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 disability 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...
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 disability 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 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (Currently 2020 Semi-Finalist 'Funny, Like HAHA.'), 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 2020 they will be part of The Passage Theatre's Current Play Development process for her play 'An American Animal'.

Plays

  • Marginalia
    A medieval scriptorium in the 14th century. A girl who has visions who wants to read Sappho. A boy with a secret who wants to make books. Two monks who spend their days among words but can't seem to talk straight to one another . A wealthy widow who wants to build something that outlasts her. And an Abbott who likes to kneel.

    A play about faith as an act of creation, creation as an act of...
    A medieval scriptorium in the 14th century. A girl who has visions who wants to read Sappho. A boy with a secret who wants to make books. Two monks who spend their days among words but can't seem to talk straight to one another . A wealthy widow who wants to build something that outlasts her. And an Abbott who likes to kneel.

    A play about faith as an act of creation, creation as an act of faith, and building the life you want out of the margins.
  • Funny, Like HAHA. (or, A Play About A Rape Joke)
    Lily Schuttman is in her dressing room, preparing for her first comedy special, when Erin Takahashi comes in demanding answers. See, Lily spoke to the Times defending Joe Ainsley. Joe's a self-identified male feminist, comedy mentor to Lily--and the man Erin’s accused of sexually assaulting her. After a tense fight, Erin gets ready to walk out of Lily's life. And then the Rape Joke Lily was going to...
    Lily Schuttman is in her dressing room, preparing for her first comedy special, when Erin Takahashi comes in demanding answers. See, Lily spoke to the Times defending Joe Ainsley. Joe's a self-identified male feminist, comedy mentor to Lily--and the man Erin’s accused of sexually assaulting her. After a tense fight, Erin gets ready to walk out of Lily's life. And then the Rape Joke Lily was going to tell springs to life, trapping them in the dressing room.

    A dark comedy about internalized misogyny, white feminism, who gets to be heard, and who gets to be a joke.

  • An American Animal
    Chloe is a 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...
    Chloe is a 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
    Elaine has 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....
    Elaine has 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.