Cody Daigle-Orians

Cody Daigle-Orians

Cody Daigle-Orians is a Louisiana-born playwright and teaching artist now living in Hartford, CT.

In his playwright life, he was the resident playwright for The Playhouse Tulsa’s 2013-2014 season, the company playwright for Acadiana Repertory Theatre and a company playwright for Manhattan Theatre Works. Plays for The Playhouse Tulsa: William and Judith, Tulsa! A Radio Christmas Spectacular,...
Cody Daigle-Orians is a Louisiana-born playwright and teaching artist now living in Hartford, CT.

In his playwright life, he was the resident playwright for The Playhouse Tulsa’s 2013-2014 season, the company playwright for Acadiana Repertory Theatre and a company playwright for Manhattan Theatre Works. Plays for The Playhouse Tulsa: William and Judith, Tulsa! A Radio Christmas Spectacular, Little Women and the recently commissioned The Bottom of the Sea. Plays for Acadiana Repertory Theatre: In the Bones, The Survivalists. Plays for Manhattan Theatre Works: Providence, A Home Across the Ocean. His work has been produced or developed at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, New Jersery Repertory Theatre, The Actors Company Theatre and the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

In his teaching artist life, he is a teaching artist at New Britain Youth Theatre. He’s worked as a teaching artist or created plays for young actors/audiences for the Delta Grand Youth Theatre, AUI Summer Theatre, The Playhouse Tulsa and Union Public Schools. He also created the PlayBridge Workshop, a unique play creation workshop for young people, in collaboration with AUI in Lafayette, Louisiana, and has produced three world premiere plays with their young actor/playwrights.

When he’s not in the theatre, Cody is a teaching assistant in special education for East Windsor Middle School in East Windsor, CT.

