Renee Calarco

Renee Calarco

Renee Calarco is a D.C.-based playwright and teacher. Her plays include G-D'S HONEST TRUTH, THE RELIGION THING (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), SHORT ORDER STORIES (2007 recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award), OUR NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNFORESEEN TRAGEDY, THE MATING OF ANGELA WEISS, BLEED, FIRST STOP: NIAGARA FALLS, THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, and others. Her plays...
Renee Calarco is a D.C.-based playwright and teacher. Her plays include G-D'S HONEST TRUTH, THE RELIGION THING (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), SHORT ORDER STORIES (2007 recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award), OUR NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNFORESEEN TRAGEDY, THE MATING OF ANGELA WEISS, BLEED, FIRST STOP: NIAGARA FALLS, THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, and others. Her plays have been produced, developed, and commissioned by Theater J, The Welders, Charter Theater, Geva Theatre, Project Y, Pinky Swear Productions, Adventure Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, The Jewish Plays Project, and the Source Theatre Festival. Renee teaches both playwriting and improv at The Theatre Lab. She’s a founding member of The Welders. www.reneecalarco.com www.thewelders.org

Plays

  • OUR NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE UNFORESEEN TRAGEDY
    It's 2027. The United States is still recovering from a devastating yet oddly familiar event that nobody saw coming. Out of the ashes of the tragedy rises a memorial museum—The Museum of the Unforeseen—dedicated to preserving the memories of the day when everything changed. Note: This play is immersive and still in development. Our National Museum of the Unforeseen Tragedy is an immersive theater...
    It's 2027. The United States is still recovering from a devastating yet oddly familiar event that nobody saw coming. Out of the ashes of the tragedy rises a memorial museum—The Museum of the Unforeseen—dedicated to preserving the memories of the day when everything changed. Note: This play is immersive and still in development. Our National Museum of the Unforeseen Tragedy is an immersive theater piece that memorializes and explains “The American Spring,” a series of national uprisings and protests that were figuratively—and literally—ignited by a Christian separatist suicide bomber. Part performance piece, part exhibit, Our National Museum… asks us to consider the politics of memory and national identity.
  • THE RELIGION THING
    Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A comedy about relationships, faith, and the fine line between compromise and regret. Nominated for the 2013...
    Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A comedy about relationships, faith, and the fine line between compromise and regret. Nominated for the 2013 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play.
  • G-D'S HONEST TRUTH
    Roberta and Larry always try to do the right thing – for their son, for their marriage and especially for their synagogue. When they have the opportunity to help rescue a Holocaust Torah, they know they have to bring it to Temple Beth David. Inspired by the true story of Rabbi Menachem Youlus, the self-dubbed “Jewish Indiana Jones,” this story explores how the Jewish community deals with, responds to, and...
    Roberta and Larry always try to do the right thing – for their son, for their marriage and especially for their synagogue. When they have the opportunity to help rescue a Holocaust Torah, they know they have to bring it to Temple Beth David. Inspired by the true story of Rabbi Menachem Youlus, the self-dubbed “Jewish Indiana Jones,” this story explores how the Jewish community deals with, responds to, and heals from scandal. Winner of the 2014 Jewish Plays Project's Jewish Playwriting Contest. World premiere slated for March 2015 at Theater J.
  • SHORT ORDER STORIES
    It’s late August 2001, and Larry’s Diner is packed with jangly parents and their poker-faced kids who are making their annual drives to the colleges and universities in southern New York State. Lou and Fran Petrillo, newcomers to this ritual, are smoothing the way for their daughter Jenn -- who's desperate to leave her blue-collar roots back in Buffalo and start living a life that neither of her parents...
    It’s late August 2001, and Larry’s Diner is packed with jangly parents and their poker-faced kids who are making their annual drives to the colleges and universities in southern New York State. Lou and Fran Petrillo, newcomers to this ritual, are smoothing the way for their daughter Jenn -- who's desperate to leave her blue-collar roots back in Buffalo and start living a life that neither of her parents can imagine. Also at Larry’s are Chuck Feldman and his youngest son Evan, the Petrillos’ wealthy neighbors. With his cell phone seemingly plastered to his ear, Chuck struggles to run his business without further alienating his the distant Evan—who sits directly across from him. Through it all, waitress Paula and short-order cook Peach serve and clean up after the people who cycle through the diner, knowing that with each passing year, their ability to leave their small New York town dwindle. As Jenn and Evan pick their way through an awkward and thorny goodbye, Fran and Chuck navigate uneasy emotional waters of their own. But it’s not until May 2002 when Lou and Fran discover how deeply Jenn’s freshman year at college has affected their lives, their marriage, and their world. SHORT ORDER STORIES is a time-shifting comic drama….a meditation on familial obligation, social class, friendship, and love. Winner of the 2007 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Available for purchase from Dramatic Publishing.
  • BLEED
    Marla just wants some peace and quiet. Dez just wants Marla. A one-act drama about love, loss and resilience.
  • THE MATING OF ANGELA WEISS
    Angela’s not getting any. Neither are her pandas. A comedy about sex, motherhood, and pandas.
  • THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
    Christmas celebrations are just around the corner and Shirley the Partridge has got some problems to solve. The French Hens are arguing, the six geese have flown to Florida for the winter and worst of all…someone has stolen the Five Golden Rings! What will happen to Christmas? Available from Dramatic Publishing.