Climbing Angel Publishing
September 27, 2016
7.0 X 0.11 X 10.0 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
BIOGRAPHY LISA SOLAND holds a BFA in acting from Florida State University and received her Actors Equity card working as an apprentice at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre. While there, she worked with playwright William Luce, starring as Zelda Fitzgerald in his world premiere play, Luce Women. With Charles Nelson Reilly directing, the experience deepened her love and appreciation for the theatre's creative process in which both the playwright and the director are present during rehearsal, working together for the betterment of the play and its production. Little did she know that she, one day, would be the playwright. Lisa moved to Los Angeles, where she wrote her first play, The Name Game, which received a yearlong writer's grant and was subsequently published by Samuel French, Inc. She starred in the world premiere opposite Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica, and the romantic comedy ran for two months at The Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood. Thinking it a lark, she moved on to her next play and with eight nominations, she received the Artistic Director Achievement award for best original comedy for her play Happy Birthday, Baby! Then her drama The ReBirth won her the Hawthornden Fellowship, which took her to Edinburgh, Scotland, where she spent a month long international writer's retreat in William Drummond's medieval castle. As her role of playwright increased in its demands, she accepted less and less acting roles. Yet one of her most memorable experiences was starring in the world premiere production of her romantic comedy, Cabo San Lucas, where Lisa played the part of Grace, whose attempted suicide is thwarted by two house burglars. Back Stage West wrote, "Those tired of playing second fiddle to the showier male roles might take a page from the author of this one act, who wrote a meaty starring role for herself... a great role for women, by a woman." Cabo San Lucas received first prize in the 2004 Scriptwriting/Houston National Playwriting Contest and the American Theatre Co-op 2005 contest for one-act plays. Lisa Soland's play Waiting is published by Samuel French, Inc. and included in Smith & Kraus' anthology Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2003. Some monologues from Waiting and her play Cabo San Lucas are in Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2003. Monologues from The Rebirth, Red Roses and Waiting are included in Applause Books' One On One: The Best Women's Monologues for the 21st Century and One On One: The Best Men's Monologues for the 21st Century. Act I, Scene 2 from Waiting, is published in Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century. Her newest publications include the plays Truth Be Told and The Man in the Gray Suit & Other Short Plays, also published by Samuel French, Inc.
"I've so enjoyed reading Ms. Soland's new book, Thump. I look forward to reading this to my grandchildren and I can just imagine how fascinated they will be by Karah Tull's illustrations. Thank you for this special book." -- Lady Crissy Haslam (First Lady State of Tennessee) "Ms. Soland had developed several stories -- all interesting, all clever, all unique. She is gorgeously talented." -- Charles Nelson Reilly (actor/writer/director) "Lisa Soland's gifts are limitless, evidenced by her debut children's book, The Christmas Tree Angel." -- Darnell Arnoult (author) "Lisa Soland has a voice. It is completely unique. Her characters are visible from the page. And her consistency is flawless. I feel it is the talent to speak the truth, and she does it from the heart." -- Chip Chalmers (director) "I am always struck by Ms. Soland's profoundly unique voice that somehow finds a way to touch us all." -- John D'Aquino (actor/writer) "Lisa Soland has a way of taking what would seem commonplace and creating resonant characters and a moving story. She opens new pathways for the imagination. She is a woman of faith and is not afraid to include her beliefs in her work." -- David Purdham (actor/writer/director) "Lisa is a talented writer." -- Burt Reynolds