Dorothy Louise, playwright


Dorothy Louise’s produced plays include Cassatt at Playhouse 46 in New York; What You Will at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia; October Wedding at Playwrights’ Horizons in New York; and The Green Parrot (a revised Cassatt) at the Nexus Theater in Atlanta.  She also wrote the 16 episodes of Center-City Soap, produced by the Philadelphia Company; and the 18 episodes of Starstuff, produced by WCAU-TV (CBS Philadelphia).

Other work includes Loveknot,  premiered at the Fourth International Women Playwrights’ Conference in Galway, and Hearts in Harness, in a reading at Fontanonestate, Rome.  She has adapted five classics:  La Ronde, The Marriage of Figaro, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and The Servant of Two Masters and Frankenstein (both published by Ivan Dee).

In addition, she has written the libretto for Disappearing Act, a piece about Houdini’s quest to reach his dead mother courtesy of the mediumship of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, with music by John Carbon; from this a song cycle, “Travels with Queen Victoria,” was presented at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York in 2007.  That same year her one-act, The Patient Therapist, was a finalist in the Samuel French Short Play Festival at the Actors Theater in New York; and Manhattan Theatre Source presented her Mirrors in a Window Frame as part of its month-long Estrogenia Festival.  Her short play, Sam’s Friends, was presented at Center Stage, New York, then broadcast in the Voice of Vashon drama series, which also produced Singles Match in 2009.

Other recent work includes Love’s Labour’s Wonne, the lost sequel to Love’s Labour’s Lost; and two plays in a five-play cycle about growing up female in the last forty years, The Radiance of Springtime and Urban Homestead.   She has drafted a full-length version of Sam’s Friends, a dark comedy about two older women in a retirement community; and Travelers’ Tales, a piece about the unknowable lives of strangers, and No Stopping, No Standing, centered on the vicarious lives of a depressive woman, both for the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Workshop.

Dorothy has received support from the NEA, the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, the Berrilla Kerr Foundation, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  She is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.