Nick Malakhow

Nick Malakhow

Nick Malakhow (he/him/his) is a Boston-based writer and theater educator. His full-length play, SEEING EYE, was developed with Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and Fresh Ink in Boston, and was a finalist for the 2019 O'Neill NPC and the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval. His other work has been developed or produced by Theatre@First, the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, and as part of the 2018 Boston...
Nick Malakhow (he/him/his) is a Boston-based writer and theater educator. His full-length play, SEEING EYE, was developed with Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and Fresh Ink in Boston, and was a finalist for the 2019 O'Neill NPC and the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval. His other work has been developed or produced by Theatre@First, the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, and as part of the 2018 Boston Theater Marathon. Nick was a Company One Playlab Unit member for C1's 2019 season. He has also taught theater, English, and creative writing at the secondary level for over ten years in the greater Philly and Boston areas. He grew up in the diverse town of Teaneck, New Jersey, the child of Dominican and Ukrainian parents. BA: Swarthmore College, MA: Emerson College

Plays

  • SEEING EYE
    FULL LENGTH: Overwhelmed by the world of hook up apps and dating profiles, Jason, who is blind, goes looking for love in person at a gay bar. While smoking outside, he strikes up a conversation with the charming and self-deprecating Robbie. Despite the protestations of his overprotective and anxious sister, Jordan, Jason initiates a whirlwind romance with Robbie that tests whether both men are ready to be fully seen by someone else.
  • WHAT THEY THINK WE ARE
    FULL LENGTH: At Dunston-Hall Academy, Raymond Castillo, a returning junior, and Sasha Gomez, a new sophomore, meet and bond over being two of the "scholarship kids" at a mostly white boarding school, the stupid stuff their white hallmates say, feeling like fish out of water both at home and at DHA, and their passions for music and art. Their growing friendship is tested, however, when they must...
    FULL LENGTH: At Dunston-Hall Academy, Raymond Castillo, a returning junior, and Sasha Gomez, a new sophomore, meet and bond over being two of the "scholarship kids" at a mostly white boarding school, the stupid stuff their white hallmates say, feeling like fish out of water both at home and at DHA, and their passions for music and art. Their growing friendship is tested, however, when they must navigate a series of personal tragedies, uncomfortable revelations, and betrayals as the fall semester unfolds.
    (CURRENT DRAFT IN PROGRESS; I always welcome thoughts and feedback)
  • THE DEFECTORS
    FULL LENGTH: Carina and Ale meet on the Beehive, an online pro-recovery support group for people with eating disorders. Dissatisfied with the steps they are or aren’t taking in their own lives, they decide to meet IRL after connecting through private messages. Will they find in one another what they think they’re looking for--a sympathetic and in the flesh human to help them on their own paths to recovery? (...
    FULL LENGTH: Carina and Ale meet on the Beehive, an online pro-recovery support group for people with eating disorders. Dissatisfied with the steps they are or aren’t taking in their own lives, they decide to meet IRL after connecting through private messages. Will they find in one another what they think they’re looking for--a sympathetic and in the flesh human to help them on their own paths to recovery? (NOTE: FIRST DRAFT!!! Actively seeking feedback, development, and dramaturgy)
    CW: mental health, eating disorders, addiction
  • EMERGENCY CONTACT
    FULL LENGTH: Shawn is pretty sure his one-night-stand with the troubled Derrick can't get any worse after Derrick passes out and then pukes on his own bedroom floor. Things get even more interesting, however, when the concerned Shawn reaches out to Derrick's so-called "Emergency Contact" in his cell phone and finds out that it is Derrick's ex-boyfriend, Manny, who still has a key, a...
    FULL LENGTH: Shawn is pretty sure his one-night-stand with the troubled Derrick can't get any worse after Derrick passes out and then pukes on his own bedroom floor. Things get even more interesting, however, when the concerned Shawn reaches out to Derrick's so-called "Emergency Contact" in his cell phone and finds out that it is Derrick's ex-boyfriend, Manny, who still has a key, a nearby apartment, and is all too eager to come over and save the day. (Current draft as of 8-29-19; I welcome feedback)
    CW: Mental health; suicide
  • A PICTURE OF TWO BOYS
    FULL LENGTH: Markey and Pete are unlikely friends, the studious Markey with dreams of college and a life beyond the southeastern PA countryside, and the volatile Pete with drunkenly crafted fantasies about being the next Kurt Cobain. Brought together by their shared feelings of alienation in their mostly white and more than vaguely racist little town an hour and a half from Philly, the boys’ relationship...
    FULL LENGTH: Markey and Pete are unlikely friends, the studious Markey with dreams of college and a life beyond the southeastern PA countryside, and the volatile Pete with drunkenly crafted fantasies about being the next Kurt Cobain. Brought together by their shared feelings of alienation in their mostly white and more than vaguely racist little town an hour and a half from Philly, the boys’ relationship fractures when Markey announces to Pete he’s hoping to graduate early and get out of the styx ASAP. We see these two boys first at that critical juncture, and then almost ten years later after they are reunited in the wake of a startling event that dredges up a connected trauma from their past.
    CW: sexual abuse
    (DRAFT IN PROGRESS; I welcome feedback)
  • Second Look (10 minute excerpt of SEEING EYE)
    TEN MINUTE: Two men, each with walls of their own, strike up a conversation in front of a gay bar. Jason, who is completely blind, is anxious that his disability will make him an unappealing partner, while Robbie is too self-deprecating and self-conscious to exist in what he perceives to be an image-driven bar scene. Jason and Robbie connect over feeling subjected to preconceived notions in their daily lives,...
    TEN MINUTE: Two men, each with walls of their own, strike up a conversation in front of a gay bar. Jason, who is completely blind, is anxious that his disability will make him an unappealing partner, while Robbie is too self-deprecating and self-conscious to exist in what he perceives to be an image-driven bar scene. Jason and Robbie connect over feeling subjected to preconceived notions in their daily lives, and find comfort in one another’s abilities to push past first impressions. This is the first 10 minutes of a full length play, SEEING EYE.
  • Thrasher
    TEN MINUTE: Gabby tries to convince Taj to make the trek to Nutley to go to a party. Taj is unimpressed with Gabby's interest in her "edgy" (and entirely Caucasian) new friends, and sees his fellow outsider buddy drifting away as she primps and spritzes and preps to impress her new friends...and a potential love interest.
  • Confirmation Bias
    TEN MINUTE: In the mid-1950’s, psychologist Evelyn Hooker conducted a comparative study of 60 gay and straight men in her home which, ultimately, helped to pave the way to the broad acceptance that homosexuality was not a pathology or mental illness. In this imagined scene, David, who was promised anonymity as part of this study, nervously contemplates whether or not to follow through on his meeting with Dr....
    TEN MINUTE: In the mid-1950’s, psychologist Evelyn Hooker conducted a comparative study of 60 gay and straight men in her home which, ultimately, helped to pave the way to the broad acceptance that homosexuality was not a pathology or mental illness. In this imagined scene, David, who was promised anonymity as part of this study, nervously contemplates whether or not to follow through on his meeting with Dr. Hooker when a second man unexpectedly arrives.