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Full Length Plays
 
Love Like Blue
drama/comedy; 3 women, 3 men
 
Love Like Blue explores the real life complexities of human partnerships, as three couples face the demise of their relationships in Act One. But life is a cycle, and endings always lead to beginnings. The character Felix writes, “We’re connected whether we like it or not. The dance itself never ends.” The same characters meet and start anew in Act Two.
 
“One of the reasons that Love Like Blue works so well is its brilliantly original concept…. as playwright Lazarian has created six very real, imperfect, intriguing, and human characters. Lazarian’s dialogue is so good, so real, so natural…” LA Stage Scene
 
“Beautifully written, with finely tuned skill, heartfelt passion, and universally relatable humor – a must see.”  Tolucan Times
 
“Lazarian’s play has a marvelously neat structure that complements her prickly observations on love and relationships.” Studio City Sun
 
“… a hearfelt and compelling play by the award-winning Kristen Lazarian… You know when a play is good when it sends you home thinking.”  LA Splash
 
“Loved it, loved it, loved it! A must see – the writing was brilliant… could really relate to many of the emotions and experiences depicted through out.”  LA Times Calendar Live
 
A unanimous RAVE at Los Angeles Times Calendar Live!
 
 
Push
dark comedy; 4 women, 3 men
 
Marital games are put into play and no one is without fault in this dark comic examination of love, manipulation, fidelity and deceit. Do all men cheat?  And will women, with one little push, fall easily into adultery?  Push will twist your perception, force you to question, and will make you laugh at identifiable human frailty.
 
Winner, Outstanding Playwright, Fritz Blitz Festival of New Plays; O’Neill semi-finalist; Ashland New Play Festival Finalist; First Runner Up: Stone Playwrighting Award; selected for Chicago HerRah, Festival of New Plays by Women Playwrights
 
“Fritz Blitz deals a winner with Lazarian’s Push”
“... first scene is a gem of spontaneous yuppie banter.”
“Each scene [in act two], beginning with the final lines of  its earlier counterpart, develops plausibly to a more dramatically satisfying climax, especially the wrenching denouement between Owen and Brooke.”  San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“Kristen Lazarian’s tense comedic drama about love, deceit, fidelity, and manipulation is a doozy of a date night for married couples.”
“The Los Angeles based playwright has crafted a smart and funny drama with well-drawn characters.  Lazarian’s dialogue is sharp and natural…”
“The act one cliffhanger is a whopper.”  San Diego Arts on San Diego.com
 
“L.A. author Kristen Lazarian quickly settles down to an even, robust yarn about marital deception and an entrapment that spawns it.”  San Diego City Beat
 
“The most interesting thing about this comedy is its structure; scenes from act one are replayed in act two, with additional context. We see what followed the moments we viewed earlier, and that provides a whole new perspective on the action and interactions. It’s a fascinating device, and it makes for some delicious plot twists. Lazarian has an excellent ear for contemporary dialogue, and she has a good sense of how the upscale and the sexes operate.”   San Diego Theatre Scene Online
 
“Push has some really poignant moments. It is a telling tale of relationships that is completely believable... See Push for a study in relationships.”  San Diego Theatre Scene Online
 
Playwright Lazarian proved herself a perceptive chronicler of male-female relationships in last season’s Love Like Blue. Push is a very different play, but equally provocative. Especially remarkable is the way Lazarian plays with time, and audience expectations… Like Love Like Blue, Push is sure to provoke much intermission discussion about what has happened, and why, and what is likely to happen next.  Steven Stanley, LA Stage Scene
 
 
Flesh & Tenderness
drama; 4 women, 3 men
 
Flesh and Tenderness tells the story of Olivia, a fourth generation Armenian-American woman, who comes to terms with her family’s history during the Armenian genocide because of her fiancé’s business relationship with a Turkish American man. The play takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Finalist, Saroyan Prize for New Plays 2008
 
 
Inviting Karma
Magic realism/dark comedy; 4 women, 4men
 
Inviting Karma takes place over the course of one late summer day at a small coffee shop in a desert town.  Only the most faithful regulars will venture out into the heat for Audrey's cold cactus soup special that usually comes with a good story on the side.
In Audrey's cafe on this strange day, the past collides with the future and in the explosive intersection where these people meet, karma rearranges and recreates. Inviting Karma is about the journey to discover the forces which shape us and the ways we sabotage our personal growth.
 
Between You & Me
Comedy; 4 women, 2 men
 
Between You & Me tells the story of Herb, a bachelor business man, and his accidental telephone affair with Candice, a woman he’s hired and who he actually hates in person. A comic romp about love in the era of modern technology, Between You & Me looks at how the technology that connects us can also divide us.
 
