Inna Tsyrlin

Inna Tsyrlin

Inna Tsyrlin is currently perusing her MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University, under the tutelage of Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. Prior to that, she took classes in New York at HB Studio with Julie McKee, and at Primary Stages. Her play, Tattoo On My Arm, received a development workshop as part of the Rising Sun Performance Company 2017 Lab Series (NY) and she is the recipient of a regional KCACTF Award (2017...
Inna Tsyrlin is currently perusing her MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University, under the tutelage of Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. Prior to that, she took classes in New York at HB Studio with Julie McKee, and at Primary Stages. Her play, Tattoo On My Arm, received a development workshop as part of the Rising Sun Performance Company 2017 Lab Series (NY) and she is the recipient of a regional KCACTF Award (2017) for her short play, Earth. She has had short plays performed in New York, including: I (heart) Subway and Happy Anniversary (2014, Emerging Artists Theater: New Works Series); My Wife (2014, HB Playwrights Foundation); and Principal’s Office (semi-finalist of Manhattan Repertory 2014 Competition). Her shorts, Coffee and Murakami (2014) and Bentley (2013) have had staged readings as part of the Jack & Julie Project at HB Studio. Readings of her shorts have featured at Lama Theatre Company (2015), and a reading of her full-length Animals at HB Studio (2015). Apart from plays, Inna has written produced screenplays (Derek is Funny 2017; Headcount 2016; and Block, 2016), reviewed Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway plays for stagebuddy.com, and contributed to Australian lifestyle publications. She was born in St Petersburg, Russia, grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and lived in New York for several years. Inna’s work explores darker aspects of relationships, and how these impacted in our current social, political, and natural environments; with attention to freedom and identity. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Plays

  • Marine Biologist
    When everyone around you is a marine biologist, all you want is support to do your own thing.
  • The Waters Rose
    After the waters have risen and everyone is an environmental refugee, compassion is harder to find.
  • Stitched with a Sickle and a Hammer
    Aleksandra, a university student arrested by the Soviets for reading an article from the West, is sent to a Gulag camp for seven-years. To help survive her sentence, she joins the camp’s theatre troupe but when she learns that she’ll be performing for the American Vice-President Henry Wallace, she faces a life or death decision. Will she comply with the charade and pretend she is a free woman so she can survive...
    Aleksandra, a university student arrested by the Soviets for reading an article from the West, is sent to a Gulag camp for seven-years. To help survive her sentence, she joins the camp’s theatre troupe but when she learns that she’ll be performing for the American Vice-President Henry Wallace, she faces a life or death decision. Will she comply with the charade and pretend she is a free woman so she can survive the Gulag? Aleksandra realizes she has unintentionally signed up for a scheme to deceive Wallace, and the world, that she and other political prisoners across the Soviet Union do not exist. She prepares for two roles: the character on stage – Nina from Chekhov’s The Seagull – and the role of an actor who’s isn’t imprisoned. The theatre troupe becomes Aleksandra’s family, she even falls for the director. While preparing for the performance she realizes that truth requires even greater sacrifice than her arrest. Stitched with a Sickle and a Hammer is centered around an actual event where Wallace visited the camp in May of 1944, but instead of seeing a hard labor camp, he saw a façade of a town.
  • Gone Down Under
    An American couple travel to Tasmania, Australia to discover that gun control can work... but only in Australia.
  • Modern Monogamy
    Marriage is complicated and keeping up desire is hard. This short play is about a couple who desperately try to keep things sexy. They even try monogamy.
  • How To Make It To 2020
    A simple guide how to survive the next few years in America.
  • Breathing Test
    Job opportunities on Earth are becoming scarce so Humans need to find them on other planets.
  • Earth
    The death of planet Earth has created an opportunity for one higher intelligence being to receive a job offer he can’t refuse, but there’s a catch to getting the most prestigious role in the universe.