Crystal Skillman

Crystal Skillman

NYTimes Critics Picks' OPEN (The Tank/AFO), GEEK (Vampire Cowboys), CUT (Theatre Under St. Marks), KING KIRBY (The Brick). New Plays: PULP VÉRITÉ (Kilroys List), RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD (EMOS Prize), THE SLEEPING WORLD (Midnight Theatricals). Musicals include: MARY AND MAX (Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin) and THIS SHOW IS MONEY (Music/Lyrics Gaby Alter). TV/Comic Books: ADVENTURE TIME (Boom! Studios...
NYTimes Critics Picks' OPEN (The Tank/AFO), GEEK (Vampire Cowboys), CUT (Theatre Under St. Marks), KING KIRBY (The Brick). New Plays: PULP VÉRITÉ (Kilroys List), RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD (EMOS Prize), THE SLEEPING WORLD (Midnight Theatricals). Musicals include: MARY AND MAX (Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin) and THIS SHOW IS MONEY (Music/Lyrics Gaby Alter). TV/Comic Books: ADVENTURE TIME (Boom! Studios), EAT FIGHTER (WebToon), and OVERNIGHT SUCCESS (Kampfire Films).


Plays

  • OPEN
    OPEN is a magic show without magic. A woman called The Magician seems to pantomime a myriad of tricks, but her act reveals she is attempting the impossible—to save the life of her lover, Jenny.  And yet, is it possible that the more we believe in their love, the more The Magician's illusions are actually becoming real? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and as impossible as it may seem, this...
    OPEN is a magic show without magic. A woman called The Magician seems to pantomime a myriad of tricks, but her act reveals she is attempting the impossible—to save the life of her lover, Jenny.  And yet, is it possible that the more we believe in their love, the more The Magician's illusions are actually becoming real? The clock is ticking, the show must go on, and as impossible as it may seem, this Magician’s magic act may be our last hope against a world filled with intolerance and hate. 
  • PULP VÉRITÉ
    Joy, is an active member of the filmmaking collective Pulp Vérité when she is captured and held overseas for four years. After being released from captivity, she returns to the United States to reunite with her friends and restart her life. She has entered in a United States has changed tremendously, who is ignoring international affairs more than ever. But when the group realizes Joy has gathered them together...
    Joy, is an active member of the filmmaking collective Pulp Vérité when she is captured and held overseas for four years. After being released from captivity, she returns to the United States to reunite with her friends and restart her life. She has entered in a United States has changed tremendously, who is ignoring international affairs more than ever. But when the group realizes Joy has gathered them together for the impossible: to bring her sister who is still a captive with ISIS home, their strength as a collective, youthful ideology, and commitment to the cause are shaken to the core. "As a play, Pulp Vérité owns the naiveté of these young American filmmakers, but also that the ideals that they once held are fading fast. Joy represents America itself in many ways, and as the play builds, we theatrically plunge head first into the results of too little too late. With all we are currently politically facing in this country, and the earned criticism of our place in the world internationally, Pulp Vérité itself is a race against time. Sadly the play is more timely than ever." Skillman shares.
  • RAIN AND ZOE SAVE THE WORLD
    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. "A radically charged coming-of-age story...
    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. "A radically charged coming-of-age story as whimsical and fun as it is moving and deep." -- Lori Wolter Hudson, AD New Harmony Theater Project
  • THE SLEEPING WORLD
    When an unfinished play by the late Peter Abbey is discovered, his four closest friends - all fellow playwrights - meet in their old theatrical home to finish it in order to give it the chance to be seen on stage and to give Peter the success he never saw during his lifetime. The content of the play, however, complicates matters, as they discover that the play is about them, their friendships, and what was lost...
    When an unfinished play by the late Peter Abbey is discovered, his four closest friends - all fellow playwrights - meet in their old theatrical home to finish it in order to give it the chance to be seen on stage and to give Peter the success he never saw during his lifetime. The content of the play, however, complicates matters, as they discover that the play is about them, their friendships, and what was lost eight, long years ago.
  • 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
  • (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