Plays

  • WILLIAM AND JUDITH
    Inspired by a passage of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” William and Judith imagines Judith, a fictional sister of Shakespeare, who arrives in London at the home of her brother after being disowned by her father for refusing to wed. William is having troubles of his own: his playwriting is reaching an impasse, and he struggles through a newly-formed (and secret) collaboration with John Fletcher. To add...
    Inspired by a passage of Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” William and Judith imagines Judith, a fictional sister of Shakespeare, who arrives in London at the home of her brother after being disowned by her father for refusing to wed. William is having troubles of his own: his playwriting is reaching an impasse, and he struggles through a newly-formed (and secret) collaboration with John Fletcher. To add to his grief, his daughter, Jude, is set to marry a man of her own. In this crucible, “The Tempest” is created, and an act of creative thievery threatens to tear the family apart forever.
  • IN THE BONES
    When a soldier home from serving in Afghanistan ends his life, grief settles over his family and the partner he leaves behind. In a series of scenes moving ahead a year at a time, loss transforms a family and sorrow finds a home in the bones of those left behind.
  • THE SURVIVALISTS
    Ben is at a personal crossroads: he’s just out of rehab, his partner Dereck has ended their relationship, and he’s found out he has kidney cancer. His only option is to stay with Annie, his sister, and her husband, Sam. They’re processing a grief of their own — one that Ben is wrapped up in — and at the intersection of these two journeys is a reaching for happiness… or at least a means of survival.
  • WHY WE FALL
    In the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, 17-year old Lee struggles to figure out what happens next. As his mother Maura and father Dan inch towards divorce, Lee strikes up a possibly dangerous friendship with 18-year-old Nela Moore. The friendship pushes Lee into revealing an awful truth about his teacher, Matt, that could either save Lee from his despair or drown them all.
  • 18 VICTORIA
    In a trio of interlocking monologues, 18 VICTORIA tells the story of three siblings — Ben, Catherine and Stephen — who are struggling to piece together their broken family relationship in the wake of their father’s untimely death. But a larger crisis looms. 18 Victoria, an asteroid the size of a few city blocks, is on a trajectory to collide with Earth and will cause an extinction event on the scale of the one...
    In a trio of interlocking monologues, 18 VICTORIA tells the story of three siblings — Ben, Catherine and Stephen — who are struggling to piece together their broken family relationship in the wake of their father’s untimely death. But a larger crisis looms. 18 Victoria, an asteroid the size of a few city blocks, is on a trajectory to collide with Earth and will cause an extinction event on the scale of the one that killed the dinosaurs. As they share their stories of facing the last days of the human race, they also grapple with memories of their father, a troubled childhood, and their shared inability to connect as adults. In an apocalyptic present, it’s the wreckage of the past that endures.
  • THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA
    It’s 1958, and the film version of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” has just opened. Frustrated by the changes made to the play for its film incarnation — and struggling to work through the screenplay for the upcoming film version of “Orpheus Descending” — Williams escapes to a tiny hotel room in New Orleans. In the arms of a young closeted gay man, he finds pleasure. In the friendship of Anna Magniani, he finds solace...
    It’s 1958, and the film version of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” has just opened. Frustrated by the changes made to the play for its film incarnation — and struggling to work through the screenplay for the upcoming film version of “Orpheus Descending” — Williams escapes to a tiny hotel room in New Orleans. In the arms of a young closeted gay man, he finds pleasure. In the friendship of Anna Magniani, he finds solace. A play about the compromises of art — and how those compromises play out in ourselves.
  • PROVIDENCE
    Two men, Neil and Mark, forge a tentative friendship in the wake of a shared tragedy. As these two strangers inch toward healing, they are haunted by the memories of the two most important women in their lives. The nature of grief — and its ability to blur the line between the past and the present — is at the heart of this ensemble drama.
  • A HOME ACROSS THE OCEAN
    When Grethe loses her husband unexpectedly to a heart attack, she writes a letter to a man she hasn’t seen in over 35 years. Grethe’s son, Connor, and his partner are on the verge of changing their lives as well: they’re fostering a 13-year old girl named Penny. When Grethe’s past comes to call, the bonds of this family unit are tested. A Home Across the Ocean is a play about family — how we define it, how we...
    When Grethe loses her husband unexpectedly to a heart attack, she writes a letter to a man she hasn’t seen in over 35 years. Grethe’s son, Connor, and his partner are on the verge of changing their lives as well: they’re fostering a 13-year old girl named Penny. When Grethe’s past comes to call, the bonds of this family unit are tested. A Home Across the Ocean is a play about family — how we define it, how we lose it and how we create it.
  • THE WOMAN'S PART
    The Woman’s Part celebrates women in theatre, both at the dawn of their professional entrance to the business and in today’s world. Act One takes place in 1669 London, and follows Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright, as she brings her first play “Forced Marriage” to the stage. The second act takes place in 2015 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where an all-female theatre company plans to mount “Forced...
    The Woman’s Part celebrates women in theatre, both at the dawn of their professional entrance to the business and in today’s world. Act One takes place in 1669 London, and follows Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright, as she brings her first play “Forced Marriage” to the stage. The second act takes place in 2015 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where an all-female theatre company plans to mount “Forced Marriage” in an attempt to save their struggling company. Camaraderie, creativity and compromise face both sets of women artists in pursuit of inventing a life in the theatre.
  • TULSA! A RADIO CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
    It’s a few days before Christmas in 1949 Tulsa, Oklahoma and the hard-working crew of KMOK, Tulsa’s fourth favorite radio station, are fighting for their jobs. Television has made its way to Tulsa, and the station lead sponsor is threatening to pull the plug. So the staff concocts a brilliant plan: a radio Christmas spectacular with a famous special guest star. But you know what they say about well laid plans…...
    It’s a few days before Christmas in 1949 Tulsa, Oklahoma and the hard-working crew of KMOK, Tulsa’s fourth favorite radio station, are fighting for their jobs. Television has made its way to Tulsa, and the station lead sponsor is threatening to pull the plug. So the staff concocts a brilliant plan: a radio Christmas spectacular with a famous special guest star. But you know what they say about well laid plans…

    * The original production of the show premiered in Tulsa, hence the city specificity of the title. However, the show's title and regionally-specific references can be altered for your production.