Lauren Davenport

Lauren Davenport

Lauren Davenport (she/her/hers) is a bisexual Philadelphia-based playwright and theatre artist with a first-degree blackbelt and a fascination for historical things. Her work has been produced and read in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego CA, Chestertown MD, and West Chester PA. Her plays include SANDCASTLES (2021 Semi-Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival), MORNING STARS (2018 Semi-Finalist PlayPenn New Play...
Lauren Davenport (she/her/hers) is a bisexual Philadelphia-based playwright and theatre artist with a first-degree blackbelt and a fascination for historical things. Her work has been produced and read in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego CA, Chestertown MD, and West Chester PA. Her plays include SANDCASTLES (2021 Semi-Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival), MORNING STARS (2018 Semi-Finalist PlayPenn New Play Conference), FISHERS OF MEN (2014 Finalist Sue Winge Playwriting Award), her Mary Shelley solo show WAKING DREAMS (2016 co-production with Beacon Theatre Productions), and her ten-minute play A WEIGHT OF WORLDS (2019 Project Transcend, 2020 ArtPride Diner Theatre Library Selection, and 2020 DG Footlights Ten-Minute Play Fest) among others. She received her MA in Theatre from Villanova University and her BA in English Literature, Theatre, and Creative Writing from Washington College.

Plays

  • Sandcastles
    When the Great Atlantic hurricane of 1944 passed over Cape May, New Jersey, it took more than the roof of Julie’s home. Ruby, a war journalist recently fired from her job in Philadelphia, comes down to help an old… friend. And Frankie loses his emotional mooring when a chance meeting with Erik elicits something other than hate.
  • Hollowed & Howling
    Six people find themselves mysteriously stranded in the arctic, with no memory of how or why. In attempts to understand their larger purpose in such a desolate landscape, they come to realize they all share a single town, a series of disastrous endings, and another unspeakable thing in common.
  • Viper, or The Caterina Sforza School of Not Giving a Flying Fuck
    Namesakes can be a bitch to live with, let alone with whom to reckon our legacies. In her quiet years, Caterina Sforza confronts the accomplishments and failures of her legacy, including the women who shaped and made who she came to be. When an orphan comes to settle a debt, from the city Caterina lost, hero-worship blinds her from realizing she’s walked into the den of the still hungry tiger of Forli.
  • Morning Stars
    Alzheimer’s claims Grace’s memory, accomplishments, dignity, and sense of self. Her son, Lucas, plans to give it all back, at a great cost. MORNING STARS is an examination of the American caregiving system and an exploration of the permeable lines that exist between science, faith, and myth.
  • Fishers of Men
    Cuthbert’s dream is to be part of something larger than himself and to break free from the ironclad control of his older brother. Learning the harsh realities of his sheltered and uneducated upbringing, Cuthbert has little choice but to commit wholeheartedly to the rebel cause. But when circumstances of war leave him for dead, he is forced to re-evaluate all the sacrifices and choices he’s made.
  • Waking Dreams
    A prisoner in her own vacation home, a young Mary Shelley treads the waters of inspiration and originality among the company of her lover, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their literary colleague, Lord Byron. Eager for success and recognition, Mary underestimates the requirements of the journey toward the first fragment of one of the greatest novels of all time. Confronting personal demons is part of the bargain.
  • Pay Your Ferryman
    Charon, the ferryman of Hades, is in desperate need of a break. You just happen to be next in line for passage into the Afterlife. Your afterlife, to be exact. This is a solo performance piece that uses the lens of the Ancient Greeks to consider the hardships of essential work. How you choose to compensate Charon for your own passage will determine where you end up.
  • The F Word
    Mags comes home to her sick wife, Elise, after quitting another day job. Elise tries and fails to keep her online hobby a secret from Mags when she gets a surprise update years in the making. Mags reveals that Elise’s secret wasn’t so secret after all, and that she took advantage of Elise in one of the worst ways.
  • Votive
    In the middle of the night, a murderer enters a church looking for forgiveness and ends up granting absolution to someone forgotten by his country. Two children of two different points in Irish history converge along separate paths of grief to better understand their respective desires for blood and acceptance.
  • Short Stories
    Two friends meet at a coffee shop and exchange notes over drinks. They’re both aspiring writers with crazy schedules. And it’s been a while.
  • A Weight of Worlds
    If you had the opportunity to meet the dueling forces behind your everyday decisions and actions, what would you say? More importantly, whose side would you choose if it were the last decision you ever had to make?
  • Tumble
    An interrupted rooftop smoke, some star-gazing, and a trampoline bring two Halloween party-goers together.
  • Make a Wish
    A playwright, a birthday cake, and a wish for us all. 4 minute monologue.