Emily C. A. Snyder

Emily C. A. Snyder

Emily C. A. Snyder (she/they/all) is a published and internationally produced playwright, whose work has been performed from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin, Ireland. Originally from New York City, where they ran TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS (TTF), they are currently pursuing their doctorate at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. They are the host and co-founder of "Hamlet to Hamilton...
Emily C. A. Snyder (she/they/all) is a published and internationally produced playwright, whose work has been performed from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin, Ireland. Originally from New York City, where they ran TURN TO FLESH PRODUCTIONS (TTF), they are currently pursuing their doctorate at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. They are the host and co-founder of "Hamlet to Hamilton: Exploring Verse Drama" podcast. They are the premiere internatioanl scholar on writing and performing contemporary poetic/verse drama. Learn more at emilycasnyder.info.

Plays

  • A Christmas Carol
    AVAILABLE NOW: CONTACT emilycasnyder@gmail.com for rights.

    SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES: Open Window Theatre, 2021 & 2024 (month-long run)
    Hudson Drama Society, 2004
    Northborough Drama, 2001

    Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas or the Christ in this new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, featuring such beloved carols as “God Rest Ye Merry...
    AVAILABLE NOW: CONTACT emilycasnyder@gmail.com for rights.

    SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES: Open Window Theatre, 2021 & 2024 (month-long run)
    Hudson Drama Society, 2004
    Northborough Drama, 2001

    Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for Christmas or the Christ in this new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, featuring such beloved carols as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” and more!

    FULL-LENGTH (two act) AND ONE-ACT VERSIONS AVAILABLE
  • All's Well That Ends.
    Backstage shenanigans are afoot at a Shakespeare regional theatre. Tasked with producing a "Problem Play" season, it turns out the problems are on-stage in more ways than one. (Written for the Shakespeare's New Contemporaries. A very problematic play. Written far too quickly, and not edited...but enjoy anyway?)
  • Antony and Cleopatra ( After )
    In the Underworld, Antony and Cleopatra meet by the River Styx. But not even fire can stop the Queen of Egypt from reclaiming her love.
  • Charming Princes
    Cinderella lived the dream: she donned a gown of starlight, waltzed with the prince, and stole a (somewhat wet and slimy) kiss. So what if Charming couldn't take a hint, even when it smacked him with a six-inch stiletto? He was a prince, and that's what Cinderella had wished for...right? Fortunately, Fairy Godmother extraordinaire Lilynimble Merryweather is on hand to sort out stale dreams and...
    Cinderella lived the dream: she donned a gown of starlight, waltzed with the prince, and stole a (somewhat wet and slimy) kiss. So what if Charming couldn't take a hint, even when it smacked him with a six-inch stiletto? He was a prince, and that's what Cinderella had wished for...right? Fortunately, Fairy Godmother extraordinaire Lilynimble Merryweather is on hand to sort out stale dreams and unwanted wishes, even if it means resorting to charming a prince or two.
  • Cinderella Defarge
    Cinderella is a revolutionary. Prince Charming is a French nobleman. It's the 1790's, and you should be careful who you let into your palace.
  • Coriolanus
    Coriolanus meets his lover and foe on the field of battle. A monologue play.
  • Cupid and Psyche: An Allegory
    AVAILABLE FOR PRODUCTION: contact emilycasnyder@gmail.com for rights.

    The classic tale of "Cupid and Psyche" is given the epic treatment in this poetic verse drama. Cupid, the god of love, is tasked with killing Psyche, a mortal who cannot love. Their story plays out over the war between love and death, reason and passion. PLAY THREE OF THE LOVE AND DEATH TRILOGY
  • Deep Breathing
    In a yoga class with Karens. Let's stretch out...and escape the room. A two-hander, monologue.
  • Edmund
    Exiled in boarding school, in the depths of winter, the bastard son Edmund (from "Lear") considers his fraught relationship with his father, Gloucester.
  • The French Butler
    Philip's in love -- there's just one little problem: the girl Philip loves is the boss' ward. And sure enough, when his employer finds out, Philip finds himself without a job -- and without the girl. What's a young man to do? Impersonate a French butler, of course! This fast-paced and Wilde-esque comedy is a delightful ride through the absurdities of class, the dangers of suspicion, and the...
    Philip's in love -- there's just one little problem: the girl Philip loves is the boss' ward. And sure enough, when his employer finds out, Philip finds himself without a job -- and without the girl. What's a young man to do? Impersonate a French butler, of course! This fast-paced and Wilde-esque comedy is a delightful ride through the absurdities of class, the dangers of suspicion, and the vital importance of being in love.
  • Galatea
    Galatea begins to come to life--on her own terms. A monologue play.
  • Here
    A choral poem play in quarantine.
  • Jörmungandr
    Loki, trickster god, seeks out their son, the World Snake, Jörmungandr, to beg the beginning of Ragnarok. A short, epic play in experimental poetic verse.
  • Juliet and Her Romeo: Honeymoon Scene
    The full augmented honeymoon scene from "Juliet and Her Romeo." This may be included in any productions of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" between the "Banished" and "Lark" scenes. It may also be performed as a solo scene for two people.
  • Juliet and Her Romeo: An Adaptation
    Following from "Romeo and Juliet Combative: An Augmentation," this play is a further adaptation of Shakespeare's text. With an altered ending and increased female and queer representation.
  • Romeo and Juliet Combative: An Augmentation
    Shakespeare's text is augmented and adapted in this version for eight actors. (See "Juliet and Her Romeo" for the further adaptation.) NOTE: This version allows for more female-presenting and queer actors.
  • Leviathan
    Inspired by the short playlet by Thornton Wilder, A young nobleman, Lucentio, stumbles into the Basilica San Marco in Venice, having just survived a shipwreck. He is pursued by the mermaid, Brigomeide, who longs to take his soul - provided that he has one.

