My spontaneous definition:

Art is a creation from within that inspires without boundaries.


The above image is a photo I took at Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, NY.  Flowers is the title of my upcoming one act monologue play that has the feel of a choreopoem.  It will be produced by AJ Ciccotelli of  La Strada Ensemble Theater in November 2015.

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La Strada Retreat and Upcoming Shows

Today I am going to a retreat for La Strada Ensemble Theater at the home of the artistic director and hospitality chair.   I’m excited to attend as a playwright and member.


Three of my short plays are slated for upcoming La Strada festivals.  The first is FLOWERS, which has the feel of a choreopoem in one act monologue play form, that will be part of a festival in November called GIFTS.  The second is LOCKDOWN, a one-act dark comedy previously produced here in NJ and also in Manhattan, which will be part of CRAZY LOVE in early spring.  A third one act will be part of RAINBOW FESTIVAL 2016  in May and June.

OFFSIDES, my full-length tragicomedy, is slated for La Strada’s 2016-17 season as well.

GIFTS is open to La Strada members only. CRAZY LOVE will be open to non-members. If you have a one-act play about crazy love (whatever that means to you), please consider submitting your script to AJ Ciccotelli at by November 1st.  The submission deadline for the LGBT-themed RAINBOW FESTIVAL, which is open to all, has not yet been set.

More details to follow…


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That quiet kid…

That quiet kid in your class or person in your group might be the next Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Judy Blume, V.C. Andrews, Neil Simon, John Steinbeck, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, Jean M. Auel,  Pearl S. Buck, J.D. Salinger, Robert Herrick, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Oscar Wilde, Ntozake Shange, Walt Whitman, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Radclyffe Hall, Andrew Holleran, William Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Spike Lee, Amy Tan, Caryl Churchill, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Emily Bronte, Kate Chopin, Charlotte Bronte, John Milton, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, D.H. Lawrence, Dylan Thomas, W. Somerset Maugham, Armistead Maupin, Audre Lorde, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich, Monique Wittig, Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Jeanette Winterson, Carole Maso, Kate Chopin, belle hooks, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Allison, Rita Mae Brown, Leslie Feinberg, Katherine Dunn, David Sedaris, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Stephen King, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paulo Coehlo, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Sting, Bono, Natalie Merchant, Edie Brickell, Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang, Melissa Etheridge, Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Dave Matthews, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cher, B.B. King, Lou Reed, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Verdi, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Artemisia Gentileschi, Dali, Mary Cassat, Katharine Kuharic, Ani DiFranco, Brandi Carlile, Liz Phair, Norah Jones, Bruce Lee, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Vaclav Havel, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Alan Ball, Joss Whedon, Ilene Chaiken, Lorraine Hansberry, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Jane Campion, Nora Ephron, Ava DuVernay, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Chuck Palahnuik, Irvine Welsh, Steven Wright, Dennis Miller, Wanda Sykes, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Steve Martin, Dave Chapelle, Roseanne Barr, Mitch Hedberg, Dana Carvey, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, Margaret Cho, Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Wiig, Howie Mandel, Tina Fey, Estelle Getty, Sandra Bernhard, Lewis Black, John Cleese, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Ferrell, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Cormac McCarthy, John Donne, E.M. Forster, Eli Weisel, Anne Frank, Margaret Mitchell, Pablo Neruda, Rumi, Sappho, Marie Curie, Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Susan B. Anthony, Galileo, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, or…

Quiet people

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Inspiration and restoration

I may have a smile on my face, but inside the heartbreak often inspires me to seek joy. Restoring balance through wondrous creativity, meditation, connections to nature, and collaborations with thoughtful, sensitive, and delightful people is key.  If I don’t have a smile, I’m just taking it all in.


Looking at Niagara Falls for the first time since age 2

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Transformational Imperative

I refuse to be trapped in some ridiculous or unfortunate historical reality. Instead, I will work toward an ultimate reality that involves interbeing, connectedness, compassion, and love…in the present moment. Enlightenment is an end result.


Photo credit:   The Elusive Blue Morpho, by Stacy LaBruno (July 2015).  Photo taken at the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls, Canada.

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Playwright Nomination to Join La Strada Ensemble Theater

Today I received a playwright nomination to join La Strada Ensemble Theater as a founding member.  This nomination came my way after contributing Crush, my short comedy, to La Strada’s Rainbow Festival, produced by artistic director, A.J. Ciccotelli.  I am honored to be part of this passionate, purposeful, and thoughtful organization.  Thank you, La Strada Ensemble Theater!

Rainbow Festival


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Crush, a short comedy, at the Rainbow Festival in Ocean Grove, NJ in June

Crush will be performed at the Rainbow Festival in Ocean Grove, NJ in June.   It’s the short comedy version of a script I hope to turn into a web series one day.  We hope to see you at the show!


Writer:  Jennifer L. DiOrio

Director:  Thomas Ryan Ward

Producer:  A.J. Ciccotelli of La Strada Ensemble Theater

Cast:  Erica Beverly Kostyz and Deana Loria

Synopsis:  Troubled by romantic feelings for her neighbor, the married Amelia turns to Dr. Kushner for a solution that turns out to be more trouble than it’s worth.

Tickets are available at La Strada.

Performance dates and times:

Thursday, June 4th at 7pm

Saturday, June 6th at 2pm

Friday, June 12th at 7pm

Saturday, June 13th at 7pm

Location:   Jersey Shore Arts Center/Herbst Theater

3rd Floor

66 South Main Street

Ocean Grove, NJ

Nicole Argento of Warrior Heart Studio designed the logo for CRUSH.

The full one-act programs at the Rainbow Festival include:

Program Red (100 minutes)

Rainbow Festival

Buddies by W. Allen Wrede/Director A.J. Ciccotelli

Crush by Jennifer L. DiOrio/Director Thomas Ryan Ward

Family Discussion by W. Allen Wrede/Director AJ Ciccotelli

Not Exactly Strangers by A.J. Ciccotelli/Director Thomas Ryan Ward

Happy Wander by Nancy Beverly/Director Thomas Ryan Ward

Program Orange (100 minutes)

Program Orange

Queer Assumptions by Brad Barons/Director AJ Ciccotelli

Sleep Over by Doug Bollinger/Director Doug Bollinger

For Unto Us by Stephen Kaplan /Director A.J. Ciccotelli

Stacked By Lisa Haas/Director Thomas Ryan Ward

The History of Us by A.J. Ciccotelli/Director Steven Rotundo

All programs included below:

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