Laura Eason

Laura Eason is an American playwright and screenwriter.

Laura Eason
OccupationPlaywright, Screenwriter
EducationNorthwestern University


Eason grew up in Evanston, IL.[1] She graduated from Northwestern University, before becoming an ensemble member at Lookingglass Theatre Company, where she served as an actor, director, as well as Artistic Director from 2000 until 2005.[2]

Eason's plays include both original works and adaptations.[3] Her play Sex With Strangers had its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2011. In 2014, the play was presented Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater. The play went on to become one of the most produced plays in America during both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.[4][5]

Her writing and producing credits for television include The Loudest Voice for Showtime, adapted from Gabriel Sherman’s book about Roger Ailes and Fox News.

She was a writer for four seasons on the Netflix drama House of Cards, and was a producer on Season 5.[6] For House of Cards, Eason received an Emmy Nomination for Drama Series, and a Writers Guild of America Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

Eason's feature film debut, Here and Now (formerly Blue Night), developed by and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.[7]

Eason is currently adapting Peter Nichols' novel The Rocks for television.[8]

Plays and productions

Original work

  • Remarkable Invisible - World premiere, Theatre by the Lake, Cumbria, UK, 2017[9]
  • Undeniable Sound of Right Now - World premiere, Rattlestick Theatre/WP Productions, NYC, 2015;[10] Published by Dramatists Play Service[11]
  • Sex With Strangers - World premiere, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, 2011;[12] Sydney Theatre, AU, 2012;[13] Second Stage, NYC, 2014;[14] Hampstead Theatre, London, 2017;[15] Published by Dramatists Play Service, Overlook Press[16][17]
  • 40 Days - World premiere, University of Wisconsin, 2010[18]
  • Rewind - World premiere, Side Project, Chicago, 2009;[19] Published in Out of Time & Place: An Anthology of Plays by Members of the WP Playwrights Lab[20]
  • Area of Rescue - World premiere, Andhow Theatre, NYC, 2007[21]
  • They All Fall Down: The Richard Nickel Story, co-written with Jessica Thebus - World premiere, Lookingglass Theatre Company, 2001[22]
  • 28: Pictures of Life in a High Tech World - World premiere, Lookingglass Theatre Company in association with the Goodman, 1997[23]
  • In The Eye of the Beholder - World premiere, Lookingglass Theatre Company, 1993; Jeff Award, New Work[24][25]


  • Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, adapted from the novel by Mary Mapes Dodge - World premiere and commission, Arden Theatre, PA, 2016;[26] Barrymore nomination, Best New Work[27]
  • Around the World in 80 Days adapted from the novel by Jules Verne - World premiere, Lookingglass Theatre, 2008;[28] KC Rep, Baltimore Centerstage, 2010;[29][30] Jeff Award Nominations, Best Adaptation and Best Production;[31] Published by BPPI and Nick Hern Books[32][33]
  • Ethan Frome, adapted from the novel by Edith Wharton - World premiere and commission, Lookingglass Theatre Company, 2011;[34] Jeff Award nomination, Best Adaptation[35]
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted from the novel by Mark Twain- New Victory, NYC, 2012;[36] World premiere and commission, Hartford Stage, CT, 2010;[37] Published by Dramatists Play Service[38]
  • When The Messenger Is Hot, adapted from the book of short stories by Elizabeth Crane - World premiere, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago and 59E59, NYC, 2008;[39][40] Published by BPPI[41]
  • The Ghosts Bargain, adapted from the short story by Charles Dickens - World premiere and commission, Two River Theatre, 2007[42]
  • Huck Finn, adapted from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - World premiere, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, 2007;[43]
  • Old Curiosity Shop, co-written by Raymond Fox and Heidi Stillman adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens - World premiere, Lookingglass Theatre Company, 2006;[44] Jeff Award, Best Adaptation[45]
  • Coast of Chicago, adapted from the book of short stories by Stuart Dybek - World premiere, Walkabout Theatre, Chicago, 2006;[46] Jeff Award Nomination, Best Adaptation[25]
  • A Tale of Two Cities, adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens - World premiere, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, 2004;[47] Published by Playscripts[48]

Musical books

  • Days Like Today, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler - World premiere and commission by Writers Theatre, Chicago, 2014[49]

Short plays

  • At 7th And 7th, part of Morning in America, Primary Stages, NYC, 2017[50]
  • 12A, 12B, Pinebox Theatre, Chicago, 2012[51]
  • Mr. Smitten, Humana Festival, Louisville, KY 2011, (published in Humana Festival 2011: The Complete Plays by Playscripts)[52]
  • Lost in the Supermarket, Vital Theatre, NYC, 2007[53]


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  5. Tran, Diep (21 September 2016). "The Top 10* Most-Produced Plays of the 2016-17 Season".
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  48. "A Tale of Two Cities by Laura Eason - Playscripts Inc".
  49. "Days Like Today – 2013/14 Season - Writers Theatre".
  50. "Morning in America, November 9, 9:00AM - Primary Stages".
  51. Desk, BWW News. "Pine Box Theater Company Presents ElectionFest 2012, 10/22-30".
  52. "Humana Festival 2011: The Complete Plays Now Available!". Actors Theatre of Louisville. 18 May 2012.
  53. "Vital Signs New Works Festival - Off-Off-Broadway - Tickets, Reviews, Info and More". theatermania.
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