Zan Hall

Zan Hall

Playwright. Jazz piano/flute musician. Former jet aircraft mechanic.

Zan is an award-winning playwright. She is an eclectic writer of dark comedies, serious quests, murder mysteries. She has worked in various mediums, writing for radio, stage and independent film. "I like to experiment with my work in order to make it better defined for audience understanding with a clear purpose. I...
Playwright. Jazz piano/flute musician. Former jet aircraft mechanic.

Zan is an award-winning playwright. She is an eclectic writer of dark comedies, serious quests, murder mysteries. She has worked in various mediums, writing for radio, stage and independent film. "I like to experiment with my work in order to make it better defined for audience understanding with a clear purpose. I also like honing it with details that enrich the theatrical experience."

Plays

  • Lotto & Raffles & Sweepstakes - Oh My!
    Mamie Fleischbottom is a million dollar sweepstakes winner - to her regret. (10 min)
  • Ethereal Killer
    Midge is about to have her 1st psychotherapy session with a psychopath, unbeknownst to her, making it her last psychotherapy session but the beginning of a beautiful working relationship of Murder Inc. (10 minutes)

    Festival award and production with Studio Players, Lexington, KY.
    Six Women Play Contest production.
  • The Counterfeit Dick
    Bernard Fiddlefeiffer is a whiney hypochondriac whose life is about to spin out of control. He is a hot 1930s writer of detective fiction who is the opposite of Dan Kulligan, the alter-ego dashing hero of his novels. Kulligan, very real to a devoted reading audience, becomes a little too real for Bernard, making an unwanted three-dimensional appearance in his life.

    This play won contest...
    Bernard Fiddlefeiffer is a whiney hypochondriac whose life is about to spin out of control. He is a hot 1930s writer of detective fiction who is the opposite of Dan Kulligan, the alter-ego dashing hero of his novels. Kulligan, very real to a devoted reading audience, becomes a little too real for Bernard, making an unwanted three-dimensional appearance in his life.

    This play won contest finalist with Shawnee Playhouse and was produced, winning Audience Favorite.
  • SILVER HORIZONS or how I learned to love black holes
    BETTE is an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History who also happens to have Multiple Sclerosis and is a divorcee because her ex-husband could not cope with the progression of her disease. Her bipolar daughter LYNETTE moved back with her mother after leaving a professorial position at Hunter College because she felt overwhelmed with her emotional disorder.

    Their friend FREDRIC is...
    BETTE is an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History who also happens to have Multiple Sclerosis and is a divorcee because her ex-husband could not cope with the progression of her disease. Her bipolar daughter LYNETTE moved back with her mother after leaving a professorial position at Hunter College because she felt overwhelmed with her emotional disorder.

    Their friend FREDRIC is in a mid-career, mid-life crisis and although he has a cavalier attitude he is unsure how to cope with the changing technology which has taken his job from him and challenges his ability to survive.

    BEN is an astrophysicist at AMNH who is working on a Black Hole Theory with Bette and they are about to embark on an amazing discovery. He strikes up a warm relationship with BETTE who is unsure how to take a new romance in her tumultuous life.

    The play is about the interrelationships of these characters as they cope with physical and emotional diseases while trying to maintain an equilibrium in the furor of life’s challenges.
  • Nowhere Else To Go But Out
    The play is a mystical romance.

    Jessica has traveled from Chicago, Illinois to woodlands just outside of the city to commit suicide. She ingests a fair number of pills but it is not enough to kill her. She falls into a deep sleep under a tree but is awakened by a thunderstorm, the cold rain reviving her.

    She sees a cabin through the rain that looks abandoned. She goes to it...
    The play is a mystical romance.

    Jessica has traveled from Chicago, Illinois to woodlands just outside of the city to commit suicide. She ingests a fair number of pills but it is not enough to kill her. She falls into a deep sleep under a tree but is awakened by a thunderstorm, the cold rain reviving her.

    She sees a cabin through the rain that looks abandoned. She goes to it in the hopes of finding shelter for a brief respite. She knocks several times but no one answers. She enters. David, the cabin's inhabitant, seemingly appears out of nowhere and is angry that she has invaded his privacy.

    Throughout the course of the play, Jessica discovers that her protector is her jailor, unwilling to let her leave the cabin. As the play unfolds, he discovers he also is a prisoner of the cabin. David is an odd man who suffers memory lapses and is unable to recall events past 1934. The play twists and turns through emotional and romantic turmoil between the characters, ending on a surreal mystical note.
  • The Punch Bowl Bumpoff
    Written in the terse, clipped style of the old-time 1930s hack masters of mystery, The Punch Bowl Bumpoff is a farcical send-up of the dime detective novel. Our snoopy shamus, Slats Flannagan, has bent elbows with the likes of Sam Spade and Nick Charles at John’s Grill in San Francisco. He once shared an office with Philip Marlowe, who’s still tailing him for back rent.

    Slats is investigating...
    Written in the terse, clipped style of the old-time 1930s hack masters of mystery, The Punch Bowl Bumpoff is a farcical send-up of the dime detective novel. Our snoopy shamus, Slats Flannagan, has bent elbows with the likes of Sam Spade and Nick Charles at John’s Grill in San Francisco. He once shared an office with Philip Marlowe, who’s still tailing him for back rent.

    Slats is investigating the death of millionaire toy magnate Simoleans Van Rich who was murdered at the Got-It-All Country Club in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. On the ill-fated gala evening he was to receive the Prestigious Man Award he was found in the cocktail lounge drugged and drowned in the punch bowl, his head held under the floating fruit slices.

    Our sleuth sets out to solve a murder that takes him into a world of intrigues of the rich and powerful as well as connections to the Chinese syndicate involving opium smuggling and stolen imperial art treasures.

    Characters: 11. 7 men, 3 women, 1 either sex. One of the main characters is doubled which makes 10 actors.
    Running time: Two Acts. Approximately 1:20.
    Two sets.
  • Ethereal Killer
    In this dark comedy, Midge Evans is about to have her first nightmare therapy session with bizarre Dr. Scott, who is in reality a psychopathic killer. (30 minutes)

    IAAM Productions independent film (2019)
    Audience Choice Winner with Shawnee Playhouse. Shawnee, Pa
    Off-Broadway Studio Theatre, IAAM Productions
    Winner One-Act Play Festival, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

  • An Incredible Journey to Chauyuan
    Half-Tibetan, half-Chinese Hsu comes of age in Communist China.
  • Shop Till You Drop
    A woman's descent into compulsive shopping and her struggle to return to sanity.
  • W.A.S.P.
    A story about seven women who flew warplanes for the U.S. during WWII. Their existence deleted from history, they fought for recognition and recently won the 2009 Congressional Gold Medal.

    "From a pool of national and international playwrights Zan’s play W.A.S.P. (Women Airforce Service Pilots) was a clear standout." Michael Mueller, Head of Acting, Fullerton College, CA.
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    A story about seven women who flew warplanes for the U.S. during WWII. Their existence deleted from history, they fought for recognition and recently won the 2009 Congressional Gold Medal.

    "From a pool of national and international playwrights Zan’s play W.A.S.P. (Women Airforce Service Pilots) was a clear standout." Michael Mueller, Head of Acting, Fullerton College, CA.

    "It was interesting to see how Hall would bring this program to life through a theatre production. The answer to that was not the props or the clothing (although the prop designs were nicely detailed), but rather it all came down to the characters." The Hornet, Fullerton newspaper.