Dale Dunn

Dale Dunn

DALE DUNN

Dale is a playwright, dramaturg and teacher living in Santa Fe, NM. Her latest play, THE BIG HEARTLESS was a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a finalist in the Ashland New Play Festival, and the The Actor's Theater of Louisville's Humana Festival. It received a workshop production at Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming in April, 2018...
DALE DUNN

Dale is a playwright, dramaturg and teacher living in Santa Fe, NM. Her latest play, THE BIG HEARTLESS was a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a finalist in the Ashland New Play Festival, and the The Actor's Theater of Louisville's Humana Festival. It received a workshop production at Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming in April, 2018 and enjoyed a sold-out run at W21 in Santa Fe in 2019. Other plays include BODY BURDEN, (Best New Play, 2009, Albuquerque Journal), SWORN TO WATER (Commissioned by Theaterwork), OUR PLACE (Women’s Voices, 2011), PARAKEET LOVE (The Seven, Fusion Theater’s 10 Minute Play Contest, 2014), DWI, DRIVING WHILE INNOCENT (1st place, First Stage LA One-Act Contest, 2015) ARMED AND DANGEROUS (The Second Seven at Fusion Theater, 2016; Finalist, Actors’ Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award for 10-Minute Plays, 2017) and GUN PLAY (The Seven at Fusion Theater, 2017, the Samuel French OOB Festival and the Tout' Tout Court Festival in Montreal, 2019). She received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Gun Play
    The stakes are raised between an abused woman and her husband when he brings a gun into their home.
  • The Big Heartless
    Mac, a wildlife biologist, has retreated to the backwoods of Montana to work with the controversial Wolf Reintroduction Project. Though savoring his reclusive lifestyle, Mac tolerates interruptions from his elderly neighbors and their teenage granddaughter.  But when Mac's nephew and a friend blow in, seeking refuge from a tough-love reform school, the characters’ isolated worlds collide. The Big Heartless...
    Mac, a wildlife biologist, has retreated to the backwoods of Montana to work with the controversial Wolf Reintroduction Project. Though savoring his reclusive lifestyle, Mac tolerates interruptions from his elderly neighbors and their teenage granddaughter.  But when Mac's nephew and a friend blow in, seeking refuge from a tough-love reform school, the characters’ isolated worlds collide. The Big Heartless explores our tendency to lock up or kill anything we fear or don’t understand.  
  • The Language of Love
    A woman in search of love online, discovers it's right there at her local bar when an impassioned student of Spanish recites a Pablo Neruda poem that casts an enchanting spell.
  • DWI (Driving While Innocent)
    A couple searches for a thread of sanity to hold onto after their teenage daughter and four of her friends are killed by a drunk driver who is found innocent at his trial.
  • Our Place
    In the not too distant future, where it's every man and woman for themselves, a mother and her daughter move in to government housing and discover they are not alone. How they deal with the situation speaks to our willingness to push others out of the nest, if necessary, to save ourselves.
  • Body Burden
    Kate Pendleton is on the road, going nowhere. She has recently lost a baby, a husband and her job. She ends up back at her childhood home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where she is taken in by her divorced parents: Fran, a mother in denial, and Will, a father fighting bouts of inexplicable rage. With the help of an old friend from the nearby pueblo of San Ildefonso, as well as the ghost of Robert Oppenheimer,...
    Kate Pendleton is on the road, going nowhere. She has recently lost a baby, a husband and her job. She ends up back at her childhood home in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where she is taken in by her divorced parents: Fran, a mother in denial, and Will, a father fighting bouts of inexplicable rage. With the help of an old friend from the nearby pueblo of San Ildefonso, as well as the ghost of Robert Oppenheimer, and a time-traveling Girl Scout, Kate sets out to piece her life back together, uncovering the hazards of growing up in the birthplace of the atomic bomb.