Marcus Scott

Marcus Scott

MARCUS SCOTT is a playwright, musical theater writer, librettist, journalist, critic and teaching artist. Full-length works include "Fidelio" (Libretto; Heartbeat Opera at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 2018; called "poignant" by NY Times and "vital" by The New Yorker), "Tumbleweed" (Finalist for the 2017/2018 Humanitas Play LA Workshop, the Playwrights Foundation's...
MARCUS SCOTT is a playwright, musical theater writer, librettist, journalist, critic and teaching artist. Full-length works include "Fidelio" (Libretto; Heartbeat Opera at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 2018; called "poignant" by NY Times and "vital" by The New Yorker), "Tumbleweed" (Finalist for the 2017/2018 Humanitas Play LA Workshop, the Playwrights Foundation's 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the 2017 Festival of New American Plays at Austin Playhouse; semi-finalist for the 2017/2018 New Dramatists Princess Grace Fellowship Award) and "Cherry Bomb" (recipient of the 2017 Drama League First Stage Artist-In-Residence; 2017 Finalist for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre). His work has been developed, presented and/or produced by Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Abingdon Theatre Company, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, National Black Theatre (KSA series), Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, Space on Ryder Farm, Cherry Lane Theater (DUAF), Theater 80 St. Marks (DUAF), Bruno Walter Auditorium (NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center), CoLAB Arts, Symphony Space, NYC LGBT Center, Secret Theatre, MicroTheater Miami, among others. Residencies and retreats: Liberation Theatre Company's Playwriting Residency Fellowship (2018), Athena Theatre’s Athena Writes Playwriting Fellowship (2018), the inaugural LIT Council at the Tank (2018-2019), Fresh Ground Pepper Artist-In-Residence BRB Retreat (2017), One Co. Writers' Residency at Little Farm (2017) and Goodspeed Opera House Retreat (2013). He was also the 2016-17 Musical Theatre Fellow at Playwrights Horizons and the 2017-2018 co-moderator of Musical Theatre Factory's POC Roundtable. Scott is a four-time top finalist for the R&D Group at The Civilians, a two-time National Black Theatre I AM SOUL Playwrights Residency finalist and a 2019 finalist for the Bushwick Starr's Starr Reading Series. His articles appeared in TimeOut New York, American Theatre Magazine, Playbill, Elle, Out, Essence, among others. BFA: State University College at Buffalo, MFA: NYU Tisch.

Plays

  • Sibling Rivalries
    "Black excellence is a byproduct of black trauma." Set at a fictional Ivy League school in the years following the Obama Administration, this male-driven political drama follows a diverse group of young black men, all members of a fraternity, who face shifting loyalties and eroded principles when they are forced to compete against one another for a prestigious fellowship. The narrative explores black...
    "Black excellence is a byproduct of black trauma." Set at a fictional Ivy League school in the years following the Obama Administration, this male-driven political drama follows a diverse group of young black men, all members of a fraternity, who face shifting loyalties and eroded principles when they are forced to compete against one another for a prestigious fellowship. The narrative explores black camaraderie, competitive suffering, race, elitism, male bonding, school bullying, apex predators, homosexuality, machismo, brotherhood and toxic masculinity. This is a play with music (can be performed without music). Developed at Liberation Theatre Company and QuickSilver Theatre Company.
  • Tumbleweed
    Following an interracial family living in a townhouse within the Morningside Park area of New York’s Upper West Side over the course of a weekend, TUMBLEWEED is a slice of life drama about a young girl named Willow whose off-putting natural hair combined with both her family’s open acceptance of it and lack of maintenance, as well as her blooming womanism, causes controversy in the household. Tensions stir even...
    Following an interracial family living in a townhouse within the Morningside Park area of New York’s Upper West Side over the course of a weekend, TUMBLEWEED is a slice of life drama about a young girl named Willow whose off-putting natural hair combined with both her family’s open acceptance of it and lack of maintenance, as well as her blooming womanism, causes controversy in the household. Tensions stir even more so when they get a visit from the patriarch’s estranged no-nonsense mother, a former affiliate of the Black Panther party. The play explores beauty standards both in and out of the black community, ethnic relations, the mixed race family, coming of age, interracial marriage and parenting, relationships, womanist identity and the visibility of black men in the family dynamic.
  • Fidelio
    Heartbeat Opera Presents Beethoveen's Fidelio. A black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, passes as a man to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman's grit may not be enough to save her love. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people, this daring adaptation pits corruption against courage, hate against hope. Written in collaboration with Ethan Heard.
  • Cherry Bomb
    Cherry Bomb follows savvy teenage boy Franklin, who revolts against the education system once the arts programs are cut from his school curriculum. When Franklin’s fearless actions inadvertently domino into another student’s suicide, he spirals into sex, drugs and ruin. A rock musical that blends the Motown/Stax funk-soul sound with electroclash music, Cherry Bomb explores the current and timely topic of the...
