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

  • 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. Loosely inspired by the recent Steubenville rape case, What Happened examines the blurred lines and unclear boundaries that come with being a teenager . . . or just with being a human being.
  • 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.
  • 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.