A.A. Brenner

A.A. Brenner

A.A. Brenner is a playwright, dramaturg, and New Yorker. Their writing blends naturalistic dialogue with heightened realism to explore queer, Jewish, and disability themes, challenging both societal power structures and theatrical form.

A.A.'s plays have been produced or commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, National Disability Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Fellows Consortium), Three...
A.A. Brenner is a playwright, dramaturg, and New Yorker. Their writing blends naturalistic dialogue with heightened realism to explore queer, Jewish, and disability themes, challenging both societal power structures and theatrical form.

A.A.'s plays have been produced or commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, National Disability Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Fellows Consortium), Three Muses Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Inc., The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University, and The Hangar Theatre Lab Company, among others, and have been featured on the 2020 Kilroys List.

Currently, A.A. resides in Manhattan and is a third-year MFA candidate at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Plays

  • Transgressions
    After being diagnosed with breast cancer and abandoned by their (now ex-)fiancée, nonbinary poet Jess struggles to fend for themself amongst the wreckage of their formerly-idyllic home. When they receive an unexpected visit from college ex Val, it seems like they finally may have gotten the much-needed help they've so desperately craved. But things are rarely as simple as they seem, and Jess must wrestle...
    After being diagnosed with breast cancer and abandoned by their (now ex-)fiancée, nonbinary poet Jess struggles to fend for themself amongst the wreckage of their formerly-idyllic home. When they receive an unexpected visit from college ex Val, it seems like they finally may have gotten the much-needed help they've so desperately craved. But things are rarely as simple as they seem, and Jess must wrestle for control over their illness, their identity, and their life before it's too late.
  • Emily Driver's Great Race Through Time and Space
    As a history-obsessed 12-year-old, Emily Driver uses her YouTube channel to celebrate landmark moments of activism and change. So when her request for a needed wheelchair is denied, she takes matters into her own hands – and launches into a time-travelling trip across the country where she meets trailblazing leaders from the past who have fought for equal rights. Co-written with Gregg Mozgala and originally...
    As a history-obsessed 12-year-old, Emily Driver uses her YouTube channel to celebrate landmark moments of activism and change. So when her request for a needed wheelchair is denied, she takes matters into her own hands – and launches into a time-travelling trip across the country where she meets trailblazing leaders from the past who have fought for equal rights. Co-written with Gregg Mozgala and originally comissioned by La Jolla Playhouse and National Disability Theatre, EMILY DRIVER'S GREAT RACE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE follows a young woman's journey as she learns the power of speaking up, and how one voice can inspire others to fight the forces of ableism and create a more equitable world.
  • The Wind Cries Mary
    After agreeing to a dinner date with long-lost childhood friend Mary, Reg is forced to reconcile their idyllic early memories with the complex and oft-disturbing realities of adulthood as they confront the ghosts of their past.
    A multi-dimensional neo-absurdist play, THE WIND CRIES MARY questions the confines of reality, memory, and death through a queer, disabled lens.
  • God is Dead & April's Getting Married
    Five years after graduating from high school, El and Elliott have moved onward and upward with their lives...or have they? After receiving a wedding invitation from Mormon ex-best friend and girlfriend April, they are forced to reexamine their past relationships and selves as they struggle to answer the question that has continued to haunt them for the past five years: what happened, actually? And what does...
    Five years after graduating from high school, El and Elliott have moved onward and upward with their lives...or have they? After receiving a wedding invitation from Mormon ex-best friend and girlfriend April, they are forced to reexamine their past relationships and selves as they struggle to answer the question that has continued to haunt them for the past five years: what happened, actually? And what does this mean for their futures—and for April's?
    God is Dead & April's Getting Married examines the tenuous nature of memory and reality while exploring the intersections of queerness, religion and friendship. This time-bending comedy-drama strives to answer one of life's most hotly debated questions: do people ever truly change?