Zack Peercy

Zack Peercy

Zack Peercy is a playwright based out of Chicago. He is currently a resident playwright at Three Brothers Theater in Waukegan, IL through 2020. His plays have received several honors including Semi-Finalist in the Activate: Midwest Play Development Series, Top Ten Finalist in the Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Act Play Contest, Third Place in The Second City's Comedy Feature Screenplay Contest, Runner Up in...
Zack Peercy is a playwright based out of Chicago. He is currently a resident playwright at Three Brothers Theater in Waukegan, IL through 2020. His plays have received several honors including Semi-Finalist in the Activate: Midwest Play Development Series, Top Ten Finalist in the Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Act Play Contest, Third Place in The Second City's Comedy Feature Screenplay Contest, Runner Up in the Sandy River Review's Dramatic Works Contest, and accepted participation in the Midwest Dramatists Conference 10 Minute Play reading series. Other playwriting honors include participation in the inaugural Jackalope Theater Playwriting Lab led by Calamity West, attendance in the 2018 Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference, award of the MEH Lewis Scholarship from the Chicago Dramatists, and staged readings of my work at The University of Maine at Farmington (Farmington, ME) and Marywood University (Scranton, PA).
By 19 he had co-written, directed, and produced two independent musicals: 'Couch: The Musical' and 'Allons-y To The Future', the latter of which is available on YouTube. Since, he has received a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA in Theatre: Writing and Performance, which have improved his work greatly.

Plays

  • Essential Starlite
    FULL LENGTH: Marcus Monroe has glaucoma and the ability to shoot lasers out of his eyes. He tries to avoid his past of government-sponsored heroics by living in the seclusion of a basement apartment in the suburbs, but he's thrust back into the world of Extraordinary Individuals when he meets Ameka Anderson, a young woman on the verge of a discovery that could save the world. An expansive comic-inspired...
    FULL LENGTH: Marcus Monroe has glaucoma and the ability to shoot lasers out of his eyes. He tries to avoid his past of government-sponsored heroics by living in the seclusion of a basement apartment in the suburbs, but he's thrust back into the world of Extraordinary Individuals when he meets Ameka Anderson, a young woman on the verge of a discovery that could save the world. An expansive comic-inspired universe full of past exes, repressed trauma, and an ableist society awaits Marcus. He can't avoid the heroic spotlight forever.

    [script available upon request.]
  • Hard-Boiled Eggnog: A Christmas Noir
    FULL LENGTH: An aspiring elf detective named Jangle gets his big break when Santa is found murdered just days before Christmas. In order to solve this case, Jangle will have to confront eternal beings, secret friendships, seedy cocoa bars, and the loss of his brother Jingle. Can he find Santa's hat in time to save Christmas? Is he strong enough to process his grief in a healthy way? Did he RSVP to Miss...
    FULL LENGTH: An aspiring elf detective named Jangle gets his big break when Santa is found murdered just days before Christmas. In order to solve this case, Jangle will have to confront eternal beings, secret friendships, seedy cocoa bars, and the loss of his brother Jingle. Can he find Santa's hat in time to save Christmas? Is he strong enough to process his grief in a healthy way? Did he RSVP to Miss Figgy's Boxing Day Party? Answers, intrigue, and more can be found in this script!
  • Kubrickian
    FULL LENGTH: Trapped in a white space, three men (played by actors of any gender-identity) have a limited time to use their vocal cords before they're forcibly removed by their unseen captor. So, why is it that all they talk about is acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick?
  • That's Fucked Up
    FULL LENGTH: Four college students at their monthly meeting of a truth-circle confessional struggle to navigate the honesty of meaningful relationships. This "real time" 100-minute show explores 21st century relationships and the impact technology has on them. It's quiet, it's casual, and it's pretty fucked up.
  • In An Instant: A Zoom Play
    ONE ACT: On a long distance solo voyage to the edge of the solar system, Barbara starts to lose track of time (literally). This is a play about isolation, missing your family, and the bittersweet taste of Following Your Dreams. Y'know, like a metaphor for a time we're living in or something...
  • Muted.
    ONE ACT: Over the course of a year, Sid, a college sophomore, learns to deal with Chelsea, a ghost of a former middle school acquaintance.
  • Greetings from the Moon
    ONE ACT: Two young women reconnect on a bench in a cemetary in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Life's Worth
    SHORT: Ari returns to their father's apartment to pack up after the funeral in this ten minute scene.
  • Smoke Break
    SHORT: Five minute break to smoke down by the river.
    Audio version available under "Music".
  • The Portrait From The Artist Who Was An Idiot
    SHORT: A family-friendly meta-comedy about a "starving artist" and his wife inviting over their recently-millionaired friends to show off the artist's latest creation: a wall-length portrait of an audience.
  • Pantalone's Treasured Almost
    SHORT: The old miser Pantalone gets himself into some inter-dimensional existential trouble in this neo-commedia 10 minute play.