Geo Decas O'Donnell

Geo Decas O'Donnell

Geo (Geoffrey) Decas O'Donnell in a writer and performer, he also co-runs the award winning, ensemble-based company CollaborationTown (CTown). As part of CTown he has been creating and performing ensemble-devised theatre since 2003, productions in development: Candy (a commission from LCT3 / Lincoln Center), the all-ages puppet musical Riddle of the Trilobites (as residents of New Victory Theater's...
Geo (Geoffrey) Decas O'Donnell in a writer and performer, he also co-runs the award winning, ensemble-based company CollaborationTown (CTown). As part of CTown he has been creating and performing ensemble-devised theatre since 2003, productions in development: Candy (a commission from LCT3 / Lincoln Center), the all-ages puppet musical Riddle of the Trilobites (as residents of New Victory Theater's LabWorks). Past productions include: Family Play (1979 to Present) (named one of The Advocate’s 10 Best LGBT Plays of 2014), and The Momentum (2012 GLAAD National Media Award nomination).
His plays include Mutant Water Babies, From Skull To Ghost and The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos.
Grants & Awards: FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwrighting (The Deepest Play Ever, 2006); FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Production (The Momentum, 2010) Otto Rene Castillo Political Theatre Award, 2014; multiple residencies at Robert Wilson's WaterMill Center and with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Swing, Process and Work Space grants). He has developed work for La MaMa, ETC and The New Ohio Theatre. Geo also teaches theatre and devising; currently at the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia.

Plays

  • From Skull To Ghost
    Set in a rapidly sinking Brooklyn, From Skull To Ghost is a lamentation on loss and time passed in a vanishing world. A chosen family has gathered in their local bar to mourn the loss of one of their own. A massive sea-wall is being built up Fourth Avenue to keep the rising tides at bay. Amidst heavy drinking and sage burning this group of friends, all whom live on the other side of this wall, must decide what...
    Set in a rapidly sinking Brooklyn, From Skull To Ghost is a lamentation on loss and time passed in a vanishing world. A chosen family has gathered in their local bar to mourn the loss of one of their own. A massive sea-wall is being built up Fourth Avenue to keep the rising tides at bay. Amidst heavy drinking and sage burning this group of friends, all whom live on the other side of this wall, must decide what to do and where to go while the water laps at their ankles. And who keeps knocking at the door?
  • MUTANT WATER BABIES
    A Radical Faerie inspired, ritualistic retelling of The Bakkhai by Euripides.

    created with and music by Nicholas Williams

    The walled City-State of New York City was one of the only places with clean drinking water until a mysterious parasite infected the upstate reservoir.  Was it all the mega-fracking? Ms. Pipes denies that connection, but she's also an aggressive mouth...
    A Radical Faerie inspired, ritualistic retelling of The Bakkhai by Euripides.

    created with and music by Nicholas Williams

    The walled City-State of New York City was one of the only places with clean drinking water until a mysterious parasite infected the upstate reservoir.  Was it all the mega-fracking? Ms. Pipes denies that connection, but she's also an aggressive mouth piece for the administration.   THEN! The parasites starts turning all the city residents into mutants! This annoys the Mayor because she works hard to keep her militarized City-State running smoothly.   After listening to a self-help tape, a long forgotten deity returns and teams up with a pair of teenage mutants to save everyone (But also maybe punish them? It's hard to say).  
  • On the Formidable Ambiguity of the Foreseeable Future, We Rise
    Declan's identity was stolen so the government deleted it, his boss gave him a new one but it feels kinda wonky. Audra just found out that her mom has been paying people to be friends with her since high school, she's 35. In the midst of all this, they get sucked into the popular self-help movement, HOPE'S SPRING ETERNAL, as it starts to take control of the nation. Soon enough, they're in...
    Declan's identity was stolen so the government deleted it, his boss gave him a new one but it feels kinda wonky. Audra just found out that her mom has been paying people to be friends with her since high school, she's 35. In the midst of all this, they get sucked into the popular self-help movement, HOPE'S SPRING ETERNAL, as it starts to take control of the nation. Soon enough, they're in too deep and the only way to stop the insanity is to stop Hope. Fortunately, the laws of attraction brought her right to them.
  • The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos
    A rag-tag group of clowns are hiding out in a bunker creating and rehearsing an 800 play cycle ad infinitum. Every night they risk it all and raise a flag outside of the bunker: SHOW TONIGHT! .... LO! An audience appears! The clowns get the audience seated and begin with play one: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS. The epic drama follows the antihero Mother LaMadre and her children as they drag their wagon through the...
    A rag-tag group of clowns are hiding out in a bunker creating and rehearsing an 800 play cycle ad infinitum. Every night they risk it all and raise a flag outside of the bunker: SHOW TONIGHT! .... LO! An audience appears! The clowns get the audience seated and begin with play one: THE CATHARSIS OF PATHOS. The epic drama follows the antihero Mother LaMadre and her children as they drag their wagon through the Fifth World War and the post-post-apocalyptic wasteland that is New Europe. Together they must navigate all the pitfalls of the dramatic art of drama to find the few remaining books that the art-abolishing Evil Empire has yet to destroy, and maybe... just maybe... find a way to replace violence with art. Meanwhile, failed artist Dalvador Salí sells his soul and becomes the Zombie King of the Evil Empire, he then sets out to deconstruct the world into nothingness - but he needs all the books to do that. Equal parts satire and homage to epic theatre and the struggle for greatness. This play would be great for universities and colleges due to its large cast size.