Ezra Brain

Ezra Brain

Ezra Brain is a writer, director, and dramaturge based in New York
City. Ezra has directed for Bears Ensemble Theatre, Left Field
Theatre, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Literacy
Theatre (where they also served as Artistic Director.) Their writing
has been performed at the Tank, Literacy Theatre, Stop Pretending
Theatre Project, and the University of North...
Ezra Brain is a writer, director, and dramaturge based in New York
City. Ezra has directed for Bears Ensemble Theatre, Left Field
Theatre, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Literacy
Theatre (where they also served as Artistic Director.) Their writing
has been performed at the Tank, Literacy Theatre, Stop Pretending
Theatre Project, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
In 2019, Ezra's play "She's Gone" will be read as part of the
inaugural season of the Art Garage--the first ever non-profit theatre
in the United States dedicated to producing work by and for the
transgender community. Ezra was the dramaturge for This Is Not A
Theatre Company's sold-out run of "Cafe Play" and is an award-winning
teaching artist. They are currently dramaturge for Charles Mee's new play "The Way To Go" for This Is Not A Theatre Company.

Plays

  • She's Gone
    "She's Gone" examines the nature of love and loss for the modern age. We follow Sam, a genderqueer 20-something, as they fall out of love with a series of women, all payed by the same actress.
  • Something's Coming
    Co-Written with J. Andrew Norris.

    In 1957, West Side Story premiered on Broadway and changed the face of the modern American musical. Its creators are lauded as titans in the modern theater, collectively winning 37 Tony Awards over the past 60 years. It was through fire, brimstone, vitriol and Jerome Robbins perceived insanity that this piece was born, and remains an institution to this day. In...
    Co-Written with J. Andrew Norris.

    In 1957, West Side Story premiered on Broadway and changed the face of the modern American musical. Its creators are lauded as titans in the modern theater, collectively winning 37 Tony Awards over the past 60 years. It was through fire, brimstone, vitriol and Jerome Robbins perceived insanity that this piece was born, and remains an institution to this day. In Something's Coming, we meet our heroes at the beginning of the writing process, and follow them through the highs, lows, burnt cigarettes and double shots of whiskey that created the greatest American musical.
  • Illyria
    A re-imagining of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Illyria imagines how the plot would play out if it took place today. Issues of gender, sexuality, politics, and class are played out with reinterpretations of Shakespeare's' classic characters. Viola, our hero, must discover who she is and decide what she stands for while facing down Feste, a malevolent force dedicated to ensuring that the old order continues.
  • Silence or Violence
    A group of broken people live and hurt themselves in a London that exists outside of time
  • Be
    An experimental poetry and movement piece inspired by the words of Leo Tolstoy, "Be" documents two people who begin in sync and then, through the machinations of society, are forced apart and both go down their different, tragic, paths.
  • For Allison, with regret
    Two people exist in a theatrical space, perhaps they have always been there. Perhaps they haven't.
  • Boyfriends and Friends and Boys
    Two strangers meet on the bridge where they both planned to kill themselves.
  • Don't Get Lost
    Inspired by "Hansel and Gretel" this play explores the nature of trauma, the cycle of abuse, and victimization using the trappings of a fairy tale.
  • A Place You Go
    A non-linear exploration of the mind of a school shooter. "A Place You Go" tracks how trauma is passed from one person to another and is recreated across different situations.
  • All Palaces Are Temporary Places
    A malevolent force comes into the lives of three siblings and forces them to understand the darkness with which they exist.
  • Weak Beautiful People
    Inspired by Tennessee William's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," this play explores a one-night stand that doesn't go how either party wanted it to.
  • Rumblings of the Coming Storm
    "Rumblings of the Coming Storm' is a movement piece that examines the nature of oppression under capitalism and how to resist it. Freely adapted from the timeless writings of Lucy Parsons, this play pairs her words with dance and stage violence to tell an intimate and expansive story of how capitalism works and how the workers must resist it. This play combines the two movement vocabularies of dance...
    "Rumblings of the Coming Storm' is a movement piece that examines the nature of oppression under capitalism and how to resist it. Freely adapted from the timeless writings of Lucy Parsons, this play pairs her words with dance and stage violence to tell an intimate and expansive story of how capitalism works and how the workers must resist it. This play combines the two movement vocabularies of dance and stage violence to show the fundamental conflict between workers and bosses under capitalism. One performer (the worker) will be a dancer and the other (the boss) will be a fighter.
  • The Weight We Carry
    An estranged brother and sister reconnect after the young sister runs away from home and shows up at her brother's house.