Lisa Wagner Erickson

Lisa Wagner Erickson

Lisa Wagner Erickson is a playwright, theatre artist, and educator based in Denver, Colorado. Her full-length plays include THE MRS. WHEATLAND PAGEANT, BRIANNA JUST WANTS TO HELP, THE TITLE IX EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM HAS SOME ISSUES. She has been a semi-finalist for PlayPenn, Landing Theatre’s New American Voices, and the KCACTF 10-Minute Play Award. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by Manhattan...
Lisa Wagner Erickson is a playwright, theatre artist, and educator based in Denver, Colorado. Her full-length plays include THE MRS. WHEATLAND PAGEANT, BRIANNA JUST WANTS TO HELP, THE TITLE IX EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM HAS SOME ISSUES. She has been a semi-finalist for PlayPenn, Landing Theatre’s New American Voices, and the KCACTF 10-Minute Play Award. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by Manhattan Theatre Source, Stickball Productions, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Lesley University, No Strings Theatre Company, Lulubird Project, And Toto too Theatre Company, and the Edge 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 Just Wants to Help
    Brianna Ablesoncroft wants to prove herself by helping her wealthy parents plan a charity benefit. When they doubt her abilities, Brianna rebels by visiting a community college and creates a new identity based on lies.
  • 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."