TWO ACT PLAYS

Sunday Dinner Nellie! How The Women Won The Vote - A Dog's Life   

The Last Of The Daytons  - The Piaggi Suite  - Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?

Wind In The Willows

Sunday Dinner

A two act romantic comedy...

...about love, marriage, and Mother

An ensemble piece for four actors, including a tour de force part for a middle-aged woman, it's a deceptively light comedy with deep currents underneath, in which an only son struggles to free himself from his single mother.

It's in modern dress, has minimal set requirements - the living room of an apartment serves both acts - and is inexpensive to produce. Each act consists of one scene. 

3women, 1 man, Running time 90 minutes

Suitable for regional and community theatres

Available from The Playwrights Guild of Canada

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Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner
Diane Grant, Marcia Wallace and Jeff Witzke

Theatre Palisades,  West Los Angeles College, CA The Complex, Los Angeles,CA

The Academy Theatre, Kingfisher Cafe Reading Series, Atlanta, GA

Winner – Dramalogue for Best Performance

The Jack Oakie award for comedy

"I loved Sunday Dinner...and would recommend it to anyone. It's a fantastic show."

Thomas Amo - Smiler's Comedy Playhouse - Stockton, CA

"The play was so energetic and funny that we didn't want it to end! Diane Grant has a magic way with dialogue." Professor May DuBois, Honors Director -

West Los Angeles College, CA

"Sunday Dinner is very funny....."  Arnold Margolin, Producer, The Falcon Theatre, Burbank, CA 

 

 

Nellie!  How The Women Won The Vote

(formerly What Glorious Times They Had)

A two act historical comedy/drama with music

Nellie McClung and the Canadian suffragists win the vote in 1916.

 

One set (easy to follow stage directions for various settings)

 4 women, 2 men with doubling.  Cast can be much larger if desired

Suitable for middle schools, high schools, colleges, regional and community theatres

Available from The Playwrights Guild of Canada

 

Nellie!  How The Women Won The Vote

What Glorius Times They Had
Elizabeth Murphy and Francine Volker sing Heaven Will Protect The Working Girl

..."uproariously funny satire about the struggles that Nellie McClung...and the early feminists had to win the vote in Manitoba.  It was a production that earned a standing ovation - for once that was well deserved."  

Catherine Carson - The Edmonton Journal

"McClung production top rate... so excellent on every level that words cannot adequately express its high quality."

Lee Rolfe - Winnipeg Tribune

REVIEWS FROM TWO SOLD OUT CROSS CANADA TOURS

Paul Brown and Geoffrey Saville Read think about women

Photo courtesy of the Sun Parlour Players Community Theatre

A Dog's Life

A Comedy in Two Acts about a Comedy in Two Acts

A financial "angel" rescues an impoverished acting troupe. Or does he?

...A romp, a two act farce with incidental music that uses Laban techniques, melodrama, improvisation, Method, and Shakespeare, and includes a parody of the story of Puccini's Tosca, featuring a trampoline. It's about human corruptibility, and the constant friction between commerce and art - a classic enduring story of rent vs. artistic principles. It's a set, technical, and costume designer's dream with falling paper flowers, offstage fights, illuminated moons, and actors dressed sometimes as cavaliers and sometimes as dogs. 

One set - 5 women. 6 men Running time approx. 90 minutes.

Suitable for high schools, colleges, regional and community theatres

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A Dog's Life

A Dogs Life
Eric Travers, Elizabeth Hillman, Dana Baron, Wil Bowers and Jeff Soroka

Playwright Diane Grant has come up with a clever concept for her backstage comedy, the farcical aspects of creating a play- within-a-play -- also called A Dog's Life-- juxtaposed with the fictional ensemble's struggle to pay the rent.... Elizabeth Hillman gives a delightful performance as the artistic director's wife, the kind of role once created for Thelma Ritter, and Eric Travis is hilarious as a terminally Method actor who can't stop playing a canine after rehearsals end...." 

Travis Michael Holder BACKSTAGE WEST

"A delightful comedy that will keep you giggling all evening…Diane Grant, resident playwright, has created a fun-filled, entertaining comedy that will be well worth the trip to the theatre." M. Upward Maestro Arts and Review LA

"…it is brilliant." Steve Guttenberg, Palisadian Post, LA

"...a well-constructed, light-hearted farce" Jim Boyett, Theatre Resources Unlimited

Elizabeth Hillman and Wendy Gough

Photo by Lou Briggs

The Last Of The Daytons

A comedy/drama about the universal human longing for family. 