 

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Full Length Plays

LOVE LIKE BLUE

DRAMA/COMEDY; 3 WOMEN, 3 MEN

love like blueLove Like Blue explores the real life complexities of human partnerships, as three couples face the demise of their relationships in Act One. But life is a cycle, and endings always lead to beginnings. The character Felix writes, “We’re connected whether we like it or not. The dance itself never ends.” The same characters meet and start anew in Act Two. love like clarissa sm

“One of the reasons that Love Like Blue works so well is its brilliantly original concept…. as playwright Lazarian has created six very real, imperfect, intriguing, and human characters. Lazarian’s dialogue is so good, so real, so natural…” ~ StageSceneLA

“Beautifully written, with finely tuned skill, heartfelt passion, and universally relatable humor – a must see.”  ~ Tolucan Times

“Lazarian’s play has a marvelously neat structure that complements her prickly observations on love and relationships.” ~ Studio City Sun

“… a hearfelt and compelling play by the award-winning Kristen Lazarian… You know when a play is good when it sends you home thinking.” ~ LA Splash

“Loved it, loved it, loved it! A must see – the writing was brilliant… could really relate to many of the emotions and experiences depicted through out.”  ~ LA Times Calendar Live

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PUSH

DARK COMEDY; 4 WOMEN, 3 MEN

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Marital games are put into play and no one is without fault in this dark comic examination of love, manipulation, fidelity and deceit. Do all men cheat?  And will women, with one little push, fall easily into adultery?  Push will twist your perception, force you to question, and will make you laugh at identifiable human frailty. 

Winner, Outstanding Playwright, Fritz Blitz Festival of New Plays
O’Neill semi-finalist, Ashland New Play Festival Finalist
First Runner Up, Stone Playwrighting Award
Selected, Chicago HerRah, Festival of New Plays by Women Playwrights

push 2 sm“Fritz Blitz deals a winner with Lazarian’s Push” “... first scene is a gem of spontaneous yuppie banter.”  
“Each scene [in act two], beginning with the final lines of  its earlier counterpart, develops plausibly to a more dramatically satisfying climax, especially the wrenching denouement between Owen and Brooke.” ~ San Diego Union-Tribune

“Kristen Lazarian’s tense comedic drama about love, deceit, fidelity, and manipulation is a doozy of a date night for married couples.”  
“The Los Angeles based playwright has crafted a smart and funny drama with well-drawn characters.  Lazarian’s dialogue is sharp and natural…”  push 6 vry-sm
“The act one cliffhanger is a whopper.”  San Diego Arts on San Diego.com

“L.A. author Kristen Lazarian quickly settles down to an even, robust yarn about marital deception and an entrapment that spawns it.”  ~ San Diego City Beat

“The most interesting thing about this comedy is its structure; scenes from act one are replayed in act two, with additional context. We see what followed the moments we viewed earlier, and that provides a whole new perspective on the action and interactions. It’s a fascinating device, and it makes for some delicious plot twists. Lazarian has an excellent ear for contemporary dialogue, and she has a good sense of how the upscale and the sexes operate.”
Push has some really poignant moments. It is a telling tale of relationships that is completely believable... See Push for a study in relationships.”   ~ San Diego Theatre Scene Online

"Playwright Lazarian proved herself a perceptive chronicler of male-female relationships in last season’s Love Like Blue. Push is a very different play, but equally provocative. Especially remarkable is the way Lazarian plays with time, and audience expectations… Like Love Like Blue, Push is sure to provoke much intermission discussion about what has happened, and why, and what is likely to happen next." ~  Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
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FLESH & TENDERNESS

DRAMA; 4 WOMEN, 3 MEN

Flesh and Tenderness tells the story of Olivia, a fourth generation Armenian-American woman, who comes to terms with her family’s history during the Armenian genocide because of her fiancé’s business relationship with a Turkish American man. The play takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Finalist, Saroyan Prize for New Plays 2008

INVITING KARMA

MAGIC REALISM/DARK COMEDY; 4 WOMEN, 4 MEN

Inviting Karma takes place over the course of one late summer day at a small coffee shop in a desert town.  Only the most faithful regulars will venture out into the heat for Audrey's cold cactus soup special that usually comes with a good story on the side.  In Audrey's cafe on this strange day, the past collides with the future and in the explosive intersection where these people meet, karma rearranges and recreates. Inviting Karma is about the journey to discover the forces which shape us and the ways we sabotage our personal growth.

BETWEEN YOU & ME

COMEDY; 4 WOMEN, 2 MEN

Between You & Me tells the story of Herb, a bachelor business man, and his accidental telephone affair with Candice, a woman he’s hired and who he actually hates in person. A comic romp about love in the era of modern technology, Between You & Me looks at how the technology that connects us can also divide us.


