Genevieve Simon

Genevieve Simon

Genevieve Simon (they/he) centers women and nonbinary people in magical worlds at the intersection of family, queer identity, and water. Their recent plays include Bloom Bloom Pow, Sister/Friend, This Bug Is Gay, Real Birds, Guarding, and Romeo + Juliet + Anybodys.

They are a 2023-24 New Georges Audrey Resident, and a member of the 2024 Page 73 Writers Group.

Their climate-doom-...
Genevieve Simon (they/he) centers women and nonbinary people in magical worlds at the intersection of family, queer identity, and water. Their recent plays include Bloom Bloom Pow, Sister/Friend, This Bug Is Gay, Real Birds, Guarding, and Romeo + Juliet + Anybodys.

They are a 2023-24 New Georges Audrey Resident, and a member of the 2024 Page 73 Writers Group.

Their climate-doom-comedy BLOOM BLOOM POW​ was a Finalist for the 2022 EMOS Ecodrama Playwrights Festival, with a recently published essay in Howlround Theatre Commons.

Genevieve’s work has been supported by Actors Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Bushwick Starr, ​The Puffin Foundation, The Brick, Shadowland Stages, The Parsnip Ship, The Tank, Arts on Site, NYSCA, Holton-Arms School, and The Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Awards:
SEMI-FINALIST, Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship (2024, 2023).
FINALIST, EMOS Ecodrama Playwrights Festival (Bloom Bloom Pow, 2022).
Critic’s Pick and Producer’s Pick of the Fringe (Cincinnati Fringe 2017).
New Georges Affiliated Artist.
www.genevieve-simon.com

Plays

  • Bloom Bloom Pow
    Bloom Bloom Pow is a climate-doom-comedy. This rural queer adventure is an underwater romance. It’s a workplace nightmare. It’s a devastating reminder that we can’t fix our parents. But good news -- the algae’s growing bigger every day! Oh wait, that’s bad news for us. Inspired by the Creature from the Black Lagoon, toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes, and phone calls with your mom, this highly theatrical...
    Bloom Bloom Pow is a climate-doom-comedy. This rural queer adventure is an underwater romance. It’s a workplace nightmare. It’s a devastating reminder that we can’t fix our parents. But good news -- the algae’s growing bigger every day! Oh wait, that’s bad news for us. Inspired by the Creature from the Black Lagoon, toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes, and phone calls with your mom, this highly theatrical play celebrates resilience and joy in the face of climate devastation.
  • SISTER/FRIEND
    While their parents party upstairs Like It’s 1999, five young girls count down to Y2K and wonder what The End Of The World will look like from their basement. Childhood games unravel the truths their parents won’t tell them, and each must decide what they owe to the people they call family.

    An homage to the girls who raised us when our parents weren't watching.
  • Guarding
    What if your teenage summer job were actually purgatory? Or maybe it's just, like, heat stroke...

    It’s the hottest day of the summer and nine teenage lifeguards in small-town Ohio are stuck at work. Their swimming pool is getting shut down at the end of the season, and everyone’s freaked out about what comes next. As the lifeguards rotate, relationships get tested. Nostalgia butts up...
    What if your teenage summer job were actually purgatory? Or maybe it's just, like, heat stroke...

    It’s the hottest day of the summer and nine teenage lifeguards in small-town Ohio are stuck at work. Their swimming pool is getting shut down at the end of the season, and everyone’s freaked out about what comes next. As the lifeguards rotate, relationships get tested. Nostalgia butts up against bodily fluids. Everyone tries to figure out Who Stole The Money...and also, the clock is acting, like, really weird. Does anybody else see that?

    With irreverent charm and great heart, Guarding honors the thankless task of keeping swimmers alive, and the people you come of age with—whether you want to or not.
  • Real Birds
    Sonya meets Alex, her new neighbor, and romance erupts. They have nothing in
    common: Sonya is neat, Alex is lazy. Sonya loves the outdoors, Alex would rather play
    computer games. It shouldn't work. So what is keeping these two together?

    Above their heads, Tee's been hearing voices. Voices telling her she isn't real. And
    neither is her best friend Jay. Because,...
    Sonya meets Alex, her new neighbor, and romance erupts. They have nothing in
    common: Sonya is neat, Alex is lazy. Sonya loves the outdoors, Alex would rather play
    computer games. It shouldn't work. So what is keeping these two together?

    Above their heads, Tee's been hearing voices. Voices telling her she isn't real. And
    neither is her best friend Jay. Because, the voices tell her, birds aren't “birds” - they're
    spy drones working for the government in the 1980s. If only Tee knew what a "1980" was.

    A comedic take on surveillance, conspiracies, and social simulation games like The Sims.
    What is real? Where do the voices in our heads come from? Who can we trust?