(This appears as my director’s note in the upcoming program for MRT’s production of I AND YOU)
Lauren Gunderson is a force in the American Theatre and I’m thrilled that she calls us home.
She writes the smartest, most complex women appearing on out stages today and is deservedly rewarded with it with awards, productions and glowing notices.
But, of course, lots of playwrights get great reviews – what separates Lauren from the rest is that she has been a pioneer in telling stories that have slipped out of the cultural consciousness. Stories of women who pioneer science and critical thinking – often with their male counterparts getting the credit – stories of women (like Caroline) with complex emotional and messy personal lines – and doing it in a theatrical way that excites the imagination of a whole new generation.
In fact, it’s almost become her niche thing – need a new smart play with tight dialogue that has women in it that resemble the women in your life? Get Lauren Gunderson.
Her dedication to discovering and telling these stories – is impressive and ground breaking. I know of no other playwright anywhere in the world doing this with such success.
The idea that through charm and her whip-smart writing she is not only winning praise and awards, but sneakily educating theatre audiences everywhere is one of the most exciting things see happening in our field.
What a joy it is to encounter her work and leave feeling like have a bigger understanding of who we are as a people.
She’s the type of artist you’ll see more of at MRT – smart, successful, AND equal parts good egg. She’s interested in community, in theatricality, in winning and in YOU.
She’s the future, and we’re proud to call her one of our own.
– Sean Daniels, Director, I and You