental theatre show, complete with talking chickens and turning into her mother. After all, if you don't wanna cry... you gotta laugh.