J.Lois Diamond

J.Lois Diamond

J.Lois Diamond is a playwright, poet and performer. She is a proud member of Polaris North, Honor Roll!, an advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40 and The Dramatists Guild, where she recently studied with Tina Howe.
Her full length, one-act, and ten-minute plays have been performed at various off-off Broadway venues, including Theater for the New City, The Wild Project and The Hudson...
J.Lois Diamond is a playwright, poet and performer. She is a proud member of Polaris North, Honor Roll!, an advocacy group of women+ playwrights over 40 and The Dramatists Guild, where she recently studied with Tina Howe.
Her full length, one-act, and ten-minute plays have been performed at various off-off Broadway venues, including Theater for the New City, The Wild Project and The Hudson Guild.
Her plays has been produced regionally and in Canada. Her work has been developed at The William Inge Theater Festival and The Valdez Theatre Conference. She has been a featured poet at The Cornelia St. Cafe.
Her play "Growl" was produced at Downtown Urban Arts Festival (NYC). It had a reading at The Shattered Glass Project in Seattle, and a full production at Theatre Odyssey's One -Act Play Festival, Sarasota, where it was awarded runner up for best play. Her play "Slicing An Onion" was produced as part of The International Human Rights Art Festival at The Wild Project, NYC.
Two of her monologues were published by Applause Books in 2021 in an anthology entitled "She Persisted". A monologue from her play “Purdah“ was included in Smith and Kraus' anthology The Best Women's Stage monologues 2021, and one from her play “Clare” is part of the 2022 Women’s anthology. Her play "I Feel Good!" was scheduled to be produced at The Signature Theatre as part of The Downtown Urban Arts Festival June 2020, cancelled due to the pandemic.

Plays

  • Menapace
    It’s 2020 in Bolzano, Italy. A 96 year old Lidia Menapace travels to a school to speak to female students about her life, but what does she want from them?
  • Growl
    Simin Behbahani is heading to Paris to read her poetry when she is detained in the Tehran airport. Despite being 82 and almost blind, she is interrogated throughout the night. Will her principles prove to be stronger than her fears?
  • Love Gone Viral
    Laura’s marriage is going stale until some young strangers intrude, but will Harry be able to rise to the occasion? A pandemic love story.
  • Lady of The Cells
    This play was inspired by the life of the neurobiologist Rita-Levi Montalcini. Rita is driven to discover the mysteries of the nervous system and won’t let anyone stop her. Not the sexism of her father, Mussolini’s fascists, or the Nazis who occupy Italy. Through these obstacles, she develops a single minded determination to succeed. Will she ever get the recognition she so desperately desires?
  • Clare
    It’s Hong Kong in the early 2000's. Famed war correspondent Clare Hollingworth is visited by a local journalism student, Annie Wong. Despite her advanced age and progressing senility, Clare fights to prove she is still the powerful reporter she always was. But is Annie really the naive protege we think she is? And who really is in control?
  • Purdah
    It is India under the Raj. Kamala marries into the most powerful family in the country but is treated cruelly by her in-laws. She struggles to end the evil custom of Purdah. Will anyone follow her lead?
  • The Shower
    It’s the 1970’s, suburbia. Adele desperately wants to get close to her teenage daughter Julie, but she’s rebellious, strong willed, and locked in the bathroom. Calamity ensues through the bathroom door in this inter generational comedy.
  • Palak Paneer
    Joe has just returned from serving in Afghanistan, and looks forward to a romantic Indian dinner with his wife Diane. Two loud older ladies enter the restaurant and abruptly alter the mood. A black comedy which explores how strangers are often forced to deal with one another in the city.
  • A Siri-Ous Situation
    In order to sort out his troubled life, REGGIE turns to SIRI (on his iPhone), but she only compounds his problems and their bizarre relationship explodes. A mad romp.
  • My Infinity Mask
    Abby desperately wants her neighbor to wear a mask, but struggles to get through to her. When all the spiritual/ ethical arguments fail, she pulls out all the stops in order to win her over.
    A Covid Monologue.
  • Zoom Caste
    This social satire takes place in a zoom session during the Covid nineteen pandemic. While the biggest challenge facing most participants is boredom, Person Four is desperately trying to survive in their tiny NY walk-up. A dark comedy.
  • Slicing An Onion
    Pria strives to find peace after surviving a shooting at her Sikh temple, and struggles to forgive , despite having been the target of xenophobic hatred and violence. She can forgive, but at what cost?


  • Hello Ocean
    Wendy, an admissions counselor at The Curtis Institute, is aggressively trying to recruit Rhonda, an African American piano student, when the ghost of Nina Simone barges in. She stirs up dark secrets, and fights for the vindication she failed to receive in life.
  • Mountain Dew
    Tanya, a modern teen, enters into a mystical bond with the ghost of Hannah Reynolds, a slave and the only civilian casualty of the Battle of Appomattox.
  • In Alabama
    Juliette Hampton Morgan struggles to overcome her own fears as she finds a way to transcend the narrow restrictions of her family and Alabama community to become a major Civil Rights Activist. Inspired by this real life heroine.
  • Are You Comfortable?
    Seventeen year old Lucy thinks it's a normal Friday evening at home with her mom when an intruder enters. A monologue.
  • Open Palms
    Alejandra is a dedicated teacher who loves her students. She know that if she is ever in any danger, her husband, an officer with the Uvalde Police Department, will come to the rescue. Or will he?
  • Rita
    Rita is driven to discover the mysteries of the nervous system and won’t let anyone stop her. Not the sexism of her father, Mussolini’s fascists, or the Nazis who occupy Italy. Through these obstacles, she develops a single minded determination to succeed. Will she be able to apply the same scientific intuition towards her own blind spots?