Lucas Baisch

Lucas Baisch

Lucas Baisch [ he / him ] is a Guatemalan-Mexican-American playwright, artist, and educator from San Francisco, CA. His work has been read and developed atThe Goodman Theatre, The NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, PlaywrightsHorizons, Clubbed Thumb, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, LinksHall, SF Playground, etc. Full-length plays include: REFRIGERATOR (First Floor Theatre), On the...
Lucas Baisch [ he / him ] is a Guatemalan-Mexican-American playwright, artist, and educator from San Francisco, CA. His work has been read and developed atThe Goodman Theatre, The NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, PlaywrightsHorizons, Clubbed Thumb, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, LinksHall, SF Playground, etc. Full-length plays include: REFRIGERATOR (First Floor Theatre), On the Y-Axis (The Bushwick Starr Reading Series), Dry Swallow (Brown University), import speech_memory (Cutting Ball’s Variety Pack Festival), The Scavengers (DePaul University), A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company), and co-writing on The Arrow Cleans House (The Neo-Futurists). Lucas is a recipient of a 2020 Steinberg Playwriting Award and the Kennedy Center's 2020 KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award. He has taught writing and literature courses at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and as a teaching artist through Chicago Public Schools. His artwork has been presented at Elsewhere Museum, the Electronic Literature Organization, gallery no one, and the RISD Museum. MFA Playwriting, Brown University.

Plays

  • Dry Swallow
    We sit within the confines of a shipping container, where people are rendered commodity and turf is marked for value. Chula and Pal create competition on a Boyle Heights street corner. Nasir and Porter offer medicinal intake as artistic practice. Sik and Dori turn to drastic measures in order to save their family. Dry Swallow explores surrogacy, consumption, and substance abuse, while provoking the question: who’s allowed a healthy life?
  • 404 Not Found
    We find ourselves on the outskirts – at the back of a clay building which signals "stay away, stay awake." Slack and Ro and Cameo divulge into monologue, tracing three pasts, a present, while portending a future. A lyrical project netted in kidnap, virtual utopias, border crossing, and Freddy Krueger cosplay.
  • On the Y-Axis
    Last fall, a PG&E power line explodes. A shed catches flame. A tree. A neighborhood. Today, a hard drive tumbles its way out of a hole – out of the home of a burnt corpse – and data item turns into cataclysm. Part climate anxiety, part Book of Revelation, part digital archive: On the Y-Axis presents “play” as a poison to the host body.
  • import speech_memory
    Mackie, Wick, and Pendejo are self-declared natives of San Francisco, victims of a growing housing crisis. Recruited by Susanna, the employee of an unnamed start-up, they’ve been promised free shelter in exchange for participation in an audio farming procedure. S.B.’s tired of renovating her living room, so she drives west to find those responsible for the theft of her speech – now, a nationally exhausted...
    Mackie, Wick, and Pendejo are self-declared natives of San Francisco, victims of a growing housing crisis. Recruited by Susanna, the employee of an unnamed start-up, they’ve been promised free shelter in exchange for participation in an audio farming procedure. S.B.’s tired of renovating her living room, so she drives west to find those responsible for the theft of her speech – now, a nationally exhausted natural-language voice assistant. What bodies are being targeted by surveillance systems? What cultural amnesia is embedded inside the idea of home? What is authentic in a world of ubiquity?
  • REFRIGERATOR
    Eighty-two percent of the planet's population has disposed of their physical bodies and uploaded their consciousness to the IceBox. The company's last employees continue to provide transitional services for clients making the ascent. Benjamin's won the lottery and spends his final day in the office, while his coworkers battle with their own moral and socioeconomic inability to abandon their individual visions of reality.