Gregory Fletcher

Gregory Fletcher

Gregory Fletcher is a native of Dallas, Texas, a resident of New York City, a graduate of California State University at Northridge with a BA in Theater, of Boston University with a MA in Playwriting, and of Columbia University with a MFA in Directing.

Off-Off Broadway playwriting credits include Edenville, My Sister the Cow, Eight Times Around, Family of Flechner, Hangman, The Moon Alone, Roast...
Gregory Fletcher is a native of Dallas, Texas, a resident of New York City, a graduate of California State University at Northridge with a BA in Theater, of Boston University with a MA in Playwriting, and of Columbia University with a MFA in Directing.

Off-Off Broadway playwriting credits include Edenville, My Sister the Cow, Eight Times Around, Family of Flechner, Hangman, The Moon Alone, Roast Beef and the Rare Kiss, Robert Mapplethorpe’s Flowers, and Stairway to Heaven. Regionally, Fletcher’s plays have been produced in Boston, Miami, Moscow (Idaho), and Provincetown.

Awards include the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting and the National Ten-Minute Play Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and a first runner up for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education. Fletcher was a playwriting grantee at the Sundance Theatre Lab, a nominee for Outstanding Original Short Script for the New York IT Awards, and a national finalist for the Heideman Award and the Reva Shiner Comedy Award.

Fletcher’s published essays include manhood / ˈmanˌho͝od / noun (Longridge Review, Creative Fiction #4, editor Elizabeth Gaucher); Thanks, Dad, I Think (Diverse Voices Quarterly, vol. 8, issue 28); The Sealed Envelope (The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Gender Programs in the anthology Being: What Makes A Man, editor Jill McCabe Johnson). Fletcher’s short story, Friends of Vera is included in the anthology The Night Bazaar (Northampton House Press, editor Lenore Hart). Fletcher’s plays have been published by Back Stage Books, Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Wilde Magazine, Anco Entertainment in the Netherlands and Belgium, and a full collection of his short plays and brief principles of playwriting in Shorts and Briefs (Northampton House Press).

Fletcher has taught playwriting and other theater education at CUNY-Kingsborough Community College, Niagara University, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and at the MA/MFA Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University.

