Gage Tarlton

Gage Tarlton

Gage Tarlton is a Southern Queer playwright, currently based in Chapel Hill, NC. For three years, he served as the Artistic Assistant and Literary Associate at Playmakers Repertory Company. Currently, he serves on the Youth Advisory Board for the off-Broadway theatre company, The COOP. In 2019, he was one of two Playwriting Fellows selected to attend the Kennedy Center MFA Playwriting Workshop and most recently...
Gage Tarlton is a Southern Queer playwright, currently based in Chapel Hill, NC. For three years, he served as the Artistic Assistant and Literary Associate at Playmakers Repertory Company. Currently, he serves on the Youth Advisory Board for the off-Broadway theatre company, The COOP. In 2019, he was one of two Playwriting Fellows selected to attend the Kennedy Center MFA Playwriting Workshop and most recently, he was named a finalist for the Echo Theatre Company's National Young Playwrights in Residence.

His play "sons that wear dresses and mothers that love sweet potatoes" was one of four plays selected for development at the Kennedy Center's Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop, as well as a selection for PlayMakers Repertory Company's Making Tracks Reading Series. The play was named a semi-finalist for the 2020 National Playwrights Conference and the 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and also received Distinguished Achievement recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

His play, "just like now" was developed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival with acting apprentices, and was a semi-finalist for Normal Avenue's NAPSeries in 2018. It received a world premiere production with the Kenan Theatre Company and was subsequently produced in Brooklyn, NY at Sitting Shotgun Theatre. His short play "the last blueberry on earth" was one of six plays selected by The Dare Tactic to receive a workshop production in February 2019.

He loves Cate Blanchett dearly.

Plays

  • sons that wear dresses and mothers that love sweet potatoes
    When Malcolm returns home to Durham, NC for Thanksgiving, he soon discovers that his mother, Lillian, is being forced to move out of the bookshop home where he and his sister, Chandra, were raised. In its place, an apartment complex is being built.

    Across the street, twenty-somethings Toby and Shay exercise on treadmills at Planet Fitness. They're not real buddies - just gym buddies....
    When Malcolm returns home to Durham, NC for Thanksgiving, he soon discovers that his mother, Lillian, is being forced to move out of the bookshop home where he and his sister, Chandra, were raised. In its place, an apartment complex is being built.

    Across the street, twenty-somethings Toby and Shay exercise on treadmills at Planet Fitness. They're not real buddies - just gym buddies.

    When these two worlds collide at a downtown gay club, they are all taken on an unexpected journey that begs the questions: how do we love ourselves, how do we give and receive love, and what the hell even is love? With Lillian facing the inevitable mortality of the only home she has ever known, she more than anyone will have to answer the biggest question of all: to fall, or to fly?
  • exercise your demons: a play on the collective trauma of the gay male body
    Max wants to be healthy. Brooks is his personal trainer. Russell is a gym rat that never sees results. And Wiley makes money playing the saxophone in his underwear in virtual sex chatrooms. Looming amongst them is The Demon, an accumulation of their greatest desire and fear. But they're only characters from the mind of Christian, a young playwright who committed suicide before the play began rehearsals....
    Max wants to be healthy. Brooks is his personal trainer. Russell is a gym rat that never sees results. And Wiley makes money playing the saxophone in his underwear in virtual sex chatrooms. Looming amongst them is The Demon, an accumulation of their greatest desire and fear. But they're only characters from the mind of Christian, a young playwright who committed suicide before the play began rehearsals.

    EXERCISE YOUR DEMONS is a postmodern queer exploration of the gay male body in conversation with mental health, gay sex and relationships, and the power of theatrical storytelling, in life and death.
  • just like now
    Best friends Brody and Lissa can't quite figure out how to navigate their love lives...but at least they've always had each other. That is, until Brody unexpectedly finds himself in a serious relationship, leaving Lissa isolated from her best friend and the outside world. In this queer as fuck rom-com, Brody and Lissa are forced to come to terms with the meaning of their friendship, ultimately calling...
    Best friends Brody and Lissa can't quite figure out how to navigate their love lives...but at least they've always had each other. That is, until Brody unexpectedly finds himself in a serious relationship, leaving Lissa isolated from her best friend and the outside world. In this queer as fuck rom-com, Brody and Lissa are forced to come to terms with the meaning of their friendship, ultimately calling into question the balance between romantic and platonic love. And there's dancing. There's a lot of dancing.
  • The Last Blueberry on Earth
    exactly what the title says.
  • from the backyard to the horizon of something lost (or, a bike ride through time)
    a road trip adventure movement play with
    fast food drive-thru lines,
    unexpected thrift store finds,
    blasting music with windows down,
    wind moving through hair
    while moving through towns,
    best friends boy and ruby on a journey
    with the hope of finally being found.
  • the young boy and his imaginary friend
    a lot can be learned from listening to your imagination.