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Art Works Podcast: Michele Lowe

This week's podcast takes us backstage with playwright Michele Lowe. Although it's not easy to make a living in the arts, Lowe has become a successful playwright whose work has been produced in regional theaters throughout the country as well as on and off-Broadway. Even a partial list of her produced work is impressive for its size and range, and illustrates the wide net Lowe has cast in terms of style and subject matter: from her Broadway debut, the dark comedy The Smell of the Kill, to the touching off-Broadway String of Pearls (which received an Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play); from exploring the consequences of a single lapse of judgment in Map of Heaven to her rousing musicals Hit the Lights, A Thousand Words Come to Mind, and The Break (all of which she co-wrote with composer Scott Davenport Richards).

In 2009, Lowe was twice-blessed with not one but two world premiers. Inana, which was produced at the Denver Center Theater Company, tells the story of an Iraqi museum curator and his attempt to protect his country’s art before the war. Her second premier was Victoria Musica, which debuted at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Victoria Musica gives us the tale of a music critic who begins to suspect that the recordings of a world-famous cellist are all frauds. Both plays opened to great critical acclaim. Lowe was a finalist for the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Inana, which went on to win the 2010 Francesca Primus Prize. As if that wasn't enough, Lowe was also a finalist for the 2010 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award both for Inana and for Victoria Musica. It was the first time in the award’s 33-year history that a playwright had been independently nominated for two plays in one season.

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