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Ellen McLaughlin


"...is a dramatist of courage, intelligence, wit and lyricism"
- Tony Kushner

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Ellen McLaughlin


"...is a dramatist of courage, intelligence, wit and lyricism"
- Tony Kushner

 

An award-winning writer and playwright

whose plays have received numerous national and international productions, including Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity’s House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, The Trojan Women, Helen, The Persians and Oedipus, and most recently, the critically acclaimed Septimus and Clarissa.

 
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An Actor


 who has worked on and Off Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater. She is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run. 

An Actor


 who has worked on and Off Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater. She is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run. 

Ellen McLaughlin's plays have received numerous national and international productions. They include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, The Trojan Women, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor, Septimus and Clarissa, and Penelope.

Producers include: the Public Theater, The National Actors' Theater and New York Theater Workshop in NYC, Actors' Theater of Louisville, The Actors' Gang L.A., Classic Stage Co., N.Y., The Intiman Theater, Seattle, Almeida Theater, London, The Mark Taper Forum, L.A., The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Getty Villa, California., and The Guthrie Theater, Minnesota, among other venues.

Grants and awards include: Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, Great American Play Contest, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the NEA, the Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, the Berilla Kerr Award for playwrighting. T.C.G./Fox Residency Grant -- for Ajax in Iraq, written for the A.R.T. Institute.

She has taught playwriting at Barnard College since 1995. Other teaching posts include Breadloaf School of English, Yale Drama School and Princeton University, among others.

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Writings From Ellen


Writings From Ellen



 

Ellen's Writings for Purchase

Strongly influenced by the Greek dramatists, Ellen has written numerous adaptations and plays inspired by their work.

The Greek Plays
By Ellen McLaughlin

More plays available for licensing or purchase

Tongue of a Bird
By Ellen McLaughlin
A Narrow Bed
By Ellen McLaughlin

In the News


In the News


Shakespeare theater in D.C. has announced their 2018-2019 season! 

Ellen's The Oresteia is Michael Kahn's, Artistic Director for 30 years, final show. 
Stay tuned for ticket information. 

 

 

The Oresteia
By Ellen McLaughlin
Adapted from Aeschylus
Directed by Michael Kahn

It’s not a matter of whether you are guilty. It’s whether you are forgivable.

Through ten years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon’s return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, The Oresteia chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin (The Persians) has written a new version of the classic, commissioned by STC. Her play, three years in the making, weaves together the works of Aeschylus with stunning poetry and emotional heft. An epic, world-premiere interpretation of this pillar of western culture, The Oresteia makes a fitting end to Michael Kahn’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

The Oresteia is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation


"Angels in America" celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Ellen Mclaughlin originated the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America"

 

 

Angels in America: The Complete Oral History
How Tony Kushner’s play became the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois
Slate - Dec. 18 2017
 

...Twenty-five years ago this summer, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America premiered in the tiny Eureka Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission District. Within two years it had won the Pulitzer Prize and begun a New York run that would dominate the Tony Awards two years in a row, revitalize the nonmusical play on Broadway, and change the way gay lives were represented in pop culture...