Bay Area Theater

Playwright Interview: Lauren Gunderson, “The Catastrophist,” 2021

Lauren Gunderson, whose play The Catastrophist is currently being streamed on the Marin Theatre Company website through July 24, 2021, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky. Recorded March 10, 2021.

Lauren Gunderson is the most produced living American playwright, and currently several of her works can be streamed on-line.

The Flats, which was co-written with Cleavon Smith and Jonathan Spector, can be streamed at the Aurora Theatre website.

Her one person play, Natural Shocks, can also be streamed through the Marin Theatre website or directly through Soundcloud.

You can listen to Audible Theater’s production of The Half Life of Marie Curie starring Kate Mulgrew on at this address. A filmed version of Marie Curie was available at Theatre squared, and may have extended past March 14, 2021. Check the website for details.

Lauren Gunderson is also the co-author of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, which is fast becoming a holiday classic, along with its sequel, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, both taking place shortly after the conclusion of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Living in San Francisco, she is playwright-in-residence at Marin Theatre Company and teaches playwrighting. While her focus is very broad, several of her plays concern women in history, and the role of women through history. Her work also has an activist element, which threads its way through such plays as The Taming and Natural Shocks. Photos by Bryan Derballa.