Andrew Wnuk

Andrew Wnuk

I am a Brooklyn based playwright who believes in creating radical change and fighting the systems of oppression through theater. My plays are not explicitly political, but instead examine the ways gender, race, sexuality, capitalism, and power work in our society thru stories of family, love, loss, loneliness, hate, and despair.

Plays

  • The Dreamer Awakens
    Colton, an astronaut, hears supernatural sounds in outer space, but when he comes back to Earth,
    nobody believes his claim.

    Sensing her husband is struggling, Colton’s wife Daisy seeks help from their doctor. Daisy learns
    that the noise Colton heard in space was simulated into his astronaut suit and the real “mission”
    is an exploration of human consciousness to see how long...
    Colton, an astronaut, hears supernatural sounds in outer space, but when he comes back to Earth,
    nobody believes his claim.

    Sensing her husband is struggling, Colton’s wife Daisy seeks help from their doctor. Daisy learns
    that the noise Colton heard in space was simulated into his astronaut suit and the real “mission”
    is an exploration of human consciousness to see how long someone will hold to their beliefs
    before they crack.

    Colton shows more signs of depression and begins to have dreams of the sounds in space, which
    not only keep him awake at night, but also makes him question if what he heard was real and
    how he knows what he knows.

    Unable to sleep, Colton begins spending time with his night-owl neighbor, a musician named
    Gabriel. One night Gabriel plays music that sounds eerily similar to what Colton heard in the
    sky, and that strengthens Colton’s conviction of what he believes his reality to be. Colton opens
    up to Gabriel about his experience, and Gabriel is the only one who believes what he says. This
    allows Colton to further consider his experience and he ultimately decides that he did not hear
    ghosts or aliens but rather the sound of God.

    Daisy knows what Colton heard was fake but has been promised help conceiving a child if she
    remains compliant in assisting the doctors collect data. She struggles to watch Colton get pulled
    further into his state of delusion. Daisy has the power to stop the test but that would require her
    to abandon her own dream, which is to have a family.

    Colton and Gabriel grow closer. Little acts of magic always seem to happen when they’re
    together and it becomes clear, though not to Colton, that Gabriel is not really human. When
    Colton is at his lowest, he questions Gabriel about being able to hear these maddening sounds
    after he dies, and if it would be possible to meet the source of the noise up in heaven. Gabriel
    warns him to stay in the life that he is living, and that if Colton feels near danger or self-harm, he
    should call out to Gabriel for help.

    Unable to lie any longer, Daisy decides the only way to save their relationship is to tell Colton
    the truth. He is unable to process what she says and begins to completely unravel. Colton cannot
    accept what Daisy tells him, because it goes against everything he thinks he knows to be true,
    and his world literally begins to split apart. He calls out to Gabriel, who appears like an angel
    before him, and leads Colton into the cosmos.
  • Ghost Colony
    Beau had been living a stable life until he discovered the very last surviving bumblebee on Earth. While Beau attempts to save the species, his brother Second begins selling honey on the black market to bring their family out of poverty. As Beau deals with the realities of his new situation, his mental health begins to decline just as it had years ago when the boy’s mother passed away. The brothers live in...
    Beau had been living a stable life until he discovered the very last surviving bumblebee on Earth. While Beau attempts to save the species, his brother Second begins selling honey on the black market to bring their family out of poverty. As Beau deals with the realities of his new situation, his mental health begins to decline just as it had years ago when the boy’s mother passed away. The brothers live in conflict of saving the Earth or saving themselves. Every decision pushes Beau closer to having another nervous breakdown. Enter Frances and Eula, two seventy year old sisters holding secrets of their own who ultimately add one more ghost to this growing colony.
  • Those That Fly
    While her father leads a rebel militia against the State, Leyla and her family are forced
    into hiding and now live in a crashed, abandoned airplane deep within the forest.

    As the end of the war looms near, Leyla and her family must deal with the reality of their dreams
    crashing down and decide how far they're willing to go for a chance to fly.
  • While the Stars Fall
    Todd wants to escape his unhappy suburban home. Suzan wants to be left out of the spotlight.
    After saving Suzan from an attack, Todd is persuaded to give Suzan voice lessons to correct her
    speech impediment. Todd is challenged by his relationship with Suzan as he teaches her how to
    express herself, and consequently she shows him how to be happy. With the support of each
    other, Todd...
    Todd wants to escape his unhappy suburban home. Suzan wants to be left out of the spotlight.
    After saving Suzan from an attack, Todd is persuaded to give Suzan voice lessons to correct her
    speech impediment. Todd is challenged by his relationship with Suzan as he teaches her how to
    express herself, and consequently she shows him how to be happy. With the support of each
    other, Todd and Suzan are able to face their bullies, best friends, crushes and parents until their
    love conquers all that they desire and the stars dance around them.