Kirt Shineman

Kirt Shineman

Kirt Shineman is a Phoenix-based playwright and Professor of Communication. Kirt has been a playwright at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Hormel New Works Fest, and DC Black Theatre Conference. His topics range from the personal (Allie Opp’s Last Fantastic Day – Emerging Artists Theater, Off-Broadway) to the political (Forbidden Glass- O’Neill semi-...
Kirt Shineman is a Phoenix-based playwright and Professor of Communication. Kirt has been a playwright at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Hormel New Works Fest, and DC Black Theatre Conference. His topics range from the personal (Allie Opp’s Last Fantastic Day – Emerging Artists Theater, Off-Broadway) to the political (Forbidden Glass- O’Neill semi-finalist, Chicago Pride Films & Plays). His play, Germs and Viruses, (NNPN finalist & O’Neill semi-finalist) had its premiere at Arizona State University Mainstage Theater in 2015. He has degrees from Arizona State University (MFA- Dramatic Writing), Emerson College (MA- Communication), and Colorado State Un. (Rhetoric & Theater).

Plays

  • Good Grief
    Tormented by guilt following the death of her son, Charlie, while on a study abroad in Belgium, college professor Marie Ballard finds herself unhinged and unable to cope. Returning back to work, following an extended stay at home, Marie tries to deal with her fears and also reconnect with her husband, Joe. With the help of her psychiatrist, Dr. Weber, Marie attempts to overcome her fears, so that they can fly...
    Tormented by guilt following the death of her son, Charlie, while on a study abroad in Belgium, college professor Marie Ballard finds herself unhinged and unable to cope. Returning back to work, following an extended stay at home, Marie tries to deal with her fears and also reconnect with her husband, Joe. With the help of her psychiatrist, Dr. Weber, Marie attempts to overcome her fears, so that they can fly to the trial of the terrorist who killed Charlie. Can they cope with the aftermath of such traumatic events?
  • Byron's Memoirs
    In 1824, after Lord Byron’s death, five of his closest friends gather to decide the fate of Lord Byron’s memoirs. They decide whether to publish the manuscript or not. Is it suitable for public consumption? If they publish the memoirs, lives might be ruined. What are the damning secrets his friends need to protect?
  • Timeshared
    At a timeshare condo Sam opens the door to find his former high school friend, Mat. After a dinner, a racist/homophobic resort driver attacks them, they discover how the years changed their perspectives. Yet, some things don’t change. They rekindle their lost love. As they recall the loss of their past relationship, will they animate a new relationship in the here and now?
  • The Last Words (Ultimas Palabras- in Spanish)
    The Last Words or Ultimas Palabras (in Spanish) is a compilation play of the last written words of two brothers who revolt against a totalitarian government, and their struggle against the authorities. The letters, statements and dispatches issued by the leaders of the uprising and accounts of their last moments are placed in the hands of the survivors. Will they do something to stop the totalitarian government...
    The Last Words or Ultimas Palabras (in Spanish) is a compilation play of the last written words of two brothers who revolt against a totalitarian government, and their struggle against the authorities. The letters, statements and dispatches issued by the leaders of the uprising and accounts of their last moments are placed in the hands of the survivors. Will they do something to stop the totalitarian government, or will they be complicit in the repression?
  • A Life Assembled (10-min short)
    When Louise Nevelson and Martha Jackson discover no one's heard of them and how they changed American art, they competitively assemble their lives. Through their friendship, their prospective arts, and their travels together, we glory in seeing the women whose lives was more art than their artwork.
  • Lost and Found
    How does a soldier find forgiveness and overcome the shame of inaction? Often soldiers are forced to witness horrible acts of war. Morally injurious events such as these can produce post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers, even when they don’t involve an actual life threat. This play questions the impact on a soldier, Jacob, after he witness’s horrible events committed by a foreign-ally soldier.