    Cherry Bomb follows savvy teenage boy Franklin, who revolts against the education system once the arts programs are cut from his school curriculum. When Franklin’s fearless actions inadvertently domino into another student’s suicide, he spirals into sex, drugs and ruin. A rock musical that blends the Motown/Stax funk-soul sound with electroclash music, Cherry Bomb explores the current and timely topic of the decline of arts in schools, the age gap between teenagers and adults, rebellion, child abuse, grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and prescribing medication to juveniles—all of which affect Franklin and lead to his self-discovery.
  • Sundown Town
    “Sundown Town” follows two newly-minted sophomore students fresh from their first year at university who have returned home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under quarantine and taking shelter within their homes, just as these two sexually curious and sexually-active young men hop online to unleash their carnal desires, news of a horrific incident prompts them to not only ask questions about the worth of...
    “Sundown Town” follows two newly-minted sophomore students fresh from their first year at university who have returned home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under quarantine and taking shelter within their homes, just as these two sexually curious and sexually-active young men hop online to unleash their carnal desires, news of a horrific incident prompts them to not only ask questions about the worth of the black body in America, but also its endurance. Slated to premiere at the Abingdon Theatre Company's Virtual Festival Of Short Plays.
  • The Kwanzaa Play
    When Hell’s Kitchen twunk Donatello brings his long-term silver fox boyfriend Jamal to his family estate in New England to ring in the holidays, he’s unprepared when his over eager SJW older sister and her woke AF friends decide to honor his beau with an impromptu celebratory Kwanzaa celebration, very much to their chagrin. Sankofa; Or, The Kwanzaa Party is a comedy-drama with a farcical and satirical...
    When Hell’s Kitchen twunk Donatello brings his long-term silver fox boyfriend Jamal to his family estate in New England to ring in the holidays, he’s unprepared when his over eager SJW older sister and her woke AF friends decide to honor his beau with an impromptu celebratory Kwanzaa celebration, very much to their chagrin. Sankofa; Or, The Kwanzaa Party is a comedy-drama with a farcical and satirical underbelly that explores liberal elitism and the limousine liberal, Slacktivism, coolhunting, appropriation, interracial romance, queer relationships and, of course, Kwanzaa. A Commissioned OOTB/Weathervane Holiday Short Play .
  • Chimerical Colors: a monologue
    A monologue from Jazz Age modernist painter Archibald Motley Jr. as the Chicago-based outsider recalls coming to New York at the zenith of the Harlem Renaissance, his nephew Willard and their struggle caught between worlds. Written for The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Icons: Harlem Renaissance in Motion Project.
  • Longview
    Self-isolated in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, three adult siblings living in three different major cities (New York City, Los Angeles and London) meet via Zoom after one of them posts an alarming note to their social media pages, creating panic and igniting the flame of their own lingering resentments and frustrations with one another. Developed at the Astoria Performing Arts Center as part of “The...
    Self-isolated in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, three adult siblings living in three different major cities (New York City, Los Angeles and London) meet via Zoom after one of them posts an alarming note to their social media pages, creating panic and igniting the flame of their own lingering resentments and frustrations with one another. Developed at the Astoria Performing Arts Center as part of “The Insiders: Musicals from the Quarantine.” With a concept. book and lyrics by Marcus Scott, music by Blake Allen and an additional song by Marc Chan, this quasi- chamber pop musical with electronic and “traditional” Tin Pan Alley influences was inspired by well-documented true events.
  • The Uncanny Valley
    Two young women, Faith and Destiny, hold a man hostage in an interrogation room. But is he responsible for the disappearance and violent murder of a young woman and if so, how does one find justice when injustice looms eternal?
  • The Third Degree
    Rob and Bobby, a gay May-December couple living in NYC's Meatpacking District and on the brink of the 7 Year Itch, invite a third to party and play in their luxury renovated industrial penthouse loft apartment. Prospects of an evening of titillation turns into a night of terror and a lesson in modern day social graces. Written for Exquisite Corpse Company's annual Drunk 24. Theme: Just A Preference....
    Rob and Bobby, a gay May-December couple living in NYC's Meatpacking District and on the brink of the 7 Year Itch, invite a third to party and play in their luxury renovated industrial penthouse loft apartment. Prospects of an evening of titillation turns into a night of terror and a lesson in modern day social graces. Written for Exquisite Corpse Company's annual Drunk 24. Theme: Just A Preference. Co-written with Louis DeVaughn Nelson.
  • Call & Response
    Police do 20,000 no-knock raids a year. Civilians often pay the price when they go wrong. Peter Bowers made a phone call whereupon DaQuan Howard, attending his sister’s sweet sixteen birthday party was viciously gunned down by a S.W.A.T. team. Earlier that day, Peter was uninvited to the celebration by Joelle, the birthday girl. In a local supermarket, Peter is accompanied by college student Tracee House and S....