At first glance, Melina and Bob, Jodie and Devon might not be seen as "normal." Not that many people talk to invisible friends, escape from hospitals in their pajamas, or collect epitaphs. Not too many seventeen year old boys wear their Mother's bustiers. However, what these characters have found are various ways to cope with the past.

One set - 2 women, 3 men,  Running time 90 minutes

Suitable for colleges, regional, and community theatre

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The Last Of The Daytons

Staged reading, Theatre Forty, Beverly Hills CA. 

Theatrum Botanicum, Topanga CA

"I just finished reading The Last of the Daytons.  I think it is a lovely script."

Adam Fitzgerald,  Associate Artistic Director
South Ark Stage Co., NYC, NY

Semi- finalist 

Eugene O'Neill Theatre Conference 2007

ATHE Finalist 2006

 

Reading at Theatricum Botanicum

Samara Frame, DJ Harner, Diane Grant, Jennie Webb

Ann-Giselle Spiegler, Martha Mintz

 

The Piaggi Suite

A romantic comedy 

in which a monstrously self-absorbed and powerful diva visits a legendary New England musicians’ retreat that has seen better days. Dangling the prospects of celebrity and success, she manipulates the collection of resident musicians as they struggle with the conflicts between career and love, the dangers of ambition, the perils of success, the pain of loss, and the glory of music.

With elements of farce, incidental music, various coats, and a mysterious stranger.

One set -  5 women, 4 men Running time - 95 minutes

Suitable for high schools, colleges, regional and community theatre

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The Piaggi Suite

Winner - Best Works of 2006 - Long Beach Playhouse - Long Beach, California

Honorable Mention - McLaren Memorial Play Competition - Midland, Texas

Semi-finalist, Backdoor Theatre, Wichita, Kansas, 2001, Semi-finalist, Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award. 2003

"A lively, rollicking, highly enjoyable comedy that is guaranteed to be a rip-roaring crowd pleaser"   Shirle Gottlieb - Long Beach freelance critic

"The dialogue is terrific! with…."the Noel Coward-Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman touch."  Frank Rutledge, Literary Manager, Boarshead Theatre

Workshop Production - Theatre Palisades

 

Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?

Abstract set - 5 women, 3men, 3 recorded voices, Running time - 90 minutes

Suitable for regional and community theatre

 

 

Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?

The Pacific Palisades American Legion presented a staged reading of Diane Grant's comedy, Has Anybody Here Seen Roy?  on Friday, January the 25th, 2008,at 7 pm featuring The Spolin Players.  

A sell out and enthusiastic crowd  raised $3,620 for the West Los Angeles Fisher House. 

Fisher House Project

Staged readings:

Red Brick Road Theatre Company, Los Angeles

The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles

 

Why Royal Smith seduced the women in his life is a mystery.  Did he really love them? Why did he keep leaving in such a hurry? The women he loved and left can agree on only one thing:

 He had a hell of a voice.

"Loose and lively with sure-fire crowd pleasing dialogue... left the packed dinner hall audience of 100 laughing."  Michael Aushenker, Palisadian Post

 

Diane Grant's

Wind in the Willows

the Musical for Young Players

Featuring female characters - Miss Mole, Miss Otter, Miss Ratty, Mrs. Badger and the mean Weasel girls

Directed and choreographed by Dorothy Dillingham Blue

Adapted Public Domain and original music by Michael Reilly

Lyrics by Diane Grant

Adapted from  the book by Kenneth Grahame

Suitable for middle schools, high schools,  regional and community theatre

 

 

Wind in the Willows

the musical

Wind in the Willows is a family musical, based on the 1908 book by the English novelist Kenneth Grahame.

          

It concerns Mole, an underground creature, who, feeling the stirrings of Spring, wants to leave her burrow and climb up to the World Above.  She's not sure if she'll survive up there. She's not very formidable. She's small and has very poor eyesight. What will he do if s he loses her glasses? And then, there are the Mean Weasel Girls, and the exuberant Mr. Toad...

          

...of Toad Hall, who falls in love with a Motor Car, and gets into all sorts of trouble, and lands up in court...

                   

.....only to be found Guilty!  Then the evil Weasel girls steal into Toad Hall!

             

But there's a lovely picnic, lots of songs,

   

and a happy ending.

The musical played to full houses for every performance of its premiere run in Pacific Palisades, California

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diane@dianegrant.com