Spencer Huffman

Spencer Huffman

Spencer Huffman is a playwright, actor, and director based in Chicago. His plays include: Evil Perfect, The Baseball Gods, When We Were Little, Shine Down On Us, The Swamp Play, Like Some Deep Booming, The Vastness of the North, and If Only We Were Ghosts. His plays have earned recognition from theatres and festivals across the US, including The National Playwrights Conference, American Stage’s 21st Century...
Spencer Huffman is a playwright, actor, and director based in Chicago. His plays include: Evil Perfect, The Baseball Gods, When We Were Little, Shine Down On Us, The Swamp Play, Like Some Deep Booming, The Vastness of the North, and If Only We Were Ghosts. His plays have earned recognition from theatres and festivals across the US, including The National Playwrights Conference, American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival, Landing Theatre Co. New American Voices Festival, and Southwest Theatre Production’s Rising Artists Playwriting Competition, among others. His plays have received productions and staged readings from Bramble Theatre Co (Chicago, IL), The Landing Theatre Co (Houston, TX), Broken Bell Reads (Chicago, IL), Three Cat Productions (Chicago, IL), and Relative Theatrics (Laramie, WY). He has been a fellow at The Millay Colony, The Marble House Project, and the Kerouac Project of Orlando. Spencer’s directing work includes site-specific productions of: Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, Bug by Tracy Letts, and Aaslt by Duncan McLean and Pol Heyvaert, among others. Spencer graduated from the School at Steppenwolf in 2019 and is an ensemble member and literary manager at Bramble Theatre Co in Chicago. BA: Kenyon College. www.jspencerhuffman.com

Plays

  • Evil Perfect
    In an otherworldly city obsessed with achieving absolute equity at all costs, Lily, a dissident at the end of her rope, meets Puck, the son of the city's charismatic matriarch. As their unlikely relationship grows and the city's enforcers close in, Lily and Puck hatch a terrifying plan: to revolt. Set in a tarnished society with twisted ideals, Evil Perfect is a messy and seductive play that attempts...
    In an otherworldly city obsessed with achieving absolute equity at all costs, Lily, a dissident at the end of her rope, meets Puck, the son of the city's charismatic matriarch. As their unlikely relationship grows and the city's enforcers close in, Lily and Puck hatch a terrifying plan: to revolt. Set in a tarnished society with twisted ideals, Evil Perfect is a messy and seductive play that attempts to reveal how good people with honorable intentions become evil.
  • The Baseball Gods
    When nine-year-old Jamie met a boy named Sam who taught him how to throw a baseball, he knew he’d found his best friend. Over the next ten years of sleepovers and batting practice, whenever Jamie’s troubled family seemed on the brink of falling apart, Sam would be there to help. But with the State Championship and their high school graduation just days away, Sam reveals that he’s been diagnosed with testicular...
    When nine-year-old Jamie met a boy named Sam who taught him how to throw a baseball, he knew he’d found his best friend. Over the next ten years of sleepovers and batting practice, whenever Jamie’s troubled family seemed on the brink of falling apart, Sam would be there to help. But with the State Championship and their high school graduation just days away, Sam reveals that he’s been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Suddenly, Jamie faces an unfamiliar and painful question: How do you take care of someone who has always taken care of you? A dark comedy about two young men who love baseball almost as much as they love each other, The Baseball Gods is an intimate and tender portrait of adolescent masculinity in the midst of untimely tragedy.
  • Shine Down On Us
    With the law hot on his tail and a bloody trail behind him, Franky arrives at his brother’s home seeking vengeance. Joe, a police officer torn between helping Franky and turning him in, must face his own role in Franky's bleak life. As Joe’s guilt mounts and the police close in on Franky, the brothers and their family grapple with their shared past and endure the painful process of taking responsibility...
    With the law hot on his tail and a bloody trail behind him, Franky arrives at his brother’s home seeking vengeance. Joe, a police officer torn between helping Franky and turning him in, must face his own role in Franky's bleak life. As Joe’s guilt mounts and the police close in on Franky, the brothers and their family grapple with their shared past and endure the painful process of taking responsibility for a family’s suffering.

Recommended by Spencer Huffman

  • REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
    7 May. 2019
    Dani and Wilson make for an engaging, genuinely funny, and often touching duo. Though the literal subject of LC's play is tiny (indeed, a tiny house), the play's stakes are high and its themes, consequential and relevant. YARD WORK achieves a lovely balance of comedy and drama while consistently forcing the audience to question typical conceptions of charity, community, and ownership. This is a daring play, which begs for a thoughtful and bold production.