Stephen F. Murray
Director & Playwright



Laer's Last Prayer

(65 minutes: 3M 1 F)

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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


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

(65 minutes: 1 man show plus foley and music)

co-adapted with Brian Pastor with music by Matthew Bivins from the short story by Washington Irving

City Lit Theater, Chicago, IL (October 2010, October 2011, and a concert reading October 2013)


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 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)


The Egg and the Branch

(30 minutes: 2M 3W)

Audience Choice Award

Celtic Calling

Charleston, WV

(March 2018)


Talking Spirits 2018

(Cemetery tour - two historical monologues and two historical scenes (5M 1W)

performances at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI through the Wisconsin Veterans Museum (October 2018)


An Angel in Disguise

(20 minutes: 1M 4W)

from the short story by T.S. Arthur

performed as part of City Lit Theater's Art of Adaptation Festival. Directed by Carrie Hardin. (July 2016)


Strawdog Theatre Company, Chicago, IL (August 2004)

Zarium (commercial)

Cooke's Corner (feature)


Howard Street

(8 minute monologue)

for "It Comes In " - the side project, Chicago, IL (August 2013)


Additional Works