Two-character romantic comedy.""Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley strikes it rich with Fortune, a poignant love story beautifully disguised as a hilarious comedy. It is rich in laughter and rich in love." -Kashimba
Fortune is a Fun, Quirky Farce' -- Talking Broadway
"A sweet affirmation of the benefits of the unpredictability of life." -- SF Gate Chronicle
Maude, a lonely, surly, storefront psychic has accepted that love is not in the cards for her. She can see the future and knows this to be true. But when Jeremy, a despondent love-hungry accountant threatens to kill himself if she sees no love for him, she must wrestle with fate, and in changing his destiny, change her own.
MAUDE: A third generation fortune teller from Brooklyn. Hates her life, hates her job, but believes that she is powerless to change it. She dons an overblown fortune-teller’s voice and costume when she is working — no one ever sees her as she really is.
JEREMY: An accountant from Brooklyn Heights. Desperate for love, Jeremy drives everyone away. Remarkably naive and sweet.
The Juilliard School New York, NY
Marin Theatre Company Mill Valley, CA
Redwood Curtain Eureka, CA
Florida Repertory Theatre Fort Myers, FL
Hangar Theatre Ithaca, NY, 5/2018 (Directed by me!)
Geva Theatre Rochester, NY, 10/2018 (Directed by me!)
Ensemble Stage Banner Elk, NC, 6/2019
Deertrees Theatre Harrison, ME 8/2019
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1/2020
"Fortune carries all of the elements that Laufer's expanding corps of devotees love her for: blunt, beautiful, funny dialogue; an empathic insight into the aches, conflicts and dreams that make us human; a knack for revealing the hidden significance of our most trivial and foolhardy impulses; and a bold, death-defying willingness to face the awful truth and still wrap things up on a note of sweetness and hope."
by David Templeton
"Redwood Curtain's 'Fortune' hits the jackpot"
"An off-beat comedy that's sure to keep audiences both fascinated and laughing as they watch the outrageous unfolding of an unlikely, quirky love story… terrifically entertaining."
by Beti Trauth
----------------""Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley strikes it rich with Fortune, a poignant love story beautifully disguised as a hilarious comedy. It is rich in laughter and rich in love."
"Laufer’s ear for humor and harmony in the clash of damaged personalities, are enough to suggest this slice of New York magical realism could have a decent life beyond the Bay Area."
"An old-fashioned romantic comedy, but it has a certain quirkiness about it. There are elements of those old RKO screwball comedies of the '30s and '40s in these scenes."
by Richard Connema
"What a delight to get a treat you didn't know you were longing for-a lightweight romantic comedy, Fortune, about a schlemiel accountant and a cockamamie fortuneteller. "