Eric Lane

Eric Lane

Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been performed worldwide. They are published by Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Dramatic Publishing and in Best American Short Plays. Premieres include the Adirondack Theatre Festival (commission), Summer Shorts at 59E59, WHAT, HERE, La MaMa, and Theatre Travels (Sydney). With Nina Shengold, Eric has edited 14 play anthologies for Penguin and Vintage Books,...
Eric Lane's award-winning plays have been performed worldwide. They are published by Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Dramatic Publishing and in Best American Short Plays. Premieres include the Adirondack Theatre Festival (commission), Summer Shorts at 59E59, WHAT, HERE, La MaMa, and Theatre Travels (Sydney). With Nina Shengold, Eric has edited 14 play anthologies for Penguin and Vintage Books, earning a Lambda Literary Award nomination.

Eric's works have been performed by Jennifer Aniston, Victor Williams, and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo. They have been developed at N.Y. Theatre Workshop, The Barrow Group, The Lark, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he is a Member Artist. His short films have screened around the globe, including at the British Film Institute and the Director’s Guild of America.

Honors include a Writers Guild Award, the Berrilla Kerr Playwriting Award and the La MaMa Playwright Award. He has received fellowships at Yaddo and St. James Cavalier in Malta. Eric is an honors graduate of Brown University. www.ericlanewrites.com

Plays

  • Ride
    Eric Lane’s poignant and hilarious play RIDE takes three teenage girls on a life-changing road trip. While Carrie and Molly would never hang out together at high school, the two form a fragile bond during their job at a local farm stand. Molly convinces Carrie to join her on an unexpected road trip, which deepens their connection. Sam, Carrie’s eleven-year-old sister, joins them and creates the bridge the older...
    Eric Lane’s poignant and hilarious play RIDE takes three teenage girls on a life-changing road trip. While Carrie and Molly would never hang out together at high school, the two form a fragile bond during their job at a local farm stand. Molly convinces Carrie to join her on an unexpected road trip, which deepens their connection. Sam, Carrie’s eleven-year-old sister, joins them and creates the bridge the older girls need to move forward. All three girls are keeping secrets, which unfold over the course of their adventure. Throughout the play, Carrie recalls the life of Anne Frank, the subject of a high-school composition. Carrie wonders if everybody isn’t living in hiding in their own secret annex. The girls’ true selves begin to emerge; their “ride” is both a physical and emotional one. The play been produced across the country and offers a terrific opportunity for three young actresses. Published by Dramatists Play Service.
  • Filming O'Keeffe
    Max’s current assignment is to make a short film about artist Georgia O’Keeffe for his high school art class. He and his classmate Lily work together and grow closer. But when Max’s estranged grandfather shows up unexpectedly, his world is turned upside down. His strong-willed mom’s secrets about their family are threatened. All four characters must figure out what they believe, and ultimately, who they are....
    Max’s current assignment is to make a short film about artist Georgia O’Keeffe for his high school art class. He and his classmate Lily work together and grow closer. But when Max’s estranged grandfather shows up unexpectedly, his world is turned upside down. His strong-willed mom’s secrets about their family are threatened. All four characters must figure out what they believe, and ultimately, who they are. FILMING O’KEEFFE takes place in the present on Lake George where the legendary artists O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz once lived together. This funny, moving play examines the power of memory and perception, and how art can transform our lives. Published by Dramatists Play Service
  • Lady Liberty and the Donut Girl
    Erin runs the donut station at the local supermarket. She meets Wes, who owes a ton of money and must pay it back fast. As the two grow closer, who's telling the truth? What is the truth, in this new comic drama about two teenage misfits seeking connection as they stumble into adulthood. Originally written as a popular 10-minute piece, it has been expanded and produced as a full-length play.
  • Times of War
    This award-winning play tells the story of one woman's struggles set against the backdrop of four wars—from World War II to the present. "Times of War" examines the changing American landscape over the past century. Written in four sections, it has been performed as one full-length evening, or as individual one-act plays. Printed by Dramatic Publishing.
    "The Nearness of You:...
    This award-winning play tells the story of one woman's struggles set against the backdrop of four wars—from World War II to the present. "Times of War" examines the changing American landscape over the past century. Written in four sections, it has been performed as one full-length evening, or as individual one-act plays. Printed by Dramatic Publishing.
    "The Nearness of You:" Young Doris and her brassy friend, Arlene, meet two soldiers heading off to World War II. Set in a dance hall, romance blooms as the characters share their fears and dreams for the future.
    "How to Boil a Frog:" the older, wiser Doris secretly meets a young man at a county fair in July 1969 on the night of the first moonwalk.
    "Early Morning:" Doris is accused of a shocking crime. A tense cat-and-mouse drama ensues at the police precinct as Detective Diamantini is driven to uncover the truth of what actually happened.
    "Now Comes the Night:" Doris must face a life-threatening challenge. Refusing to be discarded, she comes full circle while cared for by her daughter and a young male nurse.
  • Dancing on Checkers' Grave
    Lisa and Dina meet at the grave site of Richard Nixon's dog, Checkers, to work on a high school English composition. Though the two girls couldn't be more different, they find common ground in vocabulary words, nail polish, and donuts. But when Lisa convinces Dina to join her on an imaginary car ride through town, both girls reveal their fears and emotions in a way they never thought possible. Published by Playscripts.
  • Heart of the City
    A valentine to the joys and challenges of contemporary life—from a woman on the ultimate date-from-hell; to a mismatched romance on the Brooklyn IRT; to a couple hoping to conceive a child; plus a lesson on the proper way to make a Matzo ball. This new play artfully combines humor, joy, sorrow, love and romance as it takes you on a dazzling ride of the heart. Published by Playscripts.