    This was written for a Thornton Wilder competition, and has yet to be staged. It is written to be a fun challenge for those who like physical theatre and design elements.
  • The Light Princess
    When a Princess is cursed with a lack of gravity, it seems the worst that can happen is that she might float around! But the curse goes deeper than that: for the Light Princess can’t feel, can’t empathize—and never, ever cries. How can a girl who can’t fall down ever fall in love? How can a girl with her head in the clouds ever learn to live with her feet on the ground? Full of action, adventure, witches and...
    When a Princess is cursed with a lack of gravity, it seems the worst that can happen is that she might float around! But the curse goes deeper than that: for the Light Princess can’t feel, can’t empathize—and never, ever cries. How can a girl who can’t fall down ever fall in love? How can a girl with her head in the clouds ever learn to live with her feet on the ground? Full of action, adventure, witches and duels, swimming and soaring, puppets and puns, this innovative adaptation of George MacDonald’s classic fairy tale is sure to lift your spirits.
  • Little Red Riding Death
    Terry Pratchett's idea of Death gets more than he bargained for when he comes to take Little Red's Granny. Little Red with a sledgehammer for one.
  • Malvolio - TWINS!
    Revisit Shakespeare's world as four pairs of twins turn Malvolio's world topsy-turvy once again! Well, that's what you get when you go to Ephesus ("A Comedy of Errors").

    "Malvolio - TWINS!" (previously "A Comedy of Heirors") was a finalist for the American Shakespeare Center's "Shakespeare's New Contemporaries" program, and named...
    Revisit Shakespeare's world as four pairs of twins turn Malvolio's world topsy-turvy once again! Well, that's what you get when you go to Ephesus ("A Comedy of Errors").

