Lisa Wagner Erickson

Lisa Wagner Erickson

Lisa Wagner Erickson is a playwright based in Denver, Colorado. Her full-length plays include The Mrs. Wheatland Pageant, Brianna VS. Happy Corporation, and The Title IX Emergency Response Team Has Some Issues. She has been a semi-finalist for PlayPenn and Landing Theatre's New American Voices. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by the Lulubird Project, the Edge Theatre Company, And Toto too...
Lisa Wagner Erickson is a playwright based in Denver, Colorado. Her full-length plays include The Mrs. Wheatland Pageant, Brianna VS. Happy Corporation, and The Title IX Emergency Response Team Has Some Issues. She has been a semi-finalist for PlayPenn and Landing Theatre's New American Voices. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by the Lulubird Project, the Edge Theatre Company, And Toto too Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Stickball Productions, and No Strings Theatre Company, among others. She is the founder and Creative Director of Theater 29, a playwright-driven venue in Denver, founder of the Lulubird Project: Theatre, Slightly Absurd, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University.


Plays

  • The Mrs. Wheatland Pageant
    PlayPenn: Semi-Finalist
    Landing Theatre's New American Voices: Semi-Finalist

    June Cleveland thinks creating sitcom scenes from different decades with her husband Jim is a fun way to pass the time in the small town of Wheatland Colorado. But when Millie, the very fertile school secretary, proclaims that women in Wheatland are only fertile in their twenties, June becomes desperate to...
    PlayPenn: Semi-Finalist
    Landing Theatre's New American Voices: Semi-Finalist

    June Cleveland thinks creating sitcom scenes from different decades with her husband Jim is a fun way to pass the time in the small town of Wheatland Colorado. But when Millie, the very fertile school secretary, proclaims that women in Wheatland are only fertile in their twenties, June becomes desperate to become pregnant before her impending thirtieth birthday. Meanwhile, Jim grows wary of June’s new obsession with a 1950’s TV reality and the increasingly bizarre fertility treatments prescribed by Millie’s herbalist. To regain Jim’s affections and prove her ability to be an ideal wife and mother, June decides to win a local beauty pageant. But problems arise when the friends June has enlisted for help, Barb and Vivian, each have their own agenda for the pageant. Vivian is on a quest to regain her preacher husband’s affections by looking hot for Jesus, and Barb wants to use the pageant as a feminist protest. Then June discovers that Jim likes to bake wearing heels. 1950’s sitcom fantasies, small town reality and gender norms collide in this raucous comedy about one woman’s quest for certainty in an ever-changing world.

  • Brianna VS. Happy Corporation
    Jon Ablesoncroft is the wealthy CEO of the Happy Corporation. Anna is his wife. Brianna (their daughter) is attending community college behind her wealthy parents' backs. She revels in her new identity as working-class student. But problems arise when the Happy Corporation decides to use Brianna's face in a higher education ad campaign. As Brianna struggles to maintain her working-class persona, she...
    Jon Ablesoncroft is the wealthy CEO of the Happy Corporation. Anna is his wife. Brianna (their daughter) is attending community college behind her wealthy parents' backs. She revels in her new identity as working-class student. But problems arise when the Happy Corporation decides to use Brianna's face in a higher education ad campaign. As Brianna struggles to maintain her working-class persona, she is forced to face her lies, the ties to her family, and the fact that she may not be a good person.
  • Do It For Francine
    Ben offers the seemingly naive Willow the feature role in his independent film. But when the sacrifices Ben asks willow to make for the part cross the line from bizarre to abusive, Willow turns the tables and gives Ben a dose of his own medicine.
  • Step On Me
    A woman decides to end an S&M-type relationship with her scale.
    -Boston Globe: "a hilarious short play by Lisa Wagner Erickson that toys with one woman’s obsession with her bathroom scale."
  • If Beth March Had Cirrhosis
    A wealthy volunteer and a shelter resident grapple with fiction of their fantasies versus the reality of their everyday lives and decisions.