Colors Inside the Body

A New Play by Laura Elizabeth Nelson

Playmarket 2019 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, NYC
Berkshire Voices at Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Great Barrington, MA

It all started with a dog, igniting a series of events that rip Lily’s 16-year-old universe – and her entire family – asunder. Her brother is missing. Her parents have split. And Lily has revolted, declaring war on her mother. When the new English teacher arrives, both daughter and mother are challenged to face their past and present. Colors Inside the Body is an exploration of violence filtered through the lives of 3 women whose paths cross inextricably one semester at Regan High, where lockdown drills are the norm. So is growing up with a gun.

The Golden Hour

A Play with Music by Laura Elizabeth Nelson

Athena Project’s Plays In Progress Series, March 2018, Denver, CO
Playmarket 2017 Finalist

In The Golden Hour, a play with music, Michael and Elena are reunited after a ten-year absence. Over the course of the evening, they relive their past and imagine a future, dreaming into existence a life that might have been while living what is and moving toward what inevitably will be. Touching on themes of love, sex, and grief, The Golden Hour explores the intersections of time, sound, words, and movement. At the end of the play, a four-hands piano duet, which has been played in parts throughout, is performed, linking together the stories and theatrical elements experienced over the course of the play.

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About PIP: “In this exciting and innovative program, women playwrights collaborate with directors, dramaturgs and actors, to bring brand new work to the public. The Plays In Progress Series has grown to be a vital arena for fostering new work by female writers…From over 150 submitted scripts, three were selected for Workshop Productions – in which professional directors, actors and crew work with minimal sets, lights, sound and props. Actors stay on book in case the playwright asks for last-minute script changes, but they move naturally around the set rather than delivering their lines at stands as in a concert reading. After each performance, the audience and theatre professionals give feedback – so essential to the playwright in further developing the work – and vote on which play should go forward as our fully staged Premiere Production.” Learn more at

41yphlcxwal-_sx330_bo1204203200_Fugue, a Ten Minute Play

By Laura Elizabeth Nelson

Ten 10-Minute Plays: Volume II,  published by Black Box Press under full name of Laura Elizabeth Miller

Fugue continues to produced worldwide.

Fugue gives voice to the tragic recollections of three murdered children who relive their eerily similar nightmares of being kidnapped. Written as a staged poem, Fugue has been produced across the US and in multiple countries.

About the Volume on “This collection of 10-minute plays will delight readers and audiences alike. From the dark humor of Nick Zagone’s “Sixty Years, to Life” to the zany absurdism of Walter Wykes’ “Family 2.0” to the disturbing imagery of Laura Elizabeth Miller’s “Fugue,” each of these short plays expresses the unique vision of an emerging contemporary dramatist. Together, they make an exciting and diverse evening of theatre. Other plays in this anthology include “While the Auto Waits” by O. Henry, “Lures” by Jeanette D. Farr, “The Next Mrs. Jacob Anderson” by Ann Wuehler, “The Chocolate Affair” by Stephanie Alison Walker, “No Such Thing” by Douglas Hill, “Heart of Hearing” by Joseph Zeccola, and “Phone Arts” by LB Hamilton.”

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Interested in producing Fugue, A Ten Minute Play?
Contact Elizabeth for permission and details about royalties. Royalties are due for all performances where admission is charged, and range between $10-35 per performance. Email her with details about your production, festival or workshop including number of performances, admission price, and expected number of audience members. She is also available for script analysis and producing questions, and greatly enjoys hearing from students working on her play.


The Going Price

A Ten-minute Play by Laura Elizabeth Nelson

Red Bull Shorts Recipient during Red Bull Theater’s inaugural new short play festival in NYC

In The Going Price, an executioner must prioritize between the sacred honor of his work or the life of a convicted child who claims to be his offspring. Written in free verse.

Included in volume 1 of Red Bull Shorts: Red Bull Theater – New York City’s “most exciting classical theater”– for the first time ever offers a published collection featuring the best of its annual Short New Play Festival. This ongoing series features 10-minute plays of heightened language and classical themes by today’s hottest writers, including commissions by established playwrights such as John Guare, David Ives, Regina Taylor, and Anne Washburn, and winning entries by writers such as Mike Anderson, Sam Lahne, Lynn Rosen, and Jen Silverman– all chosen from a competition that receives nearly 300 submissions each year. In the hands of great playwrights, the 10-minute play is a highly entertaining dramatic form. This collection offers the most delectable of these delightfully compact works – some downright silly, and others powerfully moving – from Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival.