Laura King

Laura King

Laura King is a playwright, dramaturg, editor, and director. She holds an MFA in playwriting (with a concentration in dramaturgy) from Hollins University and a master’s in English from Northwestern University. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Working Title Playwrights, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Laura also serves as a Literary Associate for YouthPLAYS, which has published many of her plays...
Laura King is a playwright, dramaturg, editor, and director. She holds an MFA in playwriting (with a concentration in dramaturgy) from Hollins University and a master’s in English from Northwestern University. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Working Title Playwrights, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Laura also serves as a Literary Associate for YouthPLAYS, which has published many of her plays for young audiences. For more information, see laurakingplaywright.com.

Plays

  • The Cayuga Canal Girls
    Five female childhood friends reunite in their historic hometown of Seneca Falls, New York, to lay one of their own to rest. As they struggle to come to grips with the surprising death, they reopen old wounds, face harsh realities, and confront the compromises they have made in their lives. But as the day wears on, the women learn that even though into each life some rain must fall, the rain offers a cleansing promise of new possibilities.
  • Independence Day at Happy Meadows
    It's the Fourth of July and the women of Happy Meadows are longing for independence. They're fed up with the rules, the regulations, and especially the food. When Holly receives a cry for help from her grandson, she rallies her comrades in arms, Mary, Betty, and Shirley, and the women plot a break out. But the best laid plans often go awry.
    Performance rights for Independence Day at Happy...
    It's the Fourth of July and the women of Happy Meadows are longing for independence. They're fed up with the rules, the regulations, and especially the food. When Holly receives a cry for help from her grandson, she rallies her comrades in arms, Mary, Betty, and Shirley, and the women plot a break out. But the best laid plans often go awry.
    Performance rights for Independence Day at Happy Meadows are handled exclusively by Steele Spring Stage Rights, licensing@stagerights.com, (323) 739-0413, www.stagerights.com
  • The Harmony Baptist Church Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Jubilee
    Pastor Bobby has come to Harmony just in time for the 25th Annual Harmony Baptist Church Christmas Jubilee. As the town readies for the celebration, things start to fall apart. No one can decide who will play the angel in the pageant, the star on the Christmas tree won't light up, the fruitcake bake-off is a disaster, and worst of all the baby Jesus is missing. But as the town fights to hold on to their...
    Pastor Bobby has come to Harmony just in time for the 25th Annual Harmony Baptist Church Christmas Jubilee. As the town readies for the celebration, things start to fall apart. No one can decide who will play the angel in the pageant, the star on the Christmas tree won't light up, the fruitcake bake-off is a disaster, and worst of all the baby Jesus is missing. But as the town fights to hold on to their traditions, they learn that maybe progress isn't a dirty word.
  • Uncovered: A Mostly Monologue Play About Women and Books
    At their monthly book club meetings, a group of women come together to share their connections with classic literature. During of their sessions, the women explore their relationships to the stories, to each other, and to the world. Told in a succession of mostly monologues, this play reveals the different stories underneath every cover.
  • The Memory Box
    When she opens Franny's memory box, Lydia is transported from the realities of her own marriage and motherhood to Franny's life during World War II. As Lydia journeys through the past, she searches for the strength to face the future.
  • Snowblind
    As a snowstorm builds outside, a group of recovering addicts at an NA meeting struggle to face their addictions. When a newbie arrives and the exit is cut off, personal belief systems are questioned and the road to recovery may be a dead end.
  • Blood Will Out
    In New Hope Prison, Adam passes the time writing poetry and remembering the past. As he considers where he came from and where he wants to end up, he begins to unlock an ending to his story that he’d never allowed himself to imagine.
  • Fallout
    Two damaged strangers take shelter from an unknown menace in a relic from the Cold War. In the
    claustrophobic confines of a family bomb shelter, Anna and David will have to decide if what is
    outside is more terrifying than what they are hiding inside themselves.
  • Autour du Lit
    Addison and Ever go round and round the bed as they journey through the stages of love. Can
    romantic love be sustained through the realities of life or are we destined to love and lose over
    and over again?
  • Merritt Anne and the Mighty Oak
    As a family gathers under the mighty oak tree that drapes their hometown to lay one of their own to rest, young cousins Merritt Anne and Wyatt plot their escape for happier pastures. They sneak away from the obligatory post-funeral meal in search of adventure. They climb trees, fish for tadpoles, sing their favorite songs, and plan a future full of fun and fearlessness. But threaded through every moment is the...
    As a family gathers under the mighty oak tree that drapes their hometown to lay one of their own to rest, young cousins Merritt Anne and Wyatt plot their escape for happier pastures. They sneak away from the obligatory post-funeral meal in search of adventure. They climb trees, fish for tadpoles, sing their favorite songs, and plan a future full of fun and fearlessness. But threaded through every moment is the remembrance of the funeral and all that it means.
  • Fly Away Home
    A young girl watches helplessly as her older brother is kidnapped by a California condor, so she, along with her two sparring bird friends, journeys across the seven continents to bring him home, discovering that sometimes growing up means letting go.
  • Alanna and the Wonderful Lamp
    As Scheherazade sets the stage for her one-thousand-and-first telling of Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, her disgruntled band of actors, led by the ingenue Alanna, stage a theatrical coup to tell the story their way.
  • Youth on the Roof
    It’s the end of high school, and on the rooftops of schools, apartments, garages and more, the teenagers in these six plays are literally and figuratively standing on the edge of the precipice. Whether it’s choosing whether to stay home or venture into the unknown, finding the courage to persevere in the face of failure, or asking themselves if they are truly becoming who they want to be, confronting their...
    It’s the end of high school, and on the rooftops of schools, apartments, garages and more, the teenagers in these six plays are literally and figuratively standing on the edge of the precipice. Whether it’s choosing whether to stay home or venture into the unknown, finding the courage to persevere in the face of failure, or asking themselves if they are truly becoming who they want to be, confronting their futures and that first step into adulthood will require a leap of faith.
    This play is available at youthplays.com.
  • Youth on the Outs(ide)
    What do you do when you're all dressed up with nowhere to go—except the school "costume" party? Or when your friend whisks you away to the cemetery to brew a love potion? Or when you've still got to reel in a date to the dance, not to mention the fish at the marina? As they navigate high school life in boatyards, graveyards and elsewhere in the great (or not so great) outdoors, the teens in...
    What do you do when you're all dressed up with nowhere to go—except the school "costume" party? Or when your friend whisks you away to the cemetery to brew a love potion? Or when you've still got to reel in a date to the dance, not to mention the fish at the marina? As they navigate high school life in boatyards, graveyards and elsewhere in the great (or not so great) outdoors, the teens in these six short plays find themselves exploring unfamiliar territory—all the while learning that sometimes it's okay to wander off the beaten path to discover where you need to go.
  • The Carol of Tiny Tim
    Five years have passed since that life-changing night when Ebenezer Scrooge discovered the meaning of Christmas and shared his good fortune with the Cratchits. Each year since, the Cratchit children retell the story and give thanks. That is, all of the Cratchit children except Tim, who believes that Scrooge veered off course on that storied Christmas Eve. Can the spirits who awakened Scrooge to a new...
    Five years have passed since that life-changing night when Ebenezer Scrooge discovered the meaning of Christmas and shared his good fortune with the Cratchits. Each year since, the Cratchit children retell the story and give thanks. That is, all of the Cratchit children except Tim, who believes that Scrooge veered off course on that storied Christmas Eve. Can the spirits who awakened Scrooge to a new understanding of the holiday do the same for the older, jaded Tiny Tim, or is Tim destined to become the new Scrooge in this heartwarming parody meets sequel?