About A.L. Adams

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Award winning screenwriter and costume designer A.L. Adams is a third generation, Hollywood descendant and made her acting debut at one years old playing opposite Elizabeth Montgomery. Flash forward and she finds herself writing thrillers with daring female protagonists to surprising acclaim. Rusalka Revenge, 26 Stabs and Hand of Me have all garnered recent Best Short Screenplay awards. Adams has had over 30 plays produced. PINK, L.A. Weekly Pick of the Week drew sold out audiences. Los Angeles Times wrote, “PINK is a raw but searing drama about exploitation, double sexual standards and females under siege that is free of cliché and bawdily devoid of political correctness.”  The L.A. Weekly said, “Besides her rich raw material, playwright Adams has both wit and profound honesty on her side.”  An Addict Speaks selected and produced by Urban Theatre Movement One Act Festival Los Angeles. Duck Ugly, a musical produced by Orphan Girl Children’s Theater at the historic Mother Lode Theatre in Butte, Montana. Adams wrote, directed and acted in the Montana PBS docudrama Peace is a Woman’s Job, about first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin and toured the one-woman show for a decade.  She published The Rebel & The King written by her late father, Oscar nominated actor Nick Adams, about his friendship with Elvis Presley and launched the book at Graceland.

Watch a short music video about Allyson’s journey to Graceland with book The Rebel and the King by Nick Adams with never before seen photos of Nick Adams, Elvis Presley and Natalie Wood. Film by Elvis documentarian, Roy Turner, to Marc Cohn “Walking in Memphis.” Enjoy the ride!

Watch the trailer for Peace is a Woman’s Job.


Ms. Adams designed the “soiled doves” costumes for Native American western Four Winds starring Jerry Wolf and directed by Nick Brokaw that premiered at Cannes and won Best Costume Design at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Adams lectured on the Personal Narrative at USC Film School at the invitation of her friend, mentor and award winning documentary filmmaker, the late Wendy Apple. She has served on the Montana Committee for the Humanities Speakers Bureau for her work on Jeannette Rankin and Emily Dickinson. Ms. Adams has 40 years teaching experience with all ages in the areas of acting, dance, creative writing, reproductive health education, conflict resolution and history. As a playwright, director and teacher, Ms. Adams has championed the healing power of Creativity. ART HEALS. Children of the Long White Cloud is the name of her cultural collaboration with Maori Language expert and Theater Arts Professor, John Davies, in New Zealand with Maori teens and elders. Virginia City History Drama Camp was founded in 1998 and just celebrated its 20 year anniversary with the premier of Adams’ historical one acts April 1865 and April 1911. Ms. Adams is former Madam Mayor of National Historic Landmark, Virginia City, Montana, where she brought 400 goats to eat the noxious weeds instead of using toxic chemicals. Billings Gazette article. She continues to champion the cause for a pesticide and toxic free environment.

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Love the wide open spaces.


OGCT (Orphan Girl Children’s Theatre) premiered musical Duck Ugly by Allyson Adams at the Mother Lode Theatre in Butte, Montana, Winter 2017. Ms. Adams also choreographed. Local Playwright writes about inclusion.




Spring 2017, An Addict Speaks, premiered at UTM (Urban Theatre Movement)  2017 Urban Legends One Act Festival in Los Angeles.

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Gisla Stringer (director), Allyson Adams (playwright), Mathew Beinas (addict). Studio/Stage Theatre, Hollywood. California.
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Westward Beach, Malibu, California, 2017.

For the 100 Year Anniversary of Jeannette Rankin’s election to Congress in 1916, Adams wrote new play,  Save the Country, with performed readings in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana.


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Ms. Adams produces and conducts workshops for Montana Writer’s Retreats. Visit the website for more info.

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Virginia City Winter Writer’s Retreat, 2017, at the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center.

Ms. Adams celebrated  her 20th Anniversary of  holding Virginia City History Drama Camps for young actors in Virginia City, Montana.

The V.C. History Drama Camp rehearsing at The Torch Theatre, 2016dramacamptrio

Happy Actors. Nancy Gabor’s Actor’s Core Technique Intensive, New York City, 2015.

