ONSTAGE Playwrights 2017: Meet Karen Loseff Lothan

Every year we interview our winning playwrights, and this year is no exception!  Join us over the coming weeks as we post more interviews with playwrights, along with information about each play’s director and cast!

This is our first time producing a play by Karen, but what a fun and wacky play it is!  EVEN EDUCATED FLEAS DO IT was actually one of the first ONSTAGE submissions I read this year, and I still remember silently guffawing to myself like an idiot (the baby was asleep right next to me) and thinking “My GOD, I want to see this thing on its feet!”  Fortunately, the playwrights who read and evaluated Karen’s play during our peer review process must have been similarly charmed, because here we are.  And – I dont’ want to ruin it for you – but you guys!  The costumes director/actress Karen Murphy has come up with?!  I am laughing again!  Seriously, don’t miss this play!


If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I wish I could stretch out time to get more done like this questionaire.

Describe your writing space…

I write either in my office, outdoors in my courtyard or I head to one of 2 coffee shops nearby when I find myself not taking my writing time seriously.

What is the title of your play?

Even Educated Fleas Do It

What play (by another playwright) have you read a gazillion times, and what about that play keeps you coming back to it?

Oh I love coming back to so many but Three Tall Women and Our Town come to mind because they both encapsulate the entirety of life and living in different ways.

Do you have any upcoming productions elsewhere that our readers should know about?

My 10-minute play Twirling was just performed as part of Toronto’s InspiraTO Festival.

Even Educated Fleas Do It is also being performed this summer in the Short and Sweet southern India as well as Hollywood festivals.

Karen’s Bio:

Karen Loseff Lothan is thrilled to be a part of LBDI’s ONSTAGE Festival. She is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Spalding University. Karen has enjoyed performing  a series of her essays for Chicago Public Radio, but is even more excited to see how actors and directors will stage her words. In a previous life, Karen was an advertising art director with many awards to her credit, including Addys and a Clio.

And don’t forget to grab your tickets to the 2017 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival: Hot Mess running July 6-8 at the First Congregational Church in Prescott, AZ.

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