This year’s Festival Committee at Theatre Palisades is happy to announce the year of Diane Grant. We celebrate our own playwright with the presentation of her work, highly regarded both in Palisades and recently in Santa Barbara this year where she won first place in PlayFest Santa Barbara. It wasn’t her first winner. Diane also won the Cannes Festival Jury Prize, Canada Council Grant, Long Beach Best Works Award, Dramalogue Best Actress and the Jack Oakie awards.
Diane was a co-founder of Redlight Theatre, the first professional women’s theatre in Canada. Her plays, which have been produced and published in the US, Canada, Italy, Iran and the British Virgin Islands, include What Glorious Times They Had, Sex and Violence, Has Anybody Here Seen Roy? Rondo a la Condo, A Dog’s Life, The Last Of The Daytons, and The Piaggi Suite as well as a musical adaptation of The Wind In The Willows.
Also, Diane was Literary Manager of the Los Angeles Write Act Repertory Company, a mentor for the young playwrights’ group HOLA, and a member of Los Angeles Wordsmiths. She’s a member of the Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the International Center for Women Playwrights, blogs for The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, and is Vice-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
And she chairs the Festival at Theatre Palisades, reading scripts, directing, and tending to the thousands of last-minute Really Urgent emergencies that arise with predictable regularity. She’s our Diane.
The Festival’s eighth season offered a wide variety of scripts from which three were chosen. David Field, local author and longtime Theater Palisades member, will lead off the Season with his play, A Guest of Honor, on April 11.
Next, on April 18, we’ll see Diane’s Sunday Dinner, which has been translated into Farsi and Italian, and has seen many productions.
And finally, on April 25th, we’ll see Jim McGinn’s, Viola – Seven Days in Selma. Previous plays presented by Jim, a Festival favorite, have included winning scripts from three other seasons.
The Festival gives authors the chance to hear their works read aloud after being cast and rehearsed and read before a live audience. The audience has the chance to hear new work that has grown from the rich entertainment talent inherent locally.
Enjoy an evening out. Curtains are at 7:30 PM at the theater, 941 Temescal Canyon Road. There’s a $5.00 admission fee, refreshments are served, and it promises to be an evening worth attending. Be a part of Palisades own drama. Don’t miss it!
If you’d like to contact me, I am Julia Whitcombe of Theatre Palisades,
phone 310 230 2870
fax 310 454 1518