Tim J. Lord

Tim J. Lord

Tim J. Lord is the recipient of the inaugural Apothetae-Lark Fellowship for a writer with a disability and a 2017-18 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. A native of St. Louis, 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 work has been seen at the Public...
Tim J. Lord is the recipient of the inaugural Apothetae-Lark Fellowship for a writer with a disability and a 2017-18 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. A native of St. Louis, 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 work has been seen at the Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Lark, the New Harmony Project, NNPN/Kennedy Center, the Summer Play Festival, Pillsbury House + Theater, Working Theater, Circle Rep, the Cutout Theatre, the Vagrancy, and the Barn Arts Collective.

Tim 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

  • On Every Link a Heart Does Dangle; or, Owed
    The town of Thebes was once the jewel of Southern Illinois, but pregnant women and their unborn babies are suffering mysterious deaths and the town's leader has locked himself away, leaving the residents to cast about for answers. Suspicion falls on Mellie, a young woman born with a serious disability. Despised from birth by the gods and barely tolerated by the rest of town, it falls to her and the other...
    The town of Thebes was once the jewel of Southern Illinois, but pregnant women and their unborn babies are suffering mysterious deaths and the town's leader has locked himself away, leaving the residents to cast about for answers. Suspicion falls on Mellie, a young woman born with a serious disability. Despised from birth by the gods and barely tolerated by the rest of town, it falls to her and the other women of Thebes to wrest power from the man who has led them to catastrophe in this radical reimagining of the Oedipus myth.
  • Fault & Fold
    In the middle of an ambush at the height of the "surge" in Afghanistan, a female Marine kills the sister of an Afghani translator just trying to flee the Taliban and get a visa to live in the States, Shattered, isolated, and unable to cope with life in peacetime, they wrestle with themselves and each other, trying find their feet on ground that is always shifting.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • G-Men!
    Dateline: 1956, The Big City! Special Assistant Deputy Director Ray Norman and his crackerjack agents are on the trail of a mad, dress-wearing bomber who’s blowing up ladies’ clothing stores. Led by no less than J. Edgar himself, our heroes brave a world full of liberals and commies and foreigners-Oh my! They banter, they quip, they defy time & space and rewrite history. They are…G-Men!
  • 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.