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MARILYN R CAMPBELL-LOWE is a co-founder of both the Writers Theatre-New York (w/Tom Fontana, John Whitesell and Linda and David Laundra, 1975-1987) and the Writers Theatre in Glencoe (w/Michael Halberstam), 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 Award for her co-adaptation with Curt Columbus of Dostoyevsky’s CRIME AND PUNISHMENT which is published by Dramatic Publishing and has enjoyed over 60 productions across the country in some of the largest theaters in America including: Berkeley Rep (directed by Sharon Ott), Intiman Theater, 59E59th Street Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Actors Theater of Louisville, Indiana Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Trinity Rep, 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” page.
“THE BEATS” (based on the writings of the 1950 beat writers) first produced at The Writers Theater in 1997, staring David Cromer (named one of the best productions of the 1997 Chicago theater season by Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times). In 2011, THE BEATS received a five-star production at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, IL (dir. Ann Filmer). Kelly Kleinman (WBEZ) named “The Beats” one of the best shows of the 2011 Chicago Theater Season. Highly Recommended! --Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times 2011. For more information see “The Beats” page.
"MY OWN STRANGER" a co-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. In 2013 My Own Stranger was produced in Sacramento, CA to rave reviews by Kolt Run Creations and is currently being made into a film. For more information see “My Own Stranger” page.
Ms. Campbell is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.
For information about all her plays, contact:
RADIO: Ms. Campbell was the host of the Award winning radio show on WFMT Fine Arts Radio, "The Feminist Lens" (focusing on women and the arts) now in it’s fourth season. Listen to all the shows at www.wmgchicago.com.
FILM: Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together (2011), directed by Wendy Jo Carlton, [Helen, a pushy drama teacher] (available on Netflicks). Look for Ms. Campbell’s husband Michael Lowe’s paintings on the set in Rhonda’s apartment.
THEATER: Ms. Campbell is 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.
PROJECTS: GIRLHOOD THE MUSICAL (lyrics), The Pleasure Man (by Mae West, a new musical), The Monster’s Lullaby (new retelling of Frankenstein), Segue (by Marise Conde, w/Paul Oakley Stovall) and Lived Through This (new adaptation, w/Anne Ream and Maya Friedler).