Daphne Silbiger

Daphne Silbiger

Daphne is from Philadelphia, and pursing their MFA in playwriting at UT Austin. Their plays include SIX YEARS OLD (Corkscrew Fest, available through DPS), POUND (Semi-finalist, 2019 Relentless Award), I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME (PlayDate@Pete's Candy Store), THE GEOLOGIST (semifinalist, Ground Floor @ Berkeley Rep), MINOR TRIAD (Sitka Fellows Program, Sitka, AK), and POLYCULE (Little Theater @ Dixon Place.)...
Daphne is from Philadelphia, and pursing their MFA in playwriting at UT Austin. Their plays include SIX YEARS OLD (Corkscrew Fest, available through DPS), POUND (Semi-finalist, 2019 Relentless Award), I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME (PlayDate@Pete's Candy Store), THE GEOLOGIST (semifinalist, Ground Floor @ Berkeley Rep), MINOR TRIAD (Sitka Fellows Program, Sitka, AK), and POLYCULE (Little Theater @ Dixon Place.) They have helped develop work with Target Margin Theater, The Bushwick Starr, WP Theater, ¡Oye! Group, Soho Rep, and others, and play with the band Go Home.

Plays

  • O, THE HUMANITY
    A short trip. First, two astronauts on their way to Mars must defend their ship from the attacking Earth-bound whales. Then, a papa and baby whale trek forward on their way to colonize the Mariana Trench. With "whale songs" and melodramatic flair, O THE HUMANITY looks askance at our impulse to pursue colonialist solutions to the climate crisis.
  • Mistik, oder, a tshemodan kull bloyz vos ir pakt
    "Mysticism, or, A Suitcase Holds Only What You Packed" -- In November 1923, Berlin is gripped by devastating inflation. A Jewish family's chocolate business is in ruin, and a young woman makes a sinister pact with sultry shedim (demons) to ensure prosperity for her mother, herself, and her three brothers. The boys ultimately betray her, setting off for far-flung places around the globe, and leave...
    "Mysticism, or, A Suitcase Holds Only What You Packed" -- In November 1923, Berlin is gripped by devastating inflation. A Jewish family's chocolate business is in ruin, and a young woman makes a sinister pact with sultry shedim (demons) to ensure prosperity for her mother, herself, and her three brothers. The boys ultimately betray her, setting off for far-flung places around the globe, and leave her to reckon with the familial ghosts she's disturbed. Part Three of the "Rachel Trilogy," the story sees a family's matriarch make peace with decisions necessary to keep the family tree alive, and a new generation grapple with the practical implications of diaspora.
  • Dark in the Daytime
    Just before the turn of the 20th century, a young Jewish couple flees their home in Nowy-Sacs, Poland on the night of a great fire. But, as they reflect on their fraught upbringing, dodge their hysterical parents, and roleplay with dark spiritual forces, the fed-up ghosts of their past begin to literally appear. Part Two of the "Rachel Trilogy," the story marks the midpoint in a woman's life as...
    Just before the turn of the 20th century, a young Jewish couple flees their home in Nowy-Sacs, Poland on the night of a great fire. But, as they reflect on their fraught upbringing, dodge their hysterical parents, and roleplay with dark spiritual forces, the fed-up ghosts of their past begin to literally appear. Part Two of the "Rachel Trilogy," the story marks the midpoint in a woman's life as she leaves her home for the uncertainty and allure of the Berlin metropolis.
  • Summer People
    In a small town in Poland, 1871, a girl is born to two ill-fated Jewish lovers who discover that their families are tragically intertwined. The girl is sent away to live in the city, and will go on to be the matriarch of the playwright's own family tree. Part One of the "Rachel Trilogy," the story outlines the fraught origins of a family's spiritual center.
  • I Love How You Love Me
    A small Alaskan town. Georgie is moving to the lower 48. Charlotte and William have been engaged for too long, they say. A kind gesture gets misinterpreted, and all three tumble ungracefully into short-lived non-monogamous arrangement which brings out the worst and best.
  • Pound
    Outside a major city in Texas, Moishe is doing his bar mitzvah project at a dog shelter. The shelter coordinator likes that he follows the rules, and his parents like having time to themselves. But, when the family dog gets sick and they seek the shelter's unethical end-of-life services, Moishe stands up to the adults in his life and callously intervenes in a system which he perceives as particularly cruel...
    Outside a major city in Texas, Moishe is doing his bar mitzvah project at a dog shelter. The shelter coordinator likes that he follows the rules, and his parents like having time to themselves. But, when the family dog gets sick and they seek the shelter's unethical end-of-life services, Moishe stands up to the adults in his life and callously intervenes in a system which he perceives as particularly cruel. A play about religious duty, kink, institutional operation, and how taking matters into one's own hands sometimes isn't the best choice.
  • Six Years Old
    Adalaide is six years old, and she knows a few things: her stupid babysitter Kim is stupid, her younger brother Dewey is a naked mole rat, and she does NOT like being treated like a girl. Though Kim takes Adalaide’s frustrations seriously and tries to offer support, Adalaide’s family and peers discourage her, leaving her to seek out dangerous measures in order to transform into who she was born to be (her hero...
    Adalaide is six years old, and she knows a few things: her stupid babysitter Kim is stupid, her younger brother Dewey is a naked mole rat, and she does NOT like being treated like a girl. Though Kim takes Adalaide’s frustrations seriously and tries to offer support, Adalaide’s family and peers discourage her, leaving her to seek out dangerous measures in order to transform into who she was born to be (her hero, Han Solo). A play about kids for adults, Six Years Old is a comic and poignant reflection on the wild fantasies and serious desires of queer childhood.