Past and present violently collide when Lotte, an English doll-repair expert, is captured while on a tour of current-day Troy and flung back into the ancient camp of Euripides’ Trojan Women. Her vacation gone horribly wrong, Lotte is finally rescued and life returns to normal–until Hecuba claws her way into the 21st century in search of her murdered children. Winner of the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship and the Plays for the 21st Century award.
World premiere, American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), 2009; dir. Carmel O’Reilly. Many subsequent productions in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK.
Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, 2007. Playwrights First “Plays for the 21st Century” Award, 2009.Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, 2009.Finalist, Griffin Award (Australia).
War Plays by Christine Evans collects for the first time three of this US-based, UK-Australian playwright's remarkable plays about war and aftermath: Trojan Barbie, Mothergun and Slow Falling Bird. With an introduction by esteemed filmmaker Peter Davis, this collection is an excellent introduction to Evans' powerful theatrical voice.
Available for production.
Galilee takes place amidst the collision of competing economic and ecological forces in a small Australian coastal town on the Great Barrier Reef. As the sea temperatures rise and the world’s first hybrid black-fin sharks appear, biology student Carol, her mother Mardy, and the old-time diver Jimmy struggle with their own decisions—fight, flee, or adapt to the changing environment?
Photo by Johanna Austin
Available for production.
Closer Than They Appear
Developed in collaboration with Joseph Megel and Jared Mezzocchi. A multi-media theatre piece that tells the charged story of an encounter between an American soldier and an Iraqi girl blogger through the lens of the technologies that connect them. Inspired by the convergence of video game environments, virtual technology and military research, You Are Dead. You Are Here. is the world’s first theatrical production licensed to incorporate animated landscapes from “Virtual Iraq,” a virtual-reality (VR) program based on war video-games and used in veterans’ PTSD therapy.
Photo by Lana Duiverman
StreetSigns, NC, 2017. Equity showcase (earlier version, YOU ARE DEAD. YOU ARE HERE.) HERE Arts, 2013. Directed Joseph Megel, media design Jared Mezzocchi.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) Playwriting Fellowship, 2013, Rockefeller Foundation.
Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts “New Work” Award (Literature Board).
An inter-racial Boston-Irish ghost story. Rita is always in control. But when her daughter Maureen admits her to hospital for "a few tests" after a stroke, Rita's iron grip starts to disintegrate. Rita begins to plot her escape with the help of her foul-mouthed Irish roommate, her granddaughter, and her cat's new best friend, who just might be the Devil, until a riotous midnight party forces her to choose--flee, or stay and face the music?
World premiere: Spooky Action Theater, Washington, D.C., 2015. Dir. Michael Bloom.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Award (Playwriting/Screenwriting) 2012
Slow Falling Bird
Set in an Immigration Detention Center in the dead center of the Australian desert, Slow Falling Bird moves from gritty realism to hallucinatory sequences as warping social and mental conditions on both sides of the wire lead to an explosive show-down.
Photo by Lisa Helfert
World premiere: Crowded Fire, San Francisco, 2004; dir. Rebecca Novick. Darwin Theatre Company, Australia, 2013, dir. Gail Evans
Winner of the Rella Lossy Playwrights' Award. Winner of the Monash National Play Award (Australia)
An American family become trapped in their penthouse apartment, isolated from the world by wealth, fear, and an excessive attention to hygiene. A live in maid is constantly remodeled by her plastic surgeon mistress, at the cost of her memory, gender and sense of gravity. But when gravity returns, the family’s mirror-ball world explodes, leaving a surprising survivor.
Brown New Plays Festival (Workshop), Perishable Theatre, 2007; dir. Vanessa Gilbert.
Weston Award for Dramatic Writing
My Vicious Angel
Pearl, a fallen trapeze artist, lands in hospital with a broken spine. Her childhood twin Merle haunts her and, through songs and games, tricks Pearl into revisiting a long-buried past. A kitchen tango, a parrot’s betrayal, a father gone to sea and finally, an exchange in the haunted hospital room itself allow the twins to complete a story from which Pearl has fled and in which Merle has remained trapped until now.
Vitalstatistix, Australia Belvoir St. Theatre, Australia
Adelaide International Festival of the Arts. Dir. Rosalba Clemente (all productions)
Adelaide Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Production. Finalist: Western Australian Premier’s Award; Victorian Premier’s Award; Australian Writers’ Guild Best Drama (AWGIE) Award.