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.

Coming Soon: Water Rites

Actually, it’s in progress and moving into Phase 2.   Water Rites is a big project–so I can only deal with it by thinking of it as a single step, and then another, and then another.  It’s a hybrid project–so I can only deal with it by thinking of it...

From the Self-Starter Dept: The Group Thing…I like it…

More and more, playwrights are sending out invitations.  Not just the typical request to attend a reading or a production or workshop–but something even more imaginative.  They’re inviting other playwrights to join them in creating group projects.   It’s a trend that I’m really enjoying–not only as a willing participant, but also...

Collaboration: The adventure awaits…

When Jon Lawrence Rivera asked me to be one of the writers of The Hotel Play, he hadn’t even gotten all the words out of his mouth before I said, Yes.  He hadn’t even gotten around to describing the project.  Or what it was intended for.  But I said yes...

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.