Elizabeth Archer

Elizabeth Archer

Elizabeth hails from Edmonton, Alberta, and holds an MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage from Northwestern University (class of 2015), a BA in English from Fordham, and an Associate’s Degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts East. She is also a graduate of The Second City Chicago’s Musical Improv and Improv Conservatories. A book of Ukrainian folk verses she compiled and edited was published by the...
Elizabeth hails from Edmonton, Alberta, and holds an MFA in Writing for Screen+Stage from Northwestern University (class of 2015), a BA in English from Fordham, and an Associate’s Degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts East. She is also a graduate of The Second City Chicago’s Musical Improv and Improv Conservatories. A book of Ukrainian folk verses she compiled and edited was published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, University of Alberta and is now used as part of the curricula at Ukrainian bilingual schools in Western Canada.

In June of 2014, her play Old Gray Devil was performed as a part of the Source Festival in Washington, D.C. In December 2014, her play Both Sides, Now received a staged reading at Chicago Dramatists and was also performed as part of the 2015 Source Festival. In the summer of 2016, Elizabeth served as co-producer for her play TROLL put on by Fraud & Phony Theatricals, a new Chicago theatre collective she co-founded. She is a two-time semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a semi-finalist for the 2016 P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Her play El Words was produced by Chicago's Fury Theatre as a part of their 2016 SAST Festival, and her 10-minute play La Donna e Mobile received a reading in May 2017 at the Stella Adler School of Acting (in conjunction with the Harold Clurman Playwrights Unit) in NYC. Elizabeth was a finalist for the 2018 Campfire Theatre Festival, and was selected as one of three fellows in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ Confluence Regional Writers’ Project.

