Andy Boyd

Andy Boyd

Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a recent graduate of the playwriting MFA at Columbia University, where he studied with David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Charles Mee, Kelly Stuart, and Doug Wright. His plays have been produced or developed at Pipeline Theatre Company, The Gingold Group, Dixon Place, Roundabout, Epic Theatre Company, Out Loud Theatre, Naked Theatre Company,...
Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a recent graduate of the playwriting MFA at Columbia University, where he studied with David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Charles Mee, Kelly Stuart, and Doug Wright. His plays have been produced or developed at Pipeline Theatre Company, The Gingold Group, Dixon Place, Roundabout, Epic Theatre Company, Out Loud Theatre, Naked Theatre Company, Contemporary Theatre of Rhode Island, The Trunk Space, Columbia University, Marquette University, and Harvard University. He is currently working on a series of 50 plays about the 50 US states.

Plays

  • Red Clay Halo
    Red Clay Halo tells the story of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, an interracial union of the rural poor created in the midst of the Great Depression. From the raw materials of fundamentalist Christianity and their own lived experience they created a powerful critique of racial capitalism and successfully lobbied the federal government for housing. It’s a play where the protagonists are sharecroppers and the...
    Red Clay Halo tells the story of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, an interracial union of the rural poor created in the midst of the Great Depression. From the raw materials of fundamentalist Christianity and their own lived experience they created a powerful critique of racial capitalism and successfully lobbied the federal government for housing. It’s a play where the protagonists are sharecroppers and the deus ex machina is public housing.
    Inspired by Baptist revivals, Federal Theatre Project plays, and radical theatre groups like Joint Stock Company, this play weaves documentary material, music, and invented scenes to tell a story of resistance against unfathomably bad odds.
    This is a play about people who, forced against the wall and with nothing left to lose, fought back.
  • Occupy Prescott
    This play begins in the fall of 2011, when a libertarian rancher, an anarchist punk, an aging hippie, a radical priest, and a single mother gather in Courthouse Square in Prescott, Arizona determined to fix America. They all agree that the one percent is too powerful, and the rest of us are getting screwed. When they try to get more specific than that, though, they find themselves disagreeing about nearly...
    This play begins in the fall of 2011, when a libertarian rancher, an anarchist punk, an aging hippie, a radical priest, and a single mother gather in Courthouse Square in Prescott, Arizona determined to fix America. They all agree that the one percent is too powerful, and the rest of us are getting screwed. When they try to get more specific than that, though, they find themselves disagreeing about nearly everything. Over the next several weeks, unlikely alliances and relationships form among the Occupiers, and new possibilities emerge even as tensions rise. Occupy Prescott is a play about the beauty and fragility of progressive coalitions, why they fail, and why they matter.
  • River Rouge
    One was a communist. The other was a capitalist. One was an artist. The other, an engineer. And yet, for the year between the spring of 1932 and the spring of 1933, Diego Rivera and Henry Ford were friends. Rivera came to Detroit on a commission from Ford’s son Edsel to paint a mural on the theme of Detroit Industry. Rivera and his wife the painter Frida Kahlo arrived in a city on the brink of revolution or...
    One was a communist. The other was a capitalist. One was an artist. The other, an engineer. And yet, for the year between the spring of 1932 and the spring of 1933, Diego Rivera and Henry Ford were friends. Rivera came to Detroit on a commission from Ford’s son Edsel to paint a mural on the theme of Detroit Industry. Rivera and his wife the painter Frida Kahlo arrived in a city on the brink of revolution or collapse: bank failures, violent labor clashes, rallies by Communists and Bible-quoting proto-fascists that drew audiences in the thousands. River Rouge tells the story of the year that followed in a dizzying collage-inspired style mixing vaudeville, docudrama, folk music, protest theatre, and magical realism. It asks a question as relevant today as it was in 1932: how can we use art to remake the world?
  • Os Confederados
    In 1867, several thousand "refugees" from the former Confederacy landed the SS South America at the Brazilian town of Santa Barbara, soon thereafter renamed Americana. Here, in the western hemisphere's last slave society, they tried to recreate the world they had lost. Os Confederados begins with the story of these first pioneers. As they arrive in Brazil, they begin to realize that they have...
    In 1867, several thousand "refugees" from the former Confederacy landed the SS South America at the Brazilian town of Santa Barbara, soon thereafter renamed Americana. Here, in the western hemisphere's last slave society, they tried to recreate the world they had lost. Os Confederados begins with the story of these first pioneers. As they arrive in Brazil, they begin to realize that they have different ideas of what it means to rebuild Dixie in the Brazilian jungle. For some, a New South means a world free of Yankee control where rugged individualism could finally flourish. For others, it means a reimposition of rigid hierarchies of race and gender.

