BEST PEACH OF A PLAYWRIGHT

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We're declaring 2012-2013 the theatre season of Lauren Gunderson, y'all. Ever since this prolific Georgia native's Exit, Pursued by a Bear debuted at Crowded Fire Theater in 2011, Gunderson's scripts are smart, sassy, and fueled by revenge and science. "I think I write about scientists more than I write about science," she told Creative Loafing Atlanta. "You could say that science is the landscape and ether of the plays, but the hearts and dreams of the scientists are what we're really watching." That empathetic approach to science may help explain why her plays have the taken tech-nerdy Bay Area by storm. This season alone saw the Bay Area-based productions of no fewer than five of her scripts: Emilie La Marquise du Chatalet Defends Her Life Tonight by the Symmetry Theatre Company in Berkeley, Toil and Trouble at Impact Theatre, By and By with the Shotgun Players, The Taming with Crowded Fire Theater, plus I and You at the Marin Theatre Company. Love a rising star? There's still time to bolster your "I saw her back when" cred when both TheatreWorks and SF Playhouse produce her works in early 2014.

www.laurengunderson.com

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