Shirley Lauro. Shirley Lauro's All Through the Night garnered a 2006 Jefferson Nomination as Best New Play in Chicago, while Clarence Darrow's Last Trial received a 2005 NEA Access to Excellence Grant and was a 2006 Carbonell Nomination as Best New Play in Florida. On Broadway, Open Admissions received one Tony nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, a Theatre World Award, The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, and was adapted by Ms. Lauro for a CBS TV Special starring Jane Alexander. A Piece of My Heart premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, and now has enjoyed over 1000 productions here and abroad. It has recently been named "The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation," by The Vietnam Vets Association.
Among her other plays, The Contest, Pearls on the Moon, Speckled Birds, and Nothing Immediate have been produced internationally in such countries as South Africa, New Zealand, England, Germany, Scotland, Australia, as well as throughout the U.S, in such theaters as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Long Wharf, The Alley, Stamford Theatre Works, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. A Guggenheim Fellow, Ms. Lauro is a Director of the Dramatists Guild Foundation, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, PEN, The Actors Studio Playwrights Unit, Writers Guild East, and the Authors Guild.