After Life as a Mother and Attorney, This Harvard Grad Started Over as a Musical Theatre Writer

Regional News   After Life as a Mother and Attorney, This Harvard Grad Started Over as a Musical Theatre Writer
How Lauren Taslitz pursued her MFA, began writing musicals, and made her theatrical dreams come true.
Lauren Taslitz
Lauren Taslitz Courtesy Barrington Stage

“Most theatre tickets are purchased by older people like me,” says Lauren Taslitz. True, but few of those older people leave their established suburban life to pursue a degree in musical theatre writing. Taslitz is not like most.

After graduating Princeton University and Harvard Law School, raising kids, and building a successful career as an attorney, Taslitz decided to get her MFA in musical theatre writing from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. She graduated just a couple of months ago.

Taslitz sees her long marriage and child-rearing days as perfect fodder for musicals. She has already debuted work in Chicago and New York. Her ten-minute musical The Qualms was produced at Barrington Stage, and her piece The Quantification of Relative Human Insignificance (with music by Jacob Fjeldheim) was a finalist for the Sigworks Musical Theater Lab.

Her latest project, Regretting Almost Everything (formerly titled Things We Think, But Don't Dare Say), for which she wrote the book and lyrics with music by Danny Ursetti, will play Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, August 6 and 7. Starring Broadway’s Jeff Blumenkrantz (Bright Star) and Anne L. Nathan (Ragtime), the show is a “mature love story … from the perspective of late middle age.”

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