This October, Liguori will reprise the role of “Lilya Brik” in the NYC premiere of Mednick’s Mayakovsky and Stalin at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a role which she originated in the 2018 world premiere production at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
Liguori was nominated for a BroadwayWorld award for "best leading actress in a play" for role of Lilya Brik in "Mayakovsky and Stalin" Los Angeles premiere.
Born in Scottsdale, Ariz., Liguori grew up with a passion for the theater. She was classically trained at the Oxford School of Drama in Oxford England and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles before gaining acclaim for her stage and television work. Previous theater credits include the world premiere of Tania Wisbar's and Broadway producer Jonathan Sanger's critically-acclaimed World War II play, The Red Dress, in which she portrayed a famous German actress at odds with the Nazi regime; the role of “Marilyn Monroe” in Marilyn, Madness, and Me; and the leading role of “Laura” in all six of Mednick’s The Gary Plays, which were workshopped over the course of two years prior to a full production of the entire sextet by Open Fist Theatre Company.
Previous stage production credits also include "Between Pretty Places" which premiered in Los Angeles and New York at the HERE Arts Center in Soho.
She can currently be seen in the title role of the award-winning film, Hollywood Girl: The Peg Entwistle Story, available on Amazon Prime. TV/Film credits include Love, Lust, and A Room Key (Amazon), The Boogie Dilemma (Amazon), Suburgatory, Ugly Betty, Weeds and Growing Up Fisher
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
Liguori was appointed by the Los Angeles Children's court as a Child Advocate in 2016 and continues to serve volunteering as voice for the children in the foster care system that have been silenced.
Liguori is an active member of the Soka Gakkai International since 2007 which is a world peace movement based upon Nichiren Buddhism.
Liguori's personal writings have been published in the magazine "Living Buddhism."
Liguori has been a guest speaker at both the World Peace SGI Headquaters and the Venice Family Clinic.
This October, Liguori will reprise the role of "Lilya Brik" in the NYC premiere of Mednick's Mayakovsky and Stalin at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a role which she originated in the 2018 world premiere production at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
In February, Liguori will play "Betty" in a revival of Mednick's American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play-cited Joe and Betty in Los Angeles.
Lilya Brik was the real-life married lover and muse of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Mayakovsky and Stalin is a dramatic character study that incorporates historical footage and photos to explore the parallels between their relationship, and that of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his wife Nadya.
Joe and Betty is Mednick's hilarious and disturbing play, based on his own parents, about a poor Jewish couple living in the Catskills in 1951
"Laura has the perfect combination of intelligence, insouciance and fearlessness for the characters I create," says Mednick. "It's as if she channels something. She's open to the spirit of the person she is playing. That's her talent."
"I couldn't be more excited to resurrect the role of Lilya for a New York audience," Liguori said in a recent interview with I Heart Radio. "Mayakovsky and Stalin belongs in New York... it's very intellectual...unusual... you have to be willing to actually think.. .use your mind! Can you imagine that?"
"Hello, Say" reel starring Laura Liguori
*Won Best Actress Award/ 2020 "Hollywood Motion Picture Film Festival" @Raleigh Studios
Inspired by true events, Hollywood Girl: The Peg Entwistle Story depicts the tragic ending of Peg Entwistle's life. An aspiring film actress and Broadway muse, Entwistle is mostly known for her infamous and fatal jump off the Hollywood(land) sign in 1932. Written & directed by James Pomichter, the film is a creative imagination of Entwistle's last day, leading up to the moment of her untimely death.
Laura Liguori, who stars in the film as Entwistle, conceived the idea for the film while sitting on her balcony looking up at the Hollywood sign. Liguori had just received news that she lost a role she anticipated getting and felt inspired to share Peg's story.
Supporting roles include veteran actor, Michael Rotthaar as Charles Entwistle, James Pomichter as Robert Entwistle and cameos from Maureen Teefy (Grease 2, Fame, Supergirl), Will Rotthaar (Battle Los Angeles, Killing Kennedy), and Dan Riordan (Dream Girls, Ed Wood).