Bone Dry

Directed by Bain Boehlke. Produced by the Jungle Theatre. Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Directed by Melanie Sutherland. Produced in Turning Points at the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City.


Seven - a documentary play written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz. Directed by Evan Yionoulis. Scene from the performance in Deauville, France.

Street Stories

Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera at Playwrights Arena, Los Angeles, California.

The Chisera

Workshop production at Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA. Directed by Cheri Fortin

welcome... the website of Paula Cizmar, an award-winning playwright whose work often combines poetry and politics to get at the heart of a matter. Her plays have been produced all over the world. Here you'll find information about upcoming performances, past productions, and new plays, plus news and reviews, photos, and thoughts, always changing, always growing.

Two Playbills, One Billboard

There’s so much that is thankless about being a playwright, so when two projects pop up on an electronic screen serving as a billboard, it creates a big moment of fun.  Here they are–an ad for ANTIGONE  X and an announcement about SEVEN, on the same screen at the same time at SDA....

The Last Nights of Scheherazade

Something about the high desert haunts me–the low-lying scrub, the huge expanse of what looks like nothing but is actually teeming with life, and the mountains in the desert.  And the story of Scheherazade from 1000 Nights has always haunted me too.  Why should a young woman be under constant threat...

Work, Winter, Words – 2017

The new year brings all sorts of work with it–which is always good news.  I always feel that it’s better to focus on what needs to be done, and then get it done, than to worry about what could have been.   And for me,  it’s best to be busy....

ideas and issues

and thoughts about life, justice, culture, and the way we can all try to make a better world. that's the goal. keep on keeping on.