1426701_10151708046910706_326984604_n2013 AACT PLAYFest COMEDY WINNER

World Premiere: In the historic Landers Theatre, Springfield, MO by the Springfield Little Theater.  “Exit Laughing broke the theater’s 50 year record for money raised and tickets sold with standing room only every night and more repeat customers than ever before.  It instantly became the most popular non-musical in the 100 year old history of the theater.WINNER!!!!


Springfield Leader: “Seize the day with ‘Exit Laughing’ at the Landers “

“It’s never too late — or too early, for that matter — to seize the day. That’s the uplifting message of “Exit Laughing,” the new Paul Elliott comedy at the historic Landers Theater..”

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Ron Spigelman, Director of Development & Marketing – Springfield Little Theatre :  After the first preview: “The show is going to be a major success.  We are getting comments on facebook such as “it’s a day later and I’m still laughing”.  The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, and sales are very strong, we should be close to selling out the entire run!”

John “Chuck” Rogers – director   “I don’t think a group of performers has ever had as much fun as the cast, crew and I had in putting on this play.  We were laughing from first read-thru until previews…and then it was the audience  who was laughing—non-stop laughter.”

 Beth Domann,  Executive Director – Landers Theater (Springfield Little Theater)  Paul Elliott’s play, Exit Laughing, broke all house records for any non-musical in the fifty-year history of this theater.  After the first preview, we sold out every performance (480 seats) at full price for its entire run.   People were coming back two and three times, bringing family and friends, to see the show.  Amazing!”


Exit Laughing was awesome! I laughed until I cried!! Every time I go to LT I’m amazed at the talent.”

Exit Laughing was so funny, I’m still laughing. wonderful cast

“An amazing play and a great time with people I care about!”

“I had the pleasure of seeing Exit Laughing last night. What an amazing cast, crew, set, script! I cannot recommend enough how EVERYONE should see this production. It was not only funny but very poignant. It is one of those productions that makes you step back and look at your own life. DON”T MISS IT!!!

“Cast and crew of “Exit Laughing” – HOORAY! We laughed and laughed all night long. When the cast is so obviously having such fun, the audience just gets carried along for the ride. Congratulations on a fantastic show!

See what Critics have said about Exit Laughing in its first workshop product in Washington.

Paul Elliott’s Exit Laughing is the most sidesplitting play to hit a theater in a long time.   

It’s rare that people literally fall out of a chair laughing, but if it could happen, this would be the play to do it.

 The surprising thing is that the hilarity revolves around a grim subject matter: death!

 Maybe that’s because it really isn’t about death.  It’s about living instead of existing. Which – let’s face it – hardly anyone does.” (Meredith Pechta)

"Hurry up, we've got to hide her before the police arrive."

“The workshop ended up with full houses every night and could have run for three more months.”

Exit laughing synopsis:

When the biggest highlight of your life for the past thirty years has been your weekly card night out with the girls, what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies?  If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done.  You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game and the wildest, most exciting night of their lives begins with a police raid, a stripper,  laughs and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living.

This five character, one set,  play is the  perfect comedy for your next  theater season.

Don’t miss  Exit Laughing, the perfect comedy for your more seasoned actors, and a real audience pleaser.

For a free copy, please contact the playwright   at

Paul@paulelliottwriter.com  or Dramatic Publishing



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My name is Paul Elliott and as the header says , I’m a writer.  Isn’t everybody?  Actually, there is a difference.  I am a very good writer and it’s taken me decades to finally get the nerve to say that.  Raised in the south, I was trained from childhood never to brag on oneself, and so I just went about my life, doing my thing and it is only in retrospect as I look back at all I’d done, that I can finally say “Holy cow, I’ve been a success and didn’t even know it. ” Theatre audiences  flock to  my plays and my new novel, The Riverton Project, is a major success and is being turned into a television mini-series.

I’ve had four West Coast Premieres in the past two years  as well as  an epic musical premiere in a workshopped production  at Northwestern University  which led to it winning the TNT-POP festival in Texas,  plus my second novel is  at the editors right now.

Okay, enough with self promoting.  If you want to really know who I am…click on the links above and get started. There are dozens of choices that will take you to every one of my plays as well as the  musical and the novel.

If you like what you read, then just let me know and I’ll  I’ll be happy to send you a copy.   Email me at  paul@paulelliottwriter.com

Until then, enjoy the site .  It  will be changing daily as more plays get produced.


See what Critics have said about Finding the Burnett Heart
by Paul Elliott

Back Stage (Critic’s Pick)
LA Weekly (GO!)
“One of the best plays to come along in some time” with “an impeccable cast.” (Back Stage).
“The play delivers an incisive exploration of father-son relationships and a damning portrait of bigotry and Christian fundamentalist dogma.” (LA Weekly). ”
… as much soul as it has heart . . . witty” (Accessibly Live).
“a thought provoking family drama” (Stage Happenings). ”
… one of the most powerful coming out plays ever.” (StageSceneLA)

Inner I Creatives – Los Angeles