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Laura Harrington

Laura Harrington is a literary polymath who has spent much of her career writing for the stage and teaching others to do the same. She has written plays, librettos, lyrics for musicals, and classical musical compositions. Her productions have been staged in Europe, Canada, and in twenty-eight states in the US. Among her plays are Hallowed Ground, N (Bonaparte), Fifteen Minutes at Midway, The Book of Hours, and Free Fall; while some of her notable musicals are Crossing Brooklyn, Martin Guerre, The Perfect 36, and Marathon Dancing. Her newest musical, Alice Unwrapped, is based on her debut novel about a family dealing with the Iraq War, Alice Bliss. Harrington currently teaches playwriting at MIT. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants; she was also a Briggs-Copeland Fellow at Harvard, the 2014 Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and receipient of the 2008 Kleban Award for “most promising librettist in American musical theater.” Her second novel is A Catalog of Birds, which Kirkus called “a sensitive rendering of shattered lives.”  

A Catalog of Birds review by Kirkus

Scripts and Scribes podcast interview