award-winning playwright and author

MARA LATHROP's full length plays have received productions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, Rome and elsewhere.

They include THE VISIBLE HORSE (developed at the National Playwrights Conference), THE URN OF DREW (finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and developed at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), HELL ON WHEELS (commissioned by the Philadelphia Festival Theatre), THE EIGHTEENTH MITZVAH (Richard Hugo House New Play Prize), DREAMS OF BABY (Best New Play, 1993 Seattle Times Footlight Awards), TALES FROM THE SALTMINES (commissioned by A Contemporary Theatre, developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and finalist for the Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition), THE SIX BASIC RULES (Mill Mountain Theatre New Play Prize), THE LILY & LOU SHOW, and EES STORY UFF POOR SEA VILLAGE GERL.

She has received Fellowships from the Washington State Arts Commission, the Seattle Arts Commission, and Artists Trust. THE VISIBLE HORSE is published by Smith & Kraus in the collection  Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2001 . From 1998 - 2004 she taught playwriting at the University of Washington. She divides her time between a small town in Washington state and an even smaller town in Umbria in Italy.

recent productions & news

production date play title
Production
Fall, 2007
English Theatre of Rome

 The Six Basic Rules
Screening
January, 2007
Broad Humor Film Festival

Chocolate
Production
December, 2006

Teatro L'Arciliuto, Roma

FantasyLand
Reading
December, 2005
Ethereal Mutt

 Ees Story Uff Poor Sea Village Gerl
Publication
2005
Audition Arsenal for Women
In Their 30's
An Excerpt From Tales From The SaltMines


WHAT THE CRITICS SAY...

The Visible Horse

"Flawless in its simplicity"
--Backstage

"The story achieves a delicate balance between truth and theatricality.”  –LA Times

“Spellbinding.” – LA Weekly


Dreams Of Baby

"Unlike anything you've ever seen ...remarkably entertaining." -- Seattle P-I

"Expectant parents beware:  Dreams Of Baby may be hazardous to your peace of mind. Then again, it might also exorcise your worst fears through hearty laughter... A dizzy new comedy." -Seattle Times


"Wacky and unpredictable... Dreams Of Baby is a very funny play." - Centerstage Chicago


Menstruating Waitress...                      ...From Hell

"If you attend the festival, you'll get to vote for your favorite, but here is my pick: Menstruating Waitress From Hell...." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel