Chad Eschman

Chad Eschman

Los Angeles-based playwright, actor, and DIY producer. Artistic Director of Trap Street LA. Writer and Producer of Never Stop, a new short film. I like to write about liars, the ghosts of religion, and the ways we search for and define our families.

Plays

  • Hellfire
    To resist foreign invasion, local militias have converted Las Vegas casinos into makeshift military bases. Inspired by the stories of Lot from the Bible, this story follows a militia family run by a tyrant father, and how his daughter has to rise up against him to survive. Written at a one-month residency at 360 Xochi Quetzal in Chapala, Mexico.
  • The Meteorologist
    A one-minute play about a visionary meteorologist with questionable sanity.
  • Seeing People
    Have you ever run into someone you used to date...and didn't recognize them?
  • Out of Order
    A short expressionist play about repairing elevators and destroying the corporate machine.
  • Black Horse, Red Pony
    A one-minute play about dating, literature, and an Uber Horse.
  • All Eternity
    A female Mormon missionary struggles to reconcile her faith with her sexual orientation, all while battling her missionary companion, a lonely Marine, and a seductive vampire.
  • Perpetua
    Seth can't get his ex-girlfriend out of his head, so he's focusing all his energy on a board game. That is, trying to win a one-player board game that is apparently not possible to win. This play was written for the Living Room Playmakers show Under the Table, and was performed in the offices of Cards Against Humanity in Chicago. I also co-produced the evening.
  • Positive Thinking
    Tess and Brian have had major trouble getting pregnant, and have some crazy ideas about how to fix that — like chanting, eating fava beans, or today: having sex in a furniture store. However, this attempted conception leads to the unveiling of some surprising new details about their love life. This play was developed with Living Room Playmakers as part of our show Refinished. It was performed, along with...
    Tess and Brian have had major trouble getting pregnant, and have some crazy ideas about how to fix that — like chanting, eating fava beans, or today: having sex in a furniture store. However, this attempted conception leads to the unveiling of some surprising new details about their love life. This play was developed with Living Room Playmakers as part of our show Refinished. It was performed, along with five other short plays, in the showroom of District Furniture in Chicago.
  • The Memory Tax
    A young couple tries to build a future in a dystopian America, where memories are taken out of people's minds and archived because there may not be a tomorrow. Developed at the 2013 NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop. Selected for participation in The Araca Project 2013, leading to self-produced Equity Showcase at The American Theatre of Actors.
  • Come Clean
    Preston's life at the bookshop is all coffee, open mics and board games, until his girlfriend cheats on him and picks up herpes. Damaged by her dishonesty, he recklessly pursues an ambitious older woman, and neglects his friends. When all the lies come to a head, he has to decide if he can grow up in order to move on.
  • Houseboat
    In the midst of apocalyptic Chicago, two teenage sisters hide in the attic and prepare for the worst. Carly wants to pack and get moving, but Ashley wants to try to have a little fun before their mother returns. When Carly reveals some disturbing new developments, the pair must form a brave new bond in order to stay alive. Written for Living Room Playmakers' Three Stories, performed in a Chicago attic...
    In the midst of apocalyptic Chicago, two teenage sisters hide in the attic and prepare for the worst. Carly wants to pack and get moving, but Ashley wants to try to have a little fun before their mother returns. When Carly reveals some disturbing new developments, the pair must form a brave new bond in order to stay alive. Written for Living Room Playmakers' Three Stories, performed in a Chicago attic in 2013
  • Animals
    Jerry, a recently aspiring vegan, accuses his boyfriend Dino of cheating on him. Dino finally has to confess the truth, and it may be more outrageous than Jerry imagined. Written for Living Room Playmakers' Night Lights, performed in a Chicago bedroom in 2013.
  • Slam
    Taylor, a Chicago journalist, interviews Celia, a slam poet and youth leader, hours before a high school slam poetry competition. As things progress, it becomes clear that the story Taylor is after has nothing to do with tonight's event, and they are more connected than Celia realizes. Written as part of Living Room Playmakers' Last Call, performed at The Observatory, Chicago, May 17+18, 2013.
  • Fireflower
    Eve sets out on a quest to discover love. After a long journey through a dream-like world, she finds that love is very different from what everyone has told her.
  • Lot's Daughters
    Sarah and Esther, after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, make realizations and decisions about how to survive, and how to fulfill the fate God has given them.
  • Never Stop
    Based on Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, the language and characters are completely original — but aim to match the novel's tone, content and style. The writing process mimicked the drug-induced streams of consciousness and cut-up technique refinement utilized by Burroughs (swapping whiskey for opiates). Never Stop was developed as a final piece for the Paul Edwards course Performing the American...
    Based on Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, the language and characters are completely original — but aim to match the novel's tone, content and style. The writing process mimicked the drug-induced streams of consciousness and cut-up technique refinement utilized by Burroughs (swapping whiskey for opiates). Never Stop was developed as a final piece for the Paul Edwards course Performing the American 1950s at Northwestern University. A workshop performance was cast, designed and directed by the playwright.
  • Sláinte
    In prohibition-era Chicago, Jade runs a well-protected speakeasy, aided by her affair with Roger, a detective with a taste for bourbon. Today he tells her she's no longer safe from the authorities, and her options are limited. As a woman running an illegal business, she must quickly decide how to protect herself, her autonomy, and her father's memory. This piece was developed for White Elephant...
    In prohibition-era Chicago, Jade runs a well-protected speakeasy, aided by her affair with Roger, a detective with a taste for bourbon. Today he tells her she's no longer safe from the authorities, and her options are limited. As a woman running an illegal business, she must quickly decide how to protect herself, her autonomy, and her father's memory. This piece was developed for White Elephant's multi-media performance Great Fires, performed at Chicago's Co-Prosperity Sphere, March 21 and 22, 2014.