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Collected Drama

Deepen The Mystery – Science and The South Onstage (Leap, Background, Parts They Call Deep)

Deepen The Mystery – Science and The South Onstage (Leap, Background, Parts They Call Deep)

Lauren Gunderson


This first collection of award-winning full-length plays by Lauren Gunderson includes:


“Leap” – A delightful, moving synthesis of science, history, and magic with a young Isaac Newton and two mysterious sisters.


“Background” – a time-twisting, science-drama about the inspirational study of cosmology and the devastating effects of denied credit. Based on a true story of Dr. Ralph Alpher.


“Parts They Call Deep” – A hilarious southern drama with three generations of women in a Winnebago.

Collected Drama


Lauren Gunderson


Lauren has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for “I and You” and “The Book of Will”, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company.


She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the “Miss Bennet” plays with Margot Melcon, and her audioplay “The Half-Life Of Marie Curie” is available on Her work is published at Playscripts (“I and You”, “Exit Pursued by a Bear”, “The Taming”, and “Toil and Trouble”), Dramatists Play Service (“The Revolutionists”, “The Book of Will”, “Silent Sky”, “Bauer”, “Natural Shocks”, “The Wickhams”, and “Miss Bennet”) and Samuel French (“Emilie”). Her picture book “Dr. Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon” is available from Two Lions/Amazon.


She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone.



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