Desiree York

Desiree York

Desireé York is a woman playwright and director who writes for women and minorities. Originally from a small farm town in Pennsylvania, she is the recipient of the 2015 Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Playwriting Award for her play THE PUPPETEER. Her plays include: THE PUPPETEER (finalist 2017 Futurefest, finalist 2017 Henley Rose Playwright Competition, finalist 2017 Ashland New Plays Festival, semi-finalist...
Desireé York is a woman playwright and director who writes for women and minorities. Originally from a small farm town in Pennsylvania, she is the recipient of the 2015 Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Playwriting Award for her play THE PUPPETEER. Her plays include: THE PUPPETEER (finalist 2017 Futurefest, finalist 2017 Henley Rose Playwright Competition, finalist 2017 Ashland New Plays Festival, semi-finalist 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, semi-finalist 2015 CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize and staged reading Ophelia’s Jump Productions 2015), ONE SECOND CHANCE (staged reading Rogue Machine Theatre 2016 and semi-finalist 2017 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), BREAK TIME (staged reading 2017 Athena Cats New Works Festival Conference), UNDONE (workshop reading 2017 Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings), RUNNING MATE and THE SUITCASE (student productions at California State University, Fullerton). A director as well, Desireé was the recipient of a National Directing Fellowship by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is currently developing a show by a fellow playwright/actress about a transgender man for the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Other directing experiences include: Director of ALL THAT WE SEE OR SEEM at Exposition Review's Short Play Festival, Director of A GRAVE SITUATION at The Athena Cats New Works Festival, Assistant Director with Casey Stangl at South Coast Repertory, Assistant Director with May Adrales at O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and Directing Fellowship at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. She graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Women’s Studies. She and her husband relocated across the country to California with nothing but a U-Haul and their chocolate Labrador Retriever who hogged the bench seat for the entire seven day journey. Desireé is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Center. www.desireeyork.com

Plays

  • Floating
    When Amara seeks to return to Mexico to find her mother, she receives a visit from something who did not survive her same journey.
  • BREAK TIME
    Three nurses hope to escape life and death under an invisible tree with just a pack of cigarettes.
  • UNDONE
    Too afraid of abandoning love to leave, but more afraid of being abandoned by love to stay, Sarah has learned how to keep her distance in all her relationships. But when tragic loss hits, Sarah takes a life journey encountering Jesus Christ, Father Time, A Super Man and even literally wrestling with The Universe along the way to discover where she went off course and if the distance is too much to overcome –...
    Too afraid of abandoning love to leave, but more afraid of being abandoned by love to stay, Sarah has learned how to keep her distance in all her relationships. But when tragic loss hits, Sarah takes a life journey encountering Jesus Christ, Father Time, A Super Man and even literally wrestling with The Universe along the way to discover where she went off course and if the distance is too much to overcome – even to find a way back to herself.
  • ONE SECOND CHANCE
    Haunted by the suicide of her daughter, Hope, Grace moves in with her mother Velma and makes a pact with her never to speak of Hope again. Years later, as Velma develops dementia, reality blurs when Grace’s second daughter uncovers their secret and believes that she is the reincarnation of her dead sister. As the past threatens to repeat itself, which daughter will Grace choose to save? Based on a true story...
    Haunted by the suicide of her daughter, Hope, Grace moves in with her mother Velma and makes a pact with her never to speak of Hope again. Years later, as Velma develops dementia, reality blurs when Grace’s second daughter uncovers their secret and believes that she is the reincarnation of her dead sister. As the past threatens to repeat itself, which daughter will Grace choose to save? Based on a true story, three generations of women struggle to break family patterns at the cost of losing themselves and discover whether it’s possible to have a second chance without letting go of the first one.
  • THE PUPPETEER
    When Constance, a 1920's jazz singer, chooses to stand on her own, not only is her name carried on through multiple generations, but so is her determination to find an identity in an ever changing world. Spanning five generations, starting in the Harlem Renaissance and ending in present day, the women from one African-American family struggle to overcome the roles assigned to them by society in order to find their way home.