Antigone X

Directed by Anita Dashiell-Sparks. Mehrnaz Mohammadi as Antigone. Ryan Alexander Holmes as Zeno.

The Night Flight of Minerva's Owl

Music by Guang Yang. Libretto by Paula Cizmar. Chantelle Davis as Lady Owl; Asmik Arutyunyants as Mina. Music That Matters/Fight for the Right wrkshp at Pittsburgh Festival Opera.


Seven - a documentary play written by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, and Susan Yankowitz.

The Hotel Play - site specific

Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera; commissioned by Playwrights Arena and Center Theatre Group. Written by Paula Cizmar, Velina Hasu Houston, Jennifer Maisel, Nahal Navidar, julie taiwo oni, Janine Salinas, and Laurie Woolery.

The Chisera

Directed by Cheri Fortin. Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA.

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Now in Print: ANTIGONE X

Now in Print: ANTIGONE X

“The once-magnificent world is in a state of rage.  War.  Police violence.  Terrorist threats.  Demagogues.  Thebes is now a ruin surrounded by refugee camps. And Antigone X could be any of us who dares to stand up to unjust laws and demand, instead, the higher power of tolerance and decency....
Coming Soon:  GOLDEN

Coming Soon: GOLDEN

Coming December 1 in Los Angeles, a performance of Act One of GOLDEN, a new musical about a strange confluence of cultures–the Polish musician and statesman Ignacy Paderewski and the diverse people of the Central Coast growing fields of California.   Music by Nathan Wang, book and lyrics by me...
The Night Flight of Minerva’s Owl

The Night Flight of Minerva’s Owl

A stunning experience at Pittsburgh Festival Opera! The first scene of the opera, The Night Flight of Minerva’s Owl, music composed by Guang Yang and libretto by Paula Cizmar (me), was presented as part of their Music That Matters/Fight for the Right project, and it was so wonderful.  Details and...

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