Lucy Thurber


A play about first love, being a girl who likes girls, and shame.

Lucy Thurber is the author of ten plays: Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of the World, Monstrosity, Dillingham City, The Locus, and The Insurgents. The Insurgents was produced at the 2011 Contemporary American Theatre Festival. The Atlantic Theater Company produced Bottom of the World and Scarcity, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has produced three of her plays, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family, and Stay. Lucy wrote the text for Quixote, conceived and directed by Lear DeBessonet, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community; also with Lear DeBessonet and produced by 13P, Monstrosity. She was a guest artist at Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre twice, where she helped to adapt both Desire Under the Elms and Moby Dick. She has had readings and workshops at Steam Boat Springs, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, Primary Stages, MCC Theater, Encore Theatre Company, PlayPenn, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The O’Neill with WET, New River Dramatists, Soho Rep, and The Orchard Project. Scarcity was published in the December 2007 issue of American Theatre. She is published by Dramatists Play Service. Thurber is a member of New Dramatists, 13P, and LAByrinth Theater Company. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and Yale Rep. She is the recipient of a Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship, the 1st Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwriting 2008, and a Lilly Award. Lucy currently teaches at NYU and Sarah Lawrence College.