Irene O'Garden

Personal Information
Irene O’Garden’s critically-acclaimed play Women on Fire (2004 Lucille Lortel Award nominee for Outstanding Solo Show) opened last October at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The show, starring two-time Tony-award winner Judith Ivey, played to sold-out houses and the run was twice extended. Samuel French is publishing the play and two of its monologues are included in Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2004. Ms. Ivey plans a national tour of the show.

O’Garden also won the Gold Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award 2004 for her children’s book, The Scrubbly Bubbly Car Wash (Harper). Her first children's book, Maybe My Baby (Harper) has sold nearly 75,000 copies.

O’Garden’s writing is anthologized with Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem and others in The Greatness of Girls (Andrews McMeel). Included is an excerpt from her book, Fat Girl, which describes how she came to peace with food and body after a decades-long struggle. Harper San Francisco published it in hardcover with her drawings, and O’Garden has performed it throughout the US and Canada.

Both national magazines and literary journals have published O’Garden’s poetry. In 1987, she created a performing literary magazine called The Art Garden. She has continued to produce, host and write for it ever since.

She lives joyfully with John Pielmeier, her husband of twenty-five years. Most known for his play Agnes of God, John also writes movies for television. They make their home in Garrison, New York. Please visit


Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Women on Fire Cherry Lane Theatre 11/19/2003 Playwright
Award Production Function
1 NOMINATED 2004 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Solo Show Women on Fire Playwright