Katherine Gwynn

Katherine Gwynn

Katherine Gwynn (she/her and they/them) is a queer Midwestern playwright, director, dramaturg, and producer (born in Kansas City, now living in Chicago) who writes in order to put women, queer people, and especially queer women, center-stage. Gwynn has been commissioned by Rockhurst University ("Portrait of a Woman’s Tears" Nov 2017), wrote, produced, and dramaturged at the Fishtank Theatre ("...
Katherine Gwynn (she/her and they/them) is a queer Midwestern playwright, director, dramaturg, and producer (born in Kansas City, now living in Chicago) who writes in order to put women, queer people, and especially queer women, center-stage. Gwynn has been commissioned by Rockhurst University ("Portrait of a Woman’s Tears" Nov 2017), wrote, produced, and dramaturged at the Fishtank Theatre ("Second Ladies" July 2016, "Every 28 Hours" November 2016, Dryland 2017, "Along the Line" 2017 and 2018), directed as part of International Women’s Voices Day 2018 in Kansas City. They were also co-director of Project Pride at the Coterie Theatre from 2016-2018. Gwynn's plays have been recognized by the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship (2019 Semi-Finalist 'Skin Song'), Ashland play festival (2019 Semi-Finalist "We Three Kings), LezPlay (2019 Finalist for "Portrait of a Woman's Tears") The Great Plains Theatre Conference ("Big Bad" May 2018), the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2019 Semi-Finalist for 'We Three Kings", 2018 Finalist for "Portrait of a Woman’s Tears", 2017 Semi-Finalist for "Big Bad") and by the Women in Theatre Program in Montreal, where "Merely Players" won the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award in 2015. Gwynn is part of the Terra Femina Collective, which produced "Merely Players" June 2019 in Kansas City. In addition in 2019, "Skin Song" was developed at the Commission Theatre's Outset Reading Series, and "Big Bad" received a staged reading at Three Cat Productions' Next Draft Reading Series.

Plays

  • Funny, Like HAHA.
    Lily Schuttman is in her dressing room, getting ready to film her first big comedy special, when Erin Takahashi comes in to ask Lily "what the fuck?" See, Lily spoke to the Times defending Joe Ainsley. Joe's a liberal favorite comedian, self-identified male feminist, comedy mentor to Lily--and the man that Erin has accused of trying to sexually assault her. And then the Rape Joke Lily was going...
    Lily Schuttman is in her dressing room, getting ready to film her first big comedy special, when Erin Takahashi comes in to ask Lily "what the fuck?" See, Lily spoke to the Times defending Joe Ainsley. Joe's a liberal favorite comedian, self-identified male feminist, comedy mentor to Lily--and the man that Erin has accused of trying to sexually assault her. And then the Rape Joke Lily was going to tell in her set springs to life, trapping both women in the dressing room. A dark comedy about white women colluding with patriarchy, rape jokes, who gets to be heard, and who gets to be a joke.

  • An American Animal
    Chloe is a young black girl who wants to be a wolf biologist when she grows up. Willa is a trans girl who’s trying to learn guitar to pass the time in Wyoming. Paz is a forest ranger, a woman who’s been watching the wolves for decades. The Hunter is a white man who wants to kill a wolf. And Jack is a jackalope who tries not to get shot.

    A play about the wolf-reintroduction in Yellowstone, what...
    Chloe is a young black girl who wants to be a wolf biologist when she grows up. Willa is a trans girl who’s trying to learn guitar to pass the time in Wyoming. Paz is a forest ranger, a woman who’s been watching the wolves for decades. The Hunter is a white man who wants to kill a wolf. And Jack is a jackalope who tries not to get shot.

    A play about the wolf-reintroduction in Yellowstone, what we fear in America, and who decides what we fear in America.
  • BoiToi3000
    10 Minute Play: In the near future, a woman orders a sex robot--oh god. Oh no. She's ordered a sex robot.
  • Skin Song
    A woman is brought to shore. She cannot be heard. Her name is not Undine.

