Above: Melodie Somers, Amelia Penland, Kathy McKenna.
Below: Delores Kenan
Photography: Elizabeth Wolynski
THE COAL DIAMOND
OVERVIEW OF THE PLAY:
A lighthearted comedy set in the '50's in a small midwestern town at an insurance office. During their lunch time bridge game, four typists gossip; one inadvertantly revealing an unsavory secret of another's past.
The Heidemann Prize at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival,
Selected for "Best Short Plays of 1980" edited by Stanley Richards, Chilton Book Co.: Radnor, PA
The Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY
New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre
Circle Repertory Theatre of New York
"Lighthearted...cleverly placed climax in an exhibition of female dominance. Ms. Lauro writes very well."
-The London Times
"In THE COAL DIAMOND Ms. Lauro writes amusingly of the petty scandals that people of limited emotional resources cling to in order to bring excitement to their lives. She writes affectionately, without condescending to them. The play is diverting."
-The Courier Journal, Louisville, KY
"A surprising play...truly original...The playwriting itself has the feel of the 1950's when American playwrights still shaped characters in minutely realistic detail...it is refreshing, almost indeed shocking, to meet people so specifically alive on the stage."
-The Soho News, NY
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