    From that opening, the play jumps one hundred and fifty years to 2017. Descendants of the original Confederados are holding their annual Festa, a celebration of...something. As the Confederados struggle to reconcile their Confederado identity with their Brazilian values, the same contradictions evident in the founding generation reassert themselves. What, after all, does it mean to celebrate your past as you move into the future? What does it mean to celebrate a past you don't remember?

    Os Confederados is a play about family, about history, and about memory. It's about race and gender and Brasilidade. It's about why we hold on and how we let go.
  • The Trade Federation, or, Let's Explore Globalization Through the Star Wars Prequels
    A young avant-garde playwright named Andy Boyd pitches an idea for a new Star Wars film to George Lucas. The idea: A prequel to Episode One that fleshes out the intergalactic economic and social implications of the mysterious Trade Federation. Instead of the veiled references to colonialism in recent Star Wars movies, Andy pitches a full-on allegory where the Trade Federation IS the IMF. It doesn’t go well:...
    A young avant-garde playwright named Andy Boyd pitches an idea for a new Star Wars film to George Lucas. The idea: A prequel to Episode One that fleshes out the intergalactic economic and social implications of the mysterious Trade Federation. Instead of the veiled references to colonialism in recent Star Wars movies, Andy pitches a full-on allegory where the Trade Federation IS the IMF. It doesn’t go well: George Lucas thinks it sounds really boring. Andy goes back to his Los Feliz apartment dejected and discouraged. Then things really get weird.
  • Game
    Two people, Shotwell and Firegood, are serving a 90 day stint in a protected nuclear bunker far beneath the earth's surface. They are each equipped with keys: in the event of nuclear war, they are to turn their keys at the same time, releasing "the bird" at the enemy. The play begins on day 90, when their replacements are supposed to arrive.

    Nobody arrives.

    This is...
    Two people, Shotwell and Firegood, are serving a 90 day stint in a protected nuclear bunker far beneath the earth's surface. They are each equipped with keys: in the event of nuclear war, they are to turn their keys at the same time, releasing "the bird" at the enemy. The play begins on day 90, when their replacements are supposed to arrive.

    Nobody arrives.

    This is a play about isolation, paranoia, jealousy, and jacks.

    An adaptation of the story by Donald Barthelme.

    An audio recording of the play can be found at: https://soundcloud.com/user-498240986/game-by-andy-boyd-from-the-story-by-donald-barthelme
  • The Good Death
    Nora's mother Cassandra is fading fast. She has late-stage Alzheimer's and needs constant attention, attention Nora can't give. Nora hires Juanita, a live-in nurse, to take care of Cassandra. As Juanita and Cassandra bond, though, Juanita begins to provide more than physical care. As a way to help Cassandra emotionally cope with her impending death, Juanita indoctrinates her into fundamentalist...
    Nora's mother Cassandra is fading fast. She has late-stage Alzheimer's and needs constant attention, attention Nora can't give. Nora hires Juanita, a live-in nurse, to take care of Cassandra. As Juanita and Cassandra bond, though, Juanita begins to provide more than physical care. As a way to help Cassandra emotionally cope with her impending death, Juanita indoctrinates her into fundamentalist Christianity. This play asks the question, what is a "good death"? Is it a death without fear, safe in the arms of Christ? Or is it a death without illusions, spent surrounded by loved ones? This question entails a broader one: what gives life meaning? People? Or God?
  • Utopia, Utah
    A play about three women married to the same man in 19th century Utah.

    As the play begins, Mary is arriving in Utah. She will shortly be Hosea's third wife. Hosea desperately wants sons to extend his legacy as a great Mormon patriarch, but his first with Eunice is beyond child-bearing age and his second wife Katherine seems to be barren. Mary arrives fired with religious fervor, but quickly...
    A play about three women married to the same man in 19th century Utah.

