Eljon Wardally

Eljon Wardally

Eljon Wardally is a Playwright and Screenwriter born in New York with Grenadian roots. Plays include: Blooming In Dry Season (O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist), Big Black Balloon (O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference Finalist), By A Thread (Sundance MENA Theatre Lab Semi-Finalist), Bishop (O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference Semi-Finalist, Kennedy Center...
Eljon Wardally is a Playwright and Screenwriter born in New York with Grenadian roots. Plays include: Blooming In Dry Season (O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist), Big Black Balloon (O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference Finalist), By A Thread (Sundance MENA Theatre Lab Semi-Finalist), Bishop (O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference Semi-Finalist, Kennedy Center Finalist), Untitled Army Story (The Prism Festival Stay Awake! Theatre), The Gift (The Network One Act Festival Semi-Finalist), Home Sweet Home (The Strawberry Festival Semi-Finalist), Return To Sender (The Network One Act Festival Semi-Finalist), Docket 32357 (New Works By Young Women Finalist), Charlotte's Song (Judson Church).

Short Films include: Docket 32357 (Winner Audience Choice International Black Film Festival of Nashville, Winner Grand Jury Prize Huffington Post Black Voices Breakthrough Theater Series). Eljon wrote Docket 32357, a full length play, after suffering a stroke when she was 29. The first scene was made into an award winning short film of the same name and has been in over 30 festivals across the country. A web series of the same name was launched in 2014. The second season premiered on Seed & Spark in 2018. She received her MFA in Playwriting from Fordham/Primary Stages as part of its Inaugural class.

Plays

  • Sensitive To Bite
    Set in a bodega on the Lower East Side of NY, a budding feminist and her conservative husband struggle to sacrifice remnants of their past in Syria for the sake of their uncertain future in the United States.

  • Blooming In Dry Season
    Set in a rum shop in the Spice Isle of Grenada, Rose, an oppressed housewife, has lived life for her husband, Fitz, a failed Calypsonian, and daughter, Garland, a gifted steel pan player. When a once in a lifetime opportunity for her daughter presents itself, Rose realizes she's put her own dreams on hold long enough and she is forced to make a decision, should she stay or should she go?
  • By A Thread
    Set in a third grade classroom, Nelson, a former soldier, and Cody, a former football player, try to cope with their traumatic brain injuries in a therapy group for people with similar conditions. Even though their injuries are different, they are both dependent on each other to get better but when tensions and memories of the past come to a head, they must decide whether they are strong enough to change their...
    Set in a third grade classroom, Nelson, a former soldier, and Cody, a former football player, try to cope with their traumatic brain injuries in a therapy group for people with similar conditions. Even though their injuries are different, they are both dependent on each other to get better but when tensions and memories of the past come to a head, they must decide whether they are strong enough to change their lives or fall victim to what seeks to destroy them.
  • Big Black Balloon
    Big Black Balloon explores the relationship between Henry and Cleo, two people whose insecurities trigger their imaginary friends to return and take over their lives. Set in a studio apartment in L.A., the city of celebrity also serves as a character igniting the pressure to be beautiful and glamorous at all costs.
  • Bishop
    Bishop is set in 1983 on the tiny Spice Isle known as Grenada. As a political coup threatens to destroy and divide the nation, will the Morganson family keep the war outside from dividing their home? Will Prime Minister Maurice Bishop survive the coup? Will the island survive or will the outside powers win and dissolve any hope that the voices of the people be remembered?
  • Untitled Army Story
    Lifelong friends, Lil and Benji, magically meet under their favorite Weeping Willow tree to tackle haunting memories, explore unanswered dreams, and realize how lives are forever altered by war.