STRINGS, a play by Carole Bugge


“ [STRINGS is] the most absorbing play in New York today. Though daunting aspects of cosmology and advanced physics figure into it, so do universal human problems: loss, grief, adultery, betrayal, jealousy and rivalry…[These] are characters you will recognize as disturbingly part of your own scientific world.

“Even if you don’t understand all the science, you’ll surely get your own big bang from attending Strings.”

--John Simon, Bloomberg News (Bloomberg.com,12/29/06)


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“This is a smart and absorbing combination of theoretical physics and a love triangle….[I]t’s not often that one gets the chance to see such an ambitiously written piece of work . . . If more theater companies had that kind of reverence for the written word we would all see much better plays. Bravo!”
 
                        --Barbara and Scott Siegel, The Siegel Column (Talkinbroadway.com, 1/4/07)
 
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“Strings is that rarest of plays: an intelligent drama that respects the intelligence of its audience without ever sounding snobby….delightfully fascinating and highly enjoyable, even for those who know very little about physics. The title can refer to the theories of parallel realities, or to the ties that bind our hearts in love.
 
“Part romantic drama, part science lesson, and part history lesson, Strings may be one of the most enjoyably thought-provoking new plays in years, and can appeal quite nicely to many different tastes. May there be many more smart plays like it.”
 
                        --Jena Tesse Fox (BroadwayWrold.com, 1/5/07)



BIO
Carole Bugge (C. E. Lawrence) has nine published novels, six novellas and a dozen or so short stories and poems. Her work has received starred reviews from such publications as Kirkus, The Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, The Boston Herald, Ellery Queen, and others. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Winner of both the Euphoria Poetry Competition and the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, she is also a two time Pushcart Poetry Prize nominee and First Prize winner of the Maxim Mazumdar Playwriting Competition, the Chronogram Literary  Fiction Prize, Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Award, and the Jean Paiva Memorial Fiction award, which included an NEA grant to read her fiction and poetry at Lincoln Center. A finalist in the McClaren, MSU and Henrico Playwriting Competitions, she has read her work at Barnes and Noble, The Knitting Factory, Mercy College, Merritt Books, the Colony Café, as well as the Inquiring Minds and Gryphon Bookstores. She has received grants from Poets and Writers, and the New York State Arts Council. Her story "A Day in the Life of Comrade Lenin" received an Honorable Mention in St. Martin's Best Fantasy and Horror Stories, and she was a winner in the Writer's Digest Competition in both the playwriting and essay categories. She was the only writer to be selected two years in a row, from over 600 blind submissions, to be included in both Vengeance and The Mystery Box, the 2012 and 2013 anthologies published by Mystery Writers of America, edited by Lee Child and Brad Meltzer respectively.

Her plays and musicals have been presented in New York City at The Players Club, Manhattan Punchline, Pulse Theatre, The Van Dam Street Playhouse, Love Creek, Playwrights Horizons, HERE, the Episcopal Actors’ Guild, the Jan Hus Theatre, Lakota Theatre, The Open Book,  Street Theatre, Genesius Guild, the 14thThe 78thinternationally, including the Alleyway Theatre, the Fairfield Theatre, The Bay Street Theatre, Actors and Writers, and the Byrdcliffe Theatre. She was sponsored by The Paper Mill Playhouse for a TCG Playwriting Award two years in a row, and was a Playwriting Fellowship finalist at Manhattan Theatre Club. She is a Fellow of the International Writers Retreat at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland, as well Writer in Residence at Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York. She was head writer for the television sketch show Human Relations 101 and is a juror for the Scholastic National Achievement Awards in both the playwriting and fiction writing categories. She holds a B.A. with honors in English, with a second major in German from Duke University, where she also received formal training in piano and voice. She teaches creative writing at NYU and Gotham Writers Workshop, and has taught at the Cape Cod, San Miguel and Woodstock Writers Conferences.