Short Plays

SOPHISTICATED BARFLIES

SATIRE/COMEDY; 2 WOMEN

sophisticatedbarfliesTwo women, Jan and Pam, sit in a bar, looking at men, unwittingly inverting the male gaze with both bad judgment and comical desperation.

Included in Sophisticated Barflies [& Other Short Plays].

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JOY RIDE

SATIRE/COMEDY; 2 WOMEN, 2 MEN

sophisticatedbarfliesMissy meets Buddy as they are going up to the 999th floor on an elevator. Unfortunately for them, what goes up must go down. Joy Ride is rough romp through the highs and lows of a relationship.

Included in Sophisticated Barflies [& Other Short Plays].

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SO NICE TO SEE YOU

COMEDY; 1 WOMAN, 1 MAN

sophisticatedbarfliesHaley and Brian, meet by accident in various settings over the course of a few months. Hard as they try, they can’t quite make the connection that fate would seem to have them make.

Included in Sophisticated Barflies [& Other Short Plays].

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RECOVERY

COMEDY/SATIRE; 2 WOMEN

sophisticatedbarfliesNicky just went through a bad break up with Max. Recovery often takes time and a really patient friend who will nurse your wounds. Even if it takes three years.

Included in Sophisticated Barflies [& Other Short Plays].

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THE OTHER SIDE OF MEANING

COMEDY; 1 WOMAN, 1 MAN

When Emily is confronted by Joe after a Romantic Poetry class, she admits that he reminds her of her ex. But Joe also has a confession. Now all they have to do is figure sophisticatedbarfliesout if familiarity alone can right the wrongs of the past.

Included in Sophisticated Barflies [& Other Short Plays].

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BEACH BALLS

COMEDY/SATIRE; 1 WOMAN, 7 MEN

sophisticatedbarfliesZoe is just trying to read her book at the beach, but she is interrupted by guy after guy playing volleyball nearby. With each attempt to seduce her, Zoe simply turns it around and hands them back their balls.

Included in Sophisticated Barflies [& Other Short Plays].

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INTIMATE DISTANCES

COMEDY/SATIRE; 1 WOMAN, 1 MAN

Jane just wanted to go skiing. Carter let work get in the way just like he let most everything get in the way. Jane relives the final moments of their relationship and all the things she could have said or done to change the outcome… but then again…

ANGEL IN THE ATTIC

DRAMA; 1 MAN, 1 WOMAN

Donna finds her old journals ruined by flooding in the attic. As she mourns a past she can’t recover, she also confronts a future full of both freeing and frightening unknowns.

IN THE CHURCH OF THE PEN

COMEDY; 2 WOMEN, 2 MEN

When some very bad Actors and an ambivalent Director decide to do a play, no one is more dismayed than the Playwright. He decides to fix his play as it is being performed, demonstrating that even the most trivial drama becomes sacred when you are in—as he deems it – the Church of the Pen.

Winner, International New Play Competition, the Green Theatre Company, England
Winner, Best Original Play, The Elmbridge Festival, England
2nd Prize Winner, Drama Workshop New Play Contest

SPRING FORGETS

DARK COMEDY; 2 WOMEN, 3 MEN

Ivy is in the throes of a depression so she decides to go into hibernation for the winter until her well-meaning but ill-advising friends try to lure her out. Part dream, part wake-up call – Ivy finds out that all things are new in springtime.

Finalist, Sonoma County Repertory Harvest Festival of New Plays, California

Finalist, Drama Workshop New Play Competition, Iowa

BAD NEWS (CIRCA 2006)

COMEDY/SATIRE; 1 WOMAN, 1 MAN

Smith Taylor and Mary Jones try to report the news, but in their Los Angeles market, celebrity gossip, dishonest political stories and all other kinds of bad news trump substance. Mary doesn’t care, but Smith begins to wonder. Mary gets desperate to keep Smith spewing gossip for ratings.  But Smith realizes that he can have it both ways, even if it gets him fired.

MY NAME IS BRIDGET

DRAMA; 3 WOMEN

Bridget comes home from college and has to deal with the young, naïve but fast Birdie. Bridget tries to explain to Birdie the real inner workings of smart girls, but Birdie is not one to listen. But time tells how Birdie becomes all that Bridget hopes for and more.

HARRY & THE WITCH

COMEDY; 5 WOMEN, 3 MEN

A love triangle in three parts. Harry falls in love with Rune. Harry thinks Rune is a witch. Rune’s sister Enya up and moves to Alaska with her inattentive boyfriend Ethan. Enya gets Ethan’s attention when she burns down the diner where they are having breakfast. Needless to say, Enya comes back home where she inadvertently meets Harry, who previously loved Rune. Their circuitous route to each other leads to a love that is both suspect and possibly long-lasting.


 

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