Dowlatshahi, Layla

Layla Dowlatshahi graduated from UC Berkeley and received her MFA from Goddard College.  Her play, Joys of Lipstick was staged at The Producer’s Club and at Lark Theatre, New York. The Waiting Room premiered at the Annenberg Studio Theatre and was included as coursework for a class entitled East Meets West on Stage and Screen at the University of Pennsylvania. The Elevator had a staged reading in Minneapolis and an excerpt of the play was published in MIZNA. Seventh Inning Stretch was produced at the 6 Women Playwriting Festival. She is a Playwright’s Center Many Voices Resident for 2006-2008, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and a Theatre Communications Grant for research and travel to Bosnia and Croatia to gather material for her new play, Foca. She has written three additional plays, a teleplay, a novel, and published two pulp fiction novels.

THE ELEVATOR [1 Woman, 3 Men, 1 set.] A deposed dictator attempts to steal a bride away from her groom on his last night in power. [2007 staged reading at Mizna Festival; 30 pages]

FOCA [5 Women, 3 Men, 1 set.] A Bosnian war survivor comes face-to-face with the man who raped her in a detention camp. However, his version of events is quite different from hers. [2008 staged reading at The Playwrights’ Center; 116 pages]

HONOR ME [3 Women, 3 Men, 1 set.] A Turkish boy is torn between his love for his sister and his family’s insistence that he preserve their honor. [25 pages]

JOYS OF LIPSTICK [4 women, 4 men, 1 set.] An Iranian woman returns home to confront her family about a forbidden love.  [2005 premiere at The Producer’s Club; 83 pages]

THE WAITING ROOM [6 Women, 2 Men, 1 set.] Four women’s friendship and faith are tested during the Bosnian war. [2006 premiere at Annenberg Studio Theatre; 83 pages]

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