Haygen-Brice Walker

Haygen-Brice Walker

Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-creative producer born and raised in the American South and currently dividing his time between Philadelphia and Minneapolis, where he is a 2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights' Center. He holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, & Production with a focus in Playwriting and a Creative Writing minor from the University of the...
Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-creative producer born and raised in the American South and currently dividing his time between Philadelphia and Minneapolis, where he is a 2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights' Center. He holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, & Production with a focus in Playwriting and a Creative Writing minor from the University of the Arts and is a two-time alumnus of the National Theatre Institute ( Theatermakers 2011, Advanced Playwriting 2012).

His work is a kaleidoscopic clash of caffeine, history, pornography, violence, pop-culture, myth, and magic. Haygen-Brice’s plays find characters trapped in a confused landscape muddled with the taste of the American South; the feel of Appalachia; the blinding desert heat of the Wild West; and the lyricism of Latin America. He was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Playwriting Award from the University of the Arts; a Semi-Finalist for Forward Flux Theatre Company’s THREE NEW AMERICAN PLAYS Commission; a Finalist for the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play; and a Finalist for PLAYPENN’S 2018 Dark Night Reading. He has been developed or produced by Theatre Underground, UArts, The Firehouse Theatre Project (Richmond, VA), Route 66 Theatre (Chicago), Dixon Place, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Interact Theatre Company, Playpenn, and The Playwrights’ Center. He is an alum of PLAYPENN’S The Foundry, a Philadelphia Playwrights' Lab; a Member Playwright of WRITERS ON THE ROCKS; and a 2018/2020 Core Playwright at Interact Theatre Company.

In addition, Haygen-Brice is the Co-Founder (along with Director-Creative Producer, Elaina Di Monaco) of ON THE ROCKS , a production company devoted to the deep fried, late-night, BYOB, theatrical shit-shows Elaina and Haygen-Brice make together. Their theatrical, large-cast, low-budget dumpster fires have played to sold-out crowds in various unconventional venues throughout Philadelphia. ON THE ROCKS is consistently featured on Fringe Top Pick lists by Phindie and DC Metro Theatre Arts magazines. In 2017, Broad Street Review hailed ON THE ROCKS as “the most explosive fringe company in years”. His work with ON THE ROCKS has gotten Haygen-Brice a Creative Genius Grant from SMALL BUT MIGHTY ARTS and the inaugural PLAYPENN/FOUNDRY FRINGE grant.

Each day, Haygen-Brice is one step closer to becoming Jennifer Lopez, which is trite for a gay Puerto Rican, but he's embracing the cliché and living in his truth.

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Plays

  • BUZZFEED, DONALD TRUMP, & DEAD BLACK KIDS
    TEN MINUTE.
    Two Millennials sit on a couch
    Two Millennials sit on a couch behind laptops
    Two Millennials sit on a couch behind laptops while social networking
    Two Millennials sit on a couch behind laptops while social networking and discussing politics.
    Everything will be just fine...
  • dad shot himself and left behind a box of kink porn
    TEN MINUTE.
    After Rob's dad blows his brains out, his girlfriend Dana and him sift through all the old shit he left behind. When they come across a box of kink porn, what starts off as a joke, might unravel their relationship.

    A ten minute play about porn, desire, fantasies, and autopsies.
  • Hi. My Name is Wendy. And I'm in Love with a...Lost Boy
    TEN MINUTE.
    On the evening of their ten-year high school reunion, Wendy confesses her ever-lasting love to high school boyfriend Peter, even though he's gay. A play about homecomings, coming out, growing-up, and Peter Pan.
  • WOLFCRUSH (a queer werewolf play)
    White Coon County, Virginia is about as terrible as it sounds: there’s a (Super) WALMART, a swamp, a dozen churches, so many guns, and acres and acres of farmland. Nothing much ever happens here, until the livestock starts getting slaughtered. Slaughtered by something big: big and mean.

    The Mayor’s never dealt with a crisis like this and he’s offering WalMart gift cards for answers; the...
    White Coon County, Virginia is about as terrible as it sounds: there’s a (Super) WALMART, a swamp, a dozen churches, so many guns, and acres and acres of farmland. Nothing much ever happens here, until the livestock starts getting slaughtered. Slaughtered by something big: big and mean.

    The Mayor’s never dealt with a crisis like this and he’s offering WalMart gift cards for answers; the Detective is getting investigative tips by watching Law and Order SVU marathons; the Principal is snorting lots of coke; and to make matters worse: Billy Wilkerson (an outstanding student of White Coon County High School) has gone missing.

