Ian August

Ian August

Ian August is a NJ based playwright and lyricist whose work has been produced across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Bermuda, Australia and South Korea. His full-length plays include: The Excavation of Mary Anning (2018 Ashland New Plays Festival, Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation New Playwrights Program 2018), Interviewese (2018 Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival), The Goldilocks Zone (Passage...
Ian August is a NJ based playwright and lyricist whose work has been produced across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Bermuda, Australia and South Korea. His full-length plays include: The Excavation of Mary Anning (2018 Ashland New Plays Festival, Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation New Playwrights Program 2018), Interviewese (2018 Garry Marshall Theatre New Works Festival), The Goldilocks Zone (Passage Theatre Company), Donna Orbits the Moon (Passage Theatre Solo Flights Festival, NJ Repertory Company, Utah Contemporary Theatre; Barbour Memorial Playwright Award, 2010), Missing Celia Rose (NYC Summer Play Festival; Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “Playfest 2009″; Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society), Submitted by C. Randall McCloskey (NY Fringe), Natural History (NY Fringe), The Aisling (2009 Heiress Productions New Play Series Award), Cobbler, Brisé, and The Moor's Son. His YA drama Parker and the City in the Sea premiered at the 71st Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2018. His works have been published by Smith and Kraus, Samuel French Inc., the Pitkin Review, and the One-Act Play Depot.

Plays

  • The Excavation of Mary Anning
    FULL LENGTH - Amidst the groaning cliff sides and weather beaten shores of southern England, fossil hunter Mary Anning combs the earth for glimpses of the ancient past. Armed with only her determination, her lucky hammer, and her erstwhile companion, Tray, Mary uncovers secrets that redefine science and religion and philosophy. But 19th century geology is a nobleman’s game, and Mary’s discoveries are buried...
    FULL LENGTH - Amidst the groaning cliff sides and weather beaten shores of southern England, fossil hunter Mary Anning combs the earth for glimpses of the ancient past. Armed with only her determination, her lucky hammer, and her erstwhile companion, Tray, Mary uncovers secrets that redefine science and religion and philosophy. But 19th century geology is a nobleman’s game, and Mary’s discoveries are buried beneath the rubble while the stars of her male counterparts grow ever brighter. The Excavation of Mary Anning is a historical fantasia about things that come from the earth and things that go to the earth, and one woman’s quest to reclaim her legacy in a society that refuses to acknowledge her worth.

