Christian St. Croix

Christian St. Croix

Christian St. Croix is a queer Black playwright currently living in San Diego, California. He was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine’s "Role Call: People to Watch" installment. His works include "We Are the Forgotten Beasts"; "Monsters of the American Cinema", winner of the 2021 Carlo Annoni International Drama Award; "Zack", winner of the 2021 Young-Howze...
Christian St. Croix is a queer Black playwright currently living in San Diego, California. He was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine’s "Role Call: People to Watch" installment. His works include "We Are the Forgotten Beasts"; "Monsters of the American Cinema", winner of the 2021 Carlo Annoni International Drama Award; "Zack", winner of the 2021 Young-Howze Theatre Award for Best Comedic Writing; "And All the Birds Loved Her", an audio play commissioned by Blindspot Collective and the La Jolla Playhouse and "Follow the Fireflies", a monologue published in New World Theatre’s 08:46 collection celebrating Black writers.

Plays

  • We Are the Forgotten Beasts
    On a scorching summer night at a Riverside, California motel, Archie, a queer Black man reaching the ends of several ropes, upends his life (yet again) to save his half-brother Nick from the rock bottom of a cross-county bender. As the heat rises and painful memories of their shared past begin to surface, the brothers recall an imaginary world they’d created together as children, and meet other motel residents...
    On a scorching summer night at a Riverside, California motel, Archie, a queer Black man reaching the ends of several ropes, upends his life (yet again) to save his half-brother Nick from the rock bottom of a cross-county bender. As the heat rises and painful memories of their shared past begin to surface, the brothers recall an imaginary world they’d created together as children, and meet other motel residents with troubled pasts and imaginary worlds of their own. Drama and comedy blend with pirate tales, alien adventures and fantasy creatures in "We Are the Forgotten Beasts", a fantastical tale about fathers and brothers, trauma, childhood and the imagination.

    PREVIOUS DRAFT: The Hannah Draft - 9/29/21
    PREVIOUS DRAFT: The Annie Draft - 10/18/21
    CURRENT DRAFT: The Redbeard Draft - 2/7/22

    *Formerly titled, "The Forgotten Beasts"*

    www.wearetheforgottenbeasts.com
  • Monsters of the American Cinema
    PRODUCTION (upcoming): Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective, Asheville, NC, 2022
    WORLD PREMIERE: ArtsWest Playhouse, Seattle, WA, 2022
    WINNER, Carlo Annoni International Drama Award, 2021
    WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Artists' Pick, 2019
    WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Cultural Exchange, 2019

    When his husband...
    PRODUCTION (upcoming): Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective, Asheville, NC, 2022
    WORLD PREMIERE: ArtsWest Playhouse, Seattle, WA, 2022
    WINNER, Carlo Annoni International Drama Award, 2021
    WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Artists' Pick, 2019
    WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Cultural Exchange, 2019

    When his husband dies, Remy Washington, a Black man, finds himself both the owner of a drive-in movie theater and a caregiver to his late husband’s straight, white teenage son, Pup. United by their love of classic American monster movies, the two have developed a warm and caring familial chemistry – but their relationship fractures when Remy discovers Pup and his friends have been bullying a gay teen at his school. Told through dueting monologue and playful dialogue, "Monsters of the American Cinema" is a haunting and humorous tale about fathers and sons, ghosts and monsters.

    www.theamericancinema.com
  • Zack
    DIGITAL PREMIERE, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 2020
    WINNER, Young-Howze Theatre Award, Best Comedic Writing, 2021

    A satirical comedy that lovingly skewers the popular tropes of the 90s teen sitcom, "Zack" introduces us to the lives and loves of Gina and P.J., a Black girl and a Hispanic boy at an affluent, majority-white Southern California high school.

    P.J., a...
    DIGITAL PREMIERE, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, 2020
    WINNER, Young-Howze Theatre Award, Best Comedic Writing, 2021

    A satirical comedy that lovingly skewers the popular tropes of the 90s teen sitcom, "Zack" introduces us to the lives and loves of Gina and P.J., a Black girl and a Hispanic boy at an affluent, majority-white Southern California high school.

    P.J., a lovesick surfer boy, and Gina, a budding fashionista, are overjoyed when they're invited into the inner circle of Zack, the white, charismatic, prank-happy new kid at school. But when Zack plans a prank that goes too far, P.J. and Gina must race to stop him before it's too late - and along the way, learn to see their peers, and themselves, with fresh eyes.