  • Forbidden Glass
    What story would you tell to get your freedom and your love? When Javad escapes from Iran, he needs help attaining asylum in Turkey. He encounters American reporter, Barry. Through stories of forbidden passion Javad sweet-talks Barry into reuniting Javad with his true love, Harun, and getting him an interview at the embassy. Unluckily, Barry’s thoughtful assistance has unforeseen consequences for everyone.
  • Germs and Viruses
    In Syria, a conspiracy begins to grow, and people in Syria begin to believe in the existence of a hidden reality behind the familiar reality, the idea that what one thought was going on all the time was in fact, in large part, an illusion or deception. A blogger, Seban, tries to rally support for the pro-democracy movement, but is caught in a quagmire of twisted and humorous intrigue. Who will believe the...
    In Syria, a conspiracy begins to grow, and people in Syria begin to believe in the existence of a hidden reality behind the familiar reality, the idea that what one thought was going on all the time was in fact, in large part, an illusion or deception. A blogger, Seban, tries to rally support for the pro-democracy movement, but is caught in a quagmire of twisted and humorous intrigue. Who will believe the propaganda for the truth, or the truth for the propaganda?
  • Airdrop
    When reporter Anton Suryapin is arrested by the Belarus KGB, his pregnant girlfriend, Polina, calls on all of her friends to help with his release. She contacts owners of Sweden's ad agency Studio Total. In an effort to help Polina’s boyfriend, Tomas and Hannah illegally fly their small plane over Belarus and drop nearly teddy bears on Minsk. The airdrop changes everyone involved. 2016 Kennedy Center John Cauble Award Semi-Finalist
  • Flipping Fitcher’s Bird
    When Abby goes missing, the college town hops into high gear, searching for her. Who kidnapped her? Abby awakens, strapped to a wheelchair, wearing an explosive ankle bracelet. She finds herself isolated in a mansion of a bygone era, when women were given no independence or freedom. Her captor attempts to reinstate boundaries of gender and sex, but Abby wants a modern existence. Will she remain his doll,...
    When Abby goes missing, the college town hops into high gear, searching for her. Who kidnapped her? Abby awakens, strapped to a wheelchair, wearing an explosive ankle bracelet. She finds herself isolated in a mansion of a bygone era, when women were given no independence or freedom. Her captor attempts to reinstate boundaries of gender and sex, but Abby wants a modern existence. Will she remain his doll, beautiful, with nothing to do but guard an egg and roam the house, a bored existence? Will he let her go? Will she be the only one?
  • The Pornographer
    When real-life artist, Egon Schiele, is charged with raping and kidnapping of a young girl, his trial becomes a landmark and his artwork is deemed pornography. Charged with immoral and depraved behavior, Egon fights for his freedom. His ordeal places him, his art and his lifestyle with his girlfriend, Wally, on trial. The court case calls into question Egon's radical upbringing and his development as an...
    When real-life artist, Egon Schiele, is charged with raping and kidnapping of a young girl, his trial becomes a landmark and his artwork is deemed pornography. Charged with immoral and depraved behavior, Egon fights for his freedom. His ordeal places him, his art and his lifestyle with his girlfriend, Wally, on trial. The court case calls into question Egon's radical upbringing and his development as an artist. Will he be erased or will he draw freely?
  • Mothers Milk
    Once upon a time… when Poppy finds Rose lost, blinded, and half dead in the woods without her newborn, Poppy discovers Rose has enchanted breast milk. Poppy uses her own special magic to keep Rose working at Poppy’s newly invented milk store. One day Rose’s twin sister, Lilly unexpected arrives at the Mothers’ Milk Store. Lilly wants to buy milk to feed her baby; the very same baby Rose gave birth to, and...
    Once upon a time… when Poppy finds Rose lost, blinded, and half dead in the woods without her newborn, Poppy discovers Rose has enchanted breast milk. Poppy uses her own special magic to keep Rose working at Poppy’s newly invented milk store. One day Rose’s twin sister, Lilly unexpected arrives at the Mothers’ Milk Store. Lilly wants to buy milk to feed her baby; the very same baby Rose gave birth to, and believes is dead. Rose and Poppy decide to get the baby back, and their plan is full of adventure. “Mother's Milk” is a charming adult fairytale.
