Aaron Ricciardi

Aaron Ricciardi

Aaron Ricciardi is a New York City-based playwright, lyricist, bookwriter, and actor, originally from Coral Springs, Florida. He recently received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University (IU), where he studied under Peter Gil-Sheridan. Work includes Only Child; A Bushel and a Peck: a play for one actor; Nice Nails; The Travels: an Epic play with songs (New York Musical Festival production); Resting Bitch...
Aaron Ricciardi is a New York City-based playwright, lyricist, bookwriter, and actor, originally from Coral Springs, Florida. He recently received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University (IU), where he studied under Peter Gil-Sheridan. Work includes Only Child; A Bushel and a Peck: a play for one actor; Nice Nails; The Travels: an Epic play with songs (New York Musical Festival production); Resting Bitch Face (Tennessee Williams Festival One-Act Play Contest runner-up, judge Lisa D’Amour); Can I See Your Face?; At the Movies with Kenneth and Asher; Full of It, or Diana; The Cousin With The Eyebrows; The Mush Pot; Yale; Fat Woman In Velvet; and Him & Her & Gay Men In General, which recently became a National Finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award. Aaron is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, and his writing has appeared in The Huffington Post. Aaron graduated from the Theatre program at Northwestern University, where he studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt, and he also studied Bouffon at with Philipe Gaulier in Paris. www.aaronricciardi.com

