Kevin King

Kevin King

Kevin King is a queer playwright from Topeka, KS. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English. He currently resides in Kansas City, MO where he is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Midwest Dramatist Center. King is also Producing Artistic Director of Whim Productions. King, a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a 2016 Playwright-in-Residence in The Charlotte Street Foundation's studio...
Kevin King is a queer playwright from Topeka, KS. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a BA in English. He currently resides in Kansas City, MO where he is a Playwright-in-Residence at the Midwest Dramatist Center. King is also Producing Artistic Director of Whim Productions. King, a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a 2016 Playwright-in-Residence in The Charlotte Street Foundation's studio residency program. King's short play "The Swallows" was featured in the William Inge Festival's 2019 New Play Lab.

King's work ranges from broad Camp and satire to unblinking looks at moments in modern queer lives.
His produced plays include "Film Classics Present: Heaven So Far", "Film Classics Presents: Suspicion", "Flowers in the Wardrobe", "Mimi Dafoe: Confessions of an Aging Starlet", and several short plays.

Plays

  • [short play] Do-si-dos, Somoas, and Sausages, oh my.
    Jock night at the Eagle NYC bar. Rob receives a couple unexpected requests from his friends.

    This comic short play juxtaposes racy bar culture and modern parenting.
  • [10 Minute] False Cognates
    Theater professionals encounter a clueless playwright.
  • Finding the Way
    Seeking shelter from a storm, an older gentleman encounters a young gay man who is crying in a cafe.
  • The Sweater
    [10 MINUTE] You know that feeling when you're in Starbucks, you just want to get some work done, and a weirdo won't leave you alone? This play is about that.
  • Hyenas
    [Full length] Hyenas is an unflinching look at two men’s inter-generational relationship. Tony, in his 40’s, unexpectedly finds himself dating Joey, a 22-year-old (“he’s just a puppy”), who he met at a bar. During the relationship, a Netflix and chill session leads to uncomfortable conversations about their sexual histories; sex roles are challenged; promises are broken; and Tony teaches Joey how to iron. Tony...
    [Full length] Hyenas is an unflinching look at two men’s inter-generational relationship. Tony, in his 40’s, unexpectedly finds himself dating Joey, a 22-year-old (“he’s just a puppy”), who he met at a bar. During the relationship, a Netflix and chill session leads to uncomfortable conversations about their sexual histories; sex roles are challenged; promises are broken; and Tony teaches Joey how to iron. Tony confides in Mara, his best friend, over martinis. Joey gets high with his roommate, Eric. Meanwhile, Mara and Eric bond in the coffee shop where Eric works, not realizing their friends are dating.
  • Flowers in the Wardrobe
    [Full length] A delightfully naughty mash-up of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and "Flowers in the Attic." The Dollanganger children are locked in their grandmother's attic, seemingly forever, until they discover a hidden world in an old wardrobe. It's your childhood on acid.
  • The Swallows
    [10 Minute] Sharing cheap whiskey and fending off mosquitoes, two women talk about the bats (or are they birds?) flying overhead and avoiding talking about their complicated lives.

    Described as "Southern Comfort Jane Austen."
  • AFK
    [10 Minute] In the near future, a "techno-virus" has struck the world. Most humans, especially those in the cities, have succumbed and are now steps away from being automatons. In the hillsides, survivors exist the best they can, making sure to stay away from people carrying technology. A satire.
  • About the Kid
    A gay man attends his first parent-teacher conference. A teacher encounters the first gay parent in his school district. Awkwardness ensues.
  • First Impressions
    In a post-apocalyptic world, members are judged by a blindfolded Examiner. This is a one-minute play.
  • Spring Break
    Married couple Max and Kyle have a plan to spend a nice day at the beach with their son over spring break. When Max encounters Joey, a 18-year old with an agenda, a flirtation turns into a fun look at the dynamics of age and a quickly changing cultural landscape.
  • In the Sauna
    [10 Minute] A quiet comedy about grief, self-discovery, and finding community in random places.
    Mourning the loss of his dog, She-Ra, Nathan finds some solace from a stranger in a sauna.