A.A. Brenner

A.A. Brenner

A.A. Brenner (they/them) 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, CO/LAB Theater Group, Shakespeare Theatre...
A.A. Brenner (they/them) 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, CO/LAB Theater Group, 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. Most recently, A.A. was named a Finalist for the 2020-22 Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship, and is also one of the inaugural recipients of the Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman Award.

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 themselves amongst the wreckage of their formerly-idyllic home. When they receive an unexpected visit from college ex Val, it seems like they may have finally gotten the help they've so desperately craved. But things aren’t as simple as they seem, and Jess must wrestle for control...
    After being diagnosed with breast cancer and abandoned by their (now ex-)fiancée, nonbinary poet Jess struggles to fend for themselves amongst the wreckage of their formerly-idyllic home. When they receive an unexpected visit from college ex Val, it seems like they may have finally gotten the help they've so desperately craved. But things aren’t as simple as they seem, and Jess must wrestle for control over their illness, their identity, and their life before it's too late.
  • phantasia
    The Schwartzfarb cousins hate each other. Like, *really* hate each other. So when they're forced to finally spend time alone together, it's no surprise they end up at each other's throats—especially at family "favorite" Jackie's.

    This reality-breaking fantastical triptych explores the games we play in order to "fit in," both as a family member and as a...
    The Schwartzfarb cousins hate each other. Like, *really* hate each other. So when they're forced to finally spend time alone together, it's no surprise they end up at each other's throats—especially at family "favorite" Jackie's.

    This reality-breaking fantastical triptych explores the games we play in order to "fit in," both as a family member and as a human in modern American society.
  • 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.
  • Damocles
    In 1843, a twenty-three year-old intersex man named Levi Suydam asked the town board of selectmen in Salisbury, Connecticut to validate his right to vote in a hotly-contested local election.
    This play is not about that election.
    A synthetically-fragmented fantasia about voting rights, elections, American society, and, yes, the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, DAMOCLES follows Levi on his quest for...
    In 1843, a twenty-three year-old intersex man named Levi Suydam asked the town board of selectmen in Salisbury, Connecticut to validate his right to vote in a hotly-contested local election.
    This play is not about that election.
    A synthetically-fragmented fantasia about voting rights, elections, American society, and, yes, the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, DAMOCLES follows Levi on his quest for equal rights, and also questions and satirizes the cis-hetero power structures on which our country's founders built our nation.
  • 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?