Stephen F. Murray
Director & Playwright



Laer's Last Prayer

(65 minutes: 3M 1 F)

Purchase Script

Ghostlight Productions, Chicago, IL (July 2011)

"This repeated ritual is a simple, moving depiction of an elderly parent coming to terms with death, while his child struggles to accept that same death." - Lisa Findley, Centerstage Chicago


Spring Awakening

(130 minutes: 6M 5F)

adapted from the original play by Frank Wedekind

Promethean Theatre Ensemble, Chicago, IL (April 2010)

"Intense retelling of Wedekind's coming of age tale packs a wallop! Director and adapter Stephen F. Murray has mounted an emotionally rich production of the 1891 coming of age tale of German youth. " Tom Williams, Chicago Critic


Nesting Dolls

(20 minute clown piece: 2M 2W)

Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, WI (June 2017) Directed by J.J. Gateman

runner up for the 2015 Playwriting Competition at the Solas Festival, Perth, Scotland.

“Nesting Dolls” also introduces a theme running through many of this year’s plays: The potential we hide from the world and even ourselves, accustomed as we’ve become to wearing that outer shell we present to the world.  Can we grow into all we might be?  Or have we hardened into roles that leave us stuck, in how we understand ourselves and those we love?"  Mike Fisher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


The Egg and the Branch

(30 minutes: 2M 3W)

Audience Choice Award

Celtic Calling

Charleston, WV

(March 2018)


7th Annual International Playwright Festival

Warner Theater

Torrington, CT



The Wrong Dream

(15 minutes: 6M 1 W)

from the short story "The Dream" by O. Henry

Tied for Best of the Festival honors in City Lit Theater's Art of Adaptation Festival. Directed by Juan Castaneda. (July 2017)


Additional Works

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (performed at City Lit Theater, Chicago, IL. October 2010 and October 2011) 65 minutes: 1 man show plus foley and music. Co-adapted with Brian Pastor. Original music by Matthew Bivins.
  • Hotel Rewards (reading as a part of the 20th Annual New Play Contest. Performed by Chameleon Theatre Circle, Bloomington, MN. September 2019) 10 minutes 2 characters
  • Can You Hear Me? (reading as part of the Hwy 23 Arts and Music Festival. Performed by the Roustabout Theatre Troupe. Dexter, MI. August 2018) 10 minutes   1M, 1W
  • Talking Spirits (cemetery tour with the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum. October 2018 & 2019)
  • An Angel in Disguise (performed as part of City Lit Theater's Art of Adaptation Festival, Chicago, IL. Directed by Carrie Hardin. (July 2016) 20 minutes. 1M, 4W
  • Howard Street (performed as part of "It Comes In," the side project, Chicago, IL. August 2013) 8 minute monologue, 1M

  • Zarium (fake commercial - performed as part of Strawdog Theatre Company's Radio Theatre. Directed by Gregor Mortis. August 2004.)
  • Cooke's Corner (feature - performed as part of Strawdog Theatre Company's Radio Theatre Directed by Gregor Mortis. August 2004.)
  • A Christmas Carol (reading December 2007)
  • Darkness and Dreams (April 1998 & August 1998)
  • Highlights from the novel Ulysses (reading June 2019 for Irish Network of Minnesota's Bloomsday event)
  • Gadzooks! Cinderella: it ain't Shakespeare (additional lyrics)
  • Lear's Last (performed as part of the Bailiwick Director's Festival. June 2008) 35 minutes: 3M