Eleanor Burgess

Eleanor Burgess

Eleanor's plays work has been produced or developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Centenary Stage Company, the Lark Play Development Center, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, Everyday Inferno, Ryder...
Eleanor's plays work has been produced or developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Centenary Stage Company, the Lark Play Development Center, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, Everyday Inferno, Ryder Farm and Luna Stage. She’s been the recipient of a 2050 Fellowship from New York Theatre Workshop, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award, an EST/Sloan commission, a Keen Teens Commission, and the Susan Glaspell Award for Women Playwrights. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, studied history at Yale College, and recently completed the M.F.A in Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.

Plays

  • The Niceties
    Zoe, a black student at a liberal arts college, is called into her white professor’s office to discuss her paper about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history, and power.
  • Chill
    On a Friday night in the Spring of 2001, four teenagers have gathered to hang out and blow off some steam. Jenn likes Ethan. Ethan likes Alli. Alli likes Stu. Stu has a girlfriend. None of them can decide which movie to watch from the pile they got at Blockbuster. Over the course of the evening, they all break each others' hearts in a million tiny little way. Ten years later, they reunite to try and do it...
    On a Friday night in the Spring of 2001, four teenagers have gathered to hang out and blow off some steam. Jenn likes Ethan. Ethan likes Alli. Alli likes Stu. Stu has a girlfriend. None of them can decide which movie to watch from the pile they got at Blockbuster. Over the course of the evening, they all break each others' hearts in a million tiny little way. Ten years later, they reunite to try and do it all again.
  • Start Down
    Inspired by his girlfriend who's a public school teacher, a San Francisco programmer has an idea for a startup that will help teachers in the classroom. But as the company begins to take off, it becomes unclear whether the software will help teachers - or replace them.
  • These Dying Generations
    When Annabel Foley refuses treatment after a stroke, her estranged daughter Helen bribes the beloved granddaughter, Madison - a semi-employed millenial musician from Brooklyn – to take on the role of caregiver. But as the experience brings Annabel and Madison closer, how will Helen compete with her own daughter for her family's love?
  • Mocha
    When a film star arrives in Indonesia to adopt a baby, she attracts the interest of a journalist who questions her motivations, a bureaucrat who hopes to use her to publicize the islands, and a foster father who believes that her personal life leaves her little room for a child. Meanwhile, an infertile American couple struggles through the traditional adoption process, which begins to reveal serious rifts in...
    When a film star arrives in Indonesia to adopt a baby, she attracts the interest of a journalist who questions her motivations, a bureaucrat who hopes to use her to publicize the islands, and a foster father who believes that her personal life leaves her little room for a child. Meanwhile, an infertile American couple struggles through the traditional adoption process, which begins to reveal serious rifts in their dream of becoming parents together.