Lucas Baisch

Lucas Baisch

Lucas Baisch [ he / him ] is a Guatemalan-Mexican-American playwright, artist, and educator from San Francisco, based in Providence, Rhode Island. His work has been read and developed at The Goodman Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, The Neo-Futurists, Playwrights Horizons, Cutting Ball Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, Links Hall, Gloucester Stage, InFusion Theatre Company, Chicago Fringe, SF...
Lucas Baisch [ he / him ] is a Guatemalan-Mexican-American playwright, artist, and educator from San Francisco, based in Providence, Rhode Island. His work has been read and developed at The Goodman Theatre, The Bushwick Starr, The Neo-Futurists, Playwrights Horizons, Cutting Ball Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens Theater, Links Hall, Gloucester Stage, InFusion Theatre Company, Chicago Fringe, SF Playground, etc. Productions include: REFRIGERATOR (First Floor Theatre), The Scavengers (The Healy Theater at DePaul University), A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company), Dry Swallow (Brown University) and co-writing on The Arrow Cleans House (The Neo-Futurists). His artwork has been presented at Elsewhere Museum, the Electronic Literature Organization, gallery no one, the RISD Museum. Coming up, he will be developing work at The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights' Workshop and will be presenting a new solo work at ACRE Projects in January 2021. Education: DePaul University: BFA Playwriting & Art History, Brown University: MFA Playwriting.

Plays

  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • The Scavengers
    Three siblings are yearning for some ugly truth, buried in a hoarder’s home. A sickly woman is scrambling to repent. A butcher-boy looks for peace in an unlikely companion. As the world drowns in reality television plastic, the potential doom of the God particle, and a garbage patch sitting still in the Pacific, their stories intertwine and the wretched secrets of a family untether.