Playwriting in a Plotless World

February 07 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

  • Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel is Franklin & Marshall College’s tenth annual Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artist. She has written HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critics Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and many more).  Other plays include INDECENT, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, THE BALTIMORE WALTZ, and DESDEMONA.

Her plays have been produced by Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, the Vineyard Theatre, Roundabout, and Circle Repertory Company.  Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country at the Center Stage, Intiman, Trinity Repertory, Woolly Mammoth, Huntington Theatre, Magic Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Berkeley Repertory, andAlley Theatres to name a few.  Harrogate Theatre and the Donmar Theatre have produced her work in England.

John Simon once remarked that Paula Vogel had more awards than a “black sofa collects lint.”  Some of these include Induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame, Thornton Wilder Award, Lifetime Achievement from the Dramatists Guild, the William Inge Award, the Elliott Norton Award, two Obies, a Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Award, a TCG residency award, a Guggenheim,  a Pew Charitable Trust Award, and fellowships and residencies at Sundance Theatre Lab, Hedgebrook, The Rockefeller Center’s Bellagio Center, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Bunting.

But she is particularly proud of her Thirtini Award from 13P, and honored by three Awards in her name:  the Paula Vogel Award for playwrights given by The Vineyard Theatre, the Paula Vogel Award from the American College Theatre Festival, and the Paula Vogel mentorship program, curated by Quiara Hudes and Young Playwrights of Philadelphia.
Paula Vogel’s visit is made possible by the generosity of F&M alumnus James Lapine '71. Lapine is a 12-time Tony Award nominee and three-time winner. He has received five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, he and his family started the F&M Lapine Family Endowment. It provides for an annual lecture by an eminent theater artist, a poetry fellowship for emerging artists and writers, and the opportunity for F&M students, faculty, and staff to travel to New York City to see Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Previous Lapine Family Visiting Theatre Artists have included Kenneth Lonergan, Christopher Durang, Marsha Norman, and Madeline George.

This event was proposed by Kerry Sherin Wright.