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Focus on ‘Smell of the Kill’ playwright Melissa Lowe


Smell of the Kill 12Opening August 4 at Lab Theater is Michele Lowe’s The Smell of the Kill.

Lowe won the 2010 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Inana, which was also a finalist for the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Inana and Victoria Musica (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park) were simultaneously 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award finalists, which marks the first time in the latter award’s 33 year history that a playwright has been independently nominated for two plays in one season.

Smell of the Kill 30Among Lowe’s other playwriting credits are The Smell of the Kill (appeared on Broadway for 40 performances in 2002), String of Pearls (Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Off- Broadway Play), Map of Heaven (developed in January of 2011 for the Colorado New Play Summit in Denver and won an Edgerton New Play Award), 22 Seconds, Backsliding In The Promised Land (Syracuse Stage), Mezzulah, 1946 (City Theatre, Pittsburgh) and the musical A Thousand Words Come to Mind (Zipper Theatre, Joe’s Pub), which she wrote as librettist and lyricist with Smell of the Kill 35composer Scott Davenport Richards.

Right now she’s at work on The Greatest while she writes two new musicals, The Proxy Marriage with Adam Gwon, and an untitled commission for Transport Group with Zoe Sarnak.

Lowe has been commissioned by Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Geva Theatre, Transport Group, Signature Theater, Premieres: Inner Voices, and Wind Dancer Productions. Her work has been developed/produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, New Harmony Project, PlayLabs, New Smell of the Kill 32York Stage & Film, Hartford Stage’s BRAND: NEW Festival, the ACT & Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, the Lark Play Development Center, Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, Le Pepiniere (Paris), Colorado New Play Summit and City Theater. Her work appears in New Playwrights/The Best Plays of 2005 (Smith and Kraus, 2006), The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2005 (Smith and Kraus, 2006) and Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann, 2004). Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, and Smith and Kraus publish her work.

Lowe is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP and Smell of the Kill 33serves on the board of the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Michele frequently writes for The Dramatist magazine, lives in New York and coaches writers, executives, and clergy across the country.

July 26, 2017.


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