Ms. Adams published her father’s manuscript about his friendship with Elvis Presley written in 1956. Nick Adams was Elvis Presley’s best friend when he came to Hollywood. Read all about it in The Rebel & The King by Nick Adams. Available  The Rebel & The King sold on Amazon

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Nick Adams and Elvis Presley backstage at Tupelo Homecoming Concert, Sept. 26, 1956.

Native American western Four Winds directed by Nick Brokaw premiered at Cannes and won Best Costume Design at the Los Angeles Movie Awards, along with other numerous awards. Four Winds IMDB  Allyson Adams designed the “ladies” costumes for the film.

My lovely, costumed, soiled doves out at Paramount Ranch in Cornell, CA.

Moment of Peace, about suffragist and first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, toured Montana for a decade. The docudrama Peace is a Woman’s Job, written, acted, produced and directed by Allyson Adams, aired on Montana PBS.

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Nick Brokaw, A. Martinez, Allyson Adams, Seri De Young at Four Winds screening.







23 thoughts on “About A.L. Adams

  1. I am trying to contact Allyson Adams about the book she published “The Rebel and The King”. I Bought one Directly from her several years ago, and it has become lost. Also she had Signed It herself. So I REALLY want to replace it,even if I do find the one lost, and instead of going through Amazon to get one, I would prefer to get it from Allyson and Signed, as I did before, IF POSSIBLE. I REALLY ENJOYED this unknown relationship her Dad had with Elvis and his family in 1956,I was a real FAN of Nick Adams work in the REBEL on TV and his movies, Also the fact he was in Rebel Without a Cause with JAMES DEAN!! Wow, he really got to work with these two Giants,who are remembered now for Nick having knowing BOTH of them. I have bought 2 copies of “The Rebel” to share one with friends, and look forward to more sharing this enjoyable Series with others. Thank you Sooooo Much,and for bringing about the book! R. Gann

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for all you’ve done to educate the world about Jeanette Rankin. I just discovered your work today, while beginning to put together a set of sources for my own project: writing a book aimed at grades 2 and 3, about Ms Rankin, starting with her childhood and culminating with women gaining the right to vote.

  3. Hi! I’m doing a project on Jeannette Rankin, and I was wondering if you would be available for an interview, either by phone or email. Please let me know if you would be willing to do this.

      1. Yes, it’s for school. My social studies class is competing in a competition called National History Day, so it’s for that.

  4. Hi Allyson, when I met you last winter at Carol’s in Malibu and bought a copy of The Rebel & the King you were mentioning that there were some posts about your dad’s relationship to James Dean on your website. Could you tell me where to find them? Thanks so much!

  5. Hi Allyson: I have included you in a poetry challenge. If you are not into this sort of thing, please feel free not to participate. It is supposed to be fun. The challenge is to post a poem about what LOVE IS…. to you. The criteria are: the poem is 10 lines long, each line begins with the word love and is only 4 words long. When you have completed the poem post it and list 15 other bloggers you think would enjoy the challenge. You can read more about this challenge at https://lightwalker1.wordpress.com/. In love and light Cheryle

  6. Allyson
    I live in Stuart Iowa where Fever Heat was filmed it was a honor to have your Dad here during that time and is still a big deal to this day Please visit us if you ever chance to be in the area Tom Cooper
    Stuart Iowa classicoop@gmail.com

    1. Hi Tom, I remember coming to Iowa with my Dad and going to school there while he was shooting. My brother, Jeb, and I also were in the movie and ran up to the fence during the race crash. Everyone was so nice and my Dad played a funny character. The poster is hysterical. Thanks so much for writing.
      Best, Allyson

  7. Hi Allyson,
    thanks for following my “poor” blog about Switzerland (geoch1.wordpress.com).
    I wish you all the best for your blog and to have a great 2015!

      1. In my (and his) movie days, I loved Clint’s raw sense of justice. He was my hero. But now I am born again and I realize that all men, Clint included, need Jesus in their lives.

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