Crystal Skillman

Crystal Skillman

Produced Plays include: Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (three time NY Times Critics’ Pick), Another Kind of Love (Chicago Tribune Critics' Pick). New plays include: Open, Pulp Vérité, and Rain and Zoe Save the World. Awards: 2018 EMOS New Play Competition, NY Innovative Theater Award, Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, EST/Sloan Commissions. Musicals as Bookwriter: Mary and Max (Composer Bobby Cronin),...
Produced Plays include: Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (three time NY Times Critics’ Pick), Another Kind of Love (Chicago Tribune Critics' Pick). New plays include: Open, Pulp Vérité, and Rain and Zoe Save the World. Awards: 2018 EMOS New Play Competition, NY Innovative Theater Award, Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, EST/Sloan Commissions. Musicals as Bookwriter: Mary and Max (Composer Bobby Cronin), just premiered this fall at Theatre Calgary ( directed by Stafford Arima) - upcoming productions to be announced. Her new musical Postcard American Town (Composer Lynne Shankel) received a 2018 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat Residency. Comic Book/TV: “Adventure Time”, Eat Fighter (new episodes at Line Webtoon every Saturday), and Paper Heroes (Final Draft Big Break Contest) w/co-writer Fred Van Lente.  

Plays

  • PULP VÉRITÉ
    Joy returns to the U.S. to reunite with Pulp Vérité, her filmmaking collective, after she has been held overseas for three years to accomplish the impossible: to bring her sister, who is still captive, home.

  • RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD
    "A wild cross-country road trip that's got a huge heart and a refreshing sense of imagination and optimism." -John M. Baker "A radically charged coming-of-age story as whimsical and fun as it is moving and deep." -- Lori Wolter Hudson. Two Seattle teenagers embark on an impulsive motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protesters on the east coast. But as they follow a major pipeline...
    "A wild cross-country road trip that's got a huge heart and a refreshing sense of imagination and optimism." -John M. Baker "A radically charged coming-of-age story as whimsical and fun as it is moving and deep." -- Lori Wolter Hudson. Two Seattle teenagers embark on an impulsive motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protesters on the east coast. But as they follow a major pipeline across the country, what began as two young activists' longing to belong to something greater than themselves gives way to Rain and Zoe discovering that the true danger in this world might just be growing up.
  • THE TEST
    An English teacher in a struggling high school readies her junior students for the most important test of their lives. But when a symbol of hate appears in her classroom, she and two students on either side of the recent election, find their lives forever changed.
  • KING KIRBY (co-written with Fred Van Lente)
    NYT and Seattle Times Critics Pick. A play by the husband-and-wife team of New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente and NYIT award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman about the life and times of Jack Kirby, the great comic book artist who created or co-created some of your favorite heroes on the page and screen, Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Young...
    NYT and Seattle Times Critics Pick. A play by the husband-and-wife team of New York Times bestselling comics writer Fred Van Lente and NYIT award-winning playwright Crystal Skillman about the life and times of Jack Kirby, the great comic book artist who created or co-created some of your favorite heroes on the page and screen, Captain America, the Avengers, Thor, Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Young Romance, the New Gods, Darkseid, The Demon… the list goes on and on. From the Jewish ghetto of New York's Lower East Side to the battlefields of France to the Senate hearings of 1950s, this is a hysterical and heartbreaking story about a man who pours his quintessentially Twentieth Century life into his comics, only to make the fateful mistake that sends him into obscurity while his creations become known to every person on Earth. A real-life "Adventures of Kavalier & Klay", King Kirby asks what happens when an artist doesn't own his own legacy? Can he ever get it back?
  • ANOTHER KIND OF LOVE
    In Another Kind of Love, A punk rock star comes back home to her former bandmates and sisters after 15 years in Seattle, for a one night gathering to honor their mother a legend in the rock world, seeking a relationship with her fifteen year old rock-star-to be niece... at the price of destroying the only family she’s got left. "A female-driven punk-rock masterpiece"! -Chloe Riley, Chicago Reader
  • OPEN
    “When you open your eyes, I must know - do you see the world when you look at me?”

    One woman uses the power of a magic act to save her lover from total collapse. The Magician grasps for control bringing forth pinnacle stories from thin air. This magic act of love and enchantment may be our last card against a world filled with intolerance and hate. In OPEN, a new monologue play by Crystal...
    “When you open your eyes, I must know - do you see the world when you look at me?”

    One woman uses the power of a magic act to save her lover from total collapse. The Magician grasps for control bringing forth pinnacle stories from thin air. This magic act of love and enchantment may be our last card against a world filled with intolerance and hate. In OPEN, a new monologue play by Crystal Skillman, a woman’s quirky desperation to be a true magician exposes a deeper, darker desire to reconnect with her lover in this magic act of the imagination. Originally a short piece at TheaterJam at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, this piece, has been developed into an hour long play through workshops with New Georges at the New Ohio Theatre, The Red Fern Theater Company, and The Lark. Currently in Development with All for One Solo Theater Company.
  • (WILD) PETER & BOBBY
    From explosive playwright Crystal Skillman, Wild (Peter & Bobby) is a savagely funny Chicago story that asks: will love ever meet our expectations, and how far will we go to hold onto it? Raw, sensual, and deeply truthful, Wild had its much-anticipated NYC premiere after a successful run in Chicago in 2014 and received three NY IT Nominations. Peter and Bobby graduated from Northwestern together, live...
    From explosive playwright Crystal Skillman, Wild (Peter & Bobby) is a savagely funny Chicago story that asks: will love ever meet our expectations, and how far will we go to hold onto it? Raw, sensual, and deeply truthful, Wild had its much-anticipated NYC premiere after a successful run in Chicago in 2014 and received three NY IT Nominations. Peter and Bobby graduated from Northwestern together, live together, work together, sleep together. But when one of them cheats with a woman, they dive into a world of wild sexual affairs that threaten what they once had. But through this cycle of destruction and repair, will they find a different kind of love? “Skillman and director Evan Caccioppoli get two things exactly right: (1) the special ring of hell that is living with someone you’ve broken up with and (2) the fact that long-term love is more than anything an act of determination.” -- Time Out Chicago