Episode 569. Playwright Lauren Gunderson

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Playwright Lauren Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America, and has been near the top of that list for several years now. Her play Silent Sky was recently produced at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, she’s a resident playwright at Marin Theatre Company, she’s written a Shakespeare Cycle consisting of three plays (Exit, Pursued by a Bear; Toil and Trouble; and The Taming), and her play The Book of Will, a comedy about the creation of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, is having at least three productions this season (the first and midwest premiere of which at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago our own Austin Tichenor is in). In this fun conversation, Lauren clarifies who the real most produced playwright in America while discussing battling brothers, untimely deaths, capers and hijinks, the wonder of humanizing Shakespeare, and the fundamental value of gathering communally and telling stories. HEAR PART TWO OF OUR CONVERSATION HERE! (Length 22:33)