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, 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...
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, 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) and The Aisling (2009 Heiress Productions New Play Series Award). His works have been published by Smith and Kraus, Samuel French Inc., and the One-Act Play Depot.

Plays

  • Interviewese
    There is only one open position at Hapdo Technologies Incorporated, and four desperate women--Wilma, Poppy, Beverly, and Janet Janet--will go head to head to head to head to get it. The first step is acing a job interview that may never come! Who will come out on top? Who will sink beneath the weight of her own insecurity? Which lady will learn the language of the Corporate Interview? Interviewese is an...
    There is only one open position at Hapdo Technologies Incorporated, and four desperate women--Wilma, Poppy, Beverly, and Janet Janet--will go head to head to head to head to get it. The first step is acing a job interview that may never come! Who will come out on top? Who will sink beneath the weight of her own insecurity? Which lady will learn the language of the Corporate Interview? Interviewese is an outrageous comedy about the perils of healthy and unhealthy competition, and the danger of doing whatever it takes to win.
  • 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...
    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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.