Courtney Meaker

Courtney Meaker

Courtney Meaker’s full-length plays include Buckshot (Macha Monkey Productions, upcoming publication with Dramatic Publishing), Chaos Theory – a play seeking order (Annex Theatre, published with Original Works), Made of These (semi-finalist for Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Seven Devils Theater Conference 2016, Finalist Kitchen Dog 2017 New Works Festival), The Lost Girls (Annex Theatre), Candid...
Courtney Meaker’s full-length plays include Buckshot (Macha Monkey Productions, upcoming publication with Dramatic Publishing), Chaos Theory – a play seeking order (Annex Theatre, published with Original Works), Made of These (semi-finalist for Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Seven Devils Theater Conference 2016, Finalist Kitchen Dog 2017 New Works Festival), The Lost Girls (Annex Theatre), Candid International, Tiny Thin Woman Inside, and Nothing But Days.


Recently, her play That’swhatshesaid (Stranger Genius Award Nominee) garnered international attention for using the female dialogue and stage directions of the most-produced plays in America (reported by Theatre Communications Group in American Theatre Magazine) as its inspiration and source material.


She’s an alumna of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers Group (2014-2016) and a 2017 Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.


She’s a graduate of Knox College with a degree in Creative Writing and Theatre and she’s currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting from University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop ('19).

Plays

  • You Must Wear a Hat
    Tuesday and Weeks make hats on the Great Barrier Reef waiting for the world to end.
  • Tiny Thin Woman Inside
    After joining an office initiative to lose weight, Mickey vomits her Tiny Thin Woman Inside into existence. Inspired by the popular meme that there’s a tiny, thin woman inside every woman if she’d only stop eating “crap,” Tiny Thin Woman Inside explores the relationship women have with their bodies, media representations of weight loss, queer dating while fat, and general anxiety about the violence inherent in...
    After joining an office initiative to lose weight, Mickey vomits her Tiny Thin Woman Inside into existence. Inspired by the popular meme that there’s a tiny, thin woman inside every woman if she’d only stop eating “crap,” Tiny Thin Woman Inside explores the relationship women have with their bodies, media representations of weight loss, queer dating while fat, and general anxiety about the violence inherent in trying to fit into a societal norm of size.
  • Made of These
    Freelance puppet-maker, Nadya, and corporate Japanese translator, Mo, met on a balcony at a party seven years ago and have been in a committed, loving relationship since. On the week of Mo’s birthday, she and social anxiety-ridden Nadya dream of a strange entity named Blake, whose imaginary life began years earlier after the couples’ first fight. Through dream and reality Mo and Nadya try to figure out where...
    Freelance puppet-maker, Nadya, and corporate Japanese translator, Mo, met on a balcony at a party seven years ago and have been in a committed, loving relationship since. On the week of Mo’s birthday, she and social anxiety-ridden Nadya dream of a strange entity named Blake, whose imaginary life began years earlier after the couples’ first fight. Through dream and reality Mo and Nadya try to figure out where their relationship is going. Or, after seven years, if it can go anywhere at all.
  • Chaos Theory, a play seeking order
    Frannie hits the pathetic rock-bottom when her girlfriend, Mack, disappears. Frannie’s friends, Seth and Bach attempt to get her over the post break-up hump through a series of steps. Unfortunately, Frannie is unable to face the reality that she was abandoned without a word by a feeling, thinking human being and instead tries to come up with any other solution to Mack’s disappearance (in one scenario, bears are...
    Frannie hits the pathetic rock-bottom when her girlfriend, Mack, disappears. Frannie’s friends, Seth and Bach attempt to get her over the post break-up hump through a series of steps. Unfortunately, Frannie is unable to face the reality that she was abandoned without a word by a feeling, thinking human being and instead tries to come up with any other solution to Mack’s disappearance (in one scenario, bears are involved). Seth and Bach admit defeat on getting her to see reason and reach the last step: give her a book about chaos theory and parallel dimensions.