Plays

  • Only Child
    In a landscape of distorted and fractured memories, a teenage prince meets a lonely schoolteacher and becomes deeply intertwined in her home, her marriage, and her fantasies. As their relationship intensifies, boundaries fall away, familial roles are usurped, and childhood is stolen, changing The Prince's life forever.
  • Him & Her & Gay Men in General
    A twenty-eight-year-old gay man walks on stage to tell you all the wildest story, but then she appears. You know. Her. That woman from his past: the teacher. Another gay guy joins to mix to help him tell the story, but our hero’s plans fall to pieces, especially once the woman gets down on hands and knees and starts playing his dog. This metaplay is a simple story that spirals into a more complicated one, a...
    A twenty-eight-year-old gay man walks on stage to tell you all the wildest story, but then she appears. You know. Her. That woman from his past: the teacher. Another gay guy joins to mix to help him tell the story, but our hero’s plans fall to pieces, especially once the woman gets down on hands and knees and starts playing his dog. This metaplay is a simple story that spirals into a more complicated one, a story about love and sex and how time moves for children of abuse.
  • Nice Nails
    In a nail salon on the outskirts of New York City, immigrant ladies spend their days toiling like servants over the fingers and toes of obnoxious customers. This modest shop is the livelihood of a Korean-American family, who dream of making it big in America—or, really, just scraping by, especially now that the new salon next to the Whole Foods down the street is siphoning off their customers. As word spreads...
    In a nail salon on the outskirts of New York City, immigrant ladies spend their days toiling like servants over the fingers and toes of obnoxious customers. This modest shop is the livelihood of a Korean-American family, who dream of making it big in America—or, really, just scraping by, especially now that the new salon next to the Whole Foods down the street is siphoning off their customers. As word spreads of labor department crackdowns, the salon owners’ daughter fights to modernize this tired establishment, all while growing captivated by a new customer who is not like the others, forcing her to examine the value of identity, government regulations, and Disney movies.  
  • Resting Bitch Face
    Four 10th-grade girls are studying for tomorrow's history test on World War II. When three of them stage an intervention to warn the fourth about the dangers that her neutral face poses to her social standing. it's clear that, even with no boys around, it's better to be pretty than smart.
  • At the Movies with Kenneth and Asher
    Kenneth and Asher got caught trying to sneak into an R-rated movie, so now they’re camped out on a bench in front of the movie theater, unsure of what to do with their night—or at least until their moms come to pick them up. The boys butt heads, chat Oscars trivia, have a visit from one of their favorite actors, and run into their drama teacher, with whom Asher is close—perhaps too close, if you ask Kenneth....
    Kenneth and Asher got caught trying to sneak into an R-rated movie, so now they’re camped out on a bench in front of the movie theater, unsure of what to do with their night—or at least until their moms come to pick them up. The boys butt heads, chat Oscars trivia, have a visit from one of their favorite actors, and run into their drama teacher, with whom Asher is close—perhaps too close, if you ask Kenneth. These two dweebs have grand visions for their lives—to make great art!—but, right now, life sucks.
  • Can I See Your Face?
    Jeff is a Midwestern Jewish liberal who manages a Walgreens. Kirk is a right-wing Evangelical Christian who owns one of America’s largest companies. By day, they lead humdrum lives just like the rest of us, but, at night, these two closeted men rendezvous in an Internet chat room and project their fantasies onto each other. When their love gets all-consuming and all too real, these guys must strip themselves of...
    Jeff is a Midwestern Jewish liberal who manages a Walgreens. Kirk is a right-wing Evangelical Christian who owns one of America’s largest companies. By day, they lead humdrum lives just like the rest of us, but, at night, these two closeted men rendezvous in an Internet chat room and project their fantasies onto each other. When their love gets all-consuming and all too real, these guys must strip themselves of their digital fictions and make a decision: remain in the closet, or finally live their truth.
  • The Travels: An Epic Play with Songs
    Welcome to the U.S. of A. Other countries suffer biblical consequences for their filthy ways, but the U.S. of A. is the most perfect place on Earth — at least, that’s what Mr. Travel preaches every day on the nation’s only TV show. A trippy dystopian tale with an eclectic soundtrack, this Epic play with songs follows Teeny, Mr. Travel’s rule-breaking daughter. Teetering on adulthood and perplexed by this cruel...
    Welcome to the U.S. of A. Other countries suffer biblical consequences for their filthy ways, but the U.S. of A. is the most perfect place on Earth — at least, that’s what Mr. Travel preaches every day on the nation’s only TV show. A trippy dystopian tale with an eclectic soundtrack, this Epic play with songs follows Teeny, Mr. Travel’s rule-breaking daughter. Teetering on adulthood and perplexed by this cruel world, Teeny learns to see past smoke and mirrors… and she starts a revolution. Mashing up styles that range from Brecht to dystopian fiction to South Park, this show turns the genre of musical theatre on its ear.
  • The Canvasser
    Shayna and Shoshana are sitting in their apartment, busying themselves on their smartphones, trying to order food for delivery, and ridiculing Rivka, that girl they hate who they hear is a Communist. When a canvasser comes to their door to encourage them to vote in the upcoming election, Shayna and Shoshana don’t really listen to what the canvasser has to tell them, even though their grandchildren and their...
    Shayna and Shoshana are sitting in their apartment, busying themselves on their smartphones, trying to order food for delivery, and ridiculing Rivka, that girl they hate who they hear is a Communist. When a canvasser comes to their door to encourage them to vote in the upcoming election, Shayna and Shoshana don’t really listen to what the canvasser has to tell them, even though their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren and other people from the future are all sitting in the audience watching to see what they did when the worst was happening.
  • Full of It, or Diana
    Carla’s friends can’t stand Diana. Diana is the worst. She's pretentious. She's hyper-critical. And she smells like poop. Or maybe she doesn’t smell like poop. Maybe that’s someone else. Maybe Diana is actually a really good person who’s living in accordance with a strong set of ideals, and Carla’s friends are all judgmental jerks who don’t think of how their actions will affect other people. The...
    Carla’s friends can’t stand Diana. Diana is the worst. She's pretentious. She's hyper-critical. And she smells like poop. Or maybe she doesn’t smell like poop. Maybe that’s someone else. Maybe Diana is actually a really good person who’s living in accordance with a strong set of ideals, and Carla’s friends are all judgmental jerks who don’t think of how their actions will affect other people. The bottom line, though, is that something stinks.
  • The Cousin with the Eyebrows
    It's Break the Fast dinner at twelve-and-a-half-year-old Sol's family's house. A real social caterpillar, Sol has a hard time relating to anyone or anything that isn't the books he reads or the trivia he's memorized or the Broadway CDs he listens to on his Discman. But this Yom Kippur turns out to be very special indeed when Seth, Sol's twenty-five-year-old gay cousin who lives New...
    It's Break the Fast dinner at twelve-and-a-half-year-old Sol's family's house. A real social caterpillar, Sol has a hard time relating to anyone or anything that isn't the books he reads or the trivia he's memorized or the Broadway CDs he listens to on his Discman. But this Yom Kippur turns out to be very special indeed when Seth, Sol's twenty-five-year-old gay cousin who lives New York City, comes to ring in the High Holy Day at Sol's house, and Sol gets a glimpse of a possible future where he might feel a little less like an outcast.
  • Bored
    Natalie and Candice were best friends growing up in Indiana. Candice still lives there, but Natalie? She lives in Los Angeles, doing the actor hustle of auditions and side jobs and starving herself—she’ll tell you all about it, just ask her. When Candice happens to be in Los Angeles, she and Natalie meet up. Candice listens to Natalie word vomit about her fabulous big-city life, until Natalie runs out of steam...
    Natalie and Candice were best friends growing up in Indiana. Candice still lives there, but Natalie? She lives in Los Angeles, doing the actor hustle of auditions and side jobs and starving herself—she’ll tell you all about it, just ask her. When Candice happens to be in Los Angeles, she and Natalie meet up. Candice listens to Natalie word vomit about her fabulous big-city life, until Natalie runs out of steam, her façade crumbles, and the two women are drawn together by their shared past and their shared humanity.