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 Goldilocks Zone (Passage Theatre Company), The Moor's Son, Donna Orbits the Moon (Passage Theatre Solo Flights Festival, NJ Repertory Company, Utah Contemporary Theatre; Barbour Memorial Playwright Award, 2010), Missing...
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 Goldilocks Zone (Passage Theatre Company), The Moor's Son, 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, Displaced, Brisé, and The Excavation of Mary Anning (current development with DVRF in New York). 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
    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...
    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
    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...
    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.
  • Donna Orbits the Moon
    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--...
    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
    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...
    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 Goldilocks Zone
    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...
    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.
  • The Moor's Son
    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...
    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
    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...
    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
    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.
  • Displaced
    1866, St. Georges Parish, Louisiana. Marco, an injured Mexican fugitive, enters a seemingly abandoned farmhouse to hide from the police, and is surprised to find that the house is occupied by the wife of the previous owner. Suzette is a black French expatriate, mourning the recent death of her husband, and with Marco’s arrival, she quickly becomes a hostage in her own home. Without a common language, weapons...
    1866, St. Georges Parish, Louisiana. Marco, an injured Mexican fugitive, enters a seemingly abandoned farmhouse to hide from the police, and is surprised to find that the house is occupied by the wife of the previous owner. Suzette is a black French expatriate, mourning the recent death of her husband, and with Marco’s arrival, she quickly becomes a hostage in her own home. Without a common language, weapons are drawn, meanings are misconstrued, and prejudice drives them both to acts of violence. But despite their lack of a common language, they realize: they must learn how to communicate with each other to better understand themselves.