Kyle John Schmidt

Kyle John Schmidt

Kyle John Schmidt is a writer from Montezuma, Iowa. His plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Take 10 Apprentice Showcase and the Humana Festival), Crashbox Theatre, the Kid Magicians, Play-in-a-Bar, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, University of Texas New Theatre, and the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival. His full-length plays have received readings at Capital...
Kyle John Schmidt is a writer from Montezuma, Iowa. His plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Take 10 Apprentice Showcase and the Humana Festival), Crashbox Theatre, the Kid Magicians, Play-in-a-Bar, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, University of Texas New Theatre, and the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival. His full-length plays have received readings at Capital Stage, Stage West, and Nashville Repertory Theatre, and have been finalists for the Humana Festival, PlayPenn, the Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, and the Princess Grace Award. Furthermore, Kyle was co-winner of the 2010 Heideman Award and is a former member of the Ingram New Play Lab. He received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers.

Plays

  • The Secretary
    Ruby runs a small-town gun company that aims to protect women by helping them
    protect themselves. With products like The Bridesmaid, The Babysitter and The Mallwalker, each of the company's guns is named after a woman who used a gun and saved a life--more often than not, her own. When an elderly secretary at the local high school confronts a threat in her office with six bullets, Ruby responds by...
    Ruby runs a small-town gun company that aims to protect women by helping them
    protect themselves. With products like The Bridesmaid, The Babysitter and The Mallwalker, each of the company's guns is named after a woman who used a gun and saved a life--more often than not, her own. When an elderly secretary at the local high school confronts a threat in her office with six bullets, Ruby responds by naming her latest gun after the reluctant hero: “The Secretary.” But as production begins on The Secretary, guns start going off all around town--and no one’s pulling the trigger. THE SECRETARY is an offbeat comedy about safety, survival, and guns for a world that’s up in arms.
  • Blue Point
    BLUE POINT is a love story about a teenage boy in the rural Midwest who kills his best friend. Taking place over the course of five years in alternating scenes of New Years and 4th of July, we watch these two friends search for stability in a world crumbling beneath their feet. As their home lives become marred with death, poverty and instability, the boys become increasingly violent, destructive, and...
    BLUE POINT is a love story about a teenage boy in the rural Midwest who kills his best friend. Taking place over the course of five years in alternating scenes of New Years and 4th of July, we watch these two friends search for stability in a world crumbling beneath their feet. As their home lives become marred with death, poverty and instability, the boys become increasingly violent, destructive, and desperate for affection. To cope, they begin acting out fantasies of domination and humiliation over their schoolmates, a meth addict, and one another. These fantasies become progressively more dangerous until the final scene where the boys decide to commit a harrowing crime in a forgotten cemetery down a deserted gravel road.
  • Poor Sports
    When Rachelle takes Mandy’s position on the high school softball team, their alcoholic mothers face-off on the bleachers in a war of blackmail, brutality, and binge drinking. POOR SPORTS is a dark comedy about small-town women discovering life after they’ve lost the game.
  • Fernando and the Killer Queen
    FERNANDO AND THE KILLER QUEEN is about a fabulously despotic Queen who stages violent revolutions against her own crown. Until, that is, the unthinkable happens: the Queen falls madly in love. Caught between a revolution she can’t control and a love she can’t forget, the Queen struggles to hold her government (and maintain her sense of spectacle). A comedy about the queens among us (and within us) that features...
    FERNANDO AND THE KILLER QUEEN is about a fabulously despotic Queen who stages violent revolutions against her own crown. Until, that is, the unthinkable happens: the Queen falls madly in love. Caught between a revolution she can’t control and a love she can’t forget, the Queen struggles to hold her government (and maintain her sense of spectacle). A comedy about the queens among us (and within us) that features singing, dancing, drag, and a man tight tight tight green tights.
  • The Dyeing Woman
    A group of beleaguered dyers at a textile mill clash with their boss over time off, quotas, and promotions.
  • The River of Haircuts
    A village council tears itself apart after the discovery of a supernatural phenomenon outside of town.
  • The Old Maid and Her Old Goose
    An old maid is charged with instructing her young niece about the art of love on the eve of a Fancy Ball. When a rapacious libertine commandeers the lesson, a contest is born to determine whose approach to love is most potent.
  • The Blissful Orphans
    After their last orphan is adopted, the proprietors of a Dickensian orphanage face an empty nest, a life crisis, and a surplus of whimsical bonnets.
  • St. Matilde's Malady
    A swashbuckling one-act about rage, love, and other sexually transmitted diseases.