HILDA’S DINER

by Dana Hall

As her husband serves in WWII, Hilda takes over the family business. Soon after returning home from war, Lyle’s health deteriorates. Some of the younger waitresses at the diner are suspicious of Hilda’s intentions with the men in town because of her magnanimous personality. After Hilda’s life is threatened, her brother-in-law wonders if Hilda is a victim or a black widow. 

  • Cast Size: 2M 5W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Dana Hall (she/her) is a playwright, actor, and mental health therapist. She was awarded Excellence in Playwriting by the Theater Association of NYS (TANYS). Her Edgar Allen Poe adaptation, Under the Floorboards, was named Outstanding Theatrical Adaptation, Gee-Rated Intertainment. She was a finalist for the Morecambe Fringe John Clarke Memorial Prize for scriptwriting. Her self-performed and original monologue (Snowglobe) won the Femuscript Monologue Contest. She was the Audience Choice Award winner (Underneath) Eclectic Theatre Patchwork Festival 2021. A Finalist Winner in the 2021 Hear Me Out Monologue Competition & Labor Day Festival (Sound Mind).  Away from the stage, her best-selling children’s book Beyond Words, which focuses on inclusivity and kindness, won the Mother’s Choice Award in 2020. Her plays have been published with Next Stage Press, Heuer, Stage Plays, & Smith Scripts. During the pandemic list 2022, the New York Journal named her one of the 50 under 50 most influential creators. She is in the Dramatists Guild Institute’s Certificate of Dramatic Writing program. She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, Honor Roll!, and International Centre for Female Playwrights. DanaHallCreates.com Instagram: @DanaHallCreates

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Terrific and Engaging Work

Small towns are suspicious of change, and here they are especially suspicious of Hilda, the stranger one of their boys married before he went off to war. Why did her mother-in-law bypass her own sons give Hilda the family diner? Why is Hilda so attentive to the male customers? And when her husband returns from the war only to mysteriously sicken and die, just what was in those casseroles Hilda was feeding him? By the end, you may think every question has been answered, but a brilliant last sentence will leave you wondering. Terrific and engaging work!

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