J.Lois Diamond

J.Lois Diamond

J.Lois Diamond is a playwright, poet and performer. 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 work has been produced regionally and as part of The InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. Her play "Hello Ocean" had a reading at The 2018 William Inge Theater Festival....
J.Lois Diamond is a playwright, poet and performer. 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 work has been produced regionally and as part of The InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. Her play "Hello Ocean" had a reading at The 2018 William Inge Theater Festival. She has been a featured poet at The Cornelia St. Cafe. She is a member of Polaris North, Honor Roll and The Dramatists Guild, where she recently studied with Tina Howe. Her play "Growl" was produced as part of the 2019 Downtown Urban Arts Festival in 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 selected for publication in 2021 by Applause Books in an anthology entitled "She Persisted", cancelled due to the pandemic. 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. Her play "Growl" was accepted into the Last Frontier Theatre Conference for 2020, which has been postponed until 2021.

Plays

  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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?


  • 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?
  • 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.