Claire-Frances Sullivan

Claire-Frances Sullivan

Claire-Frances Sullivan is an NYC-based performer, composer/lyricist, and internationally produced and award-winning playwright. She has had work produced by and/or developed at the Powerhouse Theater, Midland Center for the Arts, TACT studios, The Pulp Stage Theatre Company, Festival 56, TALOS/Cyborphic Productions, The Workshop Theater, The York Theatre Company, and the Bread and Roses Theater. Claire-Frances...
Claire-Frances Sullivan is an NYC-based performer, composer/lyricist, and internationally produced and award-winning playwright. She has had work produced by and/or developed at the Powerhouse Theater, Midland Center for the Arts, TACT studios, The Pulp Stage Theatre Company, Festival 56, TALOS/Cyborphic Productions, The Workshop Theater, The York Theatre Company, and the Bread and Roses Theater. Claire-Frances is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is a lyricist with the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop. She was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s National Musical Theatre Award for her original musical, Fostered Love, in 2018. www.clairefrancessullivan.com

Plays

  • Supermassive
    Sneaks is a 14-year-old girl who uses the language of the spacetime continuum to process the reality of her parents' difficult divorce. Liza is her mother, locked outside of a hotel room in the Now. We follow Sneaks and Liza as they rebuild what's left of their family, move to a new home, and finally open that hotel room door. It takes place in the now, the past, and in-between.
  • Close Encounters

    ​Two women meet by chance at a bus stop late at night. One intends to take a bus home, and the other has a much different reason for being there. They form a companionship as they discuss the otherworldly.
  • Close Encounters - Radio Theatre Version
    ​Two women meet by chance at a bus stop late at night. One intends to take a bus home, and the other has a much different reason for being there. They form a companionship as they discuss the otherworldly.

    Radio-style version as developed with The Pulp Stage.
  • A Christmas Carol
    In a modern adaptation of the original Charles Dickens novel, Scrooge is a selfish banker with a closed mind. Bob Cratchit appears as Robin Cratchit: the "administrative assistant" to Scrooge and a single mother of two daughters, including an ailing Trisha, Fred has a son, Mr. Fezziwig is now the kindly Mr. Ferdinand, and there's a lesson somewhere along the way about the dangers of free-market...
    In a modern adaptation of the original Charles Dickens novel, Scrooge is a selfish banker with a closed mind. Bob Cratchit appears as Robin Cratchit: the "administrative assistant" to Scrooge and a single mother of two daughters, including an ailing Trisha, Fred has a son, Mr. Fezziwig is now the kindly Mr. Ferdinand, and there's a lesson somewhere along the way about the dangers of free-market healthcare. The retelling of this classic strives to include more female representation and a relevant take on old themes.
  • A Visit
    Every year, a man named Ankle is visited by an anthropomorphic raven from the underworld. Their complicated relationship is tested when Ankle resists their normal gig.
  • Stranded
    Jessie and Nicki are stuck in the hayloft of a barn on a hot summer's day. They try to find a way down, but find parts of themselves along the way.
  • A Clean Break
    Four nurses who work nights in the ICU of a small hospital in 1975 face the obstacles that come with the pressures of being an RN. Promotions, illness, and racial conflict add to an already incredible mountain of responsibility. A one-act play that takes place during the shift changeovers into the night shift, and explores the relationships between the women who take on jobs that ask them to be superhuman.
  • Fostered Love

    Bailey and Maeve have lived in the foster care system for years with only each other to rely on. An ultimatum arrives when Bailey becomes too old to stay in the system. The sisters grapple with their sense of identity, responsibility, and self-worth when they’re forced to face a world they weren’t prepared to succeed in.

    Recipient of the Kennedy Center's National Musical Theatre...

    Bailey and Maeve have lived in the foster care system for years with only each other to rely on. An ultimatum arrives when Bailey becomes too old to stay in the system. The sisters grapple with their sense of identity, responsibility, and self-worth when they’re forced to face a world they weren’t prepared to succeed in.

    Recipient of the Kennedy Center's National Musical Theatre Award, 2018
    Staged Reading, Central Michigan University, 2017
    AEA 29-Hour Reading, TACT Studios, NYC, 2018
    Staged Reading, Festival 56, 2018