    The Excavation of Mary Anning should be performed entirely by women.
  • Interviewese
    FULL LENGTH - The economy sucks, the job market is hell, and four women arrive to the lobby of Hapdo Technologies Incorporated to vie for the coveted position of Senior Accountant: Wilma Bluckle, a brainy introvert with an extraordinary memory; Janet Janet, the model of positivity; Beverly Weathers, an experienced ex-executive with ambition in spades; Poppy Szank, who may or may not have just slept in the wheel...
    FULL LENGTH - The economy sucks, the job market is hell, and four women arrive to the lobby of Hapdo Technologies Incorporated to vie for the coveted position of Senior Accountant: Wilma Bluckle, a brainy introvert with an extraordinary memory; Janet Janet, the model of positivity; Beverly Weathers, an experienced ex-executive with ambition in spades; Poppy Szank, who may or may not have just slept in the wheel well of 747. A voice on the intercom reveals that the interview will begin in ten minutes, but as the women get to know each other, test each other, taunt each other, they begin to fear that the interview may never come. Each becomes more desperate, more impassioned, more competitive, until an unexpected emergency forces them to band together to save themselves from total disaster! Four women enter--only one may leave with a 401K. Interviewese is an absurdist comedy about corporate ambition, ethics and morality, and the lengths that any sane person would go to for the perfect job.
  • Brisé
    FULL LENGTH - Following a nasty fall, professional dancer Paul is diagnosed with a rare form of dementia. In a daily video diary, he details his day-to-day life with his new condition. But when his estranged mother arrives, Paul is forced to face hard family truths that had been buried for years, even as everything else slips away. Brisé is a one-man play about voice, about movement, and about holding on...
    FULL LENGTH - Following a nasty fall, professional dancer Paul is diagnosed with a rare form of dementia. In a daily video diary, he details his day-to-day life with his new condition. But when his estranged mother arrives, Paul is forced to face hard family truths that had been buried for years, even as everything else slips away. Brisé is a one-man play about voice, about movement, and about holding on tight to the things we try our hardest to forget.
  • The Goldilocks Zone
    FULL LENGTH - How can life be created when the universe is working against you? Both Andy, in his relationship with Matt—and Franny, in her relationship with Ray, are struggling to answer this question when fate (and the internet) brings them together. Through their budding friendship they believe they find the answer, but their partners have astronomical concerns. The Goldilocks Zone is a comedic drama about...
    FULL LENGTH - How can life be created when the universe is working against you? Both Andy, in his relationship with Matt—and Franny, in her relationship with Ray, are struggling to answer this question when fate (and the internet) brings them together. Through their budding friendship they believe they find the answer, but their partners have astronomical concerns. The Goldilocks Zone is a comedic drama about love and resentment, independence and obligation, and the ability of two couples to figure out just how to create the perfect environment for sustaining life.
  • Donna Orbits the Moon
    FULL LENGTH - Something is not quite right with Donna: She's a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a minor celebrity to all the bake sale planners in town--but something is making her spacey, and she's not sure what it is. Therapy is out of the question--and church isn't the place to share one's distress. Donna will need to pass through space and through time--all the while listening to an...
    FULL LENGTH - Something is not quite right with Donna: She's a loving mother, a devoted wife, and a minor celebrity to all the bake sale planners in town--but something is making her spacey, and she's not sure what it is. Therapy is out of the question--and church isn't the place to share one's distress. Donna will need to pass through space and through time--all the while listening to an unlikely voice--and try to break free from her gravitational pull to learn just how she can land.
  • Missing Celia Rose
    FULL LENGTH - 1921, Georgia. The small town of Harlan was established fifty years before on the heels of the uncertain and unforgiving Reconstructionist era. Pulling together all they had, former white slave owners and newly freed slaves set aside their predjudices and their pasts to create a new community—one where race is the least of their problems. On a bleak Autumn evening, a young white boy named...
    FULL LENGTH - 1921, Georgia. The small town of Harlan was established fifty years before on the heels of the uncertain and unforgiving Reconstructionist era. Pulling together all they had, former white slave owners and newly freed slaves set aside their predjudices and their pasts to create a new community—one where race is the least of their problems. On a bleak Autumn evening, a young white boy named Jeffrey Pitts discovers that the beloved wife of the black Baptist Minister, Mrs. Celia Rose Richards, has stolen the only car in town and vanished without a trace. His parents, his teacher, the townsfolk—no one knows any specifics concerning this mysterious flight. With the aid of his friend and confidante, Taffy Prull, Jeffrey decides to find Celia Rose and uncover the truth about her disappearance. But in doing so, Jeffrey uncovers secrets of the town that will change Harlan forever. Missing Celia Rose is an examination of the limits of faith, the limits of love, and the limits of tolerance in the unforgiving world of a decimated South.
  • The Moor's Son
    FULL LENGTH - Framed as a sequel to Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, The Moor's Son chronicles the life of Aaron, named for his evil father, though raised by Emperor Lucius in the court of Rome. After being exiled for a crime he didn't commit, Aaron returns to in secret to offer condolences to his ailing foster father, but when he is accused of assassinating the Emperor's...
    FULL LENGTH - Framed as a sequel to Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, The Moor's Son chronicles the life of Aaron, named for his evil father, though raised by Emperor Lucius in the court of Rome. After being exiled for a crime he didn't commit, Aaron returns to in secret to offer condolences to his ailing foster father, but when he is accused of assassinating the Emperor's trusted advisor, Aaron must face his past and the prejudices of Rome in order to clear his name. Written in iambic pentameter, The Moor's Son is a political murder mystery that builds on the bloody events of Shakespeare's first and goriest play.
  • The Aisling
    FULL LENGTH - Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, 1982. Set against the bloody backdrop of the Troubles, the Regan family have their own battles to fight: Fiona, the daughter, has been newly inducted into a militant branch of the IRA by her handsome young beau; Colin, the son, is led to bloody violence by a spirit who claims to be his dead mother; Owen, the father, can barely keep his rage contained long enough to...
    FULL LENGTH - Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, 1982. Set against the bloody backdrop of the Troubles, the Regan family have their own battles to fight: Fiona, the daughter, has been newly inducted into a militant branch of the IRA by her handsome young beau; Colin, the son, is led to bloody violence by a spirit who claims to be his dead mother; Owen, the father, can barely keep his rage contained long enough to hold them all together. But a grim family secret threatens to blow them all apart, while pushing them deeper into the darkness of war. The Aisling is a riveting drama about the dualities of fantasy and reality, sanity and madness, light and dark, and one family’s struggle to survive.
  • Cobbler
    FULL LENGTH - Peach and Cherry are brother and sister, best friends for life. They have a lot in common: a love of handsome men, dancing at the club, and tear-jerking movies. But change is hard, and as Cherry's life begins to blossom, Peach becomes fuzzy on how to maintain the status quo. COBBLER: A RECIPE is a play about finding the right balance in life, while navigating the sweet and sour moments...
    FULL LENGTH - Peach and Cherry are brother and sister, best friends for life. They have a lot in common: a love of handsome men, dancing at the club, and tear-jerking movies. But change is hard, and as Cherry's life begins to blossom, Peach becomes fuzzy on how to maintain the status quo. COBBLER: A RECIPE is a play about finding the right balance in life, while navigating the sweet and sour moments that come from loving another person too much.
  • Frozen Foods
    SHORT COMEDY - Linda finds Carol in the middle of the frozen foods aisle of the Superfood Market having an existential crisis. Can she snap her friend out of it or will she be sucked into the never-ending cycle of despair?
  • The Saga of Ginny
    SHORT COMEDY - The rhyming tale of a young woman descending further into depravity gets interrupted by a decency monitor by the name of Frances Carter Cresswell. A hilarious and energetic comedy about censorship.
  • Eleanor Descending a Staircase
    SHORT COMEDY - A woman would like to buy a print of Marcel Duchamp's famous painting for her husband, but what seems like a simple transaction soon becomes anything but! How does one woman's impulse shopping spree become a maddening journey around the globe? Eleanor Descending a Staircase is a ridiculous comedy infused with tasteless puns, overwrought accents, and occasional echoes of Dadaist philosophy.
  • X-Ray Vision at the Motel 9
    SHORT DRAMA - When Joe tries to get his disabled brother Hank ready for church, Hank reveals a secret that might tear their relationship apart. X-Ray Vision at the Motel 9 is a story about trust, loyalty, and love inspired by Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.