New York Theatre Workshop: LORENA: A Tabloid Epic
New York Theatre Workshop


A Tabloid Epic
August 13, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Theater Department season. This is an archived view.

Amidst the tacky dystopia of American pop culture, meet Lorena Bobbitt as you've never met her before.

22/23 Theater Department

By Eliana Pipes
directed by Seonjae Kim

The play spins out of the media hailstorm surrounding Lorena Bobbitt, who became a sensation after she used a kitchen knife to cut off her abusive husband's penis in 1993. The tacky dystopia of American pop culture tumbles onto the stage in a series of funhouse vignettes that know no bounds, while The Playwright desperately tries to protect Lorena from the play which has clearly gotten out of her control.  

This play contains descriptions (not depictions) of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Eliana Pipes is a playwright, performer and filmmaker. Her plays include DREAM HOU$E (world premiere co-production at Alliance Theater, Long Wharf Theater, and Baltimore Center Stage), Bite Me (South Coast Rep PPF, NNPN National New Play Showcase) Unf*ckwithable (Drama League DirectorFest), Cowboy and the Moon (Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, NNPN MFA Playwright's Workshop), LORENA: a Tabloid Epic (The Playwright's Realm Scratchpad Series). She's been awarded the KCACTF Harold & Mimi Steinberg Award and Ken Ludwig Scholarship, Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers, National Latinx Playwright Award, Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Prize and a three-time finalist status for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwriting Conference. As a filmmaker she won the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the inaugural WAVE Grant through Wavelength Productions. She received a BA Columbia University and an MFA Playwriting Boston University. Learn more about Eliana at

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