    Latest Draft: 2-3-22
  • Princes
    WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Outstanding LGBT Performance, 2017

    In this queer twist on our most beloved fairy tales, four actors in street clothes use hand puppets, Zippo lighters, plastic Halloween masks and steel folding chairs to tell the lost story of Prince Charming.

    Prince Charm has a magical gift: he can break curses with his kiss. He’s the go-to...
    WINNER, San Diego International Fringe Festival Award, Outstanding LGBT Performance, 2017

    In this queer twist on our most beloved fairy tales, four actors in street clothes use hand puppets, Zippo lighters, plastic Halloween masks and steel folding chairs to tell the lost story of Prince Charming.

    Prince Charm has a magical gift: he can break curses with his kiss. He’s the go-to royal for lifting sleeping spells on helpless maidens. When Charm dreams of his own magical kiss, however...it's not from a maiden.

    While crossing an enchanted forest to attend a ball in a neighboring kingdom, Charm and his faithful pet cricket rescue a handsome, red-hooded rogue from the jaws of a vengeful wolf. As the trio journey through the rest of the forest together, an adventure ensues, new friends are made and a secret is revealed.
  • We Lovers
    ONE ACT. On a late summer’s evening in a wildly lush clearing in the middle of the woods, four young adults gather to tell their best, most fantastical love stories. In the tales they tell, a man falls for an angel in a laundromat, a woman searches for a ghost in a desert of monsters, an 80s slasher flick character makes the ultimate sacrifice, and small town lovers escape a falling sky. Based on Christian St....
    ONE ACT. On a late summer’s evening in a wildly lush clearing in the middle of the woods, four young adults gather to tell their best, most fantastical love stories. In the tales they tell, a man falls for an angel in a laundromat, a woman searches for a ghost in a desert of monsters, an 80s slasher flick character makes the ultimate sacrifice, and small town lovers escape a falling sky. Based on Christian St. Croix's 2017 chapbook of short stories, "We Lovers" is a blisteringly beautiful one-act play about cinematic love tales and the way they can bring the most unlikely of people together.

    LATEST DRAFT: 5-2-22
  • The Oakland Society of Supernatural Beings
    ONE ACT/SITE SPECIFIC. When a child witch performs magic in public, the safety and secrecy of all supernatural beings in the city of Oakland, California is threatened. Pearl, leader of the ghosts, calls an assembly of The Oakland Society of Supernatural Beings to request that the child’s powers be removed. Kyle, the stubborn and powerful leader of witches, refuses to perform the act. Providing the final votes...
    ONE ACT/SITE SPECIFIC. When a child witch performs magic in public, the safety and secrecy of all supernatural beings in the city of Oakland, California is threatened. Pearl, leader of the ghosts, calls an assembly of The Oakland Society of Supernatural Beings to request that the child’s powers be removed. Kyle, the stubborn and powerful leader of witches, refuses to perform the act. Providing the final votes are Anthony, Kyle's ex and werewolf pack leader, and Nico, a teenaged skateboarder and the leader of the vampires. With the lives of the city’s supernatural beings at stake, what will the four decide?

    [You have the playwright’s permission to change “Oakland” to a city or neighborhood of the producers’ choice, both in the title and script. "The Sacramento Society of Supernatural Beings", "The Nashville Society of Supernatural Beings", "The Las Vegas Society of Supernatural Beings", etc.]

