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.

Art & Politics, Paderewski-style

A long-haired musician touring the U.S. with his own private Pullman car and an entourage–and also a political activist?  What is it about music that speaks to people, and what is it about musicians that calls the public to take action against injustice?   That’s what’s explored in The Paderewski...

The Hotel Play – An Adventure in Site-Specific Immersive Theatre

What a strange journey it has been to get The Hotel Play on its feet–and what a five-ring circus it feels like every time the play is performed.  First, going back to the making of the play, just getting seven playwrights in the same room at the same time for...

Antigone X – a play for right now

The timelessness of the plays of the Ancient Greeks is well-documented, but it still never ceases to amaze me that a play written 2500 years ago can continue to have resonance today.   Actually, some of the plays of Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, Aristophanes may have even more resonance in times of...

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.