Lee Roscoe’s plays have been performed from New York to Boston and Cape Cod and beyond at the Living Theatre, NYC, Boston Playwrights Theater, Provincetown Theater, and public radio stations in Boston, San Francisco and WOMR FM, which premiered The Mooncusser's Tale. Roscoe has won several prestigious grants and a few prizes and her work has been lauded by the likes of Michael Kahn (artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC, the late Howard Zinn, Judith Malina (founder of the Living Theatre), and playwright, David Hare. Impossible? a serious satire about American tyranny premiered virtually, at Eventide Theatre. Her themes: how our dysfunctional societal matrix affects the human heart and the planet. Her techniques are varied: realism to expressionism and beyond. A former Equity actress, Roscoe trained at HB Studio, Circle in the Square, and American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked backstage and on stage Off-Broadway and on Cape Cod. (The Boston Globe wrote “Roscoe is brilliant” regarding her role in “The Captain’s Doll," Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and she was voted Best Performance by the Cape Cod Times numerous times.) Roscoe is also an author whose newest book Wampanoag Art for the Ages, Traditional and Transitional will be released in spring summer of 2022-- and she is a long-time journalist covering the arts, the environment, history, and more for publications local, regional and national. She is Artscope magazine's Cape Cod correspondent.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
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MORE ABOUT ME
In a blizzard at age 13, my parents walked to Broadway from the Harvard Club. We saw Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic". I was thunderstruck. Life in real time and in the imagination, double reality, captured. I began to read every play I could get my hands on starting with Ibsen. Collecting plays for the Brearley School, starting the 1k drama library. Writing plays. Studying acting with Michael Kahn and others. I would change theater back to those days when money, carnivore capitalism's commercialism, backers' egos, were not the purpose--when producers realized that theater with meaning could be successful; when experimentation, challenges to the status quo (as in Amira Baraka's Revolutionary Theater -- don't bother to write if you are not going to challenge the status quo) changed hearts and consciousness. Before the self-referential, politically correct bullshit trivia which passes for theater now invaded the stage.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Polishing Four Plays for a Planet in Peril for online viewing supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in collaboration with filmmaker producer Janet Murphy Robertson. These are lyrical, hyperbolic and love 'em or hate 'em like nothing you have ever seen before.
Political, Human, Nature, Environmental, Climate, Historical, Avant Garde, Tyranny, Bigotry, Mythic, Sophisticated Audiences, Defiant, Varied Styles, Original, Lyrical, Verse, Realism, Hyperbole, Multi-ethnic
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