    LATEST DRAFT: 10/25/21

    *adapted and expanded from an earlier Zoom-only version
  • You've Reached Justin
    10 MINUTE. Daniel only planned for a night out of clubbing with his best friend and crush, Justin. But before they can meet, monsters fall from the sky and begin attacking the city. When Justin won't answer his phone, Daniel starts out through the carnage and chaos to rescue him, leaving voicemails along the way. "You've Reached Justin" blends sci-fi and horror with romance to deliver a...
    10 MINUTE. Daniel only planned for a night out of clubbing with his best friend and crush, Justin. But before they can meet, monsters fall from the sky and begin attacking the city. When Justin won't answer his phone, Daniel starts out through the carnage and chaos to rescue him, leaving voicemails along the way. "You've Reached Justin" blends sci-fi and horror with romance to deliver a heart pounding short about the complexities of crushes and monsters.
  • Tiana
    10 MINUTE. At a dining table in Disneyland, a formerly incarcerated woman tries to connect with her estranged teenage son over pizza, Street Fighter II and Princess Tiana.
  • Keoni
    10 MINUTE. You lead us through a series of micro-vignettes starring your man-child boyfriend, Keoni. Keoni dreams of Jay-Z riding the back of a manatee. Keoni won't throw his socks away, even though one has a hole on the toe of it. Keoni’s detector app spots a ghost right next to you. Keoni told your mother you were adopting twins. Keoni tests your patience, but you love him.
  • Darth & Luke
    10 MINUTE. Darwin and Lucas, brothers and b-boys, were on the rise to early 2000s fame as dance duo, Darth and Luke. But when Darwin came out of the closet on live television, it put an end to both their dreams of stardom and their relationship. Years later, Lucas makes an unexpected visit to the Los Angeles pizza shop Darwin runs with his husband, Yona, offering a proposal and hiding a secret.
  • You're Working the Checkout at Albertsons
    “ ...pitched somewhere between 'Welcome to Night Vale' and Tennessee Williams... ” - The Daily Princetonian

    10 MINUTE. A grocery store clerk leads you through a series of touching and hilarious second-person vignettes. The hot guy who works across the street buys a can of AriZona Iced Tea and a pack of Juicy Fruit. A customer drops her bottle of Barefoot Chardonnay. The hot girl who...
    “ ...pitched somewhere between 'Welcome to Night Vale' and Tennessee Williams... ” - The Daily Princetonian

    10 MINUTE. A grocery store clerk leads you through a series of touching and hilarious second-person vignettes. The hot guy who works across the street buys a can of AriZona Iced Tea and a pack of Juicy Fruit. A customer drops her bottle of Barefoot Chardonnay. The hot girl who works across the street buys a bottle of Diet Pepsi. Your co-worker adopts an alien. You slip into a parallel universe where everyone has the head of a tabby cat. You're very lonely and you just want to be touched.

    *You have the playwright's permission to change “Albertsons”--in both the title and the script--to any recognizable supermarket chain in the region it's performed. “You're Working the Checkout at Foodtown”, “You're Working the Checkout at the Piggly Wiggly”, You're Working the Checkout at Fairway”, “ You're Working the Checkout at SpartanNash”, etc.
  • And All the Birds Loved Her (audio/radio play)
    AUDIO/RADIO PLAY. Mia, a trans teenager and aspiring makeup artist, has talked her single father, John, into letting her practice her skills on his face. Mia's mother has taken a temporary nursing job in the Philippines and Mia’s been sent to live with him until she returns. When John learns that his resentful daughter’s been avoiding her mother's phone calls, he asks Mia to join him in revisiting a...
    AUDIO/RADIO PLAY. Mia, a trans teenager and aspiring makeup artist, has talked her single father, John, into letting her practice her skills on his face. Mia's mother has taken a temporary nursing job in the Philippines and Mia’s been sent to live with him until she returns. When John learns that his resentful daughter’s been avoiding her mother's phone calls, he asks Mia to join him in revisiting a fairy tale he used to tell her when she was a child. As she does, memories from the past are revealed and an apology is made. "And All the Birds Loved Her" is a bittersweet drama about fathers and daughters, fairy tales and forgiveness.
  • Follow the Fireflies (monologue)
    MONOLOGUE. In this enchanting short, a troubled new friend welcomes us to The Grove, a place of wonder and rest for the souls of murdered Black people. When you’re ready, you just follow the fireflies out. Look. Ain’t they something?
  • Cold Foam (monologue)
    MONOLOGUE. Sarah Cooper, a white woman, loves sweetened cold foam on her coffee, voted for Hilary Clinton and just called the police on a Black man inside of a Starbucks.
  • Brev (monologue)
    MONOLOGUE. Following an alien invasion, a starry-eyed member of the rebellion tells us all about their hot, new alien boyfriend as they prepare to storm the mothership.
  • Four Things I Never Ask About (monologue)
    MONOLOGUE. There are four things your lover will never ask about as you shelter together during a zombie apocalypse. This is no longer a world for lovers.
  • Duffel Bag (monologue)
    MONOLOGUE. You’re having a memory of your best friend, Brian. You were both in the locker room, you’d just finished playing basketball and he was reaching into his duffel bag...for what? Brian coaches as you try to remember.

    “Duffel Bag” is a touching and humorous monologue about memories and what to hold onto when the details start to fade.