The Golden Dove on Governors Island and giant puppets at Bard College

Rehearsals are well underway for A Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya at Bard College.  This epic production, written by Alexander Bakshi, featuring Bard students under the direction of Amy Trompetter, is fascinating and challenging in all sorts of good ways.  The real stars of the show are the puppets–ranging from giant moose to a gaggle of rambunctious devils, with herds of fabric and paper mache deer and a couple of dancing bears to boot.  The music is stunning and the whole process has been a wild ride from my stage managerial perspective.  Looking forward to tech and opening night!  Performances May 18-20 at Bard.

A little closer to home, my children’s play, The Golden Dove, will have its world premiere this spring on Governor’s Island!  Rising Sun Performance Company is producing the production, with the wonderful and inventive Chris Goodrich at the helm.  I caught a snippet of rehearsal a couple of days ago (I even got to help a bit with some set-building) and I’m delighted!  The play is for kids and adults of all ages–free admission, short run-time, and then you’re on Governor’s Island where there are hammocks and a giant slide.  In all seriousness, this play is a lovely little jewel, magical and good-hearted.  At its core is the idea that everyone can, and should, do their part to make the world better, happier, and whole.  If that sounds up your alley, the show opens May 5th (tomorrow!) and runs through October (!!!) on weekends and selected weekdays.  Check out the calendar at the official website.


Looking back on 2017 and forward to 2018

Many updates are in order and, as ever, my not-just-New-Year’s-resolution will be to more regularly update this site with new projects and more photos and video from past work.

To recap:

  • My play, Supertopia, premiered at Summit Rock in Central Park this past summer, produced by Everyday Inferno and directed by Katherine Sommer.  It was a great success, pleasing comic book fans and newbies to the fantasy/sci-fi genre alike.  Rewrites were particularly challenging and rewarding and I look forward to tinkering with the script again in the near future as I re-envision it for other venues and prepare to send the play out into the world.
  • The summer at Spiegeltent was a complete joy.  Phenomenal colleagues in beautiful surroundings, working together to present an amazingly well-curated season of concerts and performances.  And the waterfalls weren’t too shabby either.
  • The end of the 2017 was devoted to once again joining the management team at Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square.  This was my third year as a manager of one of the biggest, most well-loved productions New York has to offer, and I’m very proud of the work we did, from pre-production to the Thanksgiving parade to every visit with the Man in Red himself.

On the horizon:

  • I’m currently putting finishing touches on a script for the WorkShop Theater’s third annual Out of the Hat Festival.  This incarnation of the festival is the first one we’re opening up to the public, so I encourage anyone in the mood for fresh, personal, instinctive theater to come and hear these brand new short plays.  Every time we do this festival, more and more wonderful WorkShop talent gets involved, so it should be a sight to see.  Check the WorkShop website for details, but generally mark your calendars for the middle two weeks in January.
  • Bard College has won my heart and so I’m off to the Fisher Center this spring to stage manage Requiem for Anna Politkovskaya.  The show promises to be fascinating, timely, and insanely creative.  And I finally get to work with giant puppets!  The show runs May 18-20 at the LUMA Theater.  Come and see!
  • And I’ll be back again for my second year as the Production Stage Manager at Bard’s Spiegeltent this summer.  I’m counting down the days!  Can’t wait to see what Mx. Justin Vivian Bond cooks up for us this year.  Tickets go on sale in late February and the season kicks off June 29th.  So stay tuned.

Spiegeltent for the Summer!

I am delighted to announce that I will be the production stage manager for Bard College’s Spiegeltent, hosted by the marvelous Justin Vivian Bond, this summer!  It promises to be an awesome adventure up in Annandale-on-Hudson, full of dance parties, jazz, cabaret acts and more.  Come up and see us sometime.

SIMULTANEOUSLY, my play, Supertopia, will be in rehearsals this summer with performances in mid-August.  Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to showtime.

Up next, I’ll be stage managing Duncan Pflaster’s excellent play, A Touch of Cinema, under the direction of Aliza Shane at the Wild Project.  Coming very soon!  Tickets are on sale!

Everyday Inferno’s 2017 season is underway…

And with it, the first rumblings of the upcoming production of Supertopia!  Supertopia, which started as part of Everyday Inferno’s 2016 Playwright/Director Developmental Lab, is slated to go up this summer at Central Park’s Summit Rock performance venue.  I’ve already completed one massive rewrite, and another, more nitpicky rewrite is underway.  I’m looking forward to seeing the further evolution of the piece as we add actors and start experimenting with staging–we’ve got flying and teleporting to figure out, just to name a couple of exciting challenges this script provides.  Everyday Inferno put together some snazzy teaser videos for the season.  Check out Supertopia’s… then do yourself a favor and watch ’em all.

Also on the horizon, my next opera directing project: Opera Gala: Rome and Beyond.  Rehearsals are about to kick off and we’ll be playing Ideal Glass Gallery in the East Village, March 26th at 6pm.  The show is guaranteed to delight opera aficionados and newcomers alike.  It features a full performance of Robert Ward’s short chamber opera Roman Fever, as well as songs and scenes from Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress, The Barber of Seville, and many more.  Tickets are already on sale!

