Grief Dialogues

Seven short plays by seven different playwrights depicting a variety of dying, death and/or grief stories, followed by interactive audience discussions.


Grief Dialogues: The Play brings timely conversations about death, dying and grief to the stage in innovative, humorous and touching ways. Part theatre, part therapy, this “edutainment” project began in 2016 with an open call for short plays and was developed from nearly 200 submissions. The original performance was composed of 6 short plays from playwrights across the country. It is a thought-provoking and honest look at the subject of death that invites audiences to reconsider some of the rhetoric and stigmas around the topic.


The original production was first performed on Bainbridge Island, WA in August 2016 and then went on to productions in Seattle, Portland, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, New York, and Los Angeles over the next 5 years.


This updated production is scheduled to debut in October 2024 in New York City. It includes returning playwrights Donna Hoke, Elizabeth Coplan, and Barbara Blumenthal along with Paul Atriedes whose play “Fusion” was featured in the Las Vegas performance in 2018. New playwrights include Leilani Squires, Amy Reuben, Louisa Vilardi, and Tim Woods.


Dani Davis, an Emmy award-winning writer, a Tony-nominated Broadway producer, a critically acclaimed theater director, a television producer, and an entertainment entrepreneur, has signed on to direct the production.


Grief counselor Claudia Coenen reprises her role as the audience conversation facilitator following each performance.