Judith Leora

Judith Leora

JUDITH LEORA (playwright) began her career writing sketch, animation, television pilots and screenplays. Judith is a Founding Member and Managing Director of New York Madness, which just finished its’ fifth season. Full-lengths: The Cookie Fight (Last Frontier Theatre Conference), Elijah (Semi-finalist, O’Neill), Gideon, The Cad (musical), Who Has Taken My Bread? The X and the Y (reading, Bristol Valley Theatre...
JUDITH LEORA (playwright) began her career writing sketch, animation, television pilots and screenplays. Judith is a Founding Member and Managing Director of New York Madness, which just finished its’ fifth season. Full-lengths: The Cookie Fight (Last Frontier Theatre Conference), Elijah (Semi-finalist, O’Neill), Gideon, The Cad (musical), Who Has Taken My Bread? The X and the Y (reading, Bristol Valley Theatre) and Heart-Shaped Uterus (MadLab Readings, IRT Theatre). Gideon was commissioned by the University of Massechusetts (Lowell) and premiered in April 2013. Recent projects: Artisnal Jar (brain melt consortium) Where We Ended Up (Sticky); One Minute Play Festival: Indie Theater edition (New Ohio Theatre), Weird About the Baby/NYC Icon Plays (Ego Actus Productions); Fumes (short film), directed by Michael Markham; Crying in Nigeria, Pussyfest Redux, Caplocks Theatre; The Raven (co- librettist) Emerging Actors Theatre Notes From a Page (March 2012). Upcoming: The Cookie Fight (Last Frontier Theatre Conference), Heart-Shaped Uterus (MadLab Readings, New York Madness). Numerous short plays produced in New York, including multiple plays with the ESPA Detention series, New York Madness, One Minute Play Festival, Stampede Lab, the Great Unknowns showcase, Playwrights for Pets, 15th Floor Playwrights, the Have Another Bar/Play Crawl, Above the Bridge, Street Festival and Arkham Playwrights. Co-produced Gate B23, NYC International Fringe Festival (2010). M.A. (Playwriting): Texas A&M University (Charles Gordone, Mentor) – Graduate Playwriting Award.

Plays

  • Elijah
    ELIJAH is a dark comedy about the death penalty, which takes place in a TGIFridays in Texas during a hurricane. While they wait out the storm near a prison with a high-profile execution schedule, a group of strangers discover that violence and mercy are not as easy to reconcile in the real world.
  • The Cookie Fight
    Three siblings - an embattled CEO, an under-employed actor and a born-again Christian - return home for Christmas and begin a fight over the financial and spiritual future of their family and the United States, and yes, also a cookie. As their battle escalates, it spills over into the strangely comforting corner convenience store and its unprepared owner, Gus.
  • Gideon
    While waiting for the cable guy, Aria and Zoe discover that figuring out how to survive life is the biggest challenge of all.