MT Cozzola

MT Cozzola

MT Cozzola is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her plays have been produced at Piven Theatre, the side project, 20% Theatre Company, The Fine Print, and elsewhere around Chicago, and her films have screen internationally. Her work has been called “haunting” (Time Out Chicago), "gleefully camp" (Revelation Perth International Film Festival), and "Scooby Doo camp meets Wes Anderson...
MT Cozzola is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Her plays have been produced at Piven Theatre, the side project, 20% Theatre Company, The Fine Print, and elsewhere around Chicago, and her films have screen internationally. Her work has been called “haunting” (Time Out Chicago), "gleefully camp" (Revelation Perth International Film Festival), and "Scooby Doo camp meets Wes Anderson irony" (Hell’s Half Mile Music and Film Festival). She has received commissions from Step Up Productions, Shapeshifters Theatre, and Working Women’s History Project, as well as an Illinois Arts Council Award and numerous residencies. Her three-hander DANCE FOR BEGINNERS was a 2017 O'Neill semi-finalist, and her one-act ST. GEORGE ON THE BUS won Heartland Theatre’s 2015 New Plays from the Heartland Festival. MT is represented by the Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

Plays

  • When They Came
    The citizens of a human community recover from the loss of a group of aliens who had come to them in need of refuge. The citizens defend their actions, interrogate each other, and reveal their deepest hopes and fears as they seek to explain, as a community, how their hospitable intentions resulted in disaster. Adapted from the short story, "When They Came to Us," by Debbie Urbanski, which was first...
    The citizens of a human community recover from the loss of a group of aliens who had come to them in need of refuge. The citizens defend their actions, interrogate each other, and reveal their deepest hopes and fears as they seek to explain, as a community, how their hospitable intentions resulted in disaster. Adapted from the short story, "When They Came to Us," by Debbie Urbanski, which was first published in the August 2016 issue of The Sun Magazine and now appears in Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017 (Adams).
  • Loveland
    LOVELAND follows the multiple repercussions from one act of sexual predation—on the victim, perpetrator, family, and community. Parents 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 career as a concert musician. But one night he peeks in on Jorie and her friends...
    LOVELAND follows the multiple repercussions from one act of sexual predation—on the victim, perpetrator, family, and community. Parents 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 career 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. (Previous/working title: CREEP. TRT 80 min.)
  • Popup Kid
    Chris is a lonely professional who’s learned to cope with disappointment, so she’s completely unprepared to be handed the promotion of her dreams. Faced with an elusive visitor who seems to think she’s Chris’s daughter, a repeating voicemail message of doom from her late mom, and an awkward romance with the office loser, Chris tries to escape by embracing her newfound success. So what if a few hearts are...
    Chris is a lonely professional who’s learned to cope with disappointment, so she’s completely unprepared to be handed the promotion of her dreams. Faced with an elusive visitor who seems to think she’s Chris’s daughter, a repeating voicemail message of doom from her late mom, and an awkward romance with the office loser, Chris tries to escape by embracing her newfound success. So what if a few hearts are destroyed along the way. But can she shut down her own long enough to get what she thinks she wants?
  • 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
    Boy and Sissy are coming of age in a troubled home. They’ve 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.

    “A very engrossing telling of a true tragedy, but doesn’t paint it as such. The play simply tries to turn monsters...
    Boy and Sissy are coming of age in a troubled home. They’ve 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.

    “A very engrossing telling of a true tragedy, but doesn’t paint it as such. The play simply tries to turn monsters into people.” (Chicago Theatre Review)
  • 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 God.
  • 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.
  • Christmas Eve Eve
    A highly disproportionate gift-giving exchange between two coworkers.
  • Runaway Holiday Train
    A transformational rant from an unbearable woman having an unsatisfying holiday.
  • UBU 45
    An UBU play, created for Paula Vogel's glorious KING UBU bake-off 2018. Thanks to TUTA for bringing us together!