Allyson Dwyer

Allyson Dwyer

I'm a playwright from New Jersey who writes about the Internet, communication, alienation, systems and time. Recent plays include Arrow of Time (The Exponential Festival, NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival, Young-Howze Theatre Journal Awards’ Best Audio Production), The Hub (Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace), Nothing Remained But Voice And Bones (Clubbed Thumb, Theater Accident, Workshop Theater), and An Instant...
I'm a playwright from New Jersey who writes about the Internet, communication, alienation, systems and time. Recent plays include Arrow of Time (The Exponential Festival, NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival, Young-Howze Theatre Journal Awards’ Best Audio Production), The Hub (Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace), Nothing Remained But Voice And Bones (Clubbed Thumb, Theater Accident, Workshop Theater), and An Instant Message (Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival finalist, top 12). Recently I've been awarded an EST/Sloan Commission (Extraordinary Machine), was named a finalist for the SohoRep Writer/Director Lab (with Leonie Bell), the Final Shortlist for the Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize, a semi-finalist for Ars Nova PlayGroup and Pipeline Theatre's PlayLab. I am a current member of Road Theatre's UC4, as well as an alumna of both The Brick’s SoundLab and Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writer's Group where I received the Constitution Commission.

Plays

  • u are the dream
    I've debated sharing this often and I think I'm gonna do it, lol. Do you ever think about how all our human inventions and technologies were waiting to happen? This is a triptych about early humans and the internet, about the possibilities that live in the air around us and in our imaginations. How far we've come, from 30,000 years ago to now.

    this is subject to a better synopsis, someday.
  • Arrow of Time
    A tender-odyssey audio drama heard through sixty scenes, sixty years, of a life.

    In the near distant future, work is closer than family and we continue to never quite notice the true value of time. The years pass by, the secrets to their importance washed away by the immutable existence of entropy. By the time they’re old, what will the Arrow of Time reveal to Cheryl, Bob, and Paul?
  • An Instant Message
    ~10 MIN PLAY~ In the age of dial-up, a New Jersey teen saves up lunch money to buy a phone card to call her boyfriend in Kansas. Their first conversation might've gone like this. Or so she remembers.
  • Nothing Remained But Voice And Bones
    In second grade, Narcissus visits overweight Mel and informs her that she is cursed to search for perfection but to never find it. Unable to grapple with this truth, she spends a lifetime letting this curse define every relationship, even those between her past selves. Only Mel can find a way to break out of a cycle of self-hatred that keeps her from realizing what is truly beautiful about her body and her existence.
  • The Hub
    In the midst of puberty, 12-year-old Marissa discovers The Hub, a chat room where a group of young losers and outcasts can do or be anything, and together escape the confines of reality. Under the alias Ami-chan, Marissa begins her first relationship with a sixteen year old gamer, but soon finds that even online, it's hard to hide who she really is. As Marissa learns to grow up in this new digital frontier...
    In the midst of puberty, 12-year-old Marissa discovers The Hub, a chat room where a group of young losers and outcasts can do or be anything, and together escape the confines of reality. Under the alias Ami-chan, Marissa begins her first relationship with a sixteen year old gamer, but soon finds that even online, it's hard to hide who she really is. As Marissa learns to grow up in this new digital frontier, she will begin to understand just how much control she has over her own existence.