Lillian Garrett-Groag (birthdate unknown) is an American playwright, theatre director, and actor. Her plays include The Ladies of the Camellias, The Magic Fire, and The White Rose [1]

Theatre career

Miss Groag has acted, directed and written for many regional theatres in the country, Broadway and Off, as well as opera houses. Her plays have also had long runs in Germany, Mexico and Japan.[citation needed]

In 1993, Groag acted as part of an ensemble cast in The Kentucky Cycle at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and on Broadway at the Royale theatre. For this performance she received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer in 1994.

In 1997, Groag's play The Magic Fire premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She received a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays (FNAP) to support this.[2]



The Ladies of the Camellias is a farce about an imagined meeting in Paris, 1897, between the famous theater divas Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. They are each to start in separate productions of The Lady of the Camellias on successive nights.[1][3]

The Magic Fire is a play about an immigrant family in Buenos Aires during the 1950s regime of Juan Perón. They take refuge from the fascist politics of Argentina in art and opera. Eventually, events force them to confront the politics and their moral obligations.[1][4] Premiered in 1997 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Performed (among other times) in 2006 at the Shaw Festival.

The White Rose is a play about resistance by German university students to Hitler's Nazi Germany, pivoting around a young student Sophie and a police inspector Mohr.[1][5]

Midons, a play about the Troubadours in Provence and the "invention of love". A Monty Python-type farce with serious undertones. Produced by The People's Light and Theatre Company in Philadelphia.[citation needed]

Menocchio, a play about the famous real-life trial of miller Domenico Scandella in the Friuli region in 1600. Scandella propounded about evolution, socialism and doubted the existence of God. A comedy. Produced by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.[citation needed]

Blood Wedding, translated and adapted by Garrett-Groag from a Spanish play by Federico García Lorca, is a play about a cycle of murder and revenge in an imagined setting in rural Spain.[1][6]

War Music (2009), based on Christopher Logue's modernist rewrite of Homer's Iliad.[7]

Translations and Adaptations

  • A Flaw in the Ointment by Georges Feydeau. Performed in 1993-94 by the Seattle Rep.
  • The Triumph of Love by Pierre Marivaux. Adapted from a new translation by Frederick Kluck. Performed in 2007 by California Shakespeare Theater and San Jose Rep.
  • Blood Wedding - Garcia Lorca - Guthrie Theater
  • Liliom - Molnar - Missouri Rep

Productions directed

1998: Scapin, the Cheat, (Molière), California Shakespeare Theater.

2000: The Taming of the Shrew, California Shakespeare Theater.

2003: Arms and the Man (Shaw), California Shakespeare Theater.

2005: The Tempest, California Shakespeare Theater.

2007: The Triumph of Love (Marivaux), California Shakespeare Theater and San Jose Rep.

The Rivals - A.C.T. in San Francisco

A Flaw in the Ointment - Seattle Rep

Menocchio - Berkeley Rep

Napoli Milionaria and The Magic Fire - Milwaukee Rep

Midons and The Imaginary Invalid - People's Light and Theatre Company, Philadelphia

Enter the Guardsman and The Triumph of Love - San Jose Rep

Death and the Maiden - Center Stage, Baltimore

School for Scandal and Merry Wives of Windsor - at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Smash - Asolo Repertory Theatre

Liliom - Missouri Rep OPERA - Virginia Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Boston Lyric, Cincinnati, Chicago Opera Theatre, San Jose Opera, Florida Grand Opera.

Representation: Peter Hagan - The Gersh Agency - New York / Robert Slotover - Allied Artists, U.K.


  • 1996: Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays (FNAP) grant, for The Magic Fire at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
  • AT&T American Plays - "The White Rose"
  • TCG - Playwright in Residence grant, Center Stage, Baltimore. "Menocchio".

See also


New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Virginia Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera San Jose, Boston Lyric Opera.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lillian Groag - complete guide to the Playwright and Plays
  2. 1996 FNAP Grant Recipient-Lillian Garrett-Groag
  3. Groag, Lillian (March 30, 1996). The Ladies of the Camellias. Dramatist's Play Service. pp. 84. ISBN 0-8222-1501-2. 
  4. Groag, Lillian (December 30, 2005). The Magic Fire. Dramatist's Play Service. pp. 85. ISBN 0-8222-2050-4. 
  5. Garrett-Groag, Lillian (January 1998). The White Rose. Dramatist's Play Service. ISBN 0-8222-1352-4. 
  6. García Lorca, Federico; Lillian Garrett-Groag (February 2002). Blood Wedding. Dramatist's Play Service. ISBN 0-8222-1816-X. 
  7. Robert Hurwitt (2009-03-22). "Lillian Groag directs 'War Music' for ACT". San Francisco Chronicle. 

Include a bibliography listed in MLA format.

External links



Peter Hagan - Abrams Artists Agency New York/ Robert Slotover - Allied Artists U.K.

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