Happy New Year and good luck to us all

It’s 2017, and I am still very much Laura Hirschberg: Playwright, Director, Stage Manager!  I’ll be doing some substantial work on the site in the early part of this year, so please bear with me and construction continues.  First and foremost, I should be able to get some more substantial images up in the coming months, especially on the Director and Playwright pages.  I might even include some script excerpts as well.  Stay tuned.

This is my professional site and that’s what it’s going to remain, but I do want to take a moment to acknowledge that 2016 was a tough year and the next several years will be tougher.  That being said… last year, I made some great art and saw some great art and I’m certainly looking forward to what the future holds.  Some of that art has been and will be purely entertaining.  And some of it has been and will be part of the struggle to understand the ways in which human beings, especially in this country, are divided and can come together.  I plan to continue to do my best to engage with and understand the world through my work as well as my actions.  And I hope to inspire and be inspired by others as we all head into an uncertain future.

Quiet, Comfort and Lots of Rewrites

Long overdue for an update, so here’s the latest:

I’ve spent the last month stage managing QUIET, COMFORT at Jack in scenic Bed Stuy.  We’re down to our last two performances, and it’s been a fascinating, delightful ride with a brilliant group of artists.  And The New York Times agrees!

Last week, The Navigators Theater Company hosted its second annual Lift-Off New Play Series.  I had an amazing time working with this sci-fi-loving young company again, this time directing five of the best actors I know in a production of Adam Esquenazi Douglas’s ONCE UPON A TIME ON THE SURFACE OF MARS and a reading of Elford Alley’s GHOSTS.

Up next are a number of writing projects I’m excited to dig into.  A brand new full-length and short one-act are on the way.  And rewrites for SUPERTOPIA and LONG TIME GONE are not far behind.  So stay tuned for superheros, the Wild West, and much more.

The website returns! Plus lots of news.

This lovely little website is still very much a work in progress, but it’s updated and back in the swing of things, so huzzah.  Onto the latest news:

VERONA WALLS was a great hit at the WorkShop Theater this past March, with positive responses from critics, and euphoric responses from audiences.  Many many thanks and much much love to the cast, crew, staff, and audience members who made this production the wonderful experience it was.  This show will ride again in one form or another, so stay tuned.

Next week, my western, LONG TIME GONE, will have a three-day staged reading at The WorkShop Theater, directed by Thomas Cote.  Casting is currently in progress.  Tickets are free!  Reservations can be made at

We’re coming to the end of Everyday Inferno’s Playwright/Director Developmental Lab and director Katherine Sommer and I have been cooking up a pretty exciting new piece about people with superpowers trying to form their own society far away from the demands of planet earth.  It’s only sort of as strange as it sounds.  We’ll be reading a chunk of it, along with chunks of several other fantastic new plays, on May 28th at 8pm.  These tickets are free too!  Reserve them at


Operas and One-Acts on the Horizon

Lots of projects in progress and a few openings imminent!

On the writing front, my seven-minute adaptation of Moby Dick, CALL ME…, is one of the pieces featured in 3V Theatre’s evening of staged readings, “Soaked.”  One night only: March 30th, 8pm, at TheaterLab.

Additionally, my play, FISH FOOD, opens April 9th as part of the WorkShop Theater Company’s main stage production of food-themed one-acts: A La Carte: A Feast of New Plays.  Details available at the link below:

(A rare experience having my face involved with publicity materials, but there I am looking contemplative on the right.)

I’m also the resident director for enCANTA Collective’s 2014-2015 season.  In December I had my maiden voyage in opera direction with enCANTA’s productions of GALLANTRY and THE CHRISTMAS ROSE.  Rehearsals are currently underway for “Fables and Fairy Tales: Puss in Boots,” an evening including Robert Schumann’s Three Romances for clarinet; scenes from Janacek’s THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Dvorak’s RUSALKA, and Rossini’s LA CENERENTOLA; and Xavier Montsalvatge’s PUSS IN BOOTS.  Come catch all the operatic action at All Saint’s Church on April 12th, 5pm.  Tickets are available at or at the door.

More info at:

Heart of Oak–A great success and a rolicking good time

My play, Heart of Oak, had an excellent run at the 2015 Frigid Festival, thanks to the efforts of Everyday Inferno Theater Company and the stellar cast and crew.  Our run was so successful, we were extended for an additional performance.  And we got a handful of lovely mentions and reviews.  Links below:

Tickets Now on Sale for Heart of Oak! (Plus a contest and a taste of what’s in store)

Tickets are now on sale for Heart of Oak, coming this February/March to the Kraine Theater as part of the Frigid Festival.

You can buy tickets right here:

(Big scary link, but happy easy ticket-buying)

Also nifty: You can tell us your favorite pirate story and be entered to win two free tickets to our opening night: February 20th.  Check out the Stage Buddy contest:

Last, but not least, here’s a quick video featuring our crew of lovely pirate ladies, giving you a little taste of what’s coming to the Kraine next month: