Lolly Ward

Lolly Ward

Lolly Ward grew up in Bethesda, MD, moving west to attend Stanford University, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's in English and Creative Writing. As a member of The Actors' Gang theater, she opened Tim Robbins's Embedded in Los Angeles and toured with it to London and New York, where Robbins directed a film version at the Public Theater. Her plays include 72 Objects (...
Lolly Ward grew up in Bethesda, MD, moving west to attend Stanford University, where she received her Bachelor's and Master's in English and Creative Writing. As a member of The Actors' Gang theater, she opened Tim Robbins's Embedded in Los Angeles and toured with it to London and New York, where Robbins directed a film version at the Public Theater. Her plays include 72 Objects (semifinalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; finalist, IATI Cimientos), Theory of Nothing (semifinalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Gone (finalist, Portland Civic Theatre Guild), and Mate (workshop, Eric Tucker and The Actors' Gang; produced by CalTech). She was a member of the LA-based Playwrights Union before moving to Oregon, where she co-founded LineStorm Playwrights and sits on the board of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance. Recipient: Max K. Lerner Fellowship. Member: Dramatists Guild. www.LineStormPlaywrights.com.

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Plays

  • Gone
    A will provides peace of mind as four stepsiblings divide their anticipated inheritance with generosity…with suspicion…with greed. Gamble the night away, but whatever you do, don’t leave the house – your family is watching.
    Recipient: Max K. Lerner Fellowship @ The Inkwell Theater
  • Theory of Nothing
    Once upon a space-time continuum, a scientist married a sculptor and had two kids who lied. In one wild night of discovery, secrets unravel to reveal lost ambitions, lost loves, and lost minds. Physics meets fraud in this exploration of the dimensions of family.
  • 72 Objects
    On the verge of marriage, Ben and Delia attend an avant-garde performance piece where they are invited to use objects on the female subject in any way they desire. Ben’s enthusiasm coupled with Delia’s horror throw them into chaos over the meaning of creation and their place in the art world.
  • Mate: The Untouchable Bobby Fischer
    In 1960, young chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer travels to Buenos Aires to compete in a tournament. Fischer becomes intimate with a woman for the first time, thrusting the genius into a new realm where the body triumphs over the mind. Fischer must battle for control or face the destruction of his life’s ambition.

    Inspired by true events.
  • The Ethel Party
    | One-Act | 1958 in Washington, D.C.: Three African-American journalists prepare to host the Nixons. When the White House meets the Black press, everyone has to play a little party game called "segregation."
  • Shanghaied
    | 10-Minute | What if people moving to Oregon from California got “lost” in Portland’s Old Town tunnels? It’s a ghost of an idea, but it just might work.
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
    | 10-Minute | Open-water champion swimmer Diana Nyad must keep coach Bonnie Stoll on her team if she hopes to complete her quest to be the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Inspired by true events.
  • Mushroom Roulette
    | 10-Minute | Don’t bet on love.
    A newly engaged couple could be lost in each others' arms if they weren't lost in the woods.
  • Do You Take This Woman
    | 10-Minute | A writer married to an art critic leaves her mark with one final creation.
  • Get Closer
    | 10-Minute | Five women. Three generations. One photograph. A few secrets.
    Happy Mother's Day.
  • Free Love
    | 10-Minute | What's your fantasy?
 Vanessa's is to bring back the swingin' 70s for one night with a Free Love party. When she and her friend Daniel explore their repressed desire,
they enter a whole new era of bare cheeks and toe licking.
    Revisit the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
  • The Big Blow
    | 10-Minute | 1962: Two strangers weathering the Columbus Day Storm face things getting much darker before the dawn. You can't outrun Mother Nature.
  • Black Press in the White House
    | 5-Minute | Washington, D.C., 1961. Three black journalists struggle over going along with the President or rising up. Inspired by true events.