Skye Robinson Hillis

Skye Robinson Hillis

Skye Robinson Hillis is a playwright, director, and dramaturg based in Chicago. Skye is a two time semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, and her work has been seen at Creede Repertory, The Route 66 Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop, Artistic Home, Prologue Theatre Company, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Ohio University, Columbia College, and the City of Chicago’...
Skye Robinson Hillis is a playwright, director, and dramaturg based in Chicago. Skye is a two time semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, and her work has been seen at Creede Repertory, The Route 66 Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, A Red Orchid Theatre, Piven Theatre Workshop, Artistic Home, Prologue Theatre Company, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Ohio University, Columbia College, and the City of Chicago’s In the Works Play Lab at the Pritzker Pavillion in Millenium Park. Her play AND VASTER was awarded a residency at the New Works Lab at Stratford in 2015, winner of the 2015 Ashland New Plays Festival, and winner of the Holland New Voices Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in 2017. As a director and dramaturg, she has worked for Hartford Stage, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, A Red Orchid, Remy Bumppo, Stage Left, and more. Her other plays include ESCAPE VELOCITY, THE ORDINARINESS OF EVERYTHING ELSE, THE RUNNING MATE, INTO PLACE, and SELFISH. Skye is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University on a full scholarship.

Plays

  • And Vaster
    FULL-LENGTH: In their fifteen years together, married actors Michael and Corinne have stood by their decision to focus on their respective careers and each other, and not to have children. When Michael is suddenly confronted with a here-to-fore unknown seventeen-year-old daughter begotten from a one night stand, their years of meticulous planning are rendered useless, and they must revisit the decision they...
    FULL-LENGTH: In their fifteen years together, married actors Michael and Corinne have stood by their decision to focus on their respective careers and each other, and not to have children. When Michael is suddenly confronted with a here-to-fore unknown seventeen-year-old daughter begotten from a one night stand, their years of meticulous planning are rendered useless, and they must revisit the decision they made long ago and figure out how to assimilate a nearly grown-up child into their kid-free family dynamic, without losing each other in the process.
  • Bury the Rest
    FULL-LENGTH: Following the death of their 17-year-old daughter Lucy in a mass high school shooting, friendly exes Margot and Colin find themselves at a moral impasse. Though deeply reliant on each other during the grieving process, Colin’s position as a Republican U.S. Senator makes it difficult for Margot and the rest of the family to reconcile the root of their grief with his continued support of the NRA. As...
    FULL-LENGTH: Following the death of their 17-year-old daughter Lucy in a mass high school shooting, friendly exes Margot and Colin find themselves at a moral impasse. Though deeply reliant on each other during the grieving process, Colin’s position as a Republican U.S. Senator makes it difficult for Margot and the rest of the family to reconcile the root of their grief with his continued support of the NRA. As they navigate the intimacies of their reforged relationship and rebuild themselves as a family, it may in fact be Lucy who decides their fate.
  • Escape Velocity
    FULL-LENGTH: Weaving back and forth between California in 1963 and West Berlin in 1969, Escape Velocity explores the advent of the sexual revolution and its impact on two couples, as the husband from one couple and the wife from the other break free just enough to discover their new-found freedom and ecstasy in each other.
  • The Ordinariness of Everything Else
    FULL-LENGTH: With twenty-five years of a successful open marriage under their belt, Londoners Will and Sadie are inspired to reevaluate their lives and reinvent their own relationship when their son becomes involved in a polyamorous relationship.
  • The Running Mate
    FULL-LENGTH: In The Running Mate, a presidential campaign functions as a battle ground for the candidate and his equally successful wife. As they struggle to navigate America’s changing political climate and weave in and out of favor with the electorate, they must also find the balance of happiness, fulfillment, and sacrifice between the two parties of their own marriage across fifty states and fourteen months’ time.
  • Into Place
    FULL-LENGTH: In a small town in Indiana, Frank Wheelan has lived every day the same since he can remember. Work, beer, bingo, Amazing Race night. When a former childhood crush returns to town with her ailing son, he begins to see things in a new way. His small life begins to grow and soon fills him to the brim with emotions and motivations he doesn’t understand. As she grapples with potentially losing her son,...
    FULL-LENGTH: In a small town in Indiana, Frank Wheelan has lived every day the same since he can remember. Work, beer, bingo, Amazing Race night. When a former childhood crush returns to town with her ailing son, he begins to see things in a new way. His small life begins to grow and soon fills him to the brim with emotions and motivations he doesn’t understand. As she grapples with potentially losing her son, Frank and his friends learn to open themselves up to new possibilities and prepare for what may await them outside county lines.
  • Selfish
    FULL-LENGTH: Celebrated memoirist and podcast host Susannah has made a career out of sharing her most personal experiences with the world, with the support of her journalist husband, Dave. Now, after achieving international notoriety, Susannah wrestles with the potential consequences of publishing a book that will give way to great controversy both publicly and in her own home. Believing the topic to be of...
    FULL-LENGTH: Celebrated memoirist and podcast host Susannah has made a career out of sharing her most personal experiences with the world, with the support of her journalist husband, Dave. Now, after achieving international notoriety, Susannah wrestles with the potential consequences of publishing a book that will give way to great controversy both publicly and in her own home. Believing the topic to be of enormous importance to women in today’s society, she must decide whether or not to move forward with her plans, risking her marriage and family in the process.
  • Fugitive Awareness
    10 MINUTE: Franz Kafka's on-again, off-again correspondence fiancee contemplates the pros and cons of maintaining her own independence.
  • Peripheral Resistance
    10 MINUTE: A chance encounter in a foreign country reunites a long-estranged couple whose only opportunity for closure lies in a series of mind games and unspoken challenges.
  • Present Divisions
    5 MINUTE: An American family adjusts to a changing political climate during tumultuous 1968.
  • Down to the River to Spit
    5 MINUTE: Two kids in the Deep South contemplate the existential consequences of spitting in a river.
  • Talking Backwards
    MONOLOGUE: Alice contemplates her journeys to Wonderland while falling down the rabbit hole, again and again.
  • We're Bad Guys
    5 MINUTE: Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn attempt to turn over a new "leaf" in order to join forces with the good guys to finally free Harley from the abuses of The Joker - and they need Lois Lane to make it happen.
  • Privateers
    20 MINUTE: In the year 1349, French-slaying pirate (ahem, privateer) Jeanne de Clisson is confronted by the ghost of her slain husband and forced to re-evaluate what her life has become.
  • A Heart Unfortified
    10 MINUTE: Following Polonius' murder, Gertrude and Claudius discuss the state of things, and deal with the ramifications of a dark confession. Inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet.
  • Leave Those Kids Alone
    5 MINUTE: A group of young siblings try to pass the time as their world begins to shatter around them.