Christopher Lysik

Christopher Lysik

Christopher Lysik (he/him) is a Rhode Island-born, Brooklyn-based playwright and musician whose work often investigates memory, illness, and oceans (both literal and figurative).

He has developed work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Powerhouse Theater, The Clemente, Rhode Island Youth Theatre, and Rutgers University, and was a finalist for the 2020 Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm....
Christopher Lysik (he/him) is a Rhode Island-born, Brooklyn-based playwright and musician whose work often investigates memory, illness, and oceans (both literal and figurative).

He has developed work at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Powerhouse Theater, The Clemente, Rhode Island Youth Theatre, and Rutgers University, and was a finalist for the 2020 Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Prior to writing, he appeared as an actor at Shakespeare's Globe (London), Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Trinity Repertory Theater, among others. Christopher currently holds a commission from Rhode Island Youth Theatre, for whom he is writing a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

Christopher has assisted on projects with playwrights and composers including Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Zoe Sarnak, and Geoffrey Nauffts. He has also held positions at Manhattan Theatre Club and New Dramatists.

He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, and an even prouder cancer survivor. BFA: Rutgers- Mason Gross School of the Arts (Acting).

Plays

  • Berrigan, or an Island tale
    Everything was going swell for Anna, until her father decided to go off and die, and her mother went basically catatonic. Also, some new kid just arrived on the island, and he’s kinda cool but also kinda annoying, and it really seems like he should be away at college right now…

    Meanwhile, on a different island, a girl has somehow broken the Perimeter, even though nobody’s done that in like a...
    Everything was going swell for Anna, until her father decided to go off and die, and her mother went basically catatonic. Also, some new kid just arrived on the island, and he’s kinda cool but also kinda annoying, and it really seems like he should be away at college right now…

    Meanwhile, on a different island, a girl has somehow broken the Perimeter, even though nobody’s done that in like a thousand years. The Elder has decided to let her stay, too, which is strange, considering the lack of food already. Really, though, the newcomer is just another task for the Elder’s Assistant, who has enough on his plate, what with the cooking and keeping the Elder’s house and everything.

    Oh, and in both places, the Storms are getting worse…
  • Thicker Than Water
    As the sun makes its journey across the sky, Big and Little sit together by the ocean debating life, religion, and the nature of brotherhood. As time passes, however, something deeper is revealed. Based on a previous short play entitled "The Dunes."
  • Treasure Island: A New Children's Musical
    Jayne Hawkins has been taught to fear her own voice-- until she discovers a treasure map and sets off for adventure, discovering the importance of defining her own path. A new, gender-equitable adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure story.
  • Harlot.
    On the eve of their populist governor's reelection, Brutus and Portia find themselves at odds over how to save their state. Based on Julius Caesar, Act 2, Scene 1.
  • The Dunes
    Two brothers sit together on a dock overlooking the waves one last time, discussing life, loss, and what it means to be a sibling.