Plays

  • A Port in the Storm
    It’s 1968 when Betty Jane’s mother-in-law visits directly from a two-year stint in the Vietnam War. A house rule forbids talk of the war in front of Russ, the 10-year old son. A battle at home between the two women erupts and almost destroys their home. Act Two skips to 1982 when peace is still not in sight. A family drama about international and local affairs.
  • Bliss You
    When Madge arrives home from her breakfast shift, things have drastically changed. Thanks to a full body massage, her 24-year old daughter, Charlemaine, has an internal revelation and realizes she's on the wrong path for happiness. As she tries to right her path, Madge insists that she first cure her grandmother’s sneer before worrying about her own. Their home of three generations of women turns upside...
    When Madge arrives home from her breakfast shift, things have drastically changed. Thanks to a full body massage, her 24-year old daughter, Charlemaine, has an internal revelation and realizes she's on the wrong path for happiness. As she tries to right her path, Madge insists that she first cure her grandmother’s sneer before worrying about her own. Their home of three generations of women turns upside down as true bliss is discovered.
  • Cow-Tipping and Other Signs of Stress
    After years of perseverance and rejection letters, undiscovered playwright Christopher Post asks for a sign from the universe that he's on the right path. As the signs flood in, each contradicting the next, Christopher runs into an old college buddy who works for star playwright and role model Ward Edington. Christopher begins sneaking, stealing, hiding, conniving, teasing, fighting, and his life...
    After years of perseverance and rejection letters, undiscovered playwright Christopher Post asks for a sign from the universe that he's on the right path. As the signs flood in, each contradicting the next, Christopher runs into an old college buddy who works for star playwright and role model Ward Edington. Christopher begins sneaking, stealing, hiding, conniving, teasing, fighting, and his life continues to snowball from there. Saving his marriage and career will be the hardest rewrite of his life. A romantic comedy laced with farce and cows.
  • Edenvile
    Just when you thought it was safe to celebrate your first year anniversary, Jules finds himself back in New York’s single's scene in search of a concept: does Mr. Right really exist? And, if so, how does one meet him exactly? Along with an overly-supportive father and an overly-enthusiastic entrepreneur, this romantic comedy follows Jules in the ups and downs of a guaranteed promised paradise.
  • Riddle of the Sphinx
    A drama about an 18 year old boy, Adam, who has never come to terms with his father’s disappearance eight years prior. In a car accident, he hits his head and sees his father. As he rushes after his past, Adam’s future collides and offers him the biggest decision of his life. In this dream-like play that flashes backward and forward from 1969 to 2030, the play deals with ambition, family, and forgiveness.
  • Tom and Huck—Breakin' the Law
    A comedy that envisions Tom and Huck as gay teenagers, trapped in the 1850’s in St. Petersburg, Missouri. Adventures of sexuality are explored, and “what makes a family” is redefined. The innocent send-up is twisted and yet somehow faithful.
  • Uploaded
    Grieving makes Lil do crazy things. Like take a golf club to her entire house. When Lil takes shelter with  her widowed neighbor Bess, she makes a discovery that jump starts her life again. When Lil is forced to share her secret with Bess, their life breaks from the senior clichéd existence and transforms to one that is extraordinary and lifesaving. A warmhearted comedy with senior situations, not suitable for children.
  • Art and the Large Endowment
    In a suburb of Texas, the tech rehearsal for a week-long theatre arts festival has begun with a touring all-male production of “Romeo and Julio.” Thanks to Mrs. Art Pedigrew and her dead husband’s large endowment, Bubba’s Gym has been newly renovated into the Blue Bonnet Recreational and Cultural Arts Center. Determined to make art if it kills her, (and it almost does), the rehearsal goes awry until all stops...
    In a suburb of Texas, the tech rehearsal for a week-long theatre arts festival has begun with a touring all-male production of “Romeo and Julio.” Thanks to Mrs. Art Pedigrew and her dead husband’s large endowment, Bubba’s Gym has been newly renovated into the Blue Bonnet Recreational and Cultural Arts Center. Determined to make art if it kills her, (and it almost does), the rehearsal goes awry until all stops are pulled out and...poignant issues surface: the nature of art, why thespians even bother, and why does the artistic director carry a pistol?
  • Bardo
    The moment between life and re-birth, when Javier refuses to be guided forward as he holds onto his former life and loved one. He is pushed and pulled by a guide, a placement officer, and a medium until he's able to face forward, letting go of his past.
  • Coke and Sympathy
    Grace’s life at 16-years old is turned upside down when he doesn’t get cast in the all boys’ private school production of Lysistrata. His housemother, with a mysterious past, knows just how to comfort him, only Grace has yet to acquire a taste for tea. Through everyone’s struggle of trying to fit in and be accepted, closet doors are broken down, disguises removed, demonstrations organized, and Grace finally...
    Grace’s life at 16-years old is turned upside down when he doesn’t get cast in the all boys’ private school production of Lysistrata. His housemother, with a mysterious past, knows just how to comfort him, only Grace has yet to acquire a taste for tea. Through everyone’s struggle of trying to fit in and be accepted, closet doors are broken down, disguises removed, demonstrations organized, and Grace finally comes to terms with method acting and being true to himself. A comedy with a famous last line.
  • The Darling Kids—the True Story!
    The Never Land tale of what happened to Wendy, Michael, and John Darling was a complete fabrication and hoax! See what really happened as Peter drops in, (not flying either). Desperate to escape the Darling dysfunctional family, the children insist on running away with Peter, and, except for a brief mishap with a German clog dancing troupe of lost boys, the power of the extended family is explored and...
    The Never Land tale of what happened to Wendy, Michael, and John Darling was a complete fabrication and hoax! See what really happened as Peter drops in, (not flying either). Desperate to escape the Darling dysfunctional family, the children insist on running away with Peter, and, except for a brief mishap with a German clog dancing troupe of lost boys, the power of the extended family is explored and celebrated. A comedy perfect for the Christmas season.
  • My Sister the Cow
    Carl is repeating the sixth grade for the sixth time. His quest for truth and honesty has taken over his life ever since a former classmate mooed at his sister. In hopes to turn Carl around, or at least forward to the seventh grade, his sister Jackie and his mother Pearl finally stand up to Carl and give him a whole new meaning of truth.
  • Underdeveloped Photographer
    Feeling invisible, Sandy drives as far away as possible before dropping off into the ocean, and, in the magical town of Provincetown, he runs into a one-time love interest, a high strung one-hour photo employee, and one photo opportunity after the next; all of whom help Sandy feel alive again.
  • Eight Times Around
    In between jobs, Garson returns to his placement agency for the seventh time, but his interview is anything but typical. Then again, this isn’t your typical placement agency either. What Garson is ultimately offered only happens once in a lifetime.
  • Family of Flechner
    Sebastian lives to be in the family—the Italian Mafioso family. He’s convinced his godfather Artie is a Godfather “in the life” and that a favor Sebastian has completed is a job initiation. Lucky for Sebastian, he’s Hungarian and not connected in the least because the favor turns down right embarrassing. A comedy about looking to belong.
  • Hangman
    As Cliff rushes to a last minute temp job, he jumps into the last car of a subway without noticing the signs of “construction delays.” When the train stops dead in-between stations, Cliff is alone with one other passenger. A stranger? A friend? A cruise? Just when they think they know each other, subway hell changes these men’s lives forever. A drama in tribute to LeRoy Jones and his play, Dutchman.
  • The Moon Alone
    At midnight, two women try to mend a broken friendship, but it’s not until they are accosted by a stranger that they are able to reach the next step. A play about the power of extended family, the moon, coyotes, and “Bewitched” marathons.
  • The Nine Month Fix
    Steph is nine months pregnant and due any day now. But first, she must right the wrong that threatened to tear apart her life. A gritty drama that turns negative to positive.
  • Not Tonight
    A wounded soldier returns home from a couple tours in the Afghan War and discovers that he is not the only injured one in his parents’ home. A new war zone opens before him, and this time he is unprepared for battle.
  • Roast Beef and the Rare Kiss
    The perfect Friday evening: a double date with best friends, a delicious home-cooked meal, and a romantic film with popcorn on its way. The only thing more perfect is the kiss. A surprise kiss that comes out of nowhere, the kind of kiss one will always remember. That rare kiss that can never be mentioned or repeated ever again.
  • Robert Mapplethorpe's Flowers
    In a long-term relationship, Alan and Scott explore a unique approach to upper middle age sexuality.
  • Stairway to Heaven
    An estranged teenage sister and brother struggle to connect as they consider the life they'll lead after the recent death of their father.