Lina Patel

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8730 Sunset Blvd. #440
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(310) 289-0909

Playwright accepts commissions.


Lina is an actor who started writing plays five years ago thanks to prodding by friend and mentor Jose Rivera and his writer’s group. Lina’s first play, Sankalpan (Desire), a loose adaptation of Three Sisters set in the volatile period of pre-Partition Bengal, was a semi-finalist for the Sundance Theatre Institute. The play was work-shopped at the New Group, Silk Road Theater and the Lark Play Development Center, part of Playwrights Week, directed by Ian Morgan. A Sherwood Award finalist, Lina was invited by Center Theatre Group to develop a new play in their nine-month writer’s retreat. Set in New York in the near future, The Ragged Claws examines a fractured relationship between a British mother and her adopted Indian son. This family drama examines the value of art and history in a time of crisis through parallel stories of people adapting to unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances. The Ragged Claws was further developed at the Lark and Silk Road Theater Project and is a BAPF Finalist.

Lina’s play, Understanding Eugenia, inspired by the work of Lionel Trilling and Virginia Woolf, is about a couple, devastated by loss, finding each other again unexpectedly through art. The play had at Roundtable at the Lark in the fall. Her new play, Dionollo, is about two men, friends and rival artists contemplating middle age. Dionollo is a playful contraction of Apollo and Dionysus and explores the Apollonian and Dionysian in all of us. The play was work-shopped at the New Group, directed by Ian Morgan in December. Lina’s first production and commission, That Could Be You, was part of The DNA Trail at Silk Road Theater Project presented in association with the Goodman Theater, directed by Steve Scott. The DNA Trail has been invited to USC in January as part of USC’s, Visions and Voices Signature Event.

Lina is currently working on a new play, commissioned by Yale Repertory Theater. For more information about Lina’s other work, please visit

A critically acclaimed stage and television actor, Lina has performed in Los Angeles, New York and regionally at theaters including, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Taper, Pasadena Playhouse, the Globe Theaters, and the Rubicon. She will be performing with Theater of War this January for our armed forces. Television guest stars include “24”, “CSI”, “Numb3ers” and “Medium.” A voice-over artist, Lina has narrated several books for Penguin and Random House including Faulkner’s, As I Lay Dying and Arturo Perez-Reverte’s, The Queen of the South.


Full Length Plays

cast of 11
The home of Prince Paresh Babu, Bengal, 1905-1906

When Radha meets her husband’s best friend, an Indian freedom-fighter, her world and the world around her falls into focus, and seismic shifts occur both within and without her cloistered world.

The Ragged Claws
Cast of 8
Sometime in the future, New York

Set among a family of academics and their lovers, The Ragged Claws is a story about what is worth preserving as life becomes precious.  Ambitious and edgy, the play examines the value of shared history and the passing on of stories in a time of crisis.

The Disappearance of Luck
cast of  7
An American city, now

What unfolds when a man’s wife disappears and a stranger appears in his life.

Perfect Fit
cast of 5
New York City, now.

A humorous exploration of different ways of parenting, fashion and race with complex characters and fast-paced dialogue.

One Acts & Short Plays

La La Love
Two lovers redefine who they are and their relationship to each other.  Contemporary.

Sweet Life
Three people finding common ground when they reveal their fears and dreams.


A Change of Climate
An adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel.


  • David Henry Hwang Writer’s Institute
  • USD/Globe Theater MFA Program

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