Dianne Nora

Dianne Nora

Dianne Nora is a playwright, dramaturg, and comedy writer who lives and works in Chicago, Brooklyn, and Dublin, Ireland. She was a 2018-2019 member of Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, where she was commissioned to write Ruth: a Living Document about the Life ofRuth Bader Ginsburg. She recently assisted her mentor Tracy Letts on the world premiere and Broadway productions of his play The Minutes, a finalist...
Dianne Nora is a playwright, dramaturg, and comedy writer who lives and works in Chicago, Brooklyn, and Dublin, Ireland. She was a 2018-2019 member of Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, where she was commissioned to write Ruth: a Living Document about the Life ofRuth Bader Ginsburg. She recently assisted her mentor Tracy Letts on the world premiere and Broadway productions of his play The Minutes, a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. She collaborated with Scott Dikkers, founding editor of The Onion, on his new book Welcome to the Future Which is Mine by (Not) Elon Musk, available everywhere from Grand Central Publishing, also available as an audiobook read by comedian James Adomian. In 2019, an abbreviated version of her play Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe, where The Spectator named it the "Best of the Fringe." Her Zoom play for young audiences, Journey Around My Bedroom, was produced at New Ohio Theatre in 2020, and recommended by The New York Times. She is currently developing Mesmer, an audioplay, with Jonathan L. Green, and an original pilot about the life of writer Leigh Brackett with the Sundance Institute. BA: New York University; MPhil: Trinity College Dublin; MFA: Columbia University School of the Arts.

Plays

  • Ruth: A Living Document about the Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Commissioned by the Goodman Theatre, as part of their Playwrights Unit 2018-2019.

    In this play, a fictionalized Ruth convenes a chorus of eight women to tell the story of her life through standup, stories, and scenes. The play offers a human side to Ruth's enduring legacy as an activist, jurist, and icon. The play offers of a glimpse of a Court that reflects the diverse identities of...
    Commissioned by the Goodman Theatre, as part of their Playwrights Unit 2018-2019.

    In this play, a fictionalized Ruth convenes a chorus of eight women to tell the story of her life through standup, stories, and scenes. The play offers a human side to Ruth's enduring legacy as an activist, jurist, and icon. The play offers of a glimpse of a Court that reflects the diverse identities of American women today, a Court that lives up to Ruth's vision for when the Court would have enough women: "when there are nine."
  • Journey Around My Bedroom
    Xavi is a little girl with a big imagination, stranded alone in her bedroom. When a mysterious visitor drops by looking for a missing part to fix his magical flying machine, they explore the hidden depths of her room and use the power of imagination to turn her isolation into an epic indoor voyage. This online interactive experience borrows techniques of the Victorian toy theatre (like paper cutout characters)...
    Xavi is a little girl with a big imagination, stranded alone in her bedroom. When a mysterious visitor drops by looking for a missing part to fix his magical flying machine, they explore the hidden depths of her room and use the power of imagination to turn her isolation into an epic indoor voyage. This online interactive experience borrows techniques of the Victorian toy theatre (like paper cutout characters) and combines them with contemporary style puppetry and original songs. Designed specifically for online viewing, it invites viewers to turn their cameras on to participate in select scenes. A post-show talkback after each performance invites them to meet the puppeteers, ask questions, and explore behind-the-scenes. Audience members will also receive a printable puppet template that they can make and color at home.

    This is an opportunity for families quarantined together to share some quality fun time together; and for extended families, who can't get together physically, to enjoy a shared virtual experience.

    Journey Around My Bedroom is loosely inspired by a work of the same title by the 18th-century French writer Xavier de Maistre—a peculiar travelogue conceived during six-weeks of house arrest—that transformed his confinement into a fresh perspective on his life.
  • Monica: This Play Is Not About Monica Lewinsky
    Through a series of scenes between a woman--let's call her Monica--and different imagined lovers, this play asks what the cost of intimacy is, how we reckon with our past selves, and what we talk about when we talk about Other Women.
  • In the dark times, will there also be singing?
    Dianne is seeking development opportunities for this play.

    Martha Truman and Thomas Fairweather meet by chance on an airplane -- a brief liaison that ultimately ends in a life-altering tragedy. An unlikely pair, one is the rebellious daughter of a successful capitalist and the other a missionary of a fringe sect of Christianity, encountering the world outside his community for the first time. A...
    Dianne is seeking development opportunities for this play.

    Martha Truman and Thomas Fairweather meet by chance on an airplane -- a brief liaison that ultimately ends in a life-altering tragedy. An unlikely pair, one is the rebellious daughter of a successful capitalist and the other a missionary of a fringe sect of Christianity, encountering the world outside his community for the first time. A year later, the still shaken Thomas travels to meet Martha’s family. With the country in turmoil as class tensions between workers and the landed elite continue to rise, a general strike has left the Trumans isolated on their estate. Over a few short days, the family is visited by a series of plague-like misfortunes. As the family crumbles, and the natural world encroaches on their carefully kept estate, their well-guarded reality quickly becomes a fever dream spiraling out of control.
  • Come Here to Me
    Dianne is currently seeking development opportunities for this play.

    Aoife, a young Irish woman, and Grace, her American roommate, travel together from their home in Dublin to London, pursued by a ghost. Set in October 2018, this play offers a glimpse into the time after Ireland's historic vote to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, making abortion legal in the Republic...
    Dianne is currently seeking development opportunities for this play.

    Aoife, a young Irish woman, and Grace, her American roommate, travel together from their home in Dublin to London, pursued by a ghost. Set in October 2018, this play offers a glimpse into the time after Ireland's historic vote to repeal the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution, making abortion legal in the Republic of Ireland, but before the law had come into effect. As Aoife and Grace tackle issues of friendship, grief, and autonomy, Come Here to Me looks at the intersections of Irish and American culture, and the women's lives that hang in the balance.
  • Julie (25F)
    A raucous and raw reimagining of August Strindberg's Miss Julie.
  • In Rooms Such as These
    A dark comedy about f*cking and f*cking up.
  • Wasps
    Wasps tells the story of George Worth and his hyper-dysfunctional family. George is branded as the ideal, all-American candidate when he's chosen as a Democratic nominee for US Senator. As George and his family come under greater media scrutiny, he becomes obsessed with the idea that his family home has been infested with wasps. Following George's failures and successes, Wasps takes an irreverent look...
    Wasps tells the story of George Worth and his hyper-dysfunctional family. George is branded as the ideal, all-American candidate when he's chosen as a Democratic nominee for US Senator. As George and his family come under greater media scrutiny, he becomes obsessed with the idea that his family home has been infested with wasps. Following George's failures and successes, Wasps takes an irreverent look at the role of media and democracy in the Age of Terror.
  • Everybody's Legs
    Everybody's Legs is an examination of bodies and trauma, tracing one family's lineage through movement and text.
  • Western Country
    The lives of five women are brought together in this Western set on Chicago's West Side.