Dave Osmundsen

Dave Osmundsen

Dave Osmundsen is a queer and autistic playwright and dramaturg whose work has been seen and developed at the Kennedy Center, KCACTF Region 8, B Street Theatre, the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Phoenix Theatre Company, and others. He was named one of two recipients of the inaugural Future of Playwriting Prize from the Blank Theatre and Ucross. His play LIGHT SWITCH was a...
Dave Osmundsen is a queer and autistic playwright and dramaturg whose work has been seen and developed at the Kennedy Center, KCACTF Region 8, B Street Theatre, the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Conference, Phoenix Theatre Company, and others. He was named one of two recipients of the inaugural Future of Playwriting Prize from the Blank Theatre and Ucross. His play LIGHT SWITCH was a 2021 BAPF Finalist, a 2020 NPF semi-finalist, a Carlo Annoni Playwriting Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. His one-act, A FIREWORK UNEXPLODED, was published in the inaugural issue of The Dionysian and was a semi-finalist for the NYC Audio Theatre Writing Contest. His TYA play THE DUMMY CLASS was a Finalist for the Purple Crayon Players' PLAYground of Fresh New Works. His play STUPID, FAT, UGLY was a semi-finalist for the 2017 National Playwrights Conference. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Arizona State University.

Plays

  • Light Switch
    FULL-LENGTH: Spanning twenty years, "Light Switch" follows the story of Henry, an autistic gay man with a passion for 19th century British literature, and his quest for love and acceptance.
  • The Gift of BS
    FULL-LENGTH: William Johansson, age 46, is not exactly living his best life. On top of his wife leaving him, his father dying, and being fired from his job, he has also been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. When he reunites with a former student who is also autistic, he embarks on an emotional journey of self-acceptance.
  • The Dummy Class
    Ted writes poems. Elizabeth tells jokes. Gina dances. Marcus conducts. With the Nockaquan Elementary School Talent Show coming up, these four special needs children are determined to show everyone that they are more than just the dummy class.
  • My (Diagnosed) Self
    TEN-MINUTE: Rachel, a newly self-diagnosed autistic woman, comes out to her gay best friend Timmy.
  • (Un)Scripted
    TEN-MINUTE: Miranda, an autistic girl dedicated to social improvement, endures a scripted coffee shop module to achieve "typicality."
  • Making Friends Remotely
    After a virus has overtaken the nation, three strangers try to connect with each other virtually.
  • Only You Can Reject Jelly Beans
    Otis, a 20-something gay man, is quarantined with little to do besides eating jelly beans and reflecting on his existence.
  • The Day I Turned Into A Bird
    While at the park one day, Kim turns into a bird. Or does she? A play about change, loss, and becoming what we want to be in this world.

    *** NOTE: The story is inspired by Aimee Bender's "The Rememberer." The playwright is in contact with the entertainment rights holders for Bender's work.
  • The Last Shore Trip
    TEN-MINUTE: What if the best thing you can do for someone is to let them walk away? Seth and Peri grapple with this question as they reflect on the loss of their best friend Cara.
  • Accident on 80
    TEN-MINUTE: Sasha and Mikayla are two best friends whose favorite pastime is driving in traffic to see the latest major car accident. The accident they are heading for right now promises to be the biggest, most epic, and major accident in their entire lives. But a series of darkly comic events force them to consider the possibility that they could be the next accident…
  • A Firework Unexploded
    TEN-MINUTE: Ned loves fireworks. Gina doesn’t. A seemingly meaningless difference that forces them to confront their insecurities, flaws, and what they mean to each other.
  • Something for Sondra
    FULL-LENGTH: Janey Tubben, her underachieving best friend Brian, and her sassy mother Sondra are forced to navigate the rocky waters of friendship and loyalty when Sondra is diagnosed with a deadly disease right when Janey receives the opportunity of a lifetime.
  • Pix of Your Partner's Privates
    TEN-MINUTE: When Shelly is about to return to the other side of the country, her long-distance boyfriend John gives her something to remember him by...
  • Make Way
    TEN-MINUTE: When the government starts an initiative to begin humanity anew, people are paid to throw old books into a fire pit. When an idealistic young man comes across one of his favorite childhood books, he tries to save it from being burned, sparking a debate about the value of old books and ideas in a world that is trying to start over—and whether they’re worth keeping around.
  • What Price? What Glory?
    FULL-LENGTH: 1927. A young woman's adventures in silent-era Hollywood take a devastating turn.

    2014. A young actor is set to make his Broadway debut in a musical about a silent-era film actress who went missing in 1927.

    Side by side, we hear their stories.
  • Ferret Ran Away
    FULL-LENGTH: Don has broken up with his boyfriend after being diagnosed with HIV. Celia has become pregnant after a one-night encounter at a party. Will these siblings be able to cross personal and familial boundaries to reach one another in their times of need?
  • Stupid, Fat, Ugly
    FULL-LENGTH: When Mandy's younger gay brother Eric mysteriously dies, she travels to New York City to find out what exactly happened. What she discovers about her brother's death (and herself) will change her life forever.
  • The Yes Lives
    FULL-LENGTH: Alexander: Gay, cynical, and has a problem saying "yes". John: Straight, optimistic, and has no problem saying "yes". Over fifteen years, these two unlikely friends sustain each other through the highs and lows of life, and learn the consequences of saying (or not saying) the Y word.
  • The Ushers
    FULL-LENGTH: The play follows a year in the lives of a small group of ushers at a Florida community theatre. Their desires, passions, and past hurts all come out as they vie for the Usher of the Year award.