Lia Romeo

Lia Romeo

Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes...
Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics’ Association’s Steinberg Award for best new play, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group, the Athena Theatre Playwrights Group, and the BMI Librettists Workshop. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers. She is also the literary manager at Project Y Theatre Company, and the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide.

Plays

  • Green Whales
    Karen is a 38-year-old philosophy professor who suffers from a rare chromosomal disease that makes her look like a 13-year-old girl. As a result, she has trouble meeting men … until her alcoholic sister Joanna decides to set her up on a date with the local pedophile. The real problem is, she actually likes him. In this bizarrely comic love story, two sisters try to figure out what love means, and exactly how...
    Karen is a 38-year-old philosophy professor who suffers from a rare chromosomal disease that makes her look like a 13-year-old girl. As a result, she has trouble meeting men … until her alcoholic sister Joanna decides to set her up on a date with the local pedophile. The real problem is, she actually likes him. In this bizarrely comic love story, two sisters try to figure out what love means, and exactly how much they’re willing to settle for.
  • Connected
    In a world where we are all constantly connected to the internet, and via the internet to one another, why do so many people still feel so alone? In a series of interrelated vignettes - a young girl's most embarrassing moment goes viral, a high school student must choose between real life and role-playing games, two girls spend Saturday night endlessly searching for the “perfect party,” a teacher is...
    In a world where we are all constantly connected to the internet, and via the internet to one another, why do so many people still feel so alone? In a series of interrelated vignettes - a young girl's most embarrassing moment goes viral, a high school student must choose between real life and role-playing games, two girls spend Saturday night endlessly searching for the “perfect party,” a teacher is accidentally seduced by her student on an internet dating site – Connected examines love and friendship in the age of social media.
  • Reality
    Annie and Matt met on “Looking for Love,” a popular reality dating show. But now that the cameras have stopped rolling, their fairy tale is looking a lot less perfect than it seemed. Add into the mix producer Josh, who will do anything for ratings, and the show runner-up, Krisandra, an aspiring actress who’s desperate to make her mark in Hollywood. Will there be a happy ending, or a huge scandal? In our...
    Annie and Matt met on “Looking for Love,” a popular reality dating show. But now that the cameras have stopped rolling, their fairy tale is looking a lot less perfect than it seemed. Add into the mix producer Josh, who will do anything for ratings, and the show runner-up, Krisandra, an aspiring actress who’s desperate to make her mark in Hollywood. Will there be a happy ending, or a huge scandal? In our modern society, where everything from breasts to feelings are likely to be fake, playwright Lia Romeo explores what “reality” really means.
  • Hungry
    Amy is trying. Trying to lose weight, trying to be popular, trying to do well in school... but it’s not working out very well. When a minotaur suddenly shows up in her backyard, Amy finds the unconditional acceptance she’s been looking for… but when the “mean kids” start turning up dead, she realizes that being best friends with a man-eating mythological beast might have its drawbacks. Will the minotaur be...
    Amy is trying. Trying to lose weight, trying to be popular, trying to do well in school... but it’s not working out very well. When a minotaur suddenly shows up in her backyard, Amy finds the unconditional acceptance she’s been looking for… but when the “mean kids” start turning up dead, she realizes that being best friends with a man-eating mythological beast might have its drawbacks. Will the minotaur be her salvation, or her downfall?
  • Right Place, Right Time
    Richard Lamparsky is divorced, unsuccessful, and 40. Stephanie Winwood is beautiful, rich, and 28. But she’s also just been stood up for her own lavish wedding at the Waldorf Astoria… which is where Richard comes in. Stephanie needs a stand-in groom… and Richard needs a whole new life. But he’s about to find out that it’s not quite the fairy tale it seems.
  • Ends of the Earth
    Dennis and Julie are a successful, happily married couple who live with their adorable dog, Frankie, and have never wanted children. But then, suddenly, Dennis does. What will the consequences be for their marriage?... and what does it mean to bring a child into a world where the summers are getting hotter, the winters are getting colder, and coyotes have taken up residence in the backyard? Ends of the...
    Dennis and Julie are a successful, happily married couple who live with their adorable dog, Frankie, and have never wanted children. But then, suddenly, Dennis does. What will the consequences be for their marriage?... and what does it mean to bring a child into a world where the summers are getting hotter, the winters are getting colder, and coyotes have taken up residence in the backyard? Ends of the Earth explores climate change and the anxieties associated with modern life, and asks hard questions about what we’re doing to our world.
  • A Perfect Fit
    Nicole, a college sophomore, is exploring her sexuality and has become involved in her first lesbian relationship with her friend Jill. Her mother Janet has been married for twenty-five years, but is beginning to wonder whether she’s missing out on something. When Nicole's relationship causes her mother to begin questioning her own sexuality, it leads to serious consequences for the entire family. With...
    Nicole, a college sophomore, is exploring her sexuality and has become involved in her first lesbian relationship with her friend Jill. Her mother Janet has been married for twenty-five years, but is beginning to wonder whether she’s missing out on something. When Nicole's relationship causes her mother to begin questioning her own sexuality, it leads to serious consequences for the entire family. With an all-female cast, A Perfect Fit explores the different ways that different women navigate their relationships and their choices, and asks difficult questions about how to be happy as a woman in the 21st century.
  • What Happened
    Jenna and Kate are best friends . . . until one drunken night, Kate ends up in the bathroom with Derek, the guy Jenna has a crush on. Afterwards, Kate says she was raped, while Derek claims it was consensual. Kate’s friend Benny tries to make Kate feel better, but he’s got his own issues to contend with, like being one of the only gay teens in their town. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kate, Jenna and Derek have...
    Jenna and Kate are best friends . . . until one drunken night, Kate ends up in the bathroom with Derek, the guy Jenna has a crush on. Afterwards, Kate says she was raped, while Derek claims it was consensual. Kate’s friend Benny tries to make Kate feel better, but he’s got his own issues to contend with, like being one of the only gay teens in their town. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kate, Jenna and Derek have been getting closer . . . but in a small town, they can’t keep their relationship a secret for long. What Happened examines the unclear boundaries that come with being a teenager . . . or just with being a human being.
  • American Dreamers
    Becca Barrington has a liberal arts degree, but now that college is over, she's back in the town where she grew up, working a dead-end job at a bookstore. That's when she meets Alicia Velez - sexy, charismatic, and independently wealthy. How did she get that way? By working as an escort. Soon Alicia has convinced Becca that she ought to try it... but when Becca's first client is her high-...
    Becca Barrington has a liberal arts degree, but now that college is over, she's back in the town where she grew up, working a dead-end job at a bookstore. That's when she meets Alicia Velez - sexy, charismatic, and independently wealthy. How did she get that way? By working as an escort. Soon Alicia has convinced Becca that she ought to try it... but when Becca's first client is her high-school teacher, it forces her to wonder whether escorting is really a viable career path. American Dreamers explores the difficulty of finding your way as a twenty-something in twenty-first-century America.