Drew Paryzer

Drew Paryzer

Drew Paryzer’s work has been developed or presented with the Roundabout Theatre, Fusebox Festival, March Forth Productions, and The Museum of Human Achievement. His plays include AL-HALQA (IS THAT HOW IT'S PRONOUNCED) (semifinalist for 2017 PlayPenn conference; finalist for 2017 New Harmony Project), SWALLOW THE READER, BREATH DASH BREATH DASH BREATH, and ALTER (Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights’...
Drew Paryzer’s work has been developed or presented with the Roundabout Theatre, Fusebox Festival, March Forth Productions, and The Museum of Human Achievement. His plays include AL-HALQA (IS THAT HOW IT'S PRONOUNCED) (semifinalist for 2017 PlayPenn conference; finalist for 2017 New Harmony Project), SWALLOW THE READER, BREATH DASH BREATH DASH BREATH, and ALTER (Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights’ Workshop). His work as a deviser and immersive theater artist includes FINALCON (Austin Critics Table Award nomination) and INTRO TO BEING HERE, for which he co-designed the companion video game. Drew is an alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College, where he received the Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. He is currently an MFA Playwriting candidate and James A. Michener Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. He proudly hails from the Rocky Mountain Front Range.

Plays

  • Alter
    Finn's heart stopped, in the midst of a computer-game binge. His brother Ty would rather forget him, but Ty’s girlfriend Kaci just can’t. As a child grows inside her, she makes a choice that irrevocably ruptures their notions of parenthood, identity, and reality itself. Alter is a family drama for the age of digital avatars.
  • Al-Halqa (is that how it's pronounced)
    Two American brothers journey to a distant land for a weekend escape. They’ve come to bridge the gulf of mistruths widening between them. They’ve come to be good tourists. They’ve come to run away. But this is not their country, not their tradition – and this tale is not theirs to tell. A comedy of storytellers and lies that melds travelogue with Moroccan folk tales.
  • Swallow the Reader
    Debbie is ten. Debbie needs her father Leslie, and Leslie needs to drink. Debbie opens a book – Alice in Wonderland – and what she hears in her head is someone reading the tragedy of her own life back to her. Can Debbie become her own author? A phantasmagorical drama set in 1960s Washington State, Swallow The Reader explores what it means to hold tight to the love you’re given – across national borders, over...
    Debbie is ten. Debbie needs her father Leslie, and Leslie needs to drink. Debbie opens a book – Alice in Wonderland – and what she hears in her head is someone reading the tragedy of her own life back to her. Can Debbie become her own author? A phantasmagorical drama set in 1960s Washington State, Swallow The Reader explores what it means to hold tight to the love you’re given – across national borders, over the cracks of custody battles, and down the rabbit hole of a runaway imagination.
  • Intro to Being Here
    Combining a video game with immersive/improvised performance, Intro to Being Here provides a transmedia experience of creating, and raising, a brand new being. Structured as an intro-level college course, audience members are first asked by the Professor to enter an alternate digital reality called The Platform – where they make various choices to form a being (called Content) to enter our world. In the theater...
    Combining a video game with immersive/improvised performance, Intro to Being Here provides a transmedia experience of creating, and raising, a brand new being. Structured as an intro-level college course, audience members are first asked by the Professor to enter an alternate digital reality called The Platform – where they make various choices to form a being (called Content) to enter our world. In the theater experience, audience members meet their Content (played by actors) and guide them through various in-class exercises – under the watchful eye of the Professor – to help them understand their place in our reality.
  • Mother of Gone
    Janice spends her days on mechanized life-support, doting on a robotic seal named Chubbs and berating her young, diligent attendant. When the safe rituals of her life are shattered, she is forced to confront her past: the son she abandoned, and the forgotten wave that fractured their lives.
  • Concave
    INT. DENVER, COLORADO: a fresh Wild West for legal-weed-blowing digi-dreamers. An AV guy at a community college tries to keep his reticent drug dealer from skipping town. His film-student best friend has secretly loved the dealer for years . . . in .mpg format. Cameras start rolling -- wild dreams come true -- and truth itself goes into post-production. A play about a few Americans and their ultimate form of...
    INT. DENVER, COLORADO: a fresh Wild West for legal-weed-blowing digi-dreamers. An AV guy at a community college tries to keep his reticent drug dealer from skipping town. His film-student best friend has secretly loved the dealer for years . . . in .mpg format. Cameras start rolling -- wild dreams come true -- and truth itself goes into post-production. A play about a few Americans and their ultimate form of entertainment.
  • Breath Dash Breath Dash Breath
    Everyone writes the book of their lives every day: word by word, conversation by conversation. But not all have someone to transcribe it. A clandestine company, charged to ‘correct’ the behavior of some powerful and troubled clientele, brings three new transcriptionists into the fold to do just that. The checks are cut. The cubicles are assigned. The doors are locked. And as the employees sink deeper and deeper...
    Everyone writes the book of their lives every day: word by word, conversation by conversation. But not all have someone to transcribe it. A clandestine company, charged to ‘correct’ the behavior of some powerful and troubled clientele, brings three new transcriptionists into the fold to do just that. The checks are cut. The cubicles are assigned. The doors are locked. And as the employees sink deeper and deeper into their work, we see what it means to co-author the life of a stranger.