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About Carole Bugge'



Carole Bugge' has five published novels (St. Martin’s Press and Berkley), three novellas and a dozen or so short stories and poems in print. Her work has received glowing reviews from such publications as Kirkus, The Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, The Boston Herald, Ellery Queen, and many others. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Winner of the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, she is also the First Prize winner of the Maxim Mazumdar Playwriting Competition, the Chronogram Literary Fiction Prize, Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Award, and the Jean Paiva Memorial Fiction award, which included an NEA grant to read her fiction and poetry at Lincoln Center. A finalist in the McClaren, MSU and Henrico Playwriting Competitions, she has read her work at Barnes and Noble, The Knitting Factory, Mercy College, Merritt Books, the Colony Cafe and the Gryphon Bookstore. She has received grants from Poets and Writers, as well as the New York State Arts Council. Her story "A Day in the Life of Comrade Lenin" received an Honorable Mention in St. Martin's Best Fantasy and Horror Stories, and she was a winner in the Writer's Digest Competition in both the playwriting and essay categories.

She was head writer for the television sketch show Human Relations 101 and is a juror for the Scholastic National Achievement Awards in both the playwriting and fiction writing categories. Her plays and musicals have been presented in New York City at The Players Club, Manhattan Punchline, Pulse Theatre, The Van Dam Street Playhouse, Love Creek, Playwrights Horizons, HERE, the Episcopal Actors’ Guild, the Jan Hus Theatre, Lakota Theatre, The Open Book, Genesius Guild, the 14th Street Y, and Shotgun Productions, the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, as well as Actors and Writers and the Byrdcliffe Theatre in Woodstock, New York. She was sponsored by The Paper Mill Playhouse for a TCG Playwriting Award two years in a row, and was a Playwriting Fellowship finalist at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Her play about physics, Strings, was presented in New York at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, starring Keir Dullea, Mia Dillon and Warren Kelley. For five months of the year she is Artist in Residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York.

EXCERPTS FROM STRINGS REVIEWS (Dec., 2006 – Jan., 2007)

“ [STRINGS is] the most absorbing play in New York today. Though daunting aspects of cosmology and advanced physics figure into it, so do universal human problems: loss, grief, adultery, betrayal, jealousy and rivalry…[These] are characters you will recognize as disturbingly part of your own scientific world.

“Even if you don’t understand all the science, you’ll surely get your own big bang from attending Strings.”

--John Simon, Bloomberg News (Bloomberg.com,12/29/06) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - “[One] need not be a scientist to appreciate the theatrical and intellectual pleasures that result in being in the company of several characters… who have been influential in shaping knowledge of and speculation about our universe and the logical laws that govern it.

“[T]he play ultimately pleases with…its ability to induce one to speculate about the mysteries of the universe and man’s relentless quest to learn more about them.”

--Fred McKinnon, OnOffOff (Onoffoff.com, 12/21/06) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - -

“Admirable, intelligent…Ms. Buggé’s frequently clever script makes the audience feel smart…”

--Anita Gates, The New York Times (12/18/06) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - “Yes, this is a play about three physicists on a train—but before you run in the opposite direction, you should know that the playwright has wrought a drama that succeeds, most of the time, in being both intelligent and entertaining.

“Beneath a crash course on contemporary physics, Buggé has cleverly placed an underpinning of emotion that gives humanity to all the abstraction floating in the air.

“This cleverly informative play deserves a wider audience.”

--Karl Levett, Backstage (Backstage.com, 12/18/06)

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - “Even with the heady themes, the play is always accessible, holding the audience’s attention through the strength of Buggé’s writing and characterizations. She finds funny, unusual ways to illustrate such difficult concepts as subatomic forces, Uncertainty Principle, String Theory, M-Theory, and Schrödinger’s Cat. The show is nothing if not comprehensive in its approach to presenting the many ideas and controversies surrounding contemporary physics.

“Despite its potentially dry subject matter, STRINGS knows how to push the envelope.”

--Adam Klasfeld, Theatermania (Theatermania.com, 12/18/06) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - STRINGS Review Excerpts,12/06 – 1/07, P. 2

“This is a smart and absorbing combination of theoretical physics and a love triangle….[I]t’s not often that one gets the chance to see such an ambitiously written piece of work.”

--Barbara and Scott Siegel, The Siegel Column (Talkinbroadway.com, 1/4/07) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

“Strings is that rarest of plays: an intelligent drama that respects the intelligence of its audience without ever sounding snobby….delightfully fascinating and highly enjoyable, even for those who know very little about physics. The title can refer to the theories of parallel realities, or to the ties that bind our hearts in love.

“Part romantic drama, part science lesson, and part history lesson, Strings may be one of the most enjoyably thought-provoking new plays in years, and can appeal quite nicely to many different tastes. May there be many more smart plays like it.”

--Jena Tesse Fox (BroadwayWrold.com, 1/5/07) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

“ A refreshing change of pace, ‘Strings’ is a real find and one hopes it will move elsewhere once it finishes this off-off-Broadway run.”

--Judd Hollander, The Epoch Times International (Jan. 4-10, 2007)


Here is Carole's Winning Poem "In the Woods"

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