MARILYN R CAMPBELL-LOWE (published playwright/actress/producer) is a co-founder of both the Writers Theatre-New York (w/Tom Fontana and Linda and David Laundra, 1975-1987) and the Writers Theatre in Glencoe, IL (1992-Present). She also serves as a Board Member and Artistic Associate of 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, IL, Ann Filmer, Artistic Director.
Ms. Campbell is the recipient of the 2003 Joseph Jefferson for her co-adaptation with Curt Columbus of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment which is published by Dramatic Publishing and
has enjoyed over 40 productions across the country in some of the biggest theaters in America including: Berkeley Rep (directed by Sharon Ott), Intiman Theater in Seattle (directed by Sheila Daniels), St. Louis Rep (dir. Stuart Carden), 59E59th Street Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, Indiana Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, American Players, Baltimore’s Center Stage (dir. Jason Loweth), and numerous productions on the West Coast where in 2009 the play won
an L.A. Backstage Garland Award and a nomination from the L.A. Drama Critics Circle for Best New Adaptation. For a complete production history see “Crime and Punishment” tab.
Ms. Campbell is a member of the Dramatist Guild.
Her adaptation “The Beats” (based on the writings of the 1950 beat writers) received a five-star production at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, IL in 2011, directed by Ann Filmer. Kelly Kleinman (WBEZ) named “The Beats” one of the best shows of the 2011 Chicago Theater Season.
A New York production is in the works.
“The Beats might just turn out to be one the finest productions of the Winter Season.”
Highly Recommended! --Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times 2011
For more information on the Beats see “Beats” tab.
My Own Stranger an adaptation w/Linda Laundra based on the writings of Pulitzer Prize
winning poet, Anne Sexton was first produced off Broadway in 1981 and won a Villager Downtown Theater Award for “Best Production.” My Own Stranger was subsequently produced as the first Equity production at Writers Theatre in Glencoe in 1994 (dir. Michael Halberstam) and
again in 2003, directed by Kate Buckley, starring Mary Beth Fisher, Kymberly Mellen and
Ms. Campbell. “My Own Stranger” is available for theatrical production by contacting the
Susan Gurman Agency.
Ms. Campbell is currently the host of a radio show on WFMT called
The Feminist Lens (focusing on women and the arts) now in it’s third season.
For more information see “Feminist Lens” tab.
Ms. Campbell is also an award winning actress and a proud member of
Actors Equity Association with a career that spans 40 years from
New York to regional theater, from Europe to Chicago
(see attached acting resume).
Ms. Campbell is available for speaking engagements relating to her plays,
writing adaptations, poetry performance, salon entertainments, etc.) See “Salons” tab.
Works in progress: The Pleasure Man, The Monster’s Lullaby, Segu (w/Paul Oakley Stovall)