MT Cozzola

MT Cozzola

MT Cozzola’s plays have been produced at Piven Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Side Project, 20% Theatre, The Acorn Theatre, and elsewhere. Commissions include Working Women’s History Project, Shapeshifters Theatre, Step Up Productions, and Something Marvelous. Honors: 2018 Illinois Arts Council Award Winner; 2018 Hawthornden Fellow; semi-Finalist, 2017 O’Neil National Playwrights Conference; Winner, Heartland...
MT Cozzola’s plays have been produced at Piven Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, The Side Project, 20% Theatre, The Acorn Theatre, and elsewhere. Commissions include Working Women’s History Project, Shapeshifters Theatre, Step Up Productions, and Something Marvelous. Honors: 2018 Illinois Arts Council Award Winner; 2018 Hawthornden Fellow; semi-Finalist, 2017 O’Neil National Playwrights Conference; Winner, Heartland Theatre’s 2015 New Plays from the Heartland; 2014 Illinois Arts Council Award; Residencies at La MaMaUmbria, Ragdale, and Playa. She is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

Plays

  • Murder in Residence
    Murder in Residence
    Six women converge on an international writer’s retreat at a remote mountain castle. Their writing is inconveniently interrupted when one of them, Kenna, mysteriously disappears. Over the course of three tumultuous days, they struggle to explain, discover, or conceal what happened in this idyllic retreat-turned-murder scene. Love, politics, and the creative process itself are raked...
    Murder in Residence
    Six women converge on an international writer’s retreat at a remote mountain castle. Their writing is inconveniently interrupted when one of them, Kenna, mysteriously disappears. Over the course of three tumultuous days, they struggle to explain, discover, or conceal what happened in this idyllic retreat-turned-murder scene. Love, politics, and the creative process itself are raked over the coals as each struggles to comes to grips with what Kenna really meant, for better or worse, to each of them.
  • When They Came
    The citizens of a small town reconstruct the events of an alien relocation that did not go as hoped. The humans defend their actions, interrogate each other, and confront their deepest hopes and fears as they try to reshape the disaster into something they can live with, and ultimately find themselves transformed by it. Part story theatre, part sci-fi fantasy, this ensemble piece is based on Debbie Urbanski’s...
    The citizens of a small town reconstruct the events of an alien relocation that did not go as hoped. The humans defend their actions, interrogate each other, and confront their deepest hopes and fears as they try to reshape the disaster into something they can live with, and ultimately find themselves transformed by it. Part story theatre, part sci-fi fantasy, this ensemble piece is based on Debbie Urbanski’s short story, "When They Came to Us," which was published in The Sun Magazine and appears in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017.
  • Loveland
    Power couple Karl and Megan have been in love since the moment they met, daughter Jorie is acing her freshman year, and all are looking forward to a luxurious trip to NYC—one of the perks of Karl's dream job as a concert musician. But one night he peeks in on Jorie and her friends sleeping off a slumber-party sugar high, and there is a moment that changes everyone. A fast-moving drama about the families we...
    Power couple Karl and Megan have been in love since the moment they met, daughter Jorie is acing her freshman year, and all are looking forward to a luxurious trip to NYC—one of the perks of Karl's dream job as a concert musician. But one night he peeks in on Jorie and her friends sleeping off a slumber-party sugar high, and there is a moment that changes everyone. A fast-moving drama about the families we’re born into, the ones we create, and the choices we make to stay true to both. (TRT 85 min.)
  • How to Raise a Pop-Up Kid
    A typical day at the office turns upside down when middle manager Chris meets a mercurial creature claiming to be her daughter. Determined to quit grieving her own mother, and rattled by the creature’s unpredictable appearances and exits, Chris miraculously manages to nab the promotion of her dreams. But she soon finds that success, like love, exacts a price she may not be able to pay.
  • Twin Set
    Love cuts both ways, so how do you keep the blood from staining? Sisters Meggy and Betty are busy preparing for the 1976 Bicentennial — working together, dressing like twins, and sharing a super-cute apartment. But when former schoolmate Marnie shows up needing help, Betty begins to question her past and Meggy starts fighting for her future.
  • Dance for Beginners
    Jenni and Jerry, two people entering the third act of their life, are separated by the Pacific Ocean. To overcome the distance and find a bond stronger than their wireless connection, they enter a dance competition in a neutral location where they'll finally have the chance to meet face-to-face. All they have to do first is learn to dance.
  • Nameless and Shameless! Being an Appropriation of the Wilkie Collins Sensation Novel NO NAME
    Wealthy sisters Norah and Magdalen suddenly find themselves homeless, penniless, and even nameless after the tragic death of their parents. Norah copes by seeking a humble living as a governess, while Magdalen embarks on a scandalous life in the theatre, followed by a fraudulent marriage, capped off by a demeaning stint as a servant, all to win back the family fortune and the family name. Freely adapted from...
    Wealthy sisters Norah and Magdalen suddenly find themselves homeless, penniless, and even nameless after the tragic death of their parents. Norah copes by seeking a humble living as a governess, while Magdalen embarks on a scandalous life in the theatre, followed by a fraudulent marriage, capped off by a demeaning stint as a servant, all to win back the family fortune and the family name. Freely adapted from the Victorian novel NO NAME by Wilkie Collins.
  • Boy Small
    a 5-character family drama about family dynamics, consumer culture, and a heartbreaking triumph over an impossible situation. Boy and Sissy have created their own brand of family under the eye of their frustrated father and his self-obsessed second wife. But when Boy embarks on his most extreme bid for freedom, their bond is severed and the family is transformed.
  • St. George on the Bus
    A mother and daughter struggle with the implications of an apparent miracle – namely, the materialization of a not-very-good family painting on a city bus. As the ostensibly religious Lois and the vehemently atheist Bethy come to terms with this decidedly odd event, they reevaluate their understanding of themselves, each other, and the annoyingly inconsistent thing called faith.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
    A radio theatre adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel. This piece takes us through Dorian’s journey from inside his own mind. ‘Cause radio can do that. 60 minutes.
  • Earth to Margaret
    A musical comedy about a video store clerk trying to hold on to her old life while time and technology rip it away. When the store is forced to close, Margaret and her small band of co-workers and customers try to move on, with varying results.
  • Merry Happy Everything
    When two coworkers with different perspectives on holiday presents attempt a gift exchange, they get more than they bargained for.
  • Runaway Holiday Train
    A transformational rant from an unbearable woman having an unsatisfying holiday.
  • Hank, Unedited
    One the second day of school, 20 years in the future, a naturally-conceived boy breaks some difficult news to his mummy.
  • Women at a sheer drop
    Two accidental climbers draw on their own resources to survive a precarious cliff, and end up saving each other instead.
  • UBU 45
    An UBU play, created for Paula Vogel's glorious KING UBU bake-off 2018. Thanks to TUTA for bringing us together!