Laura R. Duggan received her Master of Arts in Theater Education from Emerson College and B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. She has written, produced, and starred in five one-woman plays: Dolley Madison: America’s first First Lady, Tea with Mary Cassatt, Mrs. Jack at Fenway Court, Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit, and The Ghost of Lydia Maria Child. These plays have been performed at schools, churches, clubs, libraries, and special events throughout New England and California.
In October 2015, Laura’s multimedia play entitled The Virtue of Penelope; A Chinese Odyssey, premiered at Grace Church. It was based upon Homer’s two Epic Poems: The Iliad and The Odyssey. That play was done in the style of Chinese theater, including Chinese Dance and kung-fu! That production was supported by the Medford Cultural Council and CACHE.
Other plays written by Laura include Give Thanks, a musical about the Wampanoag and Pilgrims at Plymouth and Time Traveler, a musical history of Grace Church.
Currently, Mrs. Duggan is the Host of Looking Back at Medford History, an interview show for Medford Community Video, Medford’s access tv station. She has filmed there over 20 shows which have aired and can be found on the station website, <medfordtv.org>. Three of her one- woman plays can also be accessed on the website. Currently airing is a new movie version of her play, Tea with Mary Cassatt.
A new one-woman production about Sarah Bradley Fulton is planned for Spring 2021. This play will tell the story of Medford’s Revolutionary Heroine!