    In this loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, there is a Selkie who can dance but not speak, a Deaf woman who signs to the sea, a silent chorus, and a Lobsterman who hates being a Lobsterman. Incorporating ASL, shadow-voicing, projection, dance, and music, Skin Song is a play about being silent and voiceless and the...
    A woman is brought to shore. She cannot be heard. Her name is not Undine.

    In this loose retelling of The Little Mermaid, there is a Selkie who can dance but not speak, a Deaf woman who signs to the sea, a silent chorus, and a Lobsterman who hates being a Lobsterman. Incorporating ASL, shadow-voicing, projection, dance, and music, Skin Song is a play about being silent and voiceless and the difference between love and possession.
  • We Three Kings
    It’s the night before Christmas, and three of the four King siblings—Mel, Bailey, and Caleb—are home for the holidays, playing drinking games to Bing Crosby’s dulcet tones while their parents are at midnight mass. But when they find a sorta-semi-maybe suicide note written by their eldest brother, James, who has Down's Syndrome—and a Star and The Angel crash into their living room—all 4 King siblings set...
    It’s the night before Christmas, and three of the four King siblings—Mel, Bailey, and Caleb—are home for the holidays, playing drinking games to Bing Crosby’s dulcet tones while their parents are at midnight mass. But when they find a sorta-semi-maybe suicide note written by their eldest brother, James, who has Down's Syndrome—and a Star and The Angel crash into their living room—all 4 King siblings set off through a journey into the night. In this loose, chaotic, and often times uncomfortable re-imagining of the biblical tale of the Three Magi, the Kings ride camels in gas station parking lots, perform before constellations, and confront their own wounds.
  • Portrait of a Woman's Tears
    'Portrait of a Woman's Tears' tells the story of Elaine who's lost the ability to cry--but that's the least of her problems. See, there's Quinn, her newborn who won't stop criticizing her. Elaine's (ex) husband Nate is no help either, ever since he moved into the doghouse in the backyard to try to find his inspiration to paint again. Thea, the new nanny and a nude...
    'Portrait of a Woman's Tears' tells the story of Elaine who's lost the ability to cry--but that's the least of her problems. See, there's Quinn, her newborn who won't stop criticizing her. Elaine's (ex) husband Nate is no help either, ever since he moved into the doghouse in the backyard to try to find his inspiration to paint again. Thea, the new nanny and a nude painting recently come to life, brings relief and trouble in equal measure. And Peanut, the family dog, mostly tries to make sure Elaine has a drink in hand. In this absurdist comedy, art, gender, emotional labor, and motherhood are all explored as well as the question: what does it mean to cry for someone?
  • Big Bad
    Ruby is a 13 year-old girl who met something Bad on the way to Memaw’s house. Now her Memaw is a ghost, her Daddy is trying to be a good man, her Mama is dead, and Ruby brings baskets of goodies to something that tried to swallow her whole, hoping for answers. With questions haunting her about blood, shadows, and family, Ruby has to learn what being a monster means--and what exactly she can, and won't, forgive.
  • Merely Players
    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players—but what does it mean to play? "Merely Players" catches Rosalind in the midst of her epilogue in As You Like It, only to then turn the spotlight on Phebe, the lowly shepherd girl who fell in love with Rosalind in drag as Ganymede. Taking place in a single night, "Merely Players" raises questions about sexuality, sonnets,...
    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players—but what does it mean to play? "Merely Players" catches Rosalind in the midst of her epilogue in As You Like It, only to then turn the spotlight on Phebe, the lowly shepherd girl who fell in love with Rosalind in drag as Ganymede. Taking place in a single night, "Merely Players" raises questions about sexuality, sonnets, gender, violence, dead deer, and love. It’s a trunkshow with a trunk that’s more than it seems, a show where the men are played by women, and a chance for Phebe to discover what being a player—and being free—really means.