Meet the Retreatant: Emily Kaye Lazzaro

22 Jun

Emily is making bold moves.  Check her out:

Emily Kaye Lazzaro is a playwright.  In 2011 she quit her office job to write full time.  She’s a little scared and a lot excited.

Emily was born and raised in Connecticut, outside New York City.  She moved to Boston in 2003, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Arts in 2007, and an MFA in Playwriting in 2011, both at Boston University.  She also studied Irish ensemble acting in Dublin through New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, and Trinity College, Dublin.

Emily’s undergraduate thesis, Be The Dog, was adapted from four short stories from the collection How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers.  Be The Dog was produced in 2008 by the Pendragon Theatre Company in Saranac Lake, New York, and in 2009 in New York City as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Her ten-minute play Crickets was produced by the Boston Center of American Performance (BCAP) as part of the 2011 Boston Theatre Marathon, and will be produced in August of 2011 in Chicago along with another of Emily’s ten-minute plays, Saving DeShawn, or The Carrot Play at Gorilla Tango Theatre.  Emily’s masters thesis, Grief and Surfing, will have a staged reading at Oberon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, also in August of 2011.

Emily is currently working on a full-length play about adolescence, infidelity, and Title IX, tentatively titled Girls Sports.  She is also planning to write a full-length play featuring all her actor friends – just like the Group Theatre.

Emily lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband Billy, their cat Oscar, and a rotating house guest.

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