Paul William Kruse

Paul William Kruse

Paul William Kruse is a playwright, film/video maker, and teaching artist from western Wisconsin. His work flows from his queer identity, Catholic roots, and ever-evolving experience of family. Paul creates stories for and with the people he loves. His work was described in the New York Times as having “humor, heart and an elegant, deceptive surface simplicity." He is a founding member and resident...
Paul William Kruse is a playwright, film/video maker, and teaching artist from western Wisconsin. His work flows from his queer identity, Catholic roots, and ever-evolving experience of family. Paul creates stories for and with the people he loves. His work was described in the New York Times as having “humor, heart and an elegant, deceptive surface simplicity." He is a founding member and resident playwright of Hatch Arts Collective in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Paul often writes collaboratively, drawing from his years of experience as a videographer and documentarian. He is currently a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is pursuing an MFA.

Plays

  • Chickens in the Yard
    Chickens in the Yard tells the story of a family through the eyes of their four chickens. Set in Pittsburgh, Chickens in the Yard explores what a gay identity means for one couple, as they journey from the families that raised them to the family they choose to create together. Amidst the struggle to define partnership and wrestle with individual family ties, Chickens in the Yard invites you to join them in taking one messy step forward.
  • Walldogs
    Walldogs is a new play about what it means to mark a wall with text and image. The play weaves together four stories that explore this complex relationship between walls, symbols, and people. A 1930’s wall sign painter, or “walldog,” buys advertising space on a rural woman’s home. Two teens tag an abandoned wall. A hipster street artist gets a lesson in economics. And, as in the biblical account, a drunken King...
    Walldogs is a new play about what it means to mark a wall with text and image. The play weaves together four stories that explore this complex relationship between walls, symbols, and people. A 1930’s wall sign painter, or “walldog,” buys advertising space on a rural woman’s home. Two teens tag an abandoned wall. A hipster street artist gets a lesson in economics. And, as in the biblical account, a drunken King Belshazzar seeks the meaning of the writing on the wall from Daniel. What does it mean to write on a wall? What can it tell us about ownership, gender, expression, and value? Saturated with sharp humor and coded references, Walldogs probes a simple action that humans have performed since we learned to draw.
  • Kiss
    The world ends in ten minutes. Anna has just escaped the madness of the city. Henry clings to the only life he has known. Kiss in a new ten-minute play that asks what it's like to face the end of everything with a complete stranger?