Chris Weikel

Chris Weikel

Chris Weikel was one of the first students to graduate from the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in playwriting program at Hunter College, studying under Tina Howe and Mark Bly. Weikel participated in the Kennedy Center ACTF/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop in 2012. His play SECRET IDENTITY was featured during “Playwright’s Week” at the Lark Play Development Center in 2012. His PENNY PENNIWORTH, which according to...
Chris Weikel was one of the first students to graduate from the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in playwriting program at Hunter College, studying under Tina Howe and Mark Bly. Weikel participated in the Kennedy Center ACTF/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop in 2012. His play SECRET IDENTITY was featured during “Playwright’s Week” at the Lark Play Development Center in 2012. His PENNY PENNIWORTH, which according to The New York Times "deserves to become a staple" was produced Off-Broadway by Emerging Artists Theatre Company (EAT) and published by Dramatic Publishing. His PIG TALE: AN URBAN FAERIE STORY was produced by TOSOS off-off-Broadway as well as at the Absolut Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival in 2009. Weikel is a judge-at-large for the New York Innovative Theatre (NYIT) Awards and a regular contributor to Drunken! Careening! Writers! at KGB. He was a 2008-09 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2007 recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for emerging gay playwrights, the 2008 recipient of the Irv Zarkower Award, a 2011 recipient of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award from Hunter College, a 2013 NYFA Fellowship grantee and recipient of 2014 Smith Prize commission for political theatre.

Plays

  • The Word from Kampala
    Jane and Jeremy are unexpectedly visited in their suburban Ohio home by old friend from their days serving as missionaries in Africa. The visit brings them face to face with a troubling connection between their religious work, their estranged son Paul, and Uganda’s restrictive anti-gay policies. The couple must confront the far-reaching unintended consequences of their past actions in a deeply personal way.
    Jane and Jeremy are unexpectedly visited in their suburban Ohio home by old friend from their days serving as missionaries in Africa. The visit brings them face to face with a troubling connection between their religious work, their estranged son Paul, and Uganda’s restrictive anti-gay policies. The couple must confront the far-reaching unintended consequences of their past actions in a deeply personal way.
  • Pig Tale: An Urban Faerie Story
    Johnny & Dave have been dating casually until one night Dave turns into a pig—literally -- tail, snout, the whole nine yards. Does this mean it’s over? What happens when the morning after suddenly threatens to become ‘happily ever after’? Can passion survive?
  • Embrace
    Two men garbed in traditional uniforms of masculinity are clinging to each other for solace. Through a series of flashbacks we find out how these relative strangers, Brad a financial executive and Billy, a United States Marine find themselves in this moment.
  • Dead Man's Chest
    When commitment-phobic Brian digs up a magical sea-chest which transports him back in time to meet Captain Kidd, he is confronted with terrifying choice between a bloodthirsty pirate crew and a wedding ring.
  • Secret Identity
    JT is a 16-year old comic book nerd with something huge to hide, and that something flies, wears spandex and battles evil. A teenager must deal with the constant humiliation of the school bully, his changing ideas of who he is sexually and creatively, all the while trying to balance his relationship with his real-world best friend and the increasingly intrusive fictional characters he’s created to help him...
    JT is a 16-year old comic book nerd with something huge to hide, and that something flies, wears spandex and battles evil. A teenager must deal with the constant humiliation of the school bully, his changing ideas of who he is sexually and creatively, all the while trying to balance his relationship with his real-world best friend and the increasingly intrusive fictional characters he’s created to help him through the day. When adolescent fantasies come in heroic proportions it's hard to keep them under wraps.