    Frannie, Seth, and Bach resolve to build a machine to take them to one of these parallel dimensions where Frannie and Mack will unite and they all will generally find peace and harmony with universe. Their journey progresses through different realities and levels of denial, with a laugh track and dance sequence all before a new woman, Josie, comes to steal Bach’s heart away from the project. The friends start to face the truths of adulthood, abandonment and building a freaking cool machine in their living room. Things start to reach an equilibrium and then –

    Mack comes back. The machine, ostensibly, has worked. But what does that mean? Was it meant to work? Are they actually physics geniuses? Or, is this Mack a fake? A doppelganger from a parallel universe? And what ever happened to Josie? Plunging into a dark world, the friends must now decide the fate of Mack to save Frannie and the world, or succumb to the horrible changes that are taking over each of them.
  • Buckshot
    Alana and Mel are officially moving in together. While packing up in preparation for their new apartment, Alana receives a phone call from her brother, Saul informing her that their long-estranged Uncle Hal has finally surfaced and has Alzheimers. Reeling from this news and preparing for Saul to visit, she violently quits her job, breaks off her relationship with Mel, and attempts to destroy her best...
    Alana and Mel are officially moving in together. While packing up in preparation for their new apartment, Alana receives a phone call from her brother, Saul informing her that their long-estranged Uncle Hal has finally surfaced and has Alzheimers. Reeling from this news and preparing for Saul to visit, she violently quits her job, breaks off her relationship with Mel, and attempts to destroy her best friendships with Jax and Jalyn.

    Unearthing a pact made by two scared children and facing memories of brutally attacking an old friend, Alana tries to figure out if she’s capable of following through on the pact while her friends try to bring her back from the brink.

    Buckshot explores the lengths we go to in order to protect our siblings and ourselves from the past and present. At times, surprisingly funny, Buckshot deals with the realities of abuse as well as common ups and downs of being in relationships. (Upcoming publication with Dramatic Publishing)
  • Candid International
    Run by Zoe and Kiley, two exceptional deceptive agents, Candid International manufactures lies for every occasion: employment and rental history, convenient and confirmable alibis for secret romantic getaways, or even proof of that three week ICU stay instead of the Bahamas with family. But the arrival of a mysterious and kinky stranger named Burnadette and a sharp, but romantic, detective threatens the...
    Run by Zoe and Kiley, two exceptional deceptive agents, Candid International manufactures lies for every occasion: employment and rental history, convenient and confirmable alibis for secret romantic getaways, or even proof of that three week ICU stay instead of the Bahamas with family. But the arrival of a mysterious and kinky stranger named Burnadette and a sharp, but romantic, detective threatens the operation. Candid International questions what's true and the ever elusive concept of trust.
  • Nothing But Days
    In the not-so-distant future, the nation of Inner Wall expects its men and women to earn citizenship through marriage and childbearing. As an alternate pathway to citizenship, queer people are sent to serve on the border Wall to surveil the cities beyond. Caught between the famine, death, and violence they observe daily beyond the Wall and news of brewing rebellion inside their own capital city, the queer...
    In the not-so-distant future, the nation of Inner Wall expects its men and women to earn citizenship through marriage and childbearing. As an alternate pathway to citizenship, queer people are sent to serve on the border Wall to surveil the cities beyond. Caught between the famine, death, and violence they observe daily beyond the Wall and news of brewing rebellion inside their own capital city, the queer denizens of the Wall, or Qu’alls, must choose between continuing their service or joining the battle to earn their freedom.

    This production contains adult language, simulated alcohol consumption, physical violence, discussion of sexual violence, auditory depiction of sexual violence, discussion or reproductive coercion, partial nudity, and intimacy on stage.
  • The Lost Girls
    At an all-girls summer camp, five recent college grads are charged with keeping a slew of hormonal teenagers alive. Saddled with crippling student loans and paid a pitiful stipend for ninety-one days of babysitting, the counselors forego their actual work to have one last hurrah before adulthood kicks in. But when campers start to disappear, the party is over. Our heroes turn to a mysterious teen who seems to...
    At an all-girls summer camp, five recent college grads are charged with keeping a slew of hormonal teenagers alive. Saddled with crippling student loans and paid a pitiful stipend for ninety-one days of babysitting, the counselors forego their actual work to have one last hurrah before adulthood kicks in. But when campers start to disappear, the party is over. Our heroes turn to a mysterious teen who seems to have the answers. but will they solve the puzzle in time to escape? The Lost Girls is a horror-comedy about privilege and purpose, feminism and fear.