Plays

  • Dirty Little Sex Monster
    Anna is 29 and on the brink of a new decade of her life. There's one thing she needs to do before she turns 30, but the fallout from that event is life-altering .A bacchanalian hero's journey that
    involves mysterious ceremonies, a “a bachelorette party in human form,” and whale sounds.
  • Lucy Loves Boys
    NOTE: Lucy Loves Boys is based on the true story of Lucy, a chimpanzee raised as a girl as a part of a 1970s linguistics study by an American family.
    One evening, Lucy’s mother discovers her masturbating to Playgirls. Horrified with Lucy’s sexual, wild behavior, Lucy’s parents “re-home” her in their lab at a local university. There, her father tries to direct her attentions towards male chimps and away...
    NOTE: Lucy Loves Boys is based on the true story of Lucy, a chimpanzee raised as a girl as a part of a 1970s linguistics study by an American family.
    One evening, Lucy’s mother discovers her masturbating to Playgirls. Horrified with Lucy’s sexual, wild behavior, Lucy’s parents “re-home” her in their lab at a local university. There, her father tries to direct her attentions towards male chimps and away from human men, but Lucy is intent on finding a man to love her. Lucy’s human sister Heather –furious at her parents’ behavior– sneaks into the lab and helps Lucy escape.
    Free from the lab and all alone in the world, Lucy searches for love and employment across America. In 2018, a middle-aged Lucy finds work as a cam girl for a fetish site. After a rough start, she gains a huge following of patrons and becomes the highest earner. Having found a place where she fits in and receives the male attention she has always craved, Lucy is finally happy. One of her most avid patrons –Manny– eventually proposes to her, and against her co-workers warnings, Lucy leaves her job to marry him.
    The marriage is happy, but short lived, as Lucy’s new mother-in-law forces Manny to hand her over to a chimp sanctuary in Africa. They send her to their secluded island to live out the rest of her life alongside other former lab chimps. Lucy is terrified of the other chimps, and only interacts with the scientists who sporadically visit. When poachers arrive, rather than running away Lucy approaches them excitedly and is immediately shot and killed.
  • The Assemblywomen
    The women of Athens –lead by Polly, urged on by Athena- are sick of not having a voice in politics, and are desperate to save their city from the incompetent, corrupt men running her into the ground. Polly leads them all to an assembly dressed as men, where they vote to give all power to Athens’ women. Under this new rule, the women strive to create an equal society, but the men of Athens try to resist these changes.
  • TROLL
    Due to the onset of preeclampsia, eight-months pregnant neurosurgeon MAY EVANS has been placed on bed rest and ordered to ‘do less’. Along with juggling a busy career as a popular online journalist, her husband SAM KRAWCHUK struggles to keep his workaholic wife from sneaking in to work or making covert phone calls to her staff, as well as keeping his well-meaning-but-nosy mother BRENDA out of their house. As...
    Due to the onset of preeclampsia, eight-months pregnant neurosurgeon MAY EVANS has been placed on bed rest and ordered to ‘do less’. Along with juggling a busy career as a popular online journalist, her husband SAM KRAWCHUK struggles to keep his workaholic wife from sneaking in to work or making covert phone calls to her staff, as well as keeping his well-meaning-but-nosy mother BRENDA out of their house. As May’s condition worsens, she begins receiving disturbing anonymous emails about Sam and his online activities, which he claims are linked to his controversial articles and research methods. Soon, the truth behind the emails is revealed, plunging Sam and May into a nightmarish world of online vigilantism, articulate fetuses, and legal drama.
  • Ape Leader
    Ape Leader is a play based on an old English belief that, upon dying, spinsters would spend eternity leading apes into hell. The play follows the journey of Enid, a 21st century spinster ape-leader faced with a dilemma when her unrequited earthly love arrives in the underworld for her to lead to eternal damnation (in this underworld, humans qualify as apes). Enid’s strange and sweet cohort of fellow ape-leaders...
    Ape Leader is a play based on an old English belief that, upon dying, spinsters would spend eternity leading apes into hell. The play follows the journey of Enid, a 21st century spinster ape-leader faced with a dilemma when her unrequited earthly love arrives in the underworld for her to lead to eternal damnation (in this underworld, humans qualify as apes). Enid’s strange and sweet cohort of fellow ape-leaders from different continents and time periods helps and hinders her journey, but she alone must decide her fate in the afterlife.
  • Isle of Her
    Twelve-year-old Cleopatra ‘Patty’ Taylor and her older sister Guinevere have lived with their grandmother, Helen, for the last few years as their mother, Venus, was in jail for having an affair with one of her students. Now that Venus is out of jail, the four Taylor women live together in an uneasy peace at Helen’s house. Venus discovers that her ‘baby’ Patty has ‘become a woman’ in every sense of the word,...
    Twelve-year-old Cleopatra ‘Patty’ Taylor and her older sister Guinevere have lived with their grandmother, Helen, for the last few years as their mother, Venus, was in jail for having an affair with one of her students. Now that Venus is out of jail, the four Taylor women live together in an uneasy peace at Helen’s house. Venus discovers that her ‘baby’ Patty has ‘become a woman’ in every sense of the word, which means that Patty must partake in a ‘Tent Party’ per the Taylor family’s longstanding tradition. As party preparations unfold, a neighborhood girl goes missing and Venus’ long-absent sister Antoinette arrives for a visit, both events effectively unbalancing the house and its residents. Each of the Taylor women struggles to keep their desires and demons in check while fighting off ghosts from their pasts and the persistent advances of suitors and stalkers who lurk outside the house day and night. The day of Patty’s party brings chaos and heartbreak, forcing the Taylor women to figure out how to keep their family and themselves together.
  • V+R Forever
    V+R Forever chronicles the trials and tribulations of Vaclav Nijinsky –a gay ballet dancer- whose desire to be himself and live the life he wants to puts him directly at odds with the strict laws and social norms of the early 1900s. The story follows a young Hungarian woman, Romola de Pulszky, as she pursues Nijinsky on the Ballet Russe’s ocean voyage to South America in 1913. Through historical and fictional...
    V+R Forever chronicles the trials and tribulations of Vaclav Nijinsky –a gay ballet dancer- whose desire to be himself and live the life he wants to puts him directly at odds with the strict laws and social norms of the early 1900s. The story follows a young Hungarian woman, Romola de Pulszky, as she pursues Nijinsky on the Ballet Russe’s ocean voyage to South America in 1913. Through historical and fictional characters, the play examines the strange, largely unexplained marriage between de Pulszky and Nijinsky, while also exploring themes of love (in various forms ranging from unrequited and forbidden to lustful), taboos, and obsession.
  • Both Sides, Now
    He and She have come to the end of their relationship, but they need to correct their biggest mistake before either can move on.