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LAUREL OLLSTEIN (Book)


Laurel has been with Opa! since the beginning - a hundred years ago. But during that time she has found a little room to do a few other things. She is an award winning, published playwright who made the transition from actress to writer with her interest in writer Dorothy Parker,  creating a one-woman play Laughter, Hope and a Sock in the Eye, nominated for Best One Person show by the LA Weekly.  Laurel was one of the original members of Tim Robbins’ award winning theatre company The Actors’ Gang and her critically acclaimed play SHOWING OUR AGE - supported by an NEA grant - was produced in Los Angeles at {Inside} the Ford theatre. This past year Laurel was named the Faith Broome Playwright in Residence at the University of Oklahoma where they produced They Promised Her The Moon based on the true story of almost astronaut Jerrie Cobb.  Also in 2013 Laurel wrote and directed her comedy Esther's Moustache for New Jersey Repertory Company. 


Other plays include: ANATOMY OF A BRAIN INJURY, BIAS CUT, INSOMNIAC, POT ROAST, CHEESE, BLACKWELL’S CORNER, THE DARK AGES and DOROTHY PARKER IS IN THE BATH. Her screenplay STRESS is currently under option.   Freshyarn.com, The Middle English Literary Group, The Sea Oats review and Tiny Lights literary review have published her essays and memoir pieces.


Laurel holds an MFA from UCLA in playwriting and has held teaching positions at CalArts, UCLA, LMU, University of Redlands, UC San Bernardino and OTIS. For more information laurelollstein.com