Lisa Wagner Erickson

Lisa Wagner Erickson

Lisa Wagner Erickson is a playwright based in Denver, Colorado. She has been a semi-finalist for the PlayPenn New Play Development conference, the Landing Theatre's New American Voices series, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 10-Minute Play Award. Her plays have been presented, developed and/or produced by the Lulubird Project, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Local...
Lisa Wagner Erickson is a playwright based in Denver, Colorado. She has been a semi-finalist for the PlayPenn New Play Development conference, the Landing Theatre's New American Voices series, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 10-Minute Play Award. Her plays have been presented, developed and/or produced by the Lulubird Project, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Local Playwrights Slam, the Edge Theatre Company, And Toto too Theatre Company, Questionable Theatrics, DirtyFish Theater, Estrogenius Extended Festival, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Stickball Productions, Lesley University, and No Strings Theatre, among others. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Lesley University and is the founder and manager of Theater 29, a playwright-driven venue in Northwest Denver, founder of the Lulubird Project: Theatre, Slightly Absurd, and a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Plays

  • THE MRS. WHEATLAND PAGEANT
    March 2019. Production, Lulubird Project at Theater 29 (Denver, CO.)
    September 2019: Production, No Strings Theatre Company (Los Cruces, NM.)

    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...
    March 2019. Production, Lulubird Project at Theater 29 (Denver, CO.)
    September 2019: Production, No Strings Theatre Company (Los Cruces, NM.)

    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 a 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.