Ariana Burns

Ariana Burns

ARIANA BURNS is a playwright, artist, stagehand, producer, and anthropologist. Her plays include Silver Wings on Blue; Tiny Lives, Tiny Deaths; and Patchwork. BURNS' work has been produced and/or developed by the Lewiston Civic Theatre, Theatre Outside the Belljar, Shade of Difference, and the University of Idaho as well as independently in Honolulu, HI & Potsdam, NY.

Awards include: a...
ARIANA BURNS is a playwright, artist, stagehand, producer, and anthropologist. Her plays include Silver Wings on Blue; Tiny Lives, Tiny Deaths; and Patchwork. BURNS' work has been produced and/or developed by the Lewiston Civic Theatre, Theatre Outside the Belljar, Shade of Difference, and the University of Idaho as well as independently in Honolulu, HI & Potsdam, NY.

Awards include: a reading at the Northwest Drama Conference of A Stick in the Spoke; a prize & production of Patchwork by the Northwest Playwrights Guild.

She has worked for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Mount Baker Theatre, Shade of Difference, the Dread Admiral’s Sunshine Factory, Laughing Horse Summer Theatre, the University of Idaho's Conferences and Events, and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

Burns is a member of the board of directors for both MOSCOW COMMUNITY THEATRE & the KENWORTHY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE. She has a B.F.A. in technical theatre & an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Idaho. She has studied screenwriting under Colin Higgins and playwriting under Micki Panttaja & David M. Cohen.

Plays

  • Cheap Atomic Romance A PLAY IN TEN SCENES
    CHEAP ATOMIC ROMANCE is set in a desert at small American diner. It is the beginning of the Atomic Age, when despite the danger, this new energy source promised a “World of Tomorrow." Mardell who is said to do “impossible things” comes to the diner to visit her Aunt Edna. When a bomb test goes awry and sets fire to Edna’s pond, Edna decides her place will be saved by her miraculous niece.

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    CHEAP ATOMIC ROMANCE is set in a desert at small American diner. It is the beginning of the Atomic Age, when despite the danger, this new energy source promised a “World of Tomorrow." Mardell who is said to do “impossible things” comes to the diner to visit her Aunt Edna. When a bomb test goes awry and sets fire to Edna’s pond, Edna decides her place will be saved by her miraculous niece.

    CHEAP ATOMIC ROMANCE is framed within a traditional motif of Westerns and film noir: the stranger comes to town, upsets the local order with his or her presence, and then is looked to for restoration of balance. The stranger is Mardell who is said to do “impossible things.”

    CHEAP ATOMIC ROMANCE looks at romances, both great and small, that provide people with reasons to work, to hope, and to live.

    This script is an ensemble show for seven women and three men set in and around the environs of the diner.
  • Tiny Lives, Tiny Deaths
    Set at the wake, four characters struggle with the passing of a close friend. A look at the grieving process and the effort to continue on. Death just wants to collect the Ghost and go.
  • Silver Wings on Blue
    Silver Wings on Blue is the story the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) who logged millions of miles in the air ferrying military aircraft and towing targets for gunnery practice during World War II.

    The hardships and triumphs are seen through three fictional pilots whose exemplify the WASP experience: patriotism, love of flight, and determination in the face of hazardous planes,...
    Silver Wings on Blue is the story the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) who logged millions of miles in the air ferrying military aircraft and towing targets for gunnery practice during World War II.

    The hardships and triumphs are seen through three fictional pilots whose exemplify the WASP experience: patriotism, love of flight, and determination in the face of hazardous planes, treacherous weather, the scorn and mistrust of men, and in a few cases, sabotage. The script is framed by first-hand source material from letters and parody songs.

    The script is an ensemble show with eight women and two men playing a variety of roles in a black box with the option for multi-media equipment.
  • Torches
    Monologue
  • Fire Starter
    A monologue from the play Bone Drift.
  • The Oubliette
    Friends try to relate when one is hemmed in by fear.