Lori Fischer

Lori Fischer

Lori FISCHER is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Recent Credits: 2014 Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding achievement in Writing. Her musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers produced at Capital Repertory Theatre summer 2013, Is This Heaven, Evan? by Lori Fischer, Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, produced...
Lori FISCHER is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Recent Credits: 2014 Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding achievement in Writing. Her musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers produced at Capital Repertory Theatre summer 2013, Is This Heaven, Evan? by Lori Fischer, Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, produced in the BeSpoke Musicals Festival at The York Theatre Company, NYC. Petie by Lori Fischer produced at the Duke Energy Theatre by Starving Artist Productions, 2013. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, which played Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre in 2006 and was published by Samuel French in 2007. Her work has been seen at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Stonestreet Film Festival, the RipFest Film Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Adirondack Theatre Festival. Lori received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department in 2008. Film Credits: Lori’s short film Dottie’s Thanksgiving Pickle starring Olympia Dukakis, Nancy Opel and Joey Collins was recently featured in the Hollywood Shorts Festival and was an official selection for the New Jersey International Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, the Buffalo Niagara Film festival and the Long Island International Film Expo and the Appalachian International Film Festival. In 2010 her musical The Water Knows My Name was produced at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and her one-act The Burning was produced in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2011, her play Thoughts of Rome was produced by the Georgetown Theatre Company in the Capitol Fringe Festival. Her feature film Chasing Taste was the Feature Comedy Award Winner at the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival as well as at the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival and an official selection at the Visionfest Film Festival. Lori is a 2014 IVA nominee for outstanding achievement in screenwriting.

Plays

  • Barbara's Blue Kitchen
    Set in a small town just outside of Nashville, this slice-of-life comedic play with music is a genuine look into the hearts of everyday people. As the proprietor, Barbara Jean, tries to figure out “When is it courageous and when is it just plain crazy to hang on to love,” her customers come in and take a load off by sharing their funny, heartbreaking humanity. There’s Miss Morris a nurse who’s planning a...
    Set in a small town just outside of Nashville, this slice-of-life comedic play with music is a genuine look into the hearts of everyday people. As the proprietor, Barbara Jean, tries to figure out “When is it courageous and when is it just plain crazy to hang on to love,” her customers come in and take a load off by sharing their funny, heartbreaking humanity. There’s Miss Morris a nurse who’s planning a Pyramid prayer-time, Miss Tessie, a senior citizen who’s gonna make you laugh and steal your heart, a Tupperware brandishing, plate-dropping waitress named Jeanette, Lombardo—a country-singing hairdresser, Tommy Lee, who is recovering from a dog-bite and Melissa a mixed-up Mother of three. Throughout it all, the wacky DJ from WATR, the local radio station, breaks in with local news, commercials about baldness and whole slew of quirky, unforgettable toe-tapping songs.
  • The Memory of Damage
    Inspired by the true story of Dr. Walter Freeman a man who performed over 3,500 trans-orbital lobotomies in the United States, The Memory of Damage tracks the journey of one patient, Pearl Calvin, as she searches to find out why she was given the procedure that has left her without any ability to feel. In a parallel story, Dr. Freeman embarks on a cross-country mission to prove he was on the right side of...
    Inspired by the true story of Dr. Walter Freeman a man who performed over 3,500 trans-orbital lobotomies in the United States, The Memory of Damage tracks the journey of one patient, Pearl Calvin, as she searches to find out why she was given the procedure that has left her without any ability to feel. In a parallel story, Dr. Freeman embarks on a cross-country mission to prove he was on the right side of history.
  • Petie
    An anti-social cutter tries to get her agoraphobic mother to help her solve the mystery of her brother's murder. Now, as the 10th Anniversary of the devastating day Petie was murdered approaches, this dysfunctional duo will either find new faith in each other or destroy the little bit of community they have left.
  • Greener Pastures
    After quitting her job, Dorothy, a stressed out, 38 year-old singing sandwich checks out a retirement center for her soon-to-be-divorced mother and impulsively decides to move in herself. However, her trumpet playing, curmudgeonly roommate, Maxine, and her motley, elderly posse make Dorothy’s dreams of a calm, stress-free future uncertain.
  • The Displaced
    While trying to make a good impression at his B-CRU Oil job, Jerry, an environmentally conscious Colombian American artist turned public relations guy, offers a solution to a drilling problem. His solution, however, becomes a threat to a tribe of Indigenous Indians and unveils the ugly mask of American oil and ultimately fracking interests.
  • The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers
    The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers” (by Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer) is a four-character musical comedy about a quirky country singing duo who lost their recording contract when the lead singing alcoholic sister crashed their tour bus into a pet store, sending many a goldfish to an early fish tank heaven. Now, the back-up singing sister, Junie, has gotten them a gig as funeral singers with the hope that this...
    The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers” (by Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer) is a four-character musical comedy about a quirky country singing duo who lost their recording contract when the lead singing alcoholic sister crashed their tour bus into a pet store, sending many a goldfish to an early fish tank heaven. Now, the back-up singing sister, Junie, has gotten them a gig as funeral singers with the hope that this unexpected career move will jump start their musical come-back. The problem is, Lashley, the just out of rehab lead singer, does her best singing drunk. Set in small town Tennessee, it’s a comedy about two disparate sisters, who sing funeral songs that are tailor made for each dead person. The two sisters along with the compulsive gambling Pastor Phil and their aging father, who is still deeply in love with the mother who left them all long ago, sing blues, roots rock and quirky country tunes.