Elise Wien

Elise Wien

Elise Wien is a playwright from New Rochelle, NY, who likes funny, formally unusual, heart-wrenching work.

Her plays have been developed with Corkscrew Theater Festival, Pete’s Candy Store, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, Dixon Place, and the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, N.H.

Some weeks she writes very short, very goofy plays here: https://www.elisewien.com/playaweek

Plays

  • [cowboy face]
    RidgeRock Tech seems like the perfect place to work: beer on tap, a flexible vacation policy, and at least 16 different employees named Matt. But when the new customer support rep Greb joins the office, they sense something dire is coming. Corinne and Kayuri are slacking off with rigor, Diane is slipping into panic, and Greb’s mentor Julie is nowhere to be found. Something is lurking in the Meditation Room. [...
    RidgeRock Tech seems like the perfect place to work: beer on tap, a flexible vacation policy, and at least 16 different employees named Matt. But when the new customer support rep Greb joins the office, they sense something dire is coming. Corinne and Kayuri are slacking off with rigor, Diane is slipping into panic, and Greb’s mentor Julie is nowhere to be found. Something is lurking in the Meditation Room. [cowboy face] is a piece that revels in the absurdity of the tech world, and seeks to bring the delight, delirium, and horror of the Internet to the stage.
  • cara has a hole in her head
    A camp for people who have survived mass shootings (3+ people). It has all the regular camp stuff, like tie-dye and fireside sing alongs, and some of the nonregular stuff, like the terror of a guiltful existence.
  • Craters or the making of the making of the moon landing
    Meet the film team responsible for staging the Apollo 11 moon landing.
    Or at least, partially responsible—until their lead actor Neil was whisked away at the last minute when NASA decided to go in a different direction. Now, director Sylvia and her crew are being held prisoner in a classified warehouse in the middle of nowhere America, with nothing to do but make a documentary about their thwarted...
    Meet the film team responsible for staging the Apollo 11 moon landing.
    Or at least, partially responsible—until their lead actor Neil was whisked away at the last minute when NASA decided to go in a different direction. Now, director Sylvia and her crew are being held prisoner in a classified warehouse in the middle of nowhere America, with nothing to do but make a documentary about their thwarted attempt at creating the footage that would inspire the world. Craters is an exercise in fact-finding, (re)enactment, and the power of simulation.