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The 5th Announces 4 Inaugural First Draft Commissions

“The 5th Avenue Theatre proudly announces that four writing teams representing womxn, gender non-conforming and non-binary voices have been selected to receive a First Draft Commission following the inaugural First Draft: Raise Your Voice Story Summit. The commissioned teams will have one year to complete a first draft of their script with the support of The 5th Avenue Theatre. At the end of the cycle, The 5th will produce a one-week reading with a final presentation in New York City. The four writing teams include Emily Chiu (she/her) and Lauren Taslitz (she/her).”

Thanks to Kelsey Thorgalsen and the folks at The Fifth for this amazing opportunity, as well to the wonderful artists for sharing their talents and creating a safe space in which to share our ideas and our work. (Photo: Mark Kitaoka)

Table-read of Bak Chang at NYU in mid-January. Many thanks to my collaborator, Emily Chiu, and the wonderful actors who shared their talents: Viveca Chow, Kimberly Immanuel, Ashley Coia, Cassandra Hlong, Rebecca Pena, AriDy Nox, and Amie Bermowitz. A special thank you to Steven Eng, for his time and insight, and Jacob Fjeldheim and Benji Goldsmith - for being there.


34 Participants Announced For 7th Annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony At Goodspeed

Lauren and composer Carmel Dean, who are collaborating on an as-yet-untitled “Moon Project,” have been selected as 2 of 34 established and emerging composers, lyricists, and librettists to participate in the Johnny Mercer Foundation Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals from mid-January to mid-February. “The writing teams, representing 21 new musicals, will populate the campus, creating a truly exciting environment for discovery and inspiration.”

Thanks to Donna Lynn Hilton and all the folks at Goodspeed Musicals, Jonathan Brielle and The Johnny Mercer Foundation, my collaborator Carmel Dean, and all the other amazing artists who made it an unforgettable (and humbling) two weeks.

Jeff Blumenkrantz and Anne L. Nathan To Star in REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING at 54 Below

"Writers 50-something Taslitz and 30-something Ursetti met in 2015 as MFA classmates in New York University's Tisch School for the Arts Musical Theater Writing program, and REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING marks their first major collaboration. Two-time Tony Award winner William Finn describes it as 'Outrageous, wise, and honest. Anyone who cares about the future of musical theatre would be well advised to see this.'" 

Source: Playbill

Source: Playbill

PLAYBILL: After Life as a Mother and Attorney, This Harvard Grad Started Over as a Musical Theatre Writer

"'Most theatre tickets are purchased by older people like me,' says Lauren Taslitz. True, but few of those older people leave their established suburban life to pursue a degree in musical theatre writing. Taslitz is not like most."

Source: BroadwayWorld

Source: BroadwayWorld

Broadway world: Review/Photo Coverage: Mr. Finn's Cabaret Premiers REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING

"A mature love story, REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING combines humor, honesty, and compassion to deliver a seldom-seen musical look at life from the perspective of late middle age."

Source: Next Act for Women

Source: Next Act for Women

Next act for women: Becoming a Musical Theatre Writer in Her 50s: Lauren's Story

"'We should get to be the protagonist sometimes, if not often. I see myself as an audience member and a mother and I rarely see stories on stage that resonate with me.'"

Source: Princeton.edu

Source: Princeton.edu

PRINCETON ALUMNI WEEKLY: After raising her children, Lauren Taslitz ’79 tackles ‘emptynesterhood,’ and brings it to the stage

"When Taslitz was younger and thinking about a career, she wouldn’t have pursued theater, she says, 'because I never would have been willing to starve to death. I’m way too practical a person. But now I can.'"

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Source: Broadway World

Source: Broadway World


Lauren Taslitz & Leigh Anna Reichenbach discuss their initial connection and the collaborative process that led to their lighthearted, new musical Join the Club.

NYC Monuments Inspire Original Musicals 2/3 At The TimesCenter

"Prospect's annual writers lab is one of our most impactful programs. It engages a diverse array of artistic viewpoints and styles in dialogue with a shared theme," said Reichel. "The outcome is always compelling, and this year we are once again thrilled to showcase these talented writers and their world premiere works in our IGNITE Series of concerts."