Cary Simowitz

Cary Simowitz

Cary Simowitz (He/Him/His) is a thirty-year-old playwright and lawyer hailing from Coral Springs, Florida, currently serving as the Dramatists Guild Regional Ambassador for St. Louis.  He recently graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with his Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting. He is the author of five full-length plays, three one acts, and several ten minute pieces, in addition to...
Cary Simowitz (He/Him/His) is a thirty-year-old playwright and lawyer hailing from Coral Springs, Florida, currently serving as the Dramatists Guild Regional Ambassador for St. Louis.  He recently graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with his Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting. He is the author of five full-length plays, three one acts, and several ten minute pieces, in addition to multiple works of poetry and short fiction. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Following undergraduate school, he received his Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in 2016, and is licensed to practice law in Missouri and New York.

Cary’s plays have collectively garnered him modest recognition in over two-dozen competitions across the country. His play, Djarum Vanilla, was developed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC in August of 2018 as part of their MFA New Play Festival. It went on to receive the Kennedy Center’s 2019 Rosa Parks Award for “Distinguished Achievement,” and will next be developed at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta Georgia as a 2019-2020 Alliance/Kendeda finalist play. His UCLA thesis play, A Wolf’s Mother, was produced at UCLA as part of its 2019 MFA New Play Festival, and was subsequently given a workshop production at the Garage Theater in Long Beach, California, as a winner of Panndora Production’s 12th Annual New Works Festival. His most recent project, All the Oxytocin in Your Fingertips, which explores Deaf Culture in American society, was a finalist in the 2019 Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival. It currently has achieved finalist status in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2020 National Playwrights Conference, and is still under adjudication as a finalist for the O’Neill’s 2021 National Playwrights Conference.

Plays

  • The Bee That Declared a War (10 Minute Play)
    Published in Qu Literary Magazine's Winter 2021 Issue.
    2015. St. Louis, Missouri. An apartment complex.
    A fleeting moment between a resident and a doorwoman who is about to lose her job.
  • All The Oxytocin In Your Fingertips
    Finalist for the 2020 and 2021 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference
    ASL. ASMR. Tut. A Deaf of Hearing individual, raised in a caustic household where sign language is forbidden, secretly navigates three different communities that are united by a passionate belief that communication (and love) can ignite from all the sparks alive in your fingertips. This exciting new...
    Finalist for the 2020 and 2021 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference
    ASL. ASMR. Tut. A Deaf of Hearing individual, raised in a caustic household where sign language is forbidden, secretly navigates three different communities that are united by a passionate belief that communication (and love) can ignite from all the sparks alive in your fingertips. This exciting new coming of age story poses the question: “Would you rather be a 'different' person in a ‘normal’ world… or a ‘normal’ person in a different world?”
  • Djarum Vanilla
    Alliance/Kendeda Finalist; Developed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    November 2014. Missouri. The Darren Wilson verdict is imminent. Protests are becoming a daily part of life in Ferguson. The nascent Black Lives Matter movement is gaining national traction as racial tension in Missouri reaches a boiling point. To make matters worse, rumors perpetuated by the media are spreading...
    Alliance/Kendeda Finalist; Developed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    November 2014. Missouri. The Darren Wilson verdict is imminent. Protests are becoming a daily part of life in Ferguson. The nascent Black Lives Matter movement is gaining national traction as racial tension in Missouri reaches a boiling point. To make matters worse, rumors perpetuated by the media are spreading about the possibility of a race war igniting between a group of black teenagers and Bosnian immigrants.

    Meanwhile, ten miles away from Ferguson at an aging gas station/autobody shop, an unlikely friendship is fostered between a twenty-one-year-old black man named Malcolm and a poverty-stricken, seventeen-year-old white girl named Bex after the pair discover a secret hidden beneath the front seat of an abandoned Maserati. In the coming weeks, Malcolm and Bