Caitlin Parrish

Caitlin Parrish

Caitlin Parrish’s career began at age 18 when she won the 2003 National Young Playwrights Competition with her first play The View from Tall, which subsequently ran Off-Broadway. Her most recent plays, created with frequent collaborator Erica Weiss, include A Twist of Water, The Downpour and The Burials. A Twist of Water (Route 66 Theatre Company), also enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at 59E59 and was nominated...
Caitlin Parrish’s career began at age 18 when she won the 2003 National Young Playwrights Competition with her first play The View from Tall, which subsequently ran Off-Broadway. Her most recent plays, created with frequent collaborator Erica Weiss, include A Twist of Water, The Downpour and The Burials. A Twist of Water (Route 66 Theatre Company), also enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at 59E59 and was nominated for Best New Work at the Joseph Jefferson Awards. The Downpour also received a Best New Work nomination at the Jeffs, and both plays were named finalists by the American Theatre Critics Association for the Steinberg Award for Best New American Play. Her work in television includes stints as a writer for Emily Owens, M.D., Under the Dome and Supergirl. She is a recipient of the prestigious Humanitas Award for her original television pilot Painkiller. Her pilot Red Line has been optioned by Warner Brothers television. The film adaptation of The View from Tall (written by Parrish, who co-directs with Weiss) recently played the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. Her next play, I Promise I Will Find You, has been commissioned by American Blues Theater in Chicago.

Plays

  • The Burials
    Sophie is everything an upstanding young millennial should be: engaged, devoted to her family, and a likely valedictorian. But her life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Thrust into the national spotlight, Sophie finds herself torn between defying the narrative being woven about her brother in the media, and stopping the father she loves from using the rampage for his own...
    Sophie is everything an upstanding young millennial should be: engaged, devoted to her family, and a likely valedictorian. But her life is shattered when her brother goes on a high school shooting rampage. Thrust into the national spotlight, Sophie finds herself torn between defying the narrative being woven about her brother in the media, and stopping the father she loves from using the rampage for his own political ends. Inspired by Antigone, The Burials is a modern tale of civic responsibility and the gun epidemic in America.
  • The Downpour
    Hazel survived a harrowing childhood with her older sister Robin, who stepped up to take care of her at a very young age. When Robin announces that she and her husband are having a baby, the sisters’ relationship explodes in a storm of resentment, mistrust and a fear that history is doomed to repeat itself. From the writer/director team behind the hit A Twist of Water, The Downpour tells a story of a family...
    Hazel survived a harrowing childhood with her older sister Robin, who stepped up to take care of her at a very young age. When Robin announces that she and her husband are having a baby, the sisters’ relationship explodes in a storm of resentment, mistrust and a fear that history is doomed to repeat itself. From the writer/director team behind the hit A Twist of Water, The Downpour tells a story of a family made by terror, and re-made by love.
  • A Twist of Water
    Noah, a gay, widowed history teacher, is raising his adopted African-American daughter Jira alone in the wake of his husband’s death in a car accident. When Jira decides that she wants to seek out her birth mother, Noah’s already grief-stricken and strained relationship with his child is pressed to the breaking point. As he struggles to hold on to and rebuild his family, a burgeoning new romance with a younger...
    Noah, a gay, widowed history teacher, is raising his adopted African-American daughter Jira alone in the wake of his husband’s death in a car accident. When Jira decides that she wants to seek out her birth mother, Noah’s already grief-stricken and strained relationship with his child is pressed to the breaking point. As he struggles to hold on to and rebuild his family, a burgeoning new romance with a younger man serves to complicate matters, but may also be a saving grace.