doollee banner
The Playwrights Database
contact doollee



Paula Vogel

PAULA VOGEL  (1951 - )

Nationality:    USA
email:    n/a     Website:    n/a

Literary Agent:    Bret Adams Ltd  

Paula Vogel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her play How I Learned to Drive, and an Obie Award for the Baltimore Waltz. Her plays have been performed on Broadway and across the world. - See more at: http://parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/desdemona#sthash.vMZlA6cA.dpuf

Buy Plays with Doollee

Each page of doollee.com has links to play/book outlets, either directly to the Publisher, through Stageplays.com and Amazon to the second hand and 1st editions of AbeBooks. These links will automatically take you to the relevant area obviating the need for further search.
AbeBooks.co.uk   AbeBooks.com   Stageplays.com   amazon.com   amazon.co.uk   amazon.ca
whether you are a Playwright who wishes to make their entry definitive, an unlisted Playwright or a User with a tale to tell - we want to hear from you.
download WORD submission template

below is a list of Paula Vogel's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        And Baby Makes Seven         Apple-Brown Betty         Baltimore Waltz, The         Bertha in Blue         Civil War Christmas, A: An American Musical Celebration         Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief         Hot 'n' Throbbing         How I Learned To Drive         Last Pat Epstein Show Before the Reruns, The         Long Christmas Ride Home, The         Meg         Mineola Twins, The         Oldest Profession, The         Swan Song of Sir Henry



And Baby Makes Seven

Synopsis:
Anna, Ruth and Peter await the arrival of their new-born child; but first they must rid the crowded apartment of their three imaginary children

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
San Francisco    1986

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
full length Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Apple-Brown Betty

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Louisville, Kentucky    1979

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
-

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Baltimore Waltz, The

Synopsis:
When Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher, is diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers, she and her brother Carl take flight to Europe. Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild Third Mannish espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister on the Continent. Something is not quite right with the scenario, and the largest hint is dropped when Anna shows slides of their trip to Europe where each frame looks exactly like Baltimore. Carl's quest for a cure dead ends with a mad Viennese quack. their European idyll is broken by Carl's death, and the tragic revelation that the entire play was Anna's valiant fantasy to keep alive her brother's spirit when she could not save his life.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1992

Company:
-

1st Published:
American Theatre Magazine, NY - September, 1991    -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
Comedy/Drama, full length Comedy. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Bertha in Blue

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1981

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
-

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Civil War Christmas, A: An American Musical Celebration

Synopsis:
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864. Through the personal stories and struggles of a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters - from the President's wife to runaway slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman - we learn that, for all their differences, one thing is clear: the yearning for peace cuts across religious and class divisions, color lines and, of course, the Mason-Dixon Line. At once familiar and freshly re-imagined, the story of that winter night is alive with history, hope and humanity. Vividly staged by director Tina Landau and infused throughout with traditional carols and period music, A Civil War Christmas takes a sprawling new look at the seemingly intractable challenges we once faced to see how far we've come as a nation and how far we still have to go.
nytheatre.com

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York Theatre Workshop
79 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003    13 Nov 2012

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2010   978-0-8222-2361-0

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  doubling, flexible casting

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief

Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief
Having slept with Othello's entire encampment, Desdemona revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Her foils and rapt listeners are the other integral and re-imagined women of this Shakespeare tragedy: Emilia, Desdemona's servant and the wife of Iago, and Bianca, now a majestic whore of Cyprus. the reluctantly loyal Emilia pesters Desdemona about a military promotion for her husband. Her motive, however, is that he leave her a wealthy widow, preferably sooner than later. Bianca, now a street-wise, yet painfully naive prostitute, visits Desdemona thinking she is a very good friend and fellow hooker (at least one night a week). Bianca thinks the worst when she soon discovers that Desdemona knows intimate details of the life of her lover, Cassio. Though Desdemona has never been intimate with Cassio, her life is soon in danger when her husband, Othello, also suspects her of infidelity.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1979

Company:
-

1st Published:
in "the Baltimore Waltz and other plays", Hern, London, 1995
Contained in: "Facing Forward" published by Broadway Publishing, 1995
In anthology: Amazon All Stars: Thirteen Lesbian Plays, ed. Rosemary Keefe Curb. ApplAuse. 2000   978-1557832207

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
Dark Comedy Comedy. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Hot 'n' Throbbing

Synopsis:
Take Charlene, a suburban mother who writes erotic screenplays for women in order to support her children; add Clyde, her funny, dangerously obsessive and estranged husband; toss in hormonally overcharged teenagers; and layer it all with a screenplay on a deadline that Charlene desperately tries to write-and you end up with HOT 'N' THROBBING, a gripping new play written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of How I Learned To Drive.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1992

Company:
-

1st Published:
in "the Baltimore Waltz and other plays", Hern, London, 1995   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  1g 1b voices

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

How I Learned To Drive

Synopsis:
A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road and life from behind the wheel.

Notes:
Pulitzer Prize-winning play

1st Produced:
New York    1997

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1998   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
Comedy/Drama, full length Comedy

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  flexible

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Last Pat Epstein Show Before the Reruns, The

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
IthaCA, New York    1979

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
-

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Long Christmas Ride Home, The

Long Christmas Ride Home, The
Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Humorous and heart-wrenching, this beautifully written play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of How I Learned to Drive proves that magic can be found in the simplest breaths of life

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
Theatre Communications Group   978-1559362498

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
full length Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Meg

Synopsis:
Based on the life of Margaret More Roper, the political and ruthless male hierarchies of Henry VIII and the Church are offstage forces imprisoning Meg, a unique woman isolated from her time and environment through the gift and curse of her developed intellect. MEG intertwines several themes and levels: It is the story of Sir Thomas More seen through his daughter's eyes, it's about a young wife and mother - and it's also an exploration of the father-daughter relationship painfully becoming a man-woman one - as Meg discovers "both diminish in size." It's not a history play - rather a play about history - and the ignored role women have played in history.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1977

Company:
-

1st Published:

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Mineola Twins, The

Synopsis:
A comedy in six scenes, four dreams and seven wigs. there are two ways to produce this play: 1) with good wigs; or 2) with bad wigs. the second way is preferred. Myrna and Myra, almost identical twins, battle each other through the Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan/Bush years over virginity, Vietnam and Family Values.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1996

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1996   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  2 non speaking

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Oldest Profession, The

Synopsis:
About ageing, Reaganomics and the oldest profession as three friends reminisce on a park bench prostitutes.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1981

Company:
-

1st Published:
in "the Baltimore Waltz and other plays", Hern, London, 1995   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
full legth Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page

Swan Song of Sir Henry

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
New York    1974

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies

Booksellers:

Genre:
-

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

Top of Page Top of Page