    As the play begins, Mary is arriving in Utah. She will shortly be Hosea's third wife. Hosea desperately wants sons to extend his legacy as a great Mormon patriarch, but his first with Eunice is beyond child-bearing age and his second wife Katherine seems to be barren. Mary arrives fired with religious fervor, but quickly finds that Zion is not quite what she expected. She and Katherine form a friendship and then a romance through their shared love of literature, particularly the novels of Nathaniel Hawthorne, which provide a distant mirror with which to view their own society. Just as they finally consummate their love, the church President declares that polygamy will no longer be practiced. The play ends with Eunice leaving Hosea, disgusted that he did not protest what she sees as a betrayal of an essential doctrine of the church. Mary likewise leaves, bound of a San Francisco she imagines will be more accepting of both her utopianism and her queerness. Katherine, after years of suffering in a second-class marriage to Hosea, stays. She believes that she and Hosea can find happiness now that the other two wives are no longer competing for his affection.
  • The Flight Patterns of Migratory Birds
    The Flight Patterns of Migratory Birds play centers around a diner in a small midwestern town. A local do-gooder, Cherrie, has signed the town up for a weight loss competition. Diner owner Luann thinks this idea is ridiculous, but her teenage daughter Jenny thinks it could be good for her. As Jenny starts trying to lose weight, she also starts an internship at a local bird sanctuary, where she meets Beth and...
    The Flight Patterns of Migratory Birds play centers around a diner in a small midwestern town. A local do-gooder, Cherrie, has signed the town up for a weight loss competition. Diner owner Luann thinks this idea is ridiculous, but her teenage daughter Jenny thinks it could be good for her. As Jenny starts trying to lose weight, she also starts an internship at a local bird sanctuary, where she meets Beth and Gary, two ornithologists who are in the early stages of a romantic relationship. As Jenny grows closer to Beth and Gary and further from her mother, she starts to question her mother's ideas about how to exist in the world. The Flight Patterns of Migratory Birds is a body issues play, but more than that its a coming of age story about the difficult process of figuring out what's important to you and what kind of life you want to lead.
  • She Shall Be Praised
    In this play, two women in Puritan Massachusetts navigate friendship, love, sin, and death in a struggle to live Godly lives. Mercy Pritchett is a young woman recently widowed who must carve out a space for herself in a society that praises women only as wives, mothers, and daughters. Sarah Gooden is a recent arrival to Massachusetts, a refugee of the tumultuous civil war that led to the widespread...
    In this play, two women in Puritan Massachusetts navigate friendship, love, sin, and death in a struggle to live Godly lives. Mercy Pritchett is a young woman recently widowed who must carve out a space for herself in a society that praises women only as wives, mothers, and daughters. Sarah Gooden is a recent arrival to Massachusetts, a refugee of the tumultuous civil war that led to the widespread discrediting of the Puritan movement. Their unlikely friendship takes us into the founding moment of American exceptionalism even as it reveals the darkness at the heart of our national soul.
  • Affordable Rates and Color TV
    After 17 year old Kim's mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Kim must decide whether to stay in her small Arizona town or leave with her 23 year old boyfriend Scott. Before she does either, though, she has to turn 18, at which point she will be able to inherit her mother's motel. This means Kim must operate the motel while hiding the body and navigating the pressures of being a 17 year old girl...
    After 17 year old Kim's mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Kim must decide whether to stay in her small Arizona town or leave with her 23 year old boyfriend Scott. Before she does either, though, she has to turn 18, at which point she will be able to inherit her mother's motel. This means Kim must operate the motel while hiding the body and navigating the pressures of being a 17 year old girl. Affordable Rates and Color TV is a bizarro mash-up of Sam Shepard and John Hughes, a coming of age dark comedy set in the Arizona high desert.
  • Seven Minutes in Eternity
    Seven Minutes In Eternity is an exploded biography of William Dudley Pelley, America's favorite fascist mystic. It follows Pelley from humble beginnings in small-town Massachusetts to revolutionary Russian, Jazz-Age Hollywood, and Heaven. Twice. In the second act, we enter the world as Pelley sees it, uncovering an international conspiracy that only Pelley, with the help of his allies Hitler and Mussolini...
    Seven Minutes In Eternity is an exploded biography of William Dudley Pelley, America's favorite fascist mystic. It follows Pelley from humble beginnings in small-town Massachusetts to revolutionary Russian, Jazz-Age Hollywood, and Heaven. Twice. In the second act, we enter the world as Pelley sees it, uncovering an international conspiracy that only Pelley, with the help of his allies Hitler and Mussolini, can stop. There are Golems. There's FDR getting punched in the face. There are tights. Kind of a lot of tights. There's also a love story. Because isn't every epic multi-dimensional parable about religious extremism ultimately a love story?