The Penitent marks Laura’s 11th design of a David Mamet play and the second world premiere. She started with Speed the Plow in Chicago, then did that one again on Broadway years later under the shadow of actor with mercury poisoning and the exceptional direction of Neil Pepe. She did American Buffalo twice, once in Chicago, once in London at the Donmar Warehouse. Later came the Three Sisters and Dangerous Corner adaptations, The Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway with Liev in it, November (world premiere #1) on Broadway and then again in LA at The Taper. A few years back Neil and she did A Life in the Theatre on Broadway with something like 17 full costume changes for Patrick Stewart alone. The longest one was 33 seconds. While working on Speed the Plow in 1989, David Mamet off handedly suggested that she go to NY and meet up with his company there, the Atlantic Theater Company. So, she did. Laura has been a company member with The Atlantic Theater since 1991. She designs for other people as well.
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