    Police do 20,000 no-knock raids a year. Civilians often pay the price when they go wrong. Peter Bowers made a phone call whereupon DaQuan Howard, attending his sister’s sweet sixteen birthday party was viciously gunned down by a S.W.A.T. team. Earlier that day, Peter was uninvited to the celebration by Joelle, the birthday girl. In a local supermarket, Peter is accompanied by college student Tracee House and S.W.A.T. captain John Rivera, the man responsible for using tactical leadership to ensure lethal force against the victim. Throughout the conversation the three discuss the events as they happened and the impending consequences of the actions of both call and responder. Call-And-Response explores race relations in America, white male privilege, dog-whistle politics, swatting and police brutality.
  • Natural Selection
    Three young men plot an act of domestic terror in the comfort of a dorm room, but are they triggered to take the lives of innocents out of fury or are they simply trying to destroy their own self-hatred? Natural Selection tackles contemporary topics such as mass shootings, gun reform, white supremacy, the model minority myth and assimilation for a timely critique on America now and it’s future. Inspired by Elliot Rodger and Seung-Hui Cho.
  • Grand Larceny
    Inspired by scandal surrounding NYC socialite scammer Anna Delvey, "Grand Larceny" follows two women—a working class hotel concierge and a high-powered executive assistant—and their acquaintance with a vivacious cosmopolitan confidence trickster. Conceived for Across A Crowded Room in the Bruno Walter Auditorium within at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Lyrics by...
    Inspired by scandal surrounding NYC socialite scammer Anna Delvey, "Grand Larceny" follows two women—a working class hotel concierge and a high-powered executive assistant—and their acquaintance with a vivacious cosmopolitan confidence trickster. Conceived for Across A Crowded Room in the Bruno Walter Auditorium within at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Lyrics by Kathryn Funkhouser, music by Declan Zhang.
  • Free-Fall
    A former prisoner is reentering society and is tasked with finding a job and shelter while battling self-pity and self-doubt. A fresh-faced volunteer takes on the former convict as her new client, assigned to help him secure these basic tenants of happiness. But could their shared anxiety of being of use stand in the way of real progress as model citizens or is it better to just give up? Composed by Michael...
    A former prisoner is reentering society and is tasked with finding a job and shelter while battling self-pity and self-doubt. A fresh-faced volunteer takes on the former convict as her new client, assigned to help him secure these basic tenants of happiness. But could their shared anxiety of being of use stand in the way of real progress as model citizens or is it better to just give up? Composed by Michael Lawton. Written in one weekend in response to Neighbor Corps Re-Entry Services, a non-profit community development corporation, and challenged with incorporating random props.
  • Blood Orange
    Dorian, an 18-year-old African-American high school senior, tries to make amends with Vladimir, his twentysomething ex-boyfriend before he goes off to college. Only Vladimir, still in love with Dorian, has plans of his own to get him back and they involve the sensual Lothario, Tanner. Blood Orange is a power play about boys with nothing but time on their hands.
  • Always A Scout; Or, Scouts For Life
    Smokey and Topher are lost and find themselves stranded miles away from civilization. In their voyage back to civilization, the stumble upon a lone cabin in the woods where they meet Mongoose and Badger, two former scouts who’ve been marooned for decades. Written for Exquisite Corpse Company's annual Drunk 24. Theme: Giving Thanks. Co-written with Jordan G. Teicher.
  • Double Rainbow
    Double Rainbow is a political comedy-drama that follows Lea and Michael, two far-left democratic LGBT rights activists, under arrest and facing criminal charges. The charge: Assault and Battery. The crime: Outrageous or justified? Representing them is Stuart, an accomplished and young African American civil rights attorney who agreed to represent the two young revolutionaries out of curiosity. Staged in an...
    Double Rainbow is a political comedy-drama that follows Lea and Michael, two far-left democratic LGBT rights activists, under arrest and facing criminal charges. The charge: Assault and Battery. The crime: Outrageous or justified? Representing them is Stuart, an accomplished and young African American civil rights attorney who agreed to represent the two young revolutionaries out of curiosity. Staged in an interrogation room, tensions rise and fall as Stuart tries to thread together the series of events that led them there.
  • Malaise
    To love and be present, it takes a real man to do that. Returning from a disastrous commute on the MTA train system, college student Oscar finally arrives to his destination--the bachelor pad of an old friend, Eduardo. Both men get more than what they bargained for and are pushed to answer questions that erode away at their machismo, prejudices, reputations and accountability, or lack there of. Ultimately, both...
    To love and be present, it takes a real man to do that. Returning from a disastrous commute on the MTA train system, college student Oscar finally arrives to his destination--the bachelor pad of an old friend, Eduardo. Both men get more than what they bargained for and are pushed to answer questions that erode away at their machismo, prejudices, reputations and accountability, or lack there of. Ultimately, both men are forced into a coming of age.
  • The Vitruvian Man
    Inspired by “The Gingerbread Man," this sci-fi electro-R&B synth operetta follows Lazarus, an android created for Bobby, a man grieving the loss of his longtime partner and the detached engineer who cooked up a plot for their chance meeting. Written in collaboration with Avi Amon.