Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Isabella Russell-Ides, the writer
Isabella Russell-Ides, attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School on Hollywood Boulevard and grew up under the eponymous sign. Her father ran searchlights for the openings of Hollywood premiers back in the glory days of Grauman’s Chinese. She has been leaning towards the light for decades and now Lightfinder has searched her out.
Winner of the 2008 DFW Critics forum for Best New Play [Coco & Gigi], Isabella is thrilled that Lightfinder selected Coco & Gigi as it’s start up production. Rumor has it that the NYC theatrical rebirth will take place in a basement in the East Village. This auspicious entrance soon to be followed by a Lightfinder remount of Isabella’s hit Leonard’s Car [when the rainbow is NOT enuf].
In 2008 Isabella’s plays saw productions all across the USA, from NYC across the great divide to LA. Her plays have garnered Leon Rabin Awards, The Column Awards, BEST Of FEST accolades as well as rave write-ups. Her play-crafting characterized as “genius” by Taitte, “brilliant” by Bonafield; her dialogue tagged as “crisp, clever and ballsy” by the Dallas Observer, “gorgeous” by Playwrights Playground and “more significant than any work I’ve seen by Dallas writer” in nine years of attending local premieres, Mark Lowry noted in the Star-Telegram.