Eliana Pipes

Eliana Pipes

Eliana Pipes is a playwright and actor. She’s the 2019 recipient of the Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers. She received a BA in English from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University

Eliana Pipes is a playwright, filmmaker, and Angelino. She’s the recipient of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, the Leah Ryan Fund Prize for...
Eliana Pipes is a playwright and actor. She’s the 2019 recipient of the Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers. She received a BA in English from Columbia University, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University

Eliana Pipes is a playwright, filmmaker, and Angelino. She’s the recipient of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, the Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers, the National Latinx Playwriting Award, and a member of the 20/21 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellowship cohort. 

Her work has been developed or presented at the Playwright’s Realm Scratchpad Series, NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, Ars Nova ANT Fest, San Diego Rep New Latinx Plays Festival, Two River Theater Crossing Borders Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival, The Fire This Time Festival, and the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival.

She’s the recipient of the KCACTF Ken Ludwig Scholarship, the WAVE Grant through Wavelength Productions, and a two-time Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. She received a BA in English from Columbia University, and has just completed the coursework on an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.  More at www.elianapipes.com.

Plays

  • DREAM HOU$E
    DREAM HOU$E follows two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style show who are selling their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in their “changing neighborhood.” As they perform for the camera the show slips into the surreal: one sister grapples with turmoil in the family’s ancestral past and the other learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. A play exploring the cultural...
    DREAM HOU$E follows two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style show who are selling their family home, hoping to capitalize on the gentrification in their “changing neighborhood.” As they perform for the camera the show slips into the surreal: one sister grapples with turmoil in the family’s ancestral past and the other learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the family’s future. A play exploring the cultural cost of progress in America.
  • Cowboy and the Moon
    A modern day alcoholic Father sees himself within his addiction as a wandering Cowboy in the Wild West. But the real world churns on for his wife and daughter, who must negotiate between playing along with his prairie fantasy and grappling with the impact of his drinking on their day-to-day lives. Cowboy and the Moon rewrites the trope of the Alcoholic Patriarch in the Western theater canon by introducing...
    A modern day alcoholic Father sees himself within his addiction as a wandering Cowboy in the Wild West. But the real world churns on for his wife and daughter, who must negotiate between playing along with his prairie fantasy and grappling with the impact of his drinking on their day-to-day lives. Cowboy and the Moon rewrites the trope of the Alcoholic Patriarch in the Western theater canon by introducing gender and race, leaving realism in the dust, and approaching everyone in the orbit of addiction with compassion.
  • Stand and Wait
    In three acts that descend from broad comedy, through realism, into an antebellum dreamscape, “Stand and Wait” follows a seasoned black actress named Carla who bonds with a naïve white actress in an audition waiting room, only to be handed a script that caters to America's worst racial instincts. After a flurry of satirical twists and turns, they book the job - but on the day of the show Carla learns the...
    In three acts that descend from broad comedy, through realism, into an antebellum dreamscape, “Stand and Wait” follows a seasoned black actress named Carla who bonds with a naïve white actress in an audition waiting room, only to be handed a script that caters to America's worst racial instincts. After a flurry of satirical twists and turns, they book the job - but on the day of the show Carla learns the set was a plantation site, and starts to see ghosts. When she steps out to perform, she finds herself in a cotton field, forced to confront the history that’s haunting her, and her inability to understand her place within it.
  • Stiletto Envy
    TEN MINUTE PLAY:
    Melanie asks her old friend Shaun to teach her how to walk in heels before prom. But when their meeting takes an unexpected turn. Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing may be at odds with her heart.
  • CrossTalk
    Julius has a very close relationship with Cee - she’s bubbly, she’s captivating, and she’s also his cellphone. When Julius decides to go off the grid for good, Cee fights for her life in a spirited tug of war that illuminates the complex and sometimes painful role that technology plays in our lives.