Laura Eason

Laura Eason

Laura Eason is the author of twenty produced plays, original work and adaptation, a musical book writer, a screenwriter and a producer. Credits include the play SEX WITH STRANGERS (world premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago, off-Broadway at Second Stage in NYC, Sydney Theatre in Australia, Hampstead Theatre, London, one of the most produced plays in the U.S. in the '15 - '16 and '16 - '17...
Laura Eason is the author of twenty produced plays, original work and adaptation, a musical book writer, a screenwriter and a producer. Credits include the play SEX WITH STRANGERS (world premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago, off-Broadway at Second Stage in NYC, Sydney Theatre in Australia, Hampstead Theatre, London, one of the most produced plays in the U.S. in the '15 - '16 and '16 - '17 seasons with over 100 separate productions) the book of the musical DAYS LIKE TODAY, music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler (Writers Theatre Chicago) and AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (St. James, London), among others. As a screenwriter, she her credits include four seasons on the Netflix drama, “House of Cards” (WGA nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Emmy Award nomination, Drama Series) and the film, BLUE NIGHT, produced and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives in Brooklyn with her family. More information at lauraeason.com or on twitter & Instagram @LeasonNYC.

Plays

  • Sex with Strangers
    How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you finally do? When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they both crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing...
    How far will you go to get what you want? Will you be the same person if you finally do? When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they both crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.
  • The Undeniable Sound of Right Now
    1992. Chicago. Hank is struggling to keep his legendary rock club going amid changing times and changing tastes. But when his beloved daughter, Lena, starts dating a rising star DJ, Hank must contend with the destructive power of the Next Big Thing.
  • The Vast In-Between
    The revelation that her neighbor is living a secret, double life shakes married, settled Cate out of a long emotional slumber and sets her on her own journey through temptation and deception. The Vast In-Between considers marriage's long and sometimes difficult middle stretch exploring how fragile love can be.
  • Around the World in 80 Days
    Phileas Fogg—fantastically wealthy, majestically mysterious, and a dedicated man of scientific reason—has deduced that a mere 80 days is enough to circumnavigate the globe. And he’s staked his entire fortune on it. Will bandits, a herd of buffalo, an act of chivalry, and a meddlesome inspector from Scotland Yard prevent him from fulfilling this mindboggling task? Follow Fogg and his loyal valet Passepartout...
    Phileas Fogg—fantastically wealthy, majestically mysterious, and a dedicated man of scientific reason—has deduced that a mere 80 days is enough to circumnavigate the globe. And he’s staked his entire fortune on it. Will bandits, a herd of buffalo, an act of chivalry, and a meddlesome inspector from Scotland Yard prevent him from fulfilling this mindboggling task? Follow Fogg and his loyal valet Passepartout from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the steamy subcontinent; aboard steamships, locomotives, and elephants—as he learns about the heart, himself, and a world bigger than he ever anticipated.

    “Pure, unadulterated magic…utterly beguiling…a high-spirited, imagination-filled escapade… Laura Eason's exceptionally graceful adaptation of the Jules Verne classic…manages to be both wise and fun-filled...it lays its bets on enchantment and invariably comes up a winner…a show that should sail the world. Highly recommended.”
    Chicago Sun-Times

    “Light, cheerful and greatly entertaining…laudably committed to its theatricality… Eason's staging is full of the visual imagination… It's all a great deal of fun.”
    Chicago Tribune

    “An engaging, family-friendly show. Highly recommended.”
    The Chicago Reader

    “Eason’s affable adaptation plays up elements of Verne’s novel that are sometimes forgotten… Eason moves stylishly from set piece to set piece, from the cuckoo-clock orchestration of Fogg’s London life to teacups sliding across a shipboard table.”
    Time Out Chicago

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  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure ever told in this imaginative, highly theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain’s incomparable classic. Featuring the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers that linger after an adventure gone very wrong and the unbridled joy at discovering real buried treasure, this story is for anyone who has...
    Join Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure ever told in this imaginative, highly theatrical adaptation of Mark Twain’s incomparable classic. Featuring the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, the cold shivers that linger after an adventure gone very wrong and the unbridled joy at discovering real buried treasure, this story is for anyone who has ever been a kid and celebrates all that is grand and glorious about childhood.

    "A near-perfect production…sassy, ingeniously staged and deeply affecting." —NY Times.
    "The show is bright and fresh enough to send a youngster who hasn't yet encountered Tom Sawyer flying home to read the book. And that is no small achievement." —Denver Westword.
    "Timeless and playful…[an] adaptation of a classic with a modern theatrical appeal."—TheArtsLouisville.com.
    "Clever, creative…an inventive, high-spirited and endearing stage version." —Kansas City Star.
    "It is exciting and engrossing, for adults as well as children…the whole production soars like a dream of America long ago, bursting with possibilities and promise." —St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
    "An innovative and charming adaptation…" —Talkin' Broadway.
  • Days Like Today
    With soaring melodies and lyrics that are by turns witty, wry and heartbreakingly poignant, Days Like Today is a new musical that explores what it takes to sustain a relationship in a world where love sometimes seems impossible—and how the first step in finding happiness might be getting out of your own way.

    “Tuneful and harmonically fresh. See it now [and] say you were present at the creation...
    With soaring melodies and lyrics that are by turns witty, wry and heartbreakingly poignant, Days Like Today is a new musical that explores what it takes to sustain a relationship in a world where love sometimes seems impossible—and how the first step in finding happiness might be getting out of your own way.

    “Tuneful and harmonically fresh. See it now [and] say you were present at the creation!” – The Wall Street Journal

    “Truly superb. It is nearly impossible to hear [the] score without becoming a fan of Schmuckler. Hip and contemporary but also lush and romantic and deeply sincere.” – Chicago Tribune

    “Gorgeous! [Filled with] lyrical music and sophisticated, Sondheim-esque lyrics.” – Chicago Sun-Times

    “An utter delight! Days Like Today [has] rejuvenated my faith in the future of the American musical.” – Daily Herald

    “Days Like Today may become the standard-bearing musical of these times! [Alan Schmuckler is] the next-Jason Robert Brown.” – Make It Better

    “Breathtaking. Find a way to fit this into your busy schedule!” – Around the Town Chicago

    “Days Like Today immediately moves to the top of the Chicagoland theater pyramid.”
    – Chicagoland Theater Reviews