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.
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.
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.
Ms. Adams produces and conducts workshops for Montana Writer’s Retreats. Visit the website for more info.
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, 2016
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
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.
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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