Diane Almeter Jones

Diane Almeter Jones

Diane Almeter Jones is a feminist playwright, props master, film set decorator, graphic designer, and freelance artist from Buffalo, NY. She can be found propping for theater houses in Buffalo, as well as for Actionplay, an inspired theater company for non-neurotypical young people in NYC. Film work includes Marshall, Cold Brook, The True Adventures of Wolfboy, and Crown Vic.

As a nontraditional...
Diane Almeter Jones is a feminist playwright, props master, film set decorator, graphic designer, and freelance artist from Buffalo, NY. She can be found propping for theater houses in Buffalo, as well as for Actionplay, an inspired theater company for non-neurotypical young people in NYC. Film work includes Marshall, Cold Brook, The True Adventures of Wolfboy, and Crown Vic.

As a nontraditional student, Almeter Jones returned to Buffalo State College obtaining her BA in Art, with a minor in Theater. It was there, in an Introduction to Theater class, that she wrote her first play, which eventually grew into Forget Me Not, a love story to her grandparents during World War II. In the summer of 2019, the piece was performed to accolades at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Continuing to hone her skills as an artist, Almeter Jones draws from the environment around her. Her desire to combine the elements of family history with the importance of shining light on mental health advocacy is a recurrent theme in her work.

Plays

  • Forget Me Not
    In 1983, Diane, a young wife living with precarious mental health, draws strength from the ghost of her recently departed grandmother, June. Diane returns with June, back to fateful mid-winter night in 1945 where June has locked herself in the homestead attic, conjuring a three-handed card game with her husband, Harry, and brother-in-law, Francis, both infantrymen fighting overseas in the waning days of World...
    In 1983, Diane, a young wife living with precarious mental health, draws strength from the ghost of her recently departed grandmother, June. Diane returns with June, back to fateful mid-winter night in 1945 where June has locked herself in the homestead attic, conjuring a three-handed card game with her husband, Harry, and brother-in-law, Francis, both infantrymen fighting overseas in the waning days of World War Two. Based on truth, Forget Me Not weaves a vivid and somewhat surrealistic tale of living and dying, peppered with family stories, and excerpts from war letters, all from a small New York oil town.

Recommended by Diane Almeter Jones

  • HEARTS OF STONE
    6 Aug. 2020
    Donna Hoke’s characters: Lydia, Lizley, Doomsday, Dummy, and DeGaulle thoroughly engage the audience with their mysterious relationships. The ghostly dialogue between a small-town teacher and long dead inhabitants of an insane asylum is magnetic. Hoke’s exploration of institutionalization for reasons other than mental illness during the turn of the century 1800’s to the 1900’s, is to be applauded.