Patrick Vermillion

Patrick Vermillion

Patrick Vermillion is a Chicago Playwright and Screenwriter who enjoys exploring themes of political radicalization, masculinity in the time of late-capitalism, and the fine line between Noel Coward-esque farcical comedy and Cronenberg-inspired body horror. Originally hailing from NYC, His plays have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theater, IRT, Soho Playhouse, and Alchemical Lab in New York, as well as LSU in...
Patrick Vermillion is a Chicago Playwright and Screenwriter who enjoys exploring themes of political radicalization, masculinity in the time of late-capitalism, and the fine line between Noel Coward-esque farcical comedy and Cronenberg-inspired body horror. Originally hailing from NYC, His plays have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theater, IRT, Soho Playhouse, and Alchemical Lab in New York, as well as LSU in Louisiana, Next Iteration Theater in Houston, and Pulp Stage in Portland, Oregon. He is a recipient of the 2015 David Lindsay-Abaire award for his play Drinking Game, and the 2016 winner of Sanguine Theater Company's Project Playwright for his play Jessica. In 2020 his play, The Good Boy Game, was a finalist for the O’Neill Summer Conference. He is currently commissioned by Steep Theater, developing a play about the Muscular Christianity movement in the early 20th Century. Patrick is the CEO and president of patrick-vermillion.com which is the number 1 place to discover all the latest and greatest Patrick Vermillion plays and news!

Plays

  • The Good Boy Game
    Upon discovering their son, James, is about to commit an unthinkable atrocity, parents Mary-Beth and Sam decide to forgo calling the authorities and de-radicalize him on their own. Tied up in the attic, they put him on a therapist-recommend rewards-based points system designed to give him purpose and expose the goodness within. But as they chip away at his ideologies and attempt to bring him back to their idea...
    Upon discovering their son, James, is about to commit an unthinkable atrocity, parents Mary-Beth and Sam decide to forgo calling the authorities and de-radicalize him on their own. Tied up in the attic, they put him on a therapist-recommend rewards-based points system designed to give him purpose and expose the goodness within. But as they chip away at his ideologies and attempt to bring him back to their idea of normal, they reckon with the evil that has invaded their lives and the darkness that has lurked among them. A play about the crisis of men, specifically spoiled brats, and how we love them.
  • Bezos N' Me
    In the early 2020s, Portsman and Lizbeth are aspiring television writers working as  security guards for Jeff Bezos's mostly desolate mansion in Beverly Hills. On the eve of a major California wildfire and in the midst of a working class uprising, Mr. Bezos shows up at his mansion for the first time, seeking an escape from the protests at his headquarters in Washington. He offers to produce the pair's...
    In the early 2020s, Portsman and Lizbeth are aspiring television writers working as  security guards for Jeff Bezos's mostly desolate mansion in Beverly Hills. On the eve of a major California wildfire and in the midst of a working class uprising, Mr. Bezos shows up at his mansion for the first time, seeking an escape from the protests at his headquarters in Washington. He offers to produce the pair's pilots as long as they keep him safe while things calm down. The two gladly accept, but as the fire gets closer and the revolutionaries approach, they must decide how far they are willing to go to make sure their stories are heard at the end of the world. 
  • He Misses
    College friends Mallory and Tyler seem like the perfect match for platonic roommates. There's only one problem: When Tyler goes to the bathroom, he "misses"
  • Jessica
    In 2013, Jessica disappeared without a trace. Now, in the age of advanced-AI her boyfriend, Allister, attempts to recreate her likeness as an android, recruiting her friends and family to help. Allister believes that recreating Jessica's mental state on the day she disappeared can be the key to finding where she went. Jessica's best friend Mari, is skeptical at best, and it’s not long before the two...
    In 2013, Jessica disappeared without a trace. Now, in the age of advanced-AI her boyfriend, Allister, attempts to recreate her likeness as an android, recruiting her friends and family to help. Allister believes that recreating Jessica's mental state on the day she disappeared can be the key to finding where she went. Jessica's best friend Mari, is skeptical at best, and it’s not long before the two clash in a struggle of consent, morality, and who gets a say in how Jessica is remembered, and how she’ll be portrayed in the future.
  • Chekov's Gun
    After a wonderful dinner with their good friend, Anton Chekov, Regina and Maria are terrified to learn that the famous playwright has left his signature gun behind. Now that the gun has been introduced, the two must figure out how to get rid of it before the third act.

    A short 1 minute comedy!
  • Baby Boys (The Kevin Play)
    An anonymous author uses the power of theater to recreate the lives of the boys he grew  up with, all of whom happened to be named Kevin. After they are literally born on the  stage, the author attempts to organize the Kevins so they can retell the story of their  favorite Kevin: The one who got cancer and died. However, the other Kevins end up too  distracted by weed and video games and other vices of young...
    An anonymous author uses the power of theater to recreate the lives of the boys he grew  up with, all of whom happened to be named Kevin. After they are literally born on the  stage, the author attempts to organize the Kevins so they can retell the story of their  favorite Kevin: The one who got cancer and died. However, the other Kevins end up too  distracted by weed and video games and other vices of young male life to complete the  narrative. As the story begins to fall apart,the author’s (and Kevin with cancer’s) body  decays in real time. A play about the contradictions of manhood and the guilt and  reckoning of writing about the people you’ve left behind.  
  • I, Caligula
    It's January 24th, 42 A.D. in Imperial Rome. At the end of this day, Rome’s third and most notorious emperor, Caligula, will be assassinated by Cassius Chaerea as part of a military coup. Caligula
    has been warned about the coming attempt on his life and is ready to retaliate, but FIRST! He has to hold rehearsal for his play: an epic tragedy about the story of his own life. Naturally, he’s “cast” (...
    It's January 24th, 42 A.D. in Imperial Rome. At the end of this day, Rome’s third and most notorious emperor, Caligula, will be assassinated by Cassius Chaerea as part of a military coup. Caligula
    has been warned about the coming attempt on his life and is ready to retaliate, but FIRST! He has to hold rehearsal for his play: an epic tragedy about the story of his own life. Naturally, he’s “cast” (forced) the
    best actors in all of Rome to play the most important people in his life (including himself...). And even though dozens of men are marching towards an amphitheater with intent on putting a sword through his
    throat, Caligula has one goal in mind: Put on the best play in the history of Rome and seal his legacy forever. A show about the dangerous power of art in the hands of a tyrant and the story of one of the most evil men in history learning to love himself.
  • He is Risen
    In the wake of a freak accident, high school football player Austin discovers he's immortal. But what value does immortality have to a devoted catholic who believes he's destined to ascend to heaven and live in eternal paradise? Now Austin must speak directly to God to understand his purpose, but how can he face his maker if he can't die? A journey through Earth, the after life and beyond. A play...
    In the wake of a freak accident, high school football player Austin discovers he's immortal. But what value does immortality have to a devoted catholic who believes he's destined to ascend to heaven and live in eternal paradise? Now Austin must speak directly to God to understand his purpose, but how can he face his maker if he can't die? A journey through Earth, the after life and beyond. A play about the sacrifices of athletes, the morality of Christianity in a society on the verge of Climate Change, and the weird weird weird world of High School Football.