    Junyce is new and the prime suspect because she punched Billy in the face on her first day. Or maybe Kyle, the ex-girlfriend, is involved? Or is it Huck, Kyle’s new jock-boyfriend? Or could it be Beecher, Billy’s shy study partner? Junyce, Kyle, Huck, and Beecher aren’t concerned with Billy. They’ve got bigger fish to fry (or in this case: bigger wolves to hunt?). The teens keep secretly sneaking off to the woods. What are they doing in the woods? And what is slaughtering the cows? And where the hell is Billy?

    WOLFCRUSH is a queer full moon fever dream about cannibalism, werewolves, small-towns, big secrets, first times, sloppy seconds, Mariska Hargitay, and all the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night.
  • THE GROOM'S A FAG; THE BRIDE'S A CUNT; THE BEST MAN'S A WHORE; AND THE MAIDEN OF HONOR (JUST) HUNG HERSELF IN THE CLOSET
    Daniel is pretty gay, but he’s marrying Nora. Nora is a virgin that wants her wedding-night to be a magical odyssey of sexual awakening. Shit gets fucked up at the Bachelor Party. Shit gets even more fucked up at the Bachelorette Party. And the wedding is the biggest shit-show of them all.

    A song, a dance, an image, a poem all wrapped inside a sloppy-overstuffed burrito of a play about...
    Daniel is pretty gay, but he’s marrying Nora. Nora is a virgin that wants her wedding-night to be a magical odyssey of sexual awakening. Shit gets fucked up at the Bachelor Party. Shit gets even more fucked up at the Bachelorette Party. And the wedding is the biggest shit-show of them all.

    A song, a dance, an image, a poem all wrapped inside a sloppy-overstuffed burrito of a play about glamping, hookers, cocaine, ghosts from our past, Emma Stone, the Easter bunny, hauntings, and the horrors of commitment.
  • the shed, the fire, and what we found in the ashes: a gothic ghost story
    BoDean Fisher is a small-town celebrity known county wide as: “The Tank”, because he’s big, mean, and made of steel. So when he writes an eloquent, tear-stained suicide note and sets himself on fire outside his shed: no one is more shocked than his kids.

    Ace, Newt, and Sundance return to their childhood home to figure out what exactly went down the afternoon of their father’s suicide and see...
    BoDean Fisher is a small-town celebrity known county wide as: “The Tank”, because he’s big, mean, and made of steel. So when he writes an eloquent, tear-stained suicide note and sets himself on fire outside his shed: no one is more shocked than his kids.

    Ace, Newt, and Sundance return to their childhood home to figure out what exactly went down the afternoon of their father’s suicide and see what answers might be unearthed in BoDean’s top-secret shed.

    the shed, the fire, and what they found is the ashes is a play about
    dysfunctional families,
    the shit they bury,
    the secrets they keep,
    the junk they burn,
    the ghosts that haunt them
    and what exactly it means to come home
  • SPOOKFISH
    Kori, Tyger, BethAnne, Gemma, and Dan are losers. Not your typical-run-of-the-mill-Urban-Outfitters-shopping-hipster-losers either. They're not trendy enough for that. These kids are just real, bonafide losers. Even Gemma—the 'coolest' of the lot: would undoubtedly be a loser in any other public school system.

    These losers work as ‘actors’ at their shitty, local haunted house...
    Kori, Tyger, BethAnne, Gemma, and Dan are losers. Not your typical-run-of-the-mill-Urban-Outfitters-shopping-hipster-losers either. They're not trendy enough for that. These kids are just real, bonafide losers. Even Gemma—the 'coolest' of the lot: would undoubtedly be a loser in any other public school system.

    These losers work as ‘actors’ at their shitty, local haunted house attraction...and you guessed it—nobody shows up. Ever. In fact, nothing ever happens...until tonight.

    SPOOKFISH is a mean dissection of B-rate slasher flicks, the American dream, sexuality, and the cruelty of pop culture all set in a dilapidated haunted house attraction in the outskirts of the American South wedged somewhere between a feral cat colony and a Wal-Mart Super Center.

    **SPOOKFISH is the first play of the Dead Teenager Trilogy**
  • my imaginary friend just happens to be john wayne gacy and he's helping me through some stuff
    Clove is struggling.  She's just been dumped by her boyfriend, has a room full of hand-carved puppets, and can't get her Dads to stop beating each other up.  Things are pretty shitty...until John Wayne Gacy is conjured and starts dishing out life-advice.  Hell, it might be the best advice Clove's ever gotten.
    A play about serial killers, notoriety, bodybuilders, Grover Cleveland, and all...
    Clove is struggling.  She's just been dumped by her boyfriend, has a room full of hand-carved puppets, and can't get her Dads to stop beating each other up.  Things are pretty shitty...until John Wayne Gacy is conjured and starts dishing out life-advice.  Hell, it might be the best advice Clove's ever gotten.
    A play about serial killers, notoriety, bodybuilders, Grover Cleveland, and all the things fucked up about high school.