Chris Widney

Chris Widney

… is a New York based playwright, book writer and lyricist who tries to spend as much time as possible in the mountains of Northern California. Full-length plays, “Big, Fat And Ugly With A Moustache” (Perry Street Theatre, NYC), “Family Men” (Arden, Philadelphia), “The Normals” (Luna Stage, NJ), “Consumed” (Barter Theatre, VA). Other full-lengths, one-acts, musicals and screenplays have been presented, read,...
… is a New York based playwright, book writer and lyricist who tries to spend as much time as possible in the mountains of Northern California. Full-length plays, “Big, Fat And Ugly With A Moustache” (Perry Street Theatre, NYC), “Family Men” (Arden, Philadelphia), “The Normals” (Luna Stage, NJ), “Consumed” (Barter Theatre, VA). Other full-lengths, one-acts, musicals and screenplays have been presented, read, work-shopped and honored in theatres and contests around the world including The Actors Theatre Of Louisville, City Theatre, Miami and The Fire Rose Theatre in Los Angeles. He is co-author of a book about squash (the sport, not the vegetable), a member of The Dramatists Guild, the BMI Workshop, and a graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU.

Plays

  • Consumed
    1935, tuberculosis claims the lives of one out of every seven people. Thousands go to sanatoriums to sit perfectly still on porches in the freezing cold hoping to heal, waiting to die. But in upstate New York quick-talking, swing dancing party girl, Betty McCracken, just wants to have fun!
  • Greenville Tomorrow
    Todd and Marion, thirty-something African Americans, move from their tiny apartment in Brooklyn to a beautiful first home in lovely Greenville, South Carolina. As they settle in, however, hidden agendas emerge including a boss who’d like Todd to be the first African-American to participate in “some nice, friendly Civil War reenactments.” Mortified by the implications but still wildly in love with their new...
    Todd and Marion, thirty-something African Americans, move from their tiny apartment in Brooklyn to a beautiful first home in lovely Greenville, South Carolina. As they settle in, however, hidden agendas emerge including a boss who’d like Todd to be the first African-American to participate in “some nice, friendly Civil War reenactments.” Mortified by the implications but still wildly in love with their new home, Todd and Marion must examine their own relationship and ask how far they are willing to go to live the American dream.
  • Keepers
    An aspiring artist lives in his storage unit and paints. When a successful, young career woman begins storing next door neither one wants to be friends. Nonetheless, they are drawn to each other by an odd mutual interest in llamas.
  • Prepare For Impact
    Injured Iraq vet Johnny Hayes returns home to Indiana. Unable to find work in a bleak economy, he uses his “mid-East expertise” to start a dubious homeland security business. It may be just what the country needs. It may be a complete scam. In order to legitimize operations, Johnny courts millionaire industrialist Charles Bricker. As Johnny and Charles become buddies, Kelly, Charles’ twenty-five year...
    Injured Iraq vet Johnny Hayes returns home to Indiana. Unable to find work in a bleak economy, he uses his “mid-East expertise” to start a dubious homeland security business. It may be just what the country needs. It may be a complete scam. In order to legitimize operations, Johnny courts millionaire industrialist Charles Bricker. As Johnny and Charles become buddies, Kelly, Charles’ twenty-five year old trophy wife, and Crystal, Kelly’s bratty, fifteen year old little sister, try to figure out exactly who is hustling whom. Are their relationships based entirely on commerce or is anything real?
  • The Semis Of Abu Dhabi
    Sammy Grunberger quits college to prove that he can make it as a professional tennis player.  But when the Futures Tour arrives for its stop in Abu Dhabi, Sammy discovers that online betting may have changed the game forever and he may not be good enough to do anything about it.
  • Two People
    Two young New Yorkers, desperately searching for love, pass on the streets, in the subway, in bars and cafes but they never meet. 

After years of dating disasters, they finally see each other. Music by: Dimitri Landrain, Kevin Laursen, Andrew Heyman, Sebastian Fabal, Robert Edridge Waks, Niko Tsakalakos, Julian Blackmore, Zach Redler, Mark Evans, Bomi Lee, Sean Mahoney, Yui Kitamura, Creighton Irons.
  • The Guy Who Jumped Into The Zoo
    Based on a true story. A twenty-five year old man jumps from a monorail ride, over a barbed wire fence and into a cage with a four hundred pound Siberian tiger at The Bronx Zoo. When asked why, he says, "I wanted to be one with the tiger." Alone in an interrogation room, the Guy tries to convince investigators that he isn't crazy.
  • Jolly Wally
    Fed up with the day to day humiliation of their “act,” a walrus tries to convince her complacent walrus boyfriend to escape from the “SeaLife Aquarium” in Tallahassee.
  • One Of The Great Ones
    The skills of the world’s greatest librarian are put to the test in a battle of little, old lady versus the Internet.