Laura Harrington is an American playwright. Her award winning plays, musicals, operas, and radio plays have been widely produced in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. Harrington is a two time winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in playwriting and a two time winner of the Clauder Competition for best new play in New England for Mercy and Hallowed Ground.
Much of her work is inspired by her fascination with history and her commitment to work that explores the human cost of war, from the Civil War (Hallowed Ground) to WWI (The Book of Hours) and WWII (Fifteen Minutes at Midway. She has indulged in a lifelong love affair with all things French, and, in particular, French history, from Martin Guerre to Joan of Arc, to her most recent work about Napoleon in exile, N Bonaparte.
Alice Bliss, a novel, published by Pamela Dorman Books, Penguin/ Viking, will be on sale spring 2011. She is currently writing a new novel, A Catalogue of Birds, as well as a song cycle with composer Elena Ruehr, and a series of choral works with composer Roger Ames. Ms. Harrington teaches playwriting at M.I.T and is a frequent guest artist at Tufts, Harvard (where she was a visiting Briggs Copeland Lecturer), Wellesley, University of Iowa, and other campuses.
Christopher Drobny is an American composer and musical director. He has composed music for productions both Off-Broadway and regionally including K (Syracuse Stage), Mother Courage and Her Children (Cornell), Kissing and Horrid Strife (Opera Company of Philadelphia), The Piggy Bank (The Guthrie), Lucy's Lapses (PH, Portland Opera), and Fire in the Future (Minnesota Opera). His musical direction credits include Antony and Cleopatra (Public Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Williamstown), Bill Irwin Sketchbook (Roundabout), The Leonard Bernstein Symposium (Met Museum), White Christmas (Syracuse Stage), A History of American Film (Julliard), and The Rodgers and Hammerstein Recital (Smithsonian Institute).
Drobny is currently a professor at Pace University, and has served on the faculty of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and City College of New York.