Tim J. Lord

Tim J. Lord

Tim J. Lord is a 2017-18 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. A native of St. Louis who has spent the last ten years in New York—five of them with his wife, the director Nicole A. Watson—his plays are still very much rooted in the Midwest, exploring the relationships between communities and the physical landscapes they inhabit often via our shared mythologies. His plays explore characters in...
Tim J. Lord is a 2017-18 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. A native of St. Louis who has spent the last ten years in New York—five of them with his wife, the director Nicole A. Watson—his plays are still very much rooted in the Midwest, exploring the relationships between communities and the physical landscapes they inhabit often via our shared mythologies. His plays explore characters in conflict with their world — permanent malcontents, journeyers, people who are resisting or escaping or failing to escape the fates written for them by the places that made them. In May 2013 he worked on Peloponnesus with his alma mater for the inaugural Knox College New Plays Festival. Neil Blackadder directed, and a play which, in many ways, he began writing twenty years ago finally came home. It received a workshop production with the Cutout Theater in April 2016. Fault & Fold received workshops at the Barn Arts Collective in Maine and at the Lark in New York City. Down in the face of God premiered in May 2012 with the Vagrancy in LA. In March of 2012, they also workshopped the play. Prior to that it had a Roundtable at the Lark. In January 2009, “We declare you a terrorist…” received a reading at the Public Theater. It went on to be developed at the New Harmony Project where it was directed by Richard Hamburger and featured Bruce McKenzie. The play premiered as part of the 2009 Summer Play Festival at the Public in New York directed by Niegel Smith. His play The Secret History of Caleb Caan was a part of the first ever NNPN/ Kennedy Center’s University Playwrights Workshop, where it was directed by Jasson Minnadakis and dramaturged by Mark Routhier. He wrote “GEO/LOGIC” for Tiny Rhino. “Bureau of Land Management” was part of Working Theater’s 2012 Directors Salon. “Department of the Interior” was a commission for Chalk Rep’s 2010 Flash Festival and a 2011 Heideman finalist. “Montana Lovesong” was a finalist for the 2007 Heideman Award and was produced as part of their Actors Apprentice Showcase. And “Putin Play #151” was included in 300 Plays about Vladimir Putin at Rude Mechs in Austin. Tim has collaborated with actor, director, Bedlam company member, and Army veteran Stephan Wolfert on numerous projects. These include acting in and working as a dramaturg on Wolfert’s adaptation of Richard III; and, as a writer, Red, Black & Blue, about the experiences and exploits of African-Americans in the US Military. He is also working on a commission, Over Before We Get There, a play based on the short stories of Vietnam vet and St. Louisan Nick Corea. He is a regular volunteer at the 52nd Street Project which works with the kids of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to introduce them to theater and art in general and just the amazing power of their imaginations. For them he wrote the plays "Uprooted," "Men of Science!!," "Polar Bear Service & Repair," and “Hell’s Kitchen House of Hellish Horror.” Tim studied with Paula Vogel while a resident of Providence, RI, and is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Plays

  • Peloponnesus
    The Southern Illinois towns of New Athens and Sparta share a lot of history. When New Athens native Tom returns after years of running away from his past and gets involved with Rachel, a Sparta girl with quite a past of her own, history shows just how unrelenting it can be. (4 men, 3 women)
  • We declare you a terrorist...
    Years after being held hostage in a Moscow theater by terrorists demanding an end to Russia’s war in Chechnya, one man is still haunted by the relationships he made during the crisis and unable to move past the tragic events that surrounded the siege’s conclusion. In a desperate attempt to understand where he and his country have come to he attempts to sneak into Chechnya only to be captured by Russian agents...
    Years after being held hostage in a Moscow theater by terrorists demanding an end to Russia’s war in Chechnya, one man is still haunted by the relationships he made during the crisis and unable to move past the tragic events that surrounded the siege’s conclusion. In a desperate attempt to understand where he and his country have come to he attempts to sneak into Chechnya only to be captured by Russian agents and suspected of being a terrorist himself. All alone in an interrogation room on the Russian frontier he is forced to confront just what happened during those sixty hours in 2002.
  • Down in the face of God
    Life for the kids of Thebes, Illinois, is a predetermined sort of thing: short with a bloody end, so when a new kid shows up in town with no regard for curses and gods he threatens to turn the old order on its head. But just what brought him to town and the destruction that follows could overthrow a lot more. (5 women, 3 men)
  • 11 Hills of San Francisco
    Kansas City to San Francisco and all the land in between. All the mountains, all the space, all the people, and all the faces. Can you cross the desert, or do you carry it with you? What does it take to cross that expanse? What does it take to make it? (5 men, 3 women)
  • Uprooted
    After being turned into a tree, Daphne awakes in Apollo's private garden and plots her escape. Unfortunately, her only ally is a bumbling botanist who's more interested (and more capable) in expanding the scientific record than mounting a rescue. A contemporary riff on the Daphne & Apollo myth.
  • Montana Lovesong
    The parallel stories of a too-brief romance and a search for missing government property
  • The Good Housekeeping Guide to the Coming Apocalypse
    It’s just another typical morning before school at Jimmy and Jilly’s house-That is, if you consider Mom cooking up potions and Dad fighting demons from the Ninth Circle of Hell “normal.”
  • God's Love Poured Out in Texas
    A 3-part, 10-minute series of monologues tracking the disappearance of a prisoner's corpse in a Texas prison
  • Lonesome Valley
    Two spies, an illicit romance, one vicious act that needs correcting.
  • Department of the Interior
    Agent Mark Rollins has kept the Department of the Interior running through good times and bad, lean times and fat, school days and federal holidays. But now he faces his greatest challenge ever, a nosy president and an American public who’s never even heard of his department. (a cast of thousands, assuming you have a giant audience)
  • Men of Science!!
    The Mad Scientist Rex and his lab assistant Harold try to save the world from greed and a set of sizable, splenetic sea slugs!
  • Polar Bear Service & Repair
    Two guys meet on the road en route to new jobs and new lives, only their epic road trip ends up being a bit more epic than either of them expected.