Lisa Sanaye Dring

Lisa Sanaye Dring

Lisa was honored as a recipient of the 2020/21 PLAY LA Stage Raw/Humanitas Prize. The Wicked One (formerly known as The 626 Project) was a finalist for the Relentless Award, a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a play she co-wrote with Chelsea...
Lisa was honored as a recipient of the 2020/21 PLAY LA Stage Raw/Humanitas Prize. The Wicked One (formerly known as The 626 Project) was a finalist for the Relentless Award, a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a play she co-wrote with Chelsea Sutton, was nominated for 8 Ovation Awards including Best Production (winner of 5). Lisa's work has been developed/produced by The New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, East West Players, Circle X, SCF @ Son of Semele, Playwrights’ Arena, Rogue Artists Ensemble, The Motor Company and Theatre of NOTE. She is currently working on a commission for Rogue Artists Ensemble. Lisa is a member of East West Players’ Playwrights Group and a MacDowell Fellow. She is slated to go to Yaddo when we go back to breathing the same air.

Plays

  • SUMO
    SUMO is a story about the pursuit of the impossible. Six fighters train, eat, love, play and ultimately compete, carving themselves and one another into the men they dream of being.
  • The Wicked One
    The Wicked One is the story of a mother faced with a brutal decision. Based on a true story out
    of Rosemead, California, a terminal cancer diagnosis forces a first-generation Laotian immigrant
    to confront her son's schizophrenia. The Wicked One explores the piercing isolation
    experienced by single mothers, the shame around mental illness that often plagues Asian
    families, and...
    The Wicked One is the story of a mother faced with a brutal decision. Based on a true story out
    of Rosemead, California, a terminal cancer diagnosis forces a first-generation Laotian immigrant
    to confront her son's schizophrenia. The Wicked One explores the piercing isolation
    experienced by single mothers, the shame around mental illness that often plagues Asian
    families, and the heft of having to carry your culture with you in a foreign land.

    Finalist for the Relentless Award, semi-finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights' Conference. Developed with The New Group and Circle X Theatre Co. Initially written as a part of The Vagrancy's Blossoming Series.
  • The Sea
    A woman falls in love with a man. They start a family and she discovers something about that love which shakes the core of her being.

  • __________ // ________ // ___ or Louisville // Kentucky // USA
    In the not-so-distant future, a politically polarized America splits into two nations. Part of the new border carves around [Louisville], separating the blue city from an otherwise red [Kentucky]. Two neighboring families find themselves on either side of this divide, unearthing old and new questions of boundaries, ownership, and what it means to call a place home.

    _________ // _________ // ___...
    In the not-so-distant future, a politically polarized America splits into two nations. Part of the new border carves around [Louisville], separating the blue city from an otherwise red [Kentucky]. Two neighboring families find themselves on either side of this divide, unearthing old and new questions of boundaries, ownership, and what it means to call a place home.

    _________ // _________ // ___ takes place in Louisville, Kentucky for its premiere with the
    fabulous folks at Actors Theatre of Louisville. But it could take place in Detroit, Austin, Reno,
    Oklahoma City—any blueish city in a reddish state.

  • Big Ones
    Big Ones is the story of people who probably definitely love each other as they encounter tectonic distress. Set in the hills of Mt. Washington at 3am tomorrow morning, two siblings and a significant other deal with emergency water supply, old wounds, online dating and Mom after The Motherfucking Big One hits.