Chris Leyva

Chris Leyva

Chris Leyva is a playwright, director, and children’s book author/illustrator. His play, THE THRONE OF OZ, based on the book "The Marvelous Land of Oz" by L. Frank Baum will premiere in May 2018 as part of the CATCO is Kids 2017-2018 season. The play adaptation of his book, COWGIRLS DON’T RIDE ZEBRAS, premiered at CATCO is Kids and was nominated for 9 Theatre Roundtable Awards, including Outstanding...
Chris Leyva is a playwright, director, and children’s book author/illustrator. His play, THE THRONE OF OZ, based on the book "The Marvelous Land of Oz" by L. Frank Baum will premiere in May 2018 as part of the CATCO is Kids 2017-2018 season. The play adaptation of his book, COWGIRLS DON’T RIDE ZEBRAS, premiered at CATCO is Kids and was nominated for 9 Theatre Roundtable Awards, including Outstanding Production of a Play. He was the 2013/2014 recipient of the CATCO and Greater Columbus Arts Council Playwright Fellowship with his play, BOOKS & BRIDGES, which was also a Semi-Finalist for the Trustus Playwrights Festival in Columbia, SC. Other plays include: WEIRD SISTERS: THE LEGEND OF TATTERHOOD and PERSEPHONE UNCUT, both commissioned and performed by Columbus School for Girls; SOLAMENTE UNA VEZ; A THAW (Finalist, Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, Alliance Theatre); A WORLD WITHOUT ALLERGIES, A TALK BY DR. MICHAEL KRAMER (production, MadLab Theatre Roulette); and ALL GRACE (Richard Maibaum Award in Playwriting, workshop production, Iowa New Play Festival). He received an M.F.A. from the Playwrights Workshop at The University of Iowa, a B.A. in Directing from Coe College, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

As a director, Chris is directing the Worthington Arts Program production of PETER PAN JR. Chris mounted productions of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (The Magic Flute) for Project Opera of Manhattan in NYC.

Plays

  • The Throne of Oz
    After the Wizard has fled and Dorthy has returned to Kansas, the Scarecrow now sits on the Throne of Oz. Now, General Jinjur seizes her opportunity to claim the throne for herself. A young boy, Tip, and his friends, Jack Pumpkinhead and the wooden Sawhorse, adventure along with the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, H.M. Woggle-Bug, and Glinda the Good to put the rightful ruler on the Throne of Oz.
  • Cowgirls Don't Ride Zebras
    Penny loves books and has just discovered a new one about cowgirls! With her best friends, Cassandra and Jack, she's determined to become the best cowgirl EVER. The problem is she doesn't have one of the most important things a cowgirl needs: a horse. She's undeterred from this setback and sets out to the zoo to find a viable replacement.
  • Weird Sisters: The Legend of Tatterhood
    Queen Helga has a great fear of witches, but when she desires to have a child, only a mysterious witch in the woods can help. She makes a bargain with the witch, but doesn’t follow the witch’s instructions. As.a result, Queen Helga has two daughters: Astrid and Tatterhood. Astrid is beautiful and playful, but Tatterhood is… Weird.
  • Books & Bridges
    Julia Douglas has made a huge mistake. Her college writing professor, Chuck, left her his failing bookstore and skipped town to the wilderness of Montana. She enlists the help of Dane, the one friend she still has, to help pick up the pieces and sort through the mess that Chuck left behind. Adding fuel to the fire, the bookstore is being vandalized every day. Who’s to blame? Could it be supporters and customers...
    Julia Douglas has made a huge mistake. Her college writing professor, Chuck, left her his failing bookstore and skipped town to the wilderness of Montana. She enlists the help of Dane, the one friend she still has, to help pick up the pieces and sort through the mess that Chuck left behind. Adding fuel to the fire, the bookstore is being vandalized every day. Who’s to blame? Could it be supporters and customers of a rival bookstore down the street? Or could it be Betsy Holmes, the owner herself? Either way, Julia wants out. One way or another, she'll get out.
  • Persephone UNCUT
    When her best friend, Eurydice, falls in love and decides to leave town, Persephone sees her chance to finally cut the cord from her over-protective mom. Their plans soon unravel when the two friends inadvertently insult Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and find themselves in the Underworld as a result! Persephone UNCUT is a comedic take on the myth of Persephone with twists and tangles and double-crosses as...
    When her best friend, Eurydice, falls in love and decides to leave town, Persephone sees her chance to finally cut the cord from her over-protective mom. Their plans soon unravel when the two friends inadvertently insult Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and find themselves in the Underworld as a result! Persephone UNCUT is a comedic take on the myth of Persephone with twists and tangles and double-crosses as Persephone plots her revenge on Aphrodite and the fate of the earth itself hangs in the balance.
  • All Grace
    "All Grace" is a metaphorical, spiritual journey based on the true story of Jewish sculptor Jacques Lipchitz’ commission to create a sculpture of the Virgin Mary for a Catholic church high in the Alps called Our Lady of All Grace. The play intertwines the stories of Lipchitz’ life; the life of Father Marie-Alain Couturier, a priest determined to change the Catholic Church’s view on Modern Art; and the...
    "All Grace" is a metaphorical, spiritual journey based on the true story of Jewish sculptor Jacques Lipchitz’ commission to create a sculpture of the Virgin Mary for a Catholic church high in the Alps called Our Lady of All Grace. The play intertwines the stories of Lipchitz’ life; the life of Father Marie-Alain Couturier, a priest determined to change the Catholic Church’s view on Modern Art; and the life of the Virgin Mary herself, who mingles in the lives and work of both Couturier and Lipchitz.
  • Solamente Una Vez; A Thaw
    In the dark comedy Solamente Una Vez; A Thaw, a young couple, about to be married, surprise themselves with their own passions and desires. She for the exotic Latino husband upstairs. He for a gay coworker. Can their fledgling marriage withstand the temptations of the flesh?
  • Woman Studies
    Victoria is barely getting by as an adjunct professor of music at a small liberal arts college, especially when she is constantly bailing out her sister Francesca. She makes a connection with Brian, a fellow adjunct professor at the college who teaches Women's Studies. Moments from their pasts rise to the surface as Victoria is forced to deal with an event that changed her relationship with her sister and...
    Victoria is barely getting by as an adjunct professor of music at a small liberal arts college, especially when she is constantly bailing out her sister Francesca. She makes a connection with Brian, a fellow adjunct professor at the college who teaches Women's Studies. Moments from their pasts rise to the surface as Victoria is forced to deal with an event that changed her relationship with her sister and father, while Brian is inspired by Victoria to take up his harmonica once again, reliving his college days in a folk trio that included Karen, a lost love whom he can't let go.