Liz Maestri

Liz Maestri

Liz Maestri is a playwright and screenwriter from Washington, DC, who writes introspective, satirical dark comedies that aim to amuse, abuse, & bemuse. She is an alum of Playwrights' Arena (American Voices New Play Institute), Playwrights Collective (Center Stage), the 24 With 5 Collective at New Dramatists, and earned her M.F.A. in Playwriting in 2018. Most recently, Liz was a finalist for the 2019...
Liz Maestri is a playwright and screenwriter from Washington, DC, who writes introspective, satirical dark comedies that aim to amuse, abuse, & bemuse. She is an alum of Playwrights' Arena (American Voices New Play Institute), Playwrights Collective (Center Stage), the 24 With 5 Collective at New Dramatists, and earned her M.F.A. in Playwriting in 2018. Most recently, Liz was a finalist for the 2019 SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency for work on her newest (currently untitled) screenplay; and her original television pilot SIGNS + WONDERS was named a Quarterfinalist for the ScreenCraft Pilot Launch and a Semifinalist for the 2019 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship.

Liz's plays have been developed and presented at Arena Stage, Center Stage, E.M.P. Collective, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center, Old Sound Room, Primary Stages/ESPA, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Theater Alliance, Theater J, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is the recipient of four DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship, Weissberg Foundation Award, a DCCAH Young Artist Award, and was nominated for the L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award in 2017. Her play SINNER-MAN was a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Salt Lake Acting Company Davey Foundation Grant, and the Playwright’s Center Core Apprentice Program; it and other projects placed in competition for The Princess Grace Award, B Street Theatre’s New Comedies Play Festival, Unicorn Theatre’s In-Progress New Play Series, Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest, and the Austin Film Festival, among others.

Two of Liz's apocalyptic short films are currently in post-production: THE LAUGHING CLUB (dir. Jason Lobe) and NIGHT WAKING (dir. Shoshana Rosenbaum).

Plays

  • THE KNOT
    Two brides vow to attain envy-inducing, idyllic AF perfection in their search to find true happiness—at any cost. But can they survive the onslaught of flowers, cakes, alcohol, presents, and nervous breakdowns? THE KNOT asks how ‘Happily Ever After’ is bought and sold in the Disney Princess universe of wedding mania.
  • SINNER-MAN
    Dorian Gray is rich, beautiful, and worshiped by all who meet him, especially other rich, beautiful people. Ensconced in a gilded world of lavish parties, gardens, narcotics, and the fine arts, Dorian goes to extremes to preserve his glorious youth and privilege. But nothing really lasts forever--not even metaphysical pacts with the devil--and Dorian and his entourage must contend with the rapidly changing...
    Dorian Gray is rich, beautiful, and worshiped by all who meet him, especially other rich, beautiful people. Ensconced in a gilded world of lavish parties, gardens, narcotics, and the fine arts, Dorian goes to extremes to preserve his glorious youth and privilege. But nothing really lasts forever--not even metaphysical pacts with the devil--and Dorian and his entourage must contend with the rapidly changing world knocking on their doorstep. An impertinent, feminist deconstruction of Oscar Wilde's novel, SINNER-MAN searches for the absurd humor in the world's absurd imbalance.
  • CONDO CONDO CONDOLAND
    Dan and Jillian have it all: good jobs, fiscal stability, a beautiful luxury condo in an up-and-coming neighborhood, a food processor... yet they can't help but feel that something is missing. Holed up in their condo on a government-mandated staycation, Dan and Jillian live out their domestic routine until a mysterious stranger forces them to decide what they value most.
  • THE ICE ROOM (one-act)
    It’s time for Summer Bible School—and this year, it’s going to be next-level. When a clash of ideals threatens the most important event of the year, three church colleagues learn the hard way that the corporate power of American Christianity is a force to be reckoned with. An Evangelical comedy of manners, THE ICE ROOM tackles indoctrination, passion, and hypocrisy in one of the biggest industries on earth.
  • HOUSE BEAUTIFUL
    A love letter to everyone who silently deals with the sanitized pain of dying in America, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL explores family dynamics across generations, leaving the past behind, and celebrating the life that exists in the tiniest of houses and smallest of rooms.
  • THAT'S HOW I LIE (one-act)
    Justin Beaver, desperate to further separate himself from the homogenous cesspool of his fellow pop stars, hacks off his own arm to become an untouchable one-armed icon. When he wakes up in a dark kitchen with a blowtorch-wielding old woman, Justin must face the darkest of all his demons. Reality bites.
  • SOMERSAULTING
    An adaptation of Sammy Harkham's 3-color comic from Drawn & Quarterly Showcase #3, SOMERSAULTING follows two best friends, Iris and Edie, during a long summer before their senior year of high school. Set in a run-down beach town, this is a story of a droning summer spotted with the girls' discoveries of death, love, and sex, propelling them both into adulthood.
  • VICEHAVEN
    **under construction**

    any by construction I mean demolishment
  • The Laughing Club (ten-minute)
    A comedy about two hasya yoga enthusiasts, a burning building, and how we handle crisis.
  • LEISURE WORLD
    Three 80-something women, trapped in the oppressive dullness of an assisted living facility, are making the most of their situation—and then some. Dottie, Marion, and Thelly are used to going head-to-head with the home’s administrator, Jody, for their raucous lifestyle. But when Dottie enlists Marion’s grandson in an all-in scheme, the women find themselves plunged into a situation way over their heads. There...
    Three 80-something women, trapped in the oppressive dullness of an assisted living facility, are making the most of their situation—and then some. Dottie, Marion, and Thelly are used to going head-to-head with the home’s administrator, Jody, for their raucous lifestyle. But when Dottie enlists Marion’s grandson in an all-in scheme, the women find themselves plunged into a situation way over their heads. There's nothing gentle about going into that good night.