Lisa D'Amour
Lisa D'Amour

2015 Finalist

Airline Highway

Synopsis: AIRLINE HIGHWAY is set at the Hummingbird Motel on the edge of New Orleans. The play introduces you to the “outsiders” who live at the motel, on the day they are planning a living funeral for their mother figure, Miss Ruby, who once ran a well-known burlesque club on Bourbon Street. As the friends gather together to toast Miss Ruby, a former resident named Bait Boy, now living the “straight life” in Atlanta, returns to face the life he has left behind.

Cast Breakdown: Main:4 Women, 5 Men Supers:3 Men, 3 Women

Set/Costume Requirements: Two Story Roadside Motel and Parking Lot, broken down vehicle, motel gets decorated for a huge party as the play progresses. Costumes include regular street clothes for the residents of the motel; later in the play their wear festive costumes for the “living funeral” they are throwing for their surrogate mother, Miss Ruby


Agent: Antje Oegel, AO International

Bio: Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist and one half of the OBIE-Award winning performance duo PearlDamour. Her plays have been commissioned and produced by theaters across the country, including The Women’s Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, Clubbed Thumb, (all in NYC), Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), Steppenwolf Theater Company (Chicago) The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia), Woolly Mammoth Theater (Washington D.C.) and the Royal National Theater (London). Lisa’s play Detroit was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. She is the recipient of the 2008 Alpert Award for the Arts in theater, the 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award and is a recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

PearlDamour is known for creating interdiscplinary, often site-specific works which range from the intimate to large scale. Currently they are working on a commission from Longwood Gardens to create a large scale performance for their meadow. Recent work includes How to Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance installation created with visual artist Shawn Hall (The Kitchen, New York, 2011, currently touring) and MILTON, a performance created from visits and work in 5 U.S. cities named Milton. In 2008, Lisa wrote and directed a performance for visual artist SWOON’s Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a flotilla of six boats created from salvaged materials that navigated the Hudson River.

Lisa’s work as a playwright has also been supported by the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, NYSCA, the MacDowell Colony and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. Lisa received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a core alum of the Playwrights’ Center and a recent alumna of New Dramatists. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, Brendan Connelly.