LATER THIS YEAR!
Laurie has been offered more work with Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theatre. Seems they like her work there! She will be in the incredible ensemble of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET directed by Vicki Bussert and playing Queen Margaret (for the third time, mind you) in RICHARD III directed by Joe Hanreddy and then will reprise her roles in A CHRISTMAS CAROL to finish the year.
JAN/FEB/MAR 2013 NEWS!
Next on my schedule will be Madame Arcati in BLITHE SPIRIT with Great Lakes Theatre in Cleveland. They like me there! I'll also do MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING directed by Sharon Ott after that playing Antonia/Sexton. We will take these two shows to Idaho Shakespeare Festival in the Spring.
DEC 2012 LAST MINUTE NEWS!
Guess who called? Harry Connick, Jr. Yup, he asked me to come out to the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre in Bethlehem, PA to help workshop and perform the final script of THE HAPPY ELF (music and lyrics by Harry Connick, Jr.) before it goes to the printing presses. It was only a week but a huge bit of fun!
Laurie has been offered the track of Mrs. Fezziwig/Cynthia/The Laundress in Great Lakes Theatres annual production of "A Xmas Carol".
This will play in NOV/DEC until Dec. 23rd.
Back in Cleveland with our beautiful production of "A Winter's Tale" directed by Jesse Berger. I'm playing PAULINA for the 3rd time in my career!
After a fabulous run of Romeo and Juliet in Cleveland and Boise, Laurie was cast as PAULINA in "A Winter's Tale" with Idaho Shakespeare Festival to be followed with a 6 week run with Great Lakes Theatre in Cleveland. These two theatres are connected to each other. They trade shows back and forth all under the direction of Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee. Jesse Berger is directing this beautiful show. Jesse is the Artistic Director of Red Bull Theatre in NYC.
Laurie was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Reverend Mother in Nunset Blvd) and the play itself was nominated for 5 awards (Best: Show, sound, lights, set,and costumes!) in the 3rd annual Andes Awards! (Subscriber Choice
Awards)for the Meadow Brook Theatre in Michigan.
"A Little Journey" by Rachel Crothers at The Mint Theatre in which Laurie played Mrs. Welch has been nominated for BEST REVIVAL for the NYC DRAMA DESK AWARDS!!!! Hooray!
Laurie will now play The Nurse for Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Boise, ID beginning June 2nd and closing on June 30th. Come on up and visit this beautiful outdoor theatre.
Laurie will open April 14th as The Nurse in Cleveland's Great Lakes Theatre production of ROMEO AND JULIET directed by Artistic Director, Charles Fee.
The whole show will move to Idaho Shakespeare Festival in Mid-May and play thru June 30th in Boise. Come on out and see a fabulous show!
Laurie just completed the official First National 10 week Tour of MISS ABIGAIL'S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, AND MARRIAGE by Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg with Gabriel Gutierez as Paco. Laurie originated the role of MISS ABIGAIL in 2010 with a reading at the Mint Theatre and then a full production in Tampa, FL at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts with Mauricio C. Perez as Paco. The show then came back to NYC Off-Broadway and starred Eve Plumb. It's still playing at Sofia's Downstairs Cabaret with Christine Pedi as Miss A but Laurie does pop in once in a while to play the show when Christine is out.
Laurie played the Reverand Mother again for Nunsense creator and director, Danny Goggin in NUNSET BLVD at the Meadow Brook Theatre outside of Detroit, MI. Oh, those silly nuns were at it again...
So my dear, sweet father used to tell the story of how I got started in theatre like this...
Ed Birmingham - "One morning I was awake very early. In fact, it was still dark outside. I was standing in the kitchen, in the dark, when my little Laurie walked in to get a drink of cold water out of the fridge. I don't think she saw me. She was only 5 at the time. I watched her open the fridge door and when the light come on...she started tap dancing." The rest is herstory.
Born and raised in Southern California, I spent most of my early years in the South Bay Area. My family moved around a lot: Manhattan and Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Torrance. But most of that time we stayed in Redondo Beach where I attended Beryl Elementary School and Redondo Union High School. I got two years of undergrad credits at El Camino Jr. College (Played Glinda The Good Witch in their production of The Wizard of Oz!) and was accepted as a Junior into the Theatre Dept. at UCLA. But after seeing a few shows and doing some research I ended up choosing Los Angeles City College as my next school of choice. It turned out to be a great decision because during that time I met Sandy Robbins who had just started his first class of the Professional Theatre Training Program located in Milwaukee, WI. After completing two years at LACC, I was accepted into the second class of the PTTP in 1981 and then graduated MFA in 1984. That program has now moved to the U of Delaware and is still considered one of the very best Classical Theatre Training Programs in the USA. I wouldn't give up the training I got there for all the world! Thanks to Sandy Robbins, Jewel Walker, Leslie Reidel, Susan Sweeney, and the late Penelope Court.
The years after grad school took me to Seattle, Utah, Milwaukee, Alabama, Florida, Milwaukee, Utah, Atlanta, all over Wisconsin, and back to Milwaukee. Well, Milwaukee finally became my official HOME BASE and that's where I stayed and played for the better part of 25 years.
I got into the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in 1992 and performed many, many roles there for the next 17 years thanks to Joe Hanreddy, the Artistic Director at the time. I played just about every theatre in Milwaukee and toured all over Wisconsin. It was a good home for a very long time. But about two years ago, I got a bee in my bonnet and decided I should at least give NYC a try. I never wanted to go early on in my career and struggle in that huge city. But it finally felt like it was time to check it out. I had the crazy idea that I "owned" NYC. So, the Big Apple is home for now. It's been great so far. I don't know what's next for me. I'm traveling a lot and enjoying the road and the great new friendships that have come my way. Life is good.
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