Lauren Davenport

Lauren Davenport

Lauren Davenport (she/her) is a bisexual playwright and dramaturg living and working in the Philadelphia region. Her work has been produced and read in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego, Chestertown MD, West Chester PA, and Buffalo NY. Her plays include SANDCASTLES, WAKING DREAMS, PAY YOUR FERRYMAN, JANET’S A LADY, A WEIGHT OF WORLDS, TUMBLE, and VOTIVE, among others. She has worked with the PAC (Philadelphia...
Lauren Davenport (she/her) is a bisexual playwright and dramaturg living and working in the Philadelphia region. Her work has been produced and read in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego, Chestertown MD, West Chester PA, and Buffalo NY. Her plays include SANDCASTLES, WAKING DREAMS, PAY YOUR FERRYMAN, JANET’S A LADY, A WEIGHT OF WORLDS, TUMBLE, and VOTIVE, among others. She has worked with the PAC (Philadelphia Artists Collective), Beacon Theatre Productions, Project Transcend, Philadelphia DG Footlights, Philly Fringe Festival, Punching LaBute Vol. 1, Alleyway Theatre, and The Historic Apollo Civic Theatre. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, LMDA, and currently works as Co-Manager of Audience Services with Philadelphia Theatre Company. She was a 2009-10 recipient for a Rose O’Neill Literary House Fellowship and a 2014 finalist for the Sue Winge Playwriting Award. She received her MA in Theatre from Villanova University and her BA in English Literature, Theatre, and Creative Writing from Washington College.

Plays

  • Firefound
    Six strangers of the late eighteenth century hunt for their memories of how and why they came to be at the edge of the world. Their story, they come to realize, is not just one of tragedy but of humanity in every part. Audience interactive. (Previous title: Hollowed & Howling)
  • 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.
  • TTC and all the other acronyms IDK
    At a time when Lou is in desperate need of support, she finds a local group of womxn which all are, at present and like her, trying to conceive. Via regular check-ins, they help each other navigate the absurdities, complexities, and deeper meaning behind conception, parenthood, and body autonomy. Lou expected eventual friendship, maybe some shared Ubers, or at the very least some additions to her sad social...
    At a time when Lou is in desperate need of support, she finds a local group of womxn which all are, at present and like her, trying to conceive. Via regular check-ins, they help each other navigate the absurdities, complexities, and deeper meaning behind conception, parenthood, and body autonomy. Lou expected eventual friendship, maybe some shared Ubers, or at the very least some additions to her sad social calendar, but she definitely didn’t expect any new self-discoveries.
  • Viper
    Between the ghost of her dead grandmother, her spoiled brat of a daughter, and an orphan from the town she lost to the Borgias, Caterina Sforza would kill to die of pneumonia in peace. But someone needs a help guide on poison. And murder. [under revision]
  • 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.
  • Janet's a Lady
    Sea-sick and heart heavy with lingering grief, Janet Stewart – Lady Fleming, and governess to a young Mary, Queen of Scots – contemplates all the unladylike things that make a lady, and what awaits her in France. If they ever leave.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Tumble
    An interrupted rooftop smoke, some star-gazing, and a trampoline bring two Halloween party-goers together.