Under a tangle of branches, children play war games with birds. A boy waits in
the shadows. Soldiers defend their country. Bird Fire Fly examines
the transformation of fear into violence, the perpetuation of oppression, and the
fight to be free.
Mary Laws is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of
Drama originally from Texas. Her plays include Bird Fire Fly, Blueberry
Toast (Yale School of Drama); Wonderful, The Drive (Tympanic
Theatre Company); What A Very Pretty Pageant!; Stand (an autumn play)
(The American Laboratory); The Trapeze Artist (Baylor University); and
This. (Yale Cabaret). Her work has been read/developed by Baylor University,
the Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, the American Laboratory, Rattlestick
Playwrights Theater, the Endstation Theatre Playwrights Initiative, the Cherry Lane
Theatre, Le Pavé d’Orsay in Paris, and The Horton Foote American Playwrights
Festival. For three years she served as literary associate at Rattlestick Playwrights
Theater in New York. Awards include the Howard Stern Scholarship and UR/SA Grant for
Playwriting. She mentors for the Yale Co-Op Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Program,
the Dwight/Edgewood Project in New Haven, and taught playwriting at Wesleyan University.
She currently serves as a Deacon at the University Church in Yale. She received her
BFA from Baylor University.
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