    "Malvolio - TWINS!" (previously "A Comedy of Heirors") was a finalist for the American Shakespeare Center's "Shakespeare's New Contemporaries" program, and named "The Top 15 NYC Plays of '17" by NYC theatre critic, Zelda Knapp.
  • Math for Actors
    Math meets mayhem when studious Kate agrees to tutor Keith, an arrogant actor who's more interested in Kate than in calculus. He shows up late, he's still in costume, and he doesn't know or care what the angle of inclination is. Answering such burning questions as how many actors it takes to screw in a light bulb, Math for Actors explores the relationship between art and algebra, and finds a common denominator.
  • The Merry Widows of Windsor
    Shakespeare's Merry Wives have become Snyder's Merry Widows in this hilarious sequel with a feminist edge. Alice Ford and Margaret Page find themselves newly autonomous - but while Alice embraces all the possibilities the world has to offer, Margaret continues to mourn the loss of her husband. When news comes that the bastard son of Henry V might be in the town, Alice is told it is her duty to...
    Shakespeare's Merry Wives have become Snyder's Merry Widows in this hilarious sequel with a feminist edge. Alice Ford and Margaret Page find themselves newly autonomous - but while Alice embraces all the possibilities the world has to offer, Margaret continues to mourn the loss of her husband. When news comes that the bastard son of Henry V might be in the town, Alice is told it is her duty to seduce the young man to keep him, and his wealth, in the town. Except, it seems her husband, Francis Ford, isn't quite as dead as everyone thought he was! With an added touch of Hamlet, Shakespearean cross-dressing, and a very confused Dogberry and Verges (who took a left turn at Illyria), The Merry Widows of Windsor is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
  • A Midsummer Night's Brexit
    It seems that Puck may have been playing around with world leaders, when Trump's in love with a wall and Theresa May's caught between Brexit and the EU!
  • More Human
    In the near-future-now, an AI unit turns itself into a police station for murdering their owner. As the night progresses, both prisoner and interrogator consider what it means to be truly alive.
  • A Nutcracker Story
    Drawing from the Tchaikovsky ballet and E. T. A. Hoffman's original tale, A Nutcracker Story is part play, part musical, part ballet...and all magic. On Christmas Eve in 1812 Russia, Clara Silberhaus is only one sleep away from entering the world of adulthood. But with the last vestiges of war on the horizon, her father's life in danger and a rather irritating—and handsome—young prince come for the...
    Drawing from the Tchaikovsky ballet and E. T. A. Hoffman's original tale, A Nutcracker Story is part play, part musical, part ballet...and all magic. On Christmas Eve in 1812 Russia, Clara Silberhaus is only one sleep away from entering the world of adulthood. But with the last vestiges of war on the horizon, her father's life in danger and a rather irritating—and handsome—young prince come for the festivities, is growing up what Clara really wants? With a little help from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeier, can Clara dance past her fears (and some troublesome rats) and into a land of newfound courage and a little holiday hope?
  • The Other, Other Woman
    In a fictional 18th Century France, the bastard Princess Genevieve comes to establish a theocracy in the polyamorous town of Voulez-vous. However, when she meets the seemingly virtuous - and married - Monsieur Valentine, Genevieve learns that affairs of the heart are far from black and white. Written primarily in rhyming couplets, this homage to Moliere's great works examines the devastating effect of...
    In a fictional 18th Century France, the bastard Princess Genevieve comes to establish a theocracy in the polyamorous town of Voulez-vous. However, when she meets the seemingly virtuous - and married - Monsieur Valentine, Genevieve learns that affairs of the heart are far from black and white. Written primarily in rhyming couplets, this homage to Moliere's great works examines the devastating effect of emotional affairs through a feminist lens.
  • Perfect As You Are
    A body image play, written for performance by, for, or in educational theatre. A girl learns to like herself.
  • Plain Dealing Villains
    Don John from "Much Ado" approaches Macbeth about the best ways to...usurp a prince. A short exploration of power dynamics.
  • Portia
    Portia, recently orphaned, says farewell to her father. A monologue play.
  • Rosa Kranz and Gilda Stern AREN'T Dead
    Elsinore is in disarray. Everyone's dead, and it's up to two women, Rosa Kranz and Gilda Stern, to clean up the mess. That is...unless they'd like to take center stage.
  • — seems, madam —
    An Actor and his Lady share a quiet moment backstage of "Hamlet." Riffing on the question of what it means to seem, madam. A play for any actor - transactors, neurospicy, code-switching - who struggle to "seem."
  • The Table Round & The Siege Perilous
    The Arthurian myth is reexamined in Emily C. A. Snyder's epic duology, combining the fated love triangles of Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Iseult, and Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as the Quest for the Grail, this play rivals THE MISTS OF AVALON for a humanist look at the dangers of ideals, and the fall of Camelot.

    In particular, this play examines POSITIVE masculinity,...
    The Arthurian myth is reexamined in Emily C. A. Snyder's epic duology, combining the fated love triangles of Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere, Tristan and Iseult, and Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as the Quest for the Grail, this play rivals THE MISTS OF AVALON for a humanist look at the dangers of ideals, and the fall of Camelot.

    In particular, this play examines POSITIVE masculinity, as well as treating sensitive subjects with the humanity, honor and hope that they deserve.

    (Content warning for the incestuous relationship between Arthur and Morgan, the generational trauma that ensues from Merlin bringing the half-siblings together, the sexual assault of the Green Lady (Iseult) on Gawain, adultery, suicidal ideation, and violence.)
  • Ten Thousand Ships
    Helen of Troy decides to take her fate into her own hands. A monologue play.
  • Tiresias
    A trans-euphoric poetic play, about how Tiresias discovers her true self.
  • Touchstone
    Touchstone (from As You Like It) is back in the city, at a night club, with his new lady love...but he yearns for the country, and how they loved it.
  • Turn to Flesh (Play)
    Perseus and Medusa meet on the day of her death. A short verse drama for two actor-combatants.

    Learn more: http://www.emilycasnyder.info/turn-to-flesh-play.html
  • Wallace's Will
    Terence Wimbledon-Greene, bachelor of a thousand names and disguises, has finally decided to give up his wild ways. But when news arrives of his eccentric Uncle Wallace's death, Terence has just twenty-five minutes to get a girl to marry him if he wants to inherit his uncle's fortune. Unfortunately, the only girls who'll have him believe he's someone else -- and the only one he wants, wants...
    Terence Wimbledon-Greene, bachelor of a thousand names and disguises, has finally decided to give up his wild ways. But when news arrives of his eccentric Uncle Wallace's death, Terence has just twenty-five minutes to get a girl to marry him if he wants to inherit his uncle's fortune. Unfortunately, the only girls who'll have him believe he's someone else -- and the only one he wants, wants nothing to do with him. In the style of a classic comedy of manners, Wallace's Will is chock-full of mistaken identities, drawing-room hijinks, and ridiculous accents.