Louise Schwarz

Louise Schwarz

Louise Schwarz has had her plays produced and developed all over the country, including the New York International Fringe Festival/Theatre for the New City, the Mark Taper Forum's New Work Festival, Stage Left Theatre, Pandora’s Box PlayRites of Spring Festival, Horizon Theatre’s New South for the New Century Festival, Trilogy Theatre, Railroad Playhouse, Producer’s Club, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Neo Pack...
Louise Schwarz has had her plays produced and developed all over the country, including the New York International Fringe Festival/Theatre for the New City, the Mark Taper Forum's New Work Festival, Stage Left Theatre, Pandora’s Box PlayRites of Spring Festival, Horizon Theatre’s New South for the New Century Festival, Trilogy Theatre, Railroad Playhouse, Producer’s Club, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Neo Pack Productions, Oscar Hammerstein Center, Cherry Lane Alternative, New Perspectives Theatre, RAL Productions/Museum of Sex, ESPA Drills/Primary Stages, Shakespeare on the Sound, ANDTheatre, among others.

Fellowships and residencies include Blue Mountain Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Hambidge Center, and the Edward Albee Foundation. She has taught playwriting at Oklahoma State University, Hofstra University, Northern Stage, and Appel Farm Arts & Music Center. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a member of Honor Roll!, an advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40. Louise is currently in the Writers Pool of Playground-NY, an NYC-based playwright incubator, and a member of Playwrights' Round Table in Orlando.

M.F.A. Playwriting, Columbia University. B.A. Directing, University of Georgia.

Plays

  • Next Time On Spring Valley
    Two fanatics and their unwitting accomplices board a cross-country train with a mission of grave social and cultural import. How far would you go to save your favorite soap?

    Full-length comedy.
  • Why Summer Is A Lie
    At a sleep-away summer camp in New Jersey in 1997, teenage Livvie and her friends struggle with coming of age, and face what happens when deeply troubled kids clash with deeply troubled adults.

    Full-length dramedy.
  • Goat Coaster
    A group of high school students spend their summer working at Golden Olden Adventure Towne, a theme park outside a major American city in the southeast. G.O.A.T is having trouble adapting to a changing world where the theme park's old colonial themes don't quite work the way they used to. Just as the season is getting underway, some employees' personal items start to go missing. They quickly...
    A group of high school students spend their summer working at Golden Olden Adventure Towne, a theme park outside a major American city in the southeast. G.O.A.T is having trouble adapting to a changing world where the theme park's old colonial themes don't quite work the way they used to. Just as the season is getting underway, some employees' personal items start to go missing. They quickly suspect the thief is among them.

    A short but full-length comedy, that can also be adjusted into a one-act by removing some or all of the interstitial scenes.
  • This Is Not A Project
    Lyle has been exonerated after over a decade languishing on Pennsylvania's death row for a crime he didn't commit. He's grateful for his freedom, but has much to learn about the how the world has changed in his time away. More than anything, Lyle wants a nice girl to settle down with -- no easy task for someone with such an infamous background.

    Full length dramedy.
  • Pluses and Minuses
    Angie and her friend Josephine go to buy her a pregnancy test after getting a little liquid courage, much to the extreme discomfort of an innocent drugstore clerk.

    10-minute comedy. Fun for accent work (midwestern/Minnesota).
  • How To Be A Rock Star

    Sammy, the former rhythm guitarist of the once-legendary rock band Snake Train, has gotten sober and is trying to get the band back together decades later. Trouble is, their new lead guitarist Decker is much younger and hasn’t quite gotten the hedonism and decadence of rock n’ roll out of his system. Sammy and his bandmates enlist the help of Betsy, his childhood best friend, to house them in her...

    Sammy, the former rhythm guitarist of the once-legendary rock band Snake Train, has gotten sober and is trying to get the band back together decades later. Trouble is, their new lead guitarist Decker is much younger and hasn’t quite gotten the hedonism and decadence of rock n’ roll out of his system. Sammy and his bandmates enlist the help of Betsy, his childhood best friend, to house them in her mountain home in an effort to get Decker clean and to make the old magic happen again.

    Full-length dramedy.
  • A Life in Public Service
    Monologue: A girl at various ages from 5 to 18 makes her stump speech running for student government. Great comic solo piece to show very wide range.

    (The spacing looks weird but it doubles as a prop -- you'll see!)
  • Theories of the Pole
    Three young women decide to start a feminist revolution from the inside of a strip club.

    Full-length comedy.
  • That Bad Actress
    Prudence, a struggling NYC actress who has been cut off by her wealthy father on her 35th birthday, uses her considerable acting talents to obtain money in increasingly damaging and unethical ways.

    Full-length comedy.
  • Fairy Tale
    Cinderella is trying to hang on to her perfect image and her perfect hair and her perfect marriage. Abuse and addiction tell another story.

    Dark comic monologue.
  • The Journalist's Manifesto
    A monologue in which a local news reporter has a bit of an onscreen meltdown while delivering the verdict in a murder trial. Great bizarro piece that an actress can really play around with and show her range in an audition.
  • Four Thirty at Sunrise
    Ten-minute play. The residents of Sunrise Villas Graduated Assisted Living Facility are discovering how little their dining room dynamics differ from that of the school cafeteria. We must avoid Betsy AT ALL COSTS!

    4 women, seniors but it's also fun when the characters are played by children
  • She's Got A Nice One
    A ten-minute absurdist play. Old King Cole is having an existential crisis as two of his trio of fiddlers have gone to the other side and one is losing his hearing. It's also always daylight in his kingdom and it's starting to drive him mad.
  • Fair Maiden
    Future rock star Sammy doesn't want to be at the junior high dance in 1980, but Greg (the drummer, of course) thinks it's the perfect time to put the moves on early bloomer Betsy. But can the spark ever be rekindled after she says something less than kind about Led Zeppelin?

    Ten-minute comedy.
  • Into the Confines of Paradise
    Adam and Eve are bored out of their minds, hoping someone else will show up and liven things up a bit. Is Lucy too good to be true?

    Ten-minute play about faith, sexuality, and boredom.
  • The Nostalgia Cure
    Growing up is a funny thing. In the wake of his divorce, Will wants to turn back the clock and hopes that Farrah will help him recapture the old days. Can shame re-shape a memory?

    Ten-minute play.

  • Like A Glove
    Marge, Simon, and Aaron visit the filming site of their favorite horror film, A Nightmare on Elm Street, to recreate an iconic scene, but some even scarier things are revealed in the re-enactment.

    Ten-minute comedy.
  • Lawyer Prep
    Monologue about an attorney who prepares for trial after a long time away from practicing law. A long, long time during which she watched way too much television. Good, big comic audition piece!
  • The Fair Hope Memorial
    In 1999, a reporter from a popular New York women’s magazine visits a small town in Alabama to interview the proprietors of a controversial abortion clinic. As she arrives, the town is preparing to unveil a statue of two young children, one white and one Black, who were recently killed in a tragic accident. What she uncovers is a community torn apart by racial and religious tensions.

    Full-length dramedy.