Diana Grisanti

Diana Grisanti

Diana Grisanti is a Playwright in Residence at Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky. Her plays include The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep (premiere: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte); River City (NNPN Rolling World Premiere); Abilene; Semantics; and The Class of ’94 (commissioned and produced by Weber State University). She was a contributing writer on the bluegrass-inspired anthology That High Lonesome Sound, which...
Diana Grisanti is a Playwright in Residence at Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky. Her plays include The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep (premiere: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte); River City (NNPN Rolling World Premiere); Abilene; Semantics; and The Class of ’94 (commissioned and produced by Weber State University). She was a contributing writer on the bluegrass-inspired anthology That High Lonesome Sound, which premiered in the 2015 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

She has written multiple plays for young actors and audiences: Dorina and the Plague (Commonwealth Theatre Center); Extracurricular, or The World Is Caving In on My Little Brain (Idyllwild Arts Academy); and The Starkweather-South High School Physics Club First Annual End-of-Year Lock-In, or Ghost Party (commissioned and produced by Cleveland Play House).

She has also co-written three plays with her spouse and colleague, Steve Moulds: The Two Lobbyists of Verona, the first world premiere in the history of Kentucky Shakespeare; The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn, a serialized epic in 11 parts; and The Baker Goes to War, a socialist play for children.

Diana was a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center, the inaugural recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award, a finalist for the Dramatist Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, an Al Smith Fellow through the Kentucky Arts Council, and a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is at work on a play for the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage (StageOne Family Theatre commission), and an ethnographic play about Vanderbilt’s women’s bowling team--2018 NCAA champs!

Plays

  • The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep
    Ada is a customer service specialist with a thirst for justice and bout of insomnia. When she receives a call from a woman in need, she takes a trip and tries to help. But things go wrong. Terribly wrong. With the aid of pop psychiatry and divine intervention, Ada must confront her regrets, past and present, if she's ever going to sleep again.
  • River City
    Just weeks after her father’s death, Mary discovers a childhood photograph of him from a past he never talked about. Determined to excavate her heritage, Mary goes on a quest to uncover a half-century of family and town secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. Sometimes, going back home means leaving life behind.
  • Dorina and the Plague
    Many generations ago (though not as many as you might think) a terrible plague descended on the inhabitants of a remote Italian mountain village. While doctors, con artists, and civic leaders scramble for a cure – and for profit – the intrepid Dorina takes matters into her own hands in this new fairy tale full of charlatans, rats, evil stepmothers, and some curiously powerful cloves of garlic.
  • The Two Lobbyists of Verona (co-written with Steve Moulds)
    Welcome to fair Verona, where we lay our scene—Verona, Kentucky, that is. This small Rust Belt town has just been wrecked by a massive storm (a tempest, actually). The storm’s silver lining? Undiscovered oil and gas deposits buried deep within the shale. While lobbyists promise unprecedented prosperity in exchange for some “light fracking,” County Council President Katie Connelly fights to spare her town...
    Welcome to fair Verona, where we lay our scene—Verona, Kentucky, that is. This small Rust Belt town has just been wrecked by a massive storm (a tempest, actually). The storm’s silver lining? Undiscovered oil and gas deposits buried deep within the shale. While lobbyists promise unprecedented prosperity in exchange for some “light fracking,” County Council President Katie Connelly fights to spare her town further destruction with her own plan to jumpstart the local economy: The World of Will, a one-stop shop for all things Shakespeare. Will Verona, Kentucky become the next Stratford-upon-Avon? Or will theatrical invention fall before the mighty power of big oil? The Two Lobbyists of Verona is a comedy about loyalty and betrayal, ambition and defeat. There’s also some iambic pentameter in there, with respect to the Bard.
  • Abilene
    A week before her 18th birthday, Louise and her stepbrother Justin run away from Texas to start a new life in Nashville. But when their parents follow them, Justin’s country music dreams get sidetracked, secrets come out, and Louise's birthday party explodes.