Lisa Dillman

Lisa Dillman

Lisa Dillman's plays include GROUND, THE WALLS, AMERICAN WEE-PIE, ROCK SHORE, NO SUCH THING, SIX POSTCARDS, FLUNG, HALF OF PLENTY, and SHADY MEADOWS. Her work has been produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, American Theatre Company, Rogue Machine, Seattle Public Theatre, SPF-NYC, and many other companies. She has been commissioned by the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf...
Lisa Dillman's plays include GROUND, THE WALLS, AMERICAN WEE-PIE, ROCK SHORE, NO SUCH THING, SIX POSTCARDS, FLUNG, HALF OF PLENTY, and SHADY MEADOWS. Her work has been produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival, American Theatre Company, Rogue Machine, Seattle Public Theatre, SPF-NYC, and many other companies. She has been commissioned by the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, Northlight Theatre, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, where she is a company member and where AMERICAN WEE-PIE, SHADY MEADOWS, and THE WALLS all premiered), as well as by Centerstage, where her "Story of a House" was a part of the company's MY AMERICA video series, directed by Hal Hartley. She has also developed work at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, two stints at Philadelphia's PlayPenn Conference, The Women Playwrights Festival at Hedgebrook/ACT Theatre, and the National New Play Network. She was a member of the Goodman Theatre's inaugural Playwrights Unit. Her work is published by Samuel French, Playscripts Inc., Dramatic Publishing Company, Smith & Kraus, Heinemann, and New Issues Press, and she is a past recipient of the Sprenger-Lang New History Play Prize, the Morton R. Sarett National Playwright Award, and the Julie Harris–Beverly Hills Theatre Guild's Nesburn Prize. She is also a two-time recipient of the Illinois Arts Council's Artist Fellowship in Playwriting/Screenwriting and a three-time Joseph Jefferson Award nominee for Best New Work. Lisa currently serves as Literary Director at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble in Chicago.

Plays

  • HALF OF PLENTY
    When Holly and Marty Tindall become caregivers for Marty's ailing father, they hope to forge a utopia in the midst of suburban chaos. Instead a strange triangle evolves, and their home comes to serve as both a prison and a fortress against multiple threats from the outside world. HALF OF PLENTY is a pitch black comedy about isolation, the impact of fear on daily choices, and the high stakes of time passing by.
  • AMERICAN WEE-PIE
    A middle-aged textbook editor returns to his hometown and unexpectedly discovers a path to reinvention. American Wee-Pie is a comedy about economic recession, career second acts, and the sometimes life-changing power of a small, good thing.


  • THE WALLS
    A scholarly young woman confronts her mother's mental illness and tragic death, and the possible consequences of her own complicated inheritance in this time-bending play about the elusive nature of madness.
  • NO SUCH THING
    A middle-aged married woman takes an anonymous lover and begins an affair that blends sex and storytelling. Fact and fiction collide. No Such Thing examines the question of what makes a story--and the sometimes perilous consequences of finding one's bliss. Winner of the Morton R. Sarett New Play Award.
  • SIX POSTCARDS
    Ethan has a house, a fiancée, and a steady job driving a forklift. He's also been sober for
    six months. But the church choir can't compare with Ethan's glory days fronting a band
    with his sister Mona. When she arrives in their small hometown to commemorate the
    anniversary of their mother's suicide, Ethan's tenuous grasp on stability is shaken by
    her promises...
    Ethan has a house, a fiancée, and a steady job driving a forklift. He's also been sober for
    six months. But the church choir can't compare with Ethan's glory days fronting a band
    with his sister Mona. When she arrives in their small hometown to commemorate the
    anniversary of their mother's suicide, Ethan's tenuous grasp on stability is shaken by
    her promises of a lucrative recording deal and one more magic night in Austin. Six Postcards is an
    exploration of familial bonds, the lure of fame, and the haunting power of memory.
  • GROUND
    When Zell Preston inherits her father's struggling pecan farm and moves back to her childhood home in Fronteras, New Mexico, she finds that the once tight-knit border community has changed radically. The government has cracked down on the undocumented immigrant population, dividing families and pitting neighbor against neighbor. Chuy Gallegos, foreman at the Preston farm for 30 years, wants the piece of...
    When Zell Preston inherits her father's struggling pecan farm and moves back to her childhood home in Fronteras, New Mexico, she finds that the once tight-knit border community has changed radically. The government has cracked down on the undocumented immigrant population, dividing families and pitting neighbor against neighbor. Chuy Gallegos, foreman at the Preston farm for 30 years, wants the piece of land he says Zell's father promised him long ago. Ines Sandoval and her sister Angie Zelaya lobby for the return of their recently deported aunt. Angie's husband Carl Zelaya defends to his community and family his choice to work for the Border Patrol. And Cooper Daniels, industrial pecan grower and head of a civilian border surveillance group, forges ahead with a volunteer-built fence. These forces collide in Ground, which examines the human costs of immigration policies, and the strength of personal beliefs about family, home, and civil rights in the face of a shifting political and social landscape.