Peter Kennedy

Peter Kennedy

Peter is a New England based playwright and teacher. Dig, Peter's full-length dark comedy about archaeologists in the American southwest, was a national semifinalist for Kitchen Dog Theatre of Dallas' New Works Festival in 2016, Landing Theatre of Houston's New American Voices Playwriting Festival in 2015, and Manhattan Theatre Works' National Newborn Festival in 2013. It also received an...
Peter is a New England based playwright and teacher. Dig, Peter's full-length dark comedy about archaeologists in the American southwest, was a national semifinalist for Kitchen Dog Theatre of Dallas' New Works Festival in 2016, Landing Theatre of Houston's New American Voices Playwriting Festival in 2015, and Manhattan Theatre Works' National Newborn Festival in 2013. It also received an Off-Off Broadway staged reading at The Brick by Obligatory Theatre in New York City in 2014.

Peter's short plays have received staged readings or productions as part of national festivals produced by The Secret Theatre and T. Schreiber Theatre in New York City, City Theatre of Miami, Little Fish Theatre of Los Angeles, The Boston Theatre Marathon, The University of Houston, Theatre InspiraTO in Toronto, CA, and Salem Theatre Company of MA. Peter was also selected as a finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award.

Plays

  • Family Game Night
    On the third Saturday evening of every month, the Morton family gathers together for their traditional board game night at Mom and Dad's house. Tonight, however, will be a little different than the usual round of Monopoly or Clue. Andrea, unbeknownst to her aging parents, husband Jimmy, teenaged daughter Chloe, or snarky brother Max, has brought along a new game designed to get her repressed family...
    On the third Saturday evening of every month, the Morton family gathers together for their traditional board game night at Mom and Dad's house. Tonight, however, will be a little different than the usual round of Monopoly or Clue. Andrea, unbeknownst to her aging parents, husband Jimmy, teenaged daughter Chloe, or snarky brother Max, has brought along a new game designed to get her repressed family talking about issues they'd rather avoid. It's called "We're All Going to Die (Eventually)."

    What starts out as a mildly irritating board game featuring glitter and Grim Reaper hand puppets suddenly turns darker as three generations of the Morton family struggle with articulating wildly different views of their individual end of life (and after) choices. In poignant flash forwards, we begin to see the endgame of how those choices will eventually play out.

    Family Game Night was produced in 2018 in Northampton, MA as a staged reading for Play by Play: A Festival of New Works sponsored by The Northampton Playwrights Lab and The Massachusetts Cultural Council.



  • Dig
    In a small desert town in southwestern Colorado, the death of archaeologist Sandy Adelfan is a catalyst for friends and family to begin excavating their own tangled pasts. Greg, Sandy's son and colleague, has come into grisly archaeological knowledge that his father had kept hidden to protect his foundation's relationship with the local Navajo tribes. Becky, Greg's ex-wife, returns to the...
    In a small desert town in southwestern Colorado, the death of archaeologist Sandy Adelfan is a catalyst for friends and family to begin excavating their own tangled pasts. Greg, Sandy's son and colleague, has come into grisly archaeological knowledge that his father had kept hidden to protect his foundation's relationship with the local Navajo tribes. Becky, Greg's ex-wife, returns to the Southwest for Sandy's funeral and a final reckoning with Greg, who may or may not have left her for dead in the desert years ago. The Skinwalker, a spectral figure that haunts the desert, begins to infiltrate the Adelfan family narrative as reality starts to deteriorate and trusted relationships erode.

    Dig was selected as a national semifinalist for Kitchen Dog Theatre of Dallas' New Works Festival in 2016, Landing Theatre of Houston's New American Voices Playwriting Festival in 2015, and Manhattan Theatre Works' National Newborn Festival in 2013. It also received an Off-Off Broadway staged reading at The Brick by Obligatory Theatre in New York City in 2014.
  • A Sudden Loss of Altitude
    A one night stand from an online hookup rapidly deteriorates as both participants realize they’ve exposed their vulnerabilities to the wrong person.


    A Sudden Loss of Altitude was produced Off Off Broadway as a selection for T. Schreiber Theatre's Schreiber's Shorts Festival in 2017. In addition, it was produced Off-Off Broadway in the 2016 Act One: One Act Festival at the The...
    A one night stand from an online hookup rapidly deteriorates as both participants realize they’ve exposed their vulnerabilities to the wrong person.


    A Sudden Loss of Altitude was produced Off Off Broadway as a selection for T. Schreiber Theatre's Schreiber's Shorts Festival in 2017. In addition, it was produced Off-Off Broadway in the 2016 Act One: One Act Festival at the The Secret Theatre in New York City and as part of RL Productions' Hookups: Volume 1 in Fort Lauderdale in 2017.


    "A first-rate example of short drama." - Steve Capra, www.newyorktheatre.blogspot.com
  • Deep Water
    A divorcing couple prepares to move out of the house that is haunted by their past relationship--and possibly by something else.

    Deep Water was produced as a 2014 winner of The University of Houston's National Ten-Minute Play Contest and the 2014 Boston Theater Marathon.
  • Disconnections
    Three voicemails: New York City, Washington, DC, and United Airlines Flight 93. How do you find closure when there's no one on the other end of the line? What do you say when you know your voice is already becoming part of someone's past? Three intersecting monologues reveal the tragedy, humor, and quiet grace of ordinary people confronted with extraordinary events.

    Disconnections...
    Three voicemails: New York City, Washington, DC, and United Airlines Flight 93. How do you find closure when there's no one on the other end of the line? What do you say when you know your voice is already becoming part of someone's past? Three intersecting monologues reveal the tragedy, humor, and quiet grace of ordinary people confronted with extraordinary events.

    Disconnections was chosen as a finalist for both the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award and City Theatre of Miami's National Short Playwriting Contest. It was also produced as a finalist for Little Fish Theatre of Los Angeles' Pick of the Vine National Short Playwriting Contest.
  • Family Game Night (ten minute version)
    A routine board game night turns darker as discussion turns toward what family members want (or don't want) when it comes time to make end of life medical and funerary decisions.

    Family Game Night was produced as a winner of the 2016 Theatre InspiraTO National Ten-Minute Play Festival, where it received a People's Choice Award for Best Play. It was also produced Off-Off Broadway as a...
    A routine board game night turns darker as discussion turns toward what family members want (or don't want) when it comes time to make end of life medical and funerary decisions.

    Family Game Night was produced as a winner of the 2016 Theatre InspiraTO National Ten-Minute Play Festival, where it received a People's Choice Award for Best Play. It was also produced Off-Off Broadway as a winning entry in the 2015 Long Island City One-Act Festival at The Secret Theatre in New York City and in 2016 by Oil Lamp Theatre in Glenview, IL.

    "...This play tackles family communication head on, and surprises with its sincerity and heartfelt performances...Best in Show." (Alina Butt, The Newspaper, The University of Toronto's Independent Paper)

    "I loved it. It was definitely my favourite of the six. Well written with natural dialogue...and about a subject that we don’t want to discuss, but should. I was particularly impressed that Kennedy managed to fit a plot twist into a 10 minute play. And the game! If it doesn’t exist, it should." (Sam Mooney, mooneyontheatre.com)