Catherine Butterfield, author of the eloquent "Joined at the Head," is a playwright with a near-perfect touch: Her wry reversals of plot and audience expectations deliver compassionate takes on contemporary contradictions and confusions.  "Life in the Trees" is a gem, achingly funny and true. CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"An amusing exegesis of urban angst, "Life in the Trees" places Catherine Butterfield among the premiere ranks of disaffected playwrights whose humor derives from endearingly     neurotic characters ravaged by the killing stress of big city life." LA TIMES

"Butterfield again proves herself a superior playwright, a master of delicious dialogue, with heart beneath the humor."  



Jeff Allyn and Catherine Butterfield,​ Pasadena Playhouse

Ellen Parker and Catherine Butterfield in the original Manhattan Theatre Club production

Drama Desk Nominee, Best New Play.  Winner of New York Newsday/Oppenheimer award.

"Refreshing talent... In a manner related to Tom Stoppard and John Guare, the work deals enticingly with truth and fiction... a vibrant reflection on life, art and friendship.....a striking accomplishment."   


“An incontestable achievement,”  

“For the actress and the playwright to be 'Joined at the Head,' as they are in Catherine Butterfield's fine, funny play of that title at the Manhattan Theater Club at City Center is a feat tantamount to splitting one's personality. That Butterfield does it successfully is a tribute to her many talents as a writer and actress.An elegant off-Broadway debut for a fine playwright and actress who is a name to watch for in either capacity.”


Tisha Banker, Jack David Sharpe

Joined at the Head

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Mandy Levin, Benjamin Matthes, Theatre Tribe, LA

Corrie Vickers, Pete Gardner

Derek Manson and Anna Laurie Rives.

Alice Kors, Tisha Terrasini Banker

Josh Banday, Tisha Terrasini-Banker and Derek Manson

Where The Truth Lies                          Published by Samuel French:

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A couple navigates the maddening waters of their later-in-life pregnancy.

"A laugh out loud hoot!"  Malibu Times

Robin Rose and Catherine Butterfield,

​Pasadena Playhouse Production.

"Butterfield does in ninety minutes what it would take many writers a lifetime to do -- peel back the layers of unique individuals to make you understand how they feel."  North Arkansas News

"A prolific writer, Butterfield confidently switches among settings and does frequent about faces in tone. Zippy and hilarious."  LA Times

 Adam Ferrara and Peggy Scott

"Not since Steel Magnolias has there been a new comedy as laughable and loveable. The humor swells from smiles to chuckles to guffaws, and sentiment waxes from warm to glowing."  New York Daily News

Ray VIrta, Ellen Parker, Ms. Butterfield in the original New York production

Josh Brolin and Melissa Hurst in the GeVa Production, Rochester, NY

Is her sister a victim of domestic abuse, or is it all in her imagination? 


Tisha Terrasini-Banker, Amanda Weier

   Abingdon Theatre, New York

Thanks to generous donations from audience members and friends of the show, TO THE BONE, about  two forty-something sisters grappling with their failed lives, will transfer to Theatre 68 in North Hollywood in March! We are more than halfway to our goal, and still need your help!    To donate please click this link:


Deborah Puette and Brian Rohan                                           Kim Shively and Dorothea Harahan                                         Lori Okin and Gino Anthony Pesi                                           

                                                                    Originally produced at the Laguna Playhouse in 2008. 

"Intimate triple two-hander boasts enough intriguing characters and plot twists to satisfy a narrative-hungry audience..." Variety

​"The playwright has an engaging, easy tone, and she's refreshingly frank about the ways women let their desire tie them into knots."  LA TIMES


​       Drama Desk nominee, Outstanding New Play

Malibu Playhouse Production

"What is the playwright's equivalent of the novelist's "unputdownable'- 'ungetupable' perhaps? Butterfield ... deserves some such accolade." -

 New York Post

"A thoughtful, balanced, cleanly structured work. Ms. Butterfield has a gift for clear exposition that many other playwrights would benefit from." -

New York Times

"A richly complex story about what people are willing to live with in marriages that aren't perfect.  Under  Evan Yionoulis' sensitive direction even the children come off as totally believable."

New York Newsday

Jack David Sharpe, Kacey Mayeda

"A shockingly funny family comedy,"

"Simply laugh and enjoy a fun play!"Broadway World

"Funny, clever and plays all the right notes,"Theatre Pizzazz

"Skims along with witty lightness over a thoughtful overtone,"  Curtain Up

​​​The Writings of

Catherine Butterfield 

Three eras in the life of a New York Brownstone

Amanda Weier, Tisha Terrasini-Banker

Thanks to you, TO THE BONE is coming back!

(​the Massachusetts Play)

​​                  THE SLEEPER

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                                Winner of Kaufman and Hart Award for Best New Comedy

  A sheltered but unhappy housewife falls in love with her son's tutor..... and then begins to suspect he's a terrorist.   

Life Expectancy


​It Has To Be You

Amy Tribbey and Matthew Walker, Arkansas Repertory

          Snowing at Delphi

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Stage Scene LA (+++++)
WOW!... ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST NEW PLAYS… will keep you guessing—and keep surprising you—from its hilarious start to its unexpected, laughter-through-tears finish… endlessly captivating, rib-ticklingly funny, profoundly moving.” — Stage Scene LA

Splash Magazines (++)CLEVER, ABSORBING, FUNNY AND ENTERTAINING  an intricate plot and interesting characters dealing with the unexpected.” — Splash Magazines

Gia on the Move (++)
RECOMMENDED… CRUDE, HILARIOUS, AND UNEQUIVOCALLY ACUTE… all the nuances are there… even when it’s horrible it’s downright hysterical… truly a breath of fresh air.” — Gia On The Move

Stage and Cinema (++)

WICKED GOOD… A great story, funny stunning dialogue, and terrific performances… highly recommended.” —Stage and Cinema

HILARIOUS AND HEARTWARMING… A good play offers all of its characters room to grow and change, and To the Bone maximizes every opportunity. The talented actors completely inhabit their complex and evolving characters.” — Larchmont Buzz