She is one of the most influential women in the theatre world today and is currently the most produced playwright in the country with 27 of her plays in production in the 2017-18 theatre season. Playwright Simon Stephens is the next in proximity with 15—easily surpassed by Ms. Gunderson. And yet, you’ve probably never heard of her! The good news is you’re about to learn quite a bit about her in the next few months as we prepare to open Season 30 at the Commonweal. Lauren’s play Silent Sky will officially open this season of celebration on April 7th. In this edition of Drama Unfolds, you’ll find excellent introductory information about Ms. Gunderson through links to articles featuring her, an article written by her and a video starring the playwright herself. Enjoy and then make plans to join us for Lauren’s remarkable play about an exceptional woman who made groundbreaking discoveries about the universe in the early 20th century.


compiled by Jeremy van Meter
(click each title for the full article)

You’ve Probably Never Heard of America’s Most Popular PlaywrightThe New Yorker Magazine

Lauren Gunderson: The Most Popular Playwright in America TodayThe Guardian Magazine

Interview with a Playwright: Lauren Gunderson—Playwrights Foundation

The Oldest Tech—Theatre—Might be an Antidote to the Newest—by Lauren Gunderson courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle


Silent Sky previews April 5th & 6th and is the featured event of our Grand Opening Weekend on April 7th. The warm-hearted and witty drama plays through June 23rd. It’s all part of a season of celebration as we mark thirty years as Southeast Minnesota’s only year-round, professional live theatre company.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the theatre!—Jeremy

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