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written by Mya Ison

 In Development:

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about the play 

Laure is a play in response to the painting “Olympia” by Manet (1865), imagining that the Black model, Laure, was not erased from the archive. By adapting themes from the “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde (1890), this play creates a three-dimensional world through its four characters, and engages with agency, gaze, and the power of the erotic.

It is full of rhythm, tenderness, blood, eruptions, love.

Mya Ison began writing this play in the spring of 2020, and Mya and I produced it as our senior thesis as a Boston University School of Theatre Lab production with co-director Julian X and dramaturg Edward Sturm. 

The play is still being developed with a large and brilliant span of talented artists. As the play deepens, we also plan to explore and play with the different ways we can workshop, develop, and bring this piece to different communities. 

Watch The Making of Laure, 2021 >

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productions + workshops

September 2023

New York Theatre Workshop--Dorothy Strelsin Mondays at 3 Reading Series

July 2023

Staged Reading with The Tank NYC

November 2021

Boston University School of Theatre--Lab Productions

Stay tuned as we continue to develop this piece! 


production photos

photography: Sarah Coleman, Julian X

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