  • Lookout Mt. Park (Part Three in the Trailer Park Trio)
    In 2003, as Della Mae suffers from COPD, her great-grand-daughter, Kodie, cares for her in a run-down trailer in Lookout Mt. Park. When Sue, Della Mae’s daughter, and Julie, her grand-daughter, return from visiting the cemetery, and a quick stop at the drug store, Kodie effectively fools her relatives into thinking she’s stopped her OxyContin addiction. Yet, while Kodie is high on drugs she disconnects Della...
    In 2003, as Della Mae suffers from COPD, her great-grand-daughter, Kodie, cares for her in a run-down trailer in Lookout Mt. Park. When Sue, Della Mae’s daughter, and Julie, her grand-daughter, return from visiting the cemetery, and a quick stop at the drug store, Kodie effectively fools her relatives into thinking she’s stopped her OxyContin addiction. Yet, while Kodie is high on drugs she disconnects Della Mae’s oxygen, almost killing her. The family intervenes to help Kodie battle her hidden demons, and more family secrets make themselves known.
  • Benkelman (Part One in the Trailer Park Trio)
    The first play in the Trailer-Park Trilogy about the cycle of poverty and women. In the 60’s as America’s feminist movement was in full swing, and Robin-Sue, a down and out young woman, in a male-dominated small town, realizes life is nothing like she planned. Restless and unfulfilled in an oppressive (under-paying) job, no prospective suitors to help her get out of the stifling town of Benkelman, Nebraska. She...
    The first play in the Trailer-Park Trilogy about the cycle of poverty and women. In the 60’s as America’s feminist movement was in full swing, and Robin-Sue, a down and out young woman, in a male-dominated small town, realizes life is nothing like she planned. Restless and unfulfilled in an oppressive (under-paying) job, no prospective suitors to help her get out of the stifling town of Benkelman, Nebraska. She finds her only joy with a race-car driver, Donald, to whom she pins her freedom. But when reality sets in and she finds freedom and her dreams elude her, she goes to the extreme to escape. Benkelman is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived.
  • Junction Creek (Part Two in the Trailer Park Trio)
    (The second of the Trailer Park Trilogy exploring generations of women in poverty) In 1983, when 18-year-old Julie-Ann begins college her ‘choices’ are front and center, and yet, she discovers that being an adult doesn't always present right and wrong options. Julie-Ann is given the choice to attend class, drink, take drugs, and have sex, but the trouble with ‘choice’ is that her choices don’t necessarily...
    (The second of the Trailer Park Trilogy exploring generations of women in poverty) In 1983, when 18-year-old Julie-Ann begins college her ‘choices’ are front and center, and yet, she discovers that being an adult doesn't always present right and wrong options. Julie-Ann is given the choice to attend class, drink, take drugs, and have sex, but the trouble with ‘choice’ is that her choices don’t necessarily empower her, or do they?
  • Swinger
    Living with a mental disease is hard. In this act play, a young father tries to do what is right by his little girl, but his bi-polar swings eventually tie him up in knots. Will he find help, or will his daughter be forever scarred?
  • Kindoki
    A teenage boy found nailed to the floor with over three-hundred nails, and a room full of blood is the beginning of Dr. Angelica Hess’s disturbing search for the killers. When psychologist Dr. Angelica Hess, is called by her old boy-friend, FBI Special Agent Ryan Maddock to help him assess a murder, Angelica’s faith in logic begins to unravel. Together they solve the horrific murder of Brice Moukila, a young...
    A teenage boy found nailed to the floor with over three-hundred nails, and a room full of blood is the beginning of Dr. Angelica Hess’s disturbing search for the killers. When psychologist Dr. Angelica Hess, is called by her old boy-friend, FBI Special Agent Ryan Maddock to help him assess a murder, Angelica’s faith in logic begins to unravel. Together they solve the horrific murder of Brice Moukila, a young Congolese refugee. Through their combination of police investigative skills and psychiatric insight they solve one of the most troublesome crimes of the century. The play is based on true events.
  • Pearced
    Meeting our heroes is sometimes like meeting our selves. Ben, a Jewish screenwriter, is at the lowest part of his life. He's a Hollywood failure, and his wife left him for his boss. Drunk, and hiding out in a church, Ben searches for a purpose. His boss sends Ben to purchase a new novel from his hero, the Academy Award nominee of Cool Hand Luke, Donn Pearce. Is this his big break? Ben meets his hero, but...
    Meeting our heroes is sometimes like meeting our selves. Ben, a Jewish screenwriter, is at the lowest part of his life. He's a Hollywood failure, and his wife left him for his boss. Drunk, and hiding out in a church, Ben searches for a purpose. His boss sends Ben to purchase a new novel from his hero, the Academy Award nominee of Cool Hand Luke, Donn Pearce. Is this his big break? Ben meets his hero, but what he discovers in Pearce changes his destiny.
  • My "WE"
    In a near future totalitarian society of One State, a D-503 faces the all-powerful “Benefactor”. “D-503” enters a surgical auditorium, where the Benefactor (an unseen Voice) interrogates the D-503. All the while the D-503’s girl-friend and son are held hostage and the D-503 must decide whether to reveal his writings or pay the price for surrendering his individual self to the collective dream of technology. [...
    In a near future totalitarian society of One State, a D-503 faces the all-powerful “Benefactor”. “D-503” enters a surgical auditorium, where the Benefactor (an unseen Voice) interrogates the D-503. All the while the D-503’s girl-friend and son are held hostage and the D-503 must decide whether to reveal his writings or pay the price for surrendering his individual self to the collective dream of technology. [Inspired by Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel WE, recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984.] 2015 Kennedy Center John Cauble Award Semi-Finalist
  • Sea Fairies
    Months after the death of her father Mayre Griffiths, nicknamed Trot, encounters a few mischievous classmates on the coast of southern California. The mean boys play “keep-away” with her newly crafted pearl necklace, with a medal from her dead father. She freezes, and cannot defend herself. Her constant companion Cap'n Bill, a retired sailor with a wooden leg, comes to her rescue. After scaring away the...
    Months after the death of her father Mayre Griffiths, nicknamed Trot, encounters a few mischievous classmates on the coast of southern California. The mean boys play “keep-away” with her newly crafted pearl necklace, with a medal from her dead father. She freezes, and cannot defend herself. Her constant companion Cap'n Bill, a retired sailor with a wooden leg, comes to her rescue. After scaring away the boys, Cap’n Bill confronts Trot about a visit he and Trot’s mother received; Trot’s teacher and principle came to the house looking for Trot, who had not been to school in weeks. Why? Trot explains she’s spent most of her days roaming the beach, avoiding the bullies, and swimming in the ocean, diving for pearls, and she even found a large pink pearl. Concerned, Cap'n Bill rows the two of them to where Trot found the infamous pink pearl. Trot and Cap’n Bill are attacked by SeaDevils, sent by the evil magician, Zog. They are forced to row into the forbidden Giant’s Cove. There the mermaids rescue Trot, and the distressed Cap'n Bill, and take them to visit to their land in mermaid form. Trot is enthusiastic, and Bill is too loyal to let her go off without him. Thus begins their adventure with the Sea Fairies as Trot learns about the ocean animals, the beauty of the deep, surmounts her grief over the death of her father, and through it all she finds the strength to take on the local bullies.
  • Allie Oop’s Last Fantastic Day
    A solo-performance- While Sue prepares for her son’s 18th birthday, she awaits important news. Meanwhile she recounts why she became Alley Oop the Clown, and how being a clown
  • Lessons of Crime and Punishment
    Jackie Derokowsky, a university English teacher, enters a juvenile delinquent detention Correction Center for boys and uses Feodor Dostoevsky’s novel to educate the young felons. The changes to their lives alter the divide between teacher and student in ways none of them are prepared. Punishment is society’s revenge against the perpetrator of the crime, but it is also the medicine of healing. (A work in progress.)