Brendan Bourque-Sheil

Brendan Bourque-Sheil

Brendan Bourque-Sheils plays have been produced by Stages Repertory Theatre, Death and Pretzels Theatre Company, and The Landing Theatre Company, where he serves as Playwright-in-Residence and Literary Associate. In his work with The Landing, Brendan oversees developmental staged readings for Houston playwrights, and The Micro-Theatre Project, which commissions local playwrights to create site-specific plays,...
Brendan Bourque-Sheils plays have been produced by Stages Repertory Theatre, Death and Pretzels Theatre Company, and The Landing Theatre Company, where he serves as Playwright-in-Residence and Literary Associate. In his work with The Landing, Brendan oversees developmental staged readings for Houston playwrights, and The Micro-Theatre Project, which commissions local playwrights to create site-specific plays, set in houses around the city. He's been a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, the Houston Press Best New Play Award, and Southwest Theatre Productions' "Plays With a Strong Female Lead" competition. He's a writer-in-residence for The Writer's Colony at Dairy Hollow, and a member of the Rec Room Writers Group. As a storyteller, he's appeared on PBS's Stories From the Stage and KPFT's So What's Your Story, and he frequently contributes to the monthly live show Grown-up Storytime. For six years, he's worked as a teaching artist for The Alley Theatre, and a consultant in Creative Writing for the Kinder High School of Performing and Visual Arts. He is the host, and producer of The Landing Theatre New Works Podcast.

Plays

  • Sunrise Coven
    Two things separate Buckstop, Texas from every other soon-to-be-ghost-town in rural America: its bizarre history with cults and a once great nurse practitioner named Hallie, whose going blind. When Hallie wakes up from a particularly epic bender to learn she has lost her nursing license, she forges a new way to practice medicine by teaming up with a local witch. As the coven grows in popularity, the practices...
    Two things separate Buckstop, Texas from every other soon-to-be-ghost-town in rural America: its bizarre history with cults and a once great nurse practitioner named Hallie, whose going blind. When Hallie wakes up from a particularly epic bender to learn she has lost her nursing license, she forges a new way to practice medicine by teaming up with a local witch. As the coven grows in popularity, the practices of Medicine and Magic collide and coalesce into something entirely new that infuses the dying town with newfound purpose. But when the coven comes under fire, Hallie is forced to face some inner demons and sort out what she really believes before her own destruction spills over into the rest of the community. Sunrise Coven is a comedy about healers and healing.
  • The Book of Maggie
    Judas Iscariot and Pontius Pilate, whiling away the afterlife as frenemies in the eternal Inferno, are offered a chance for redemption by a sci-fi-writing Saint Peter. The assignment? Teach a suicidal woman the value of life—before the whole world goes to Hell.
  • Between Two Caves
    A one-hour comedy thriller about modern conspiracy theory culture. Alex, the host of a successful podcast, is in the middle of a media storm, after hosting a controversial interview on her show, when Parker, an old friend from high school shows up at her door, to pitch her a wild story that he believes will launch both of them into the national spotlight. When Alex says no, the ensuing debate delves into...
    A one-hour comedy thriller about modern conspiracy theory culture. Alex, the host of a successful podcast, is in the middle of a media storm, after hosting a controversial interview on her show, when Parker, an old friend from high school shows up at her door, to pitch her a wild story that he believes will launch both of them into the national spotlight. When Alex says no, the ensuing debate delves into conspiracy theory culture, mental illness, and how we engage with people who's interpretation of reality is fundamentally different from our own.
  • Uncharted
    Alyssa had no idea her father was a sperm donor, but now her previously unknown half-sister Liv has flown across the country to ask some questions about their shared genetic history that will force Alyssa to question how well she really knows her father and how this new sort-of sibling fits into her life.