Nora Leahy

Nora Leahy

Nora Leahy is a Chicago-based playwright and theatre artist. Nationally, her work has been developed or produced at Lean Ensemble Theater (Hilton Head, SC); The Shuler Theater (Raton, NM); Nashville Story Garden (Nashville, TN); The Arden (Philadelphia, PA); Actors Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC). In Chicago, her work has been seen at The New Colony, The Greenhouse Theater, Victory Gardens, and Jackalope...
Nora Leahy is a Chicago-based playwright and theatre artist. Nationally, her work has been developed or produced at Lean Ensemble Theater (Hilton Head, SC); The Shuler Theater (Raton, NM); Nashville Story Garden (Nashville, TN); The Arden (Philadelphia, PA); Actors Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC). In Chicago, her work has been seen at The New Colony, The Greenhouse Theater, Victory Gardens, and Jackalope Theatre Company. Her plays have been nationally recognized, including IF YOU FORGET ME (Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist, 2019) and THE BRIDGE (Woodward Newman Award Finalist, 2017). Nora currently serves as Managing Director of Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago, a company committed to cultivating theatre that manifests the adventure deeply rooted in the American mythos. Previously, she served as Business Manager of Lookingglass Theatre Company and Managing Director of Two Pigs Productions. In 2019, Nora was named One of the Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago by NewCity Magazine.

Plays

  • Badlands
    Summer, 2017. As the country prepares for The Great American Eclipse, Philadelphia prepares to shut down El Campamento, one of the largest open-air drug markets and shooting galleries on the East Coast. The play follows three library employees in the heart of “The Badlands” who have become first responders to the opioid crisis and witnesses to a changing neighborhood. Badlands examines what we owe to each other...
    Summer, 2017. As the country prepares for The Great American Eclipse, Philadelphia prepares to shut down El Campamento, one of the largest open-air drug markets and shooting galleries on the East Coast. The play follows three library employees in the heart of “The Badlands” who have become first responders to the opioid crisis and witnesses to a changing neighborhood. Badlands examines what we owe to each other, and to the places we come from.
  • If You Forget Me
    Following an accident, Kate's fiancé is left with selective amnesia and doesn't remember...her. Just her. Their engagement broken off, Kate returns to the comfort of her childhood home in the suburbs to pick up the pieces of her life. This dark comedy is an exploration of growing up, letting go, and shish kebabs.
  • Girl With Gun
    Christmas Eve, 1987. Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme has escaped from prison and is trying to find her way back to the only man who ever understood her. Inspired by true events, Girl with Gun offers a new take on the life of the most notorious member of the Manson Family and attempted assassin of Gerald Ford. A play about girls, and what we make of them.
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
    Adapted for the stage from the novel by Dave Eggers.

    "Don’t you think that the vast majority of the chaos in the world is caused by a relatively small group of disappointed men?" Thomas played by the rules but still didn't win the game. Now, he wants answers. An exploration of radicalization and toxic masculinity, Your Fathers examines a generation of angry young men who haven...
    Adapted for the stage from the novel by Dave Eggers.

    "Don’t you think that the vast majority of the chaos in the world is caused by a relatively small group of disappointed men?" Thomas played by the rules but still didn't win the game. Now, he wants answers. An exploration of radicalization and toxic masculinity, Your Fathers examines a generation of angry young men who haven't been given what they think they are owed.
  • The Bridge
    A popular suicide destination causes the lives of three strangers to intersect, and forces them to confront the lack of understanding between those who want to end their lives and those they leave behind. The Bridge examines the nature of heroism, altruism, and hope, and asks how we reconcile tragedy in our lives.
  • Wonderland
    A play for young audiences or young performers. Adapted from the writings of Lewis Carroll, WONDERLAND follows the adventures of Alice down the rabbit hole and through the lookingglass. Written entirely in verse, the play provides flexible casting and opportunities for puppetry, movement, and music.