Christopher Kidder-Mostrom

Christopher Kidder-Mostrom

Christopher Kidder-Mostrom is a Playwright, Director, Actor, and Literary Translator who resides in Seattle, Washington. His plays have received over 40 productions across the United States. Primarily a writer of comedies (both light and dark), Chris received his MFA in Playwriting from the University of New Orleans, as part of the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing in Madrid, Spain.
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Christopher Kidder-Mostrom is a Playwright, Director, Actor, and Literary Translator who resides in Seattle, Washington. His plays have received over 40 productions across the United States. Primarily a writer of comedies (both light and dark), Chris received his MFA in Playwriting from the University of New Orleans, as part of the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing in Madrid, Spain.

Due to his time on the Iberian Peninsula, Chris developed in interest in translation of dramatic literature, and has developed a unique workshopping method that incorporates physical acting methods (Lecoq, M. Chekhov, Laban) and psychological script analysis in order to create natural modern English translations that resonate with contemporary audiences.

Chris is the former Artistic Director of Commedia Beauregard (1999-2016) where he not only directed many of their productions, but also commissioned many short plays as part of the "Master Works" series and other developmental projects. As a director he is dedicated to producing new original works and new works in translation.

Chris (along with co-author Sasha Warren) is the creator of "A Klingon Christmas Carol", the first full-length play to have ever been produced in the Klingon language from Star Trek. The show has garnered press locally, nationally, and around the globe.

Chris is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Playwrights Center, SAG-AFTRA, and the American Literary Translators Association.

Plays

  • A Fiery Young Man (translated from Enriqué Zumel)
    An apothecary's apprentice longs for the love of his boss' wife. Clever, young Casimiro schemes to win the affection of the beautiful Irene. There's only one problem. She's devoted to her husband Nicasio, much to her own mother's chagrin. A classical farce that takes the archetypal characters and turns them on their heads! The cheating wife doesn't cheat. The cuckold isn'...
    An apothecary's apprentice longs for the love of his boss' wife. Clever, young Casimiro schemes to win the affection of the beautiful Irene. There's only one problem. She's devoted to her husband Nicasio, much to her own mother's chagrin. A classical farce that takes the archetypal characters and turns them on their heads! The cheating wife doesn't cheat. The cuckold isn't betrayed. The young lover fails to woo. And the meddling mother-in-law is the voice of reason. Translated into English for the first time, this farce ("Un mancebo combustible") originally debuted in 1865 in Spain.
  • The Young Lady's Consent (translated from Leandro Fernández de Moratín)
    One of the most successful comedies in Spain's history in a new translation that captures the hilarious misadventures that result when a destitute old woman attempts to marry off her beautiful daughter to a rich old man, only to discover that the girl loves the old man's nephew!

    "The Young Lady's Consent" follows a dutiful daughter, her greedy mother, her dashing lover,...
    One of the most successful comedies in Spain's history in a new translation that captures the hilarious misadventures that result when a destitute old woman attempts to marry off her beautiful daughter to a rich old man, only to discover that the girl loves the old man's nephew!

    "The Young Lady's Consent" follows a dutiful daughter, her greedy mother, her dashing lover, and his idealistic uncle as they stumble through a maze of mistaken identities, misplaced love notes, and tipped-over parakeets.

  • A Klingon Christmas Carol
    Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology.

    The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then...
    Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology.

    The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into <tlhIngan Hol> (That's the Klingon Language).
  • August We
    A painter and his young apprentice search for meaning. A bird brings them new inspiration.
  • Bottles of Red
    Cynthia is a discerning wine connoisseur. So is her husband. What could be so bad that she'd stomp all over his heart? The Chardonnay? No. Not that. But, he did cross the line somewhere.
  • Dig
    An insightful look at the mating rituals of that rare and inquisitive creature, the Field Archaeologist.
  • The Doctor's Lesson
    Hours before dissecting a human corpse in front of eager onlookers, Doctor Nicolaes Tulp confronts the ghost of his subject: his former friend and recent victim. How does one build a legacy upon a reputation of honesty, if the foundation of it all is a lie?

    This is the completely not true story of the man on the table in Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes...
    Hours before dissecting a human corpse in front of eager onlookers, Doctor Nicolaes Tulp confronts the ghost of his subject: his former friend and recent victim. How does one build a legacy upon a reputation of honesty, if the foundation of it all is a lie?

    This is the completely not true story of the man on the table in Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp", and the man performing the surgery who had his eyes upon public office.
  • Lazy Cat
    A pet psychologist turns to one of his feline patients for advice on how to woo the woman of his dreams.
  • No Major Holidays
    World War II. The Bataan Death March outside a small village in the Philippines. Two US soldiers and their commanding officer battle their internal demons while struggling to stay sane without water, rest, or hope.
  • On The Periphery
    Leah's husband is late for lunch. Four hours late. Where has he been? Staring at an Edward Hopper painting, having a revelation! Oh, this better be good...
  • Opus 3: Variation of a Play
    If all the world's a stage, then surely we each have our own audience, right? Kimberly is on her third date with Blane. Is this romance for real? Or, is Blane just play-acting? So much passion, so much drama, so much wrong with this whole picture!
  • Stupid Sheepdog
    Mark is Chip's boss. Mark tries to illustrate the importance of protecting the corporate image while talking about British literature and Twitter. Chip does his best to keep up. Today just isn't Chip's day.
  • Snow Job
    In Winter's corporate headquarters, Jack Frost and the Snow Queen try to devise a way to prevent loss of market share due to global warming.