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LISA LEWIS
PLAYWRIGHT

"Competing drives and complicated ethics fuse in Lisa Lewis’s sexy and snarled SCHOOLED." 

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Photo by Matthew Murphy

 

WINNER of the New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for Playwriting, SCHOOLED had a critically acclaimed sold-out run directed by James Kautz, and was extended as part of the Fringe Encore Series at Soho Playhouse.

Published in The Best Plays from American Theater Festivals 2015, Applause Books.

REVIEWS

 

It's about what happens outside the classroom

SCHOOLED is a fiercely funny and gripping new play about privilege, ambition, and the lengths we’ll go to succeed. Two students vie for a competitive grant from their roguish professor in a taut threesome that tests their romantic relationship and their ethics. A biting drama with surprising humor, SCHOOLED is an examination of the lies we tell ourselves, and the truths we refuse to believe.

The cast of SCHOOLED: Quentin Maré, Lilli Stein, Stephen Friedrich. Photo by Darren Cox

"FOUR STARS!  WISED-UP and WHIP-SMART, and handled with REMARKABLE HUMOR and subtlety. This seriocomic love triangle moves smoothly and bristles with apt, STINGING lines and RICH, UNPREDICTABLE characters."

"Lisa Lewis is a wildly talented playwright. SCHOOLED is a complex power-play in which there is no predator or victim, but an intricate intertwining of ambitions from which no ego emerges unscathed."

"Questions of who has the right, or, more accurately, the privilege to make art, drive the crackling plot, as the characters lob verbal grenades at one another. SCHOOLED has the makings of one of the Fringe premieres that ends up making a mainstream splash."

Peter Friedman, Phoebe Strole, James Kautz, Mara Davi at New Ohio Theater

ABOUT ME

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program, my plays have been developed by Naked Angels, Davenport Theatricals, The New Ohio Theatre, Core Artist Ensemble, and New Helvetia Theatre’s Sacramento New Works Festival, where I was an artist in residence.  My essays and artist profiles have appeared in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, New York Theatre Magazine, and New York Press.

 

In addition to my work as a playwright and essayist, I'm a Creative Director at SpotCo Entertainment & Arts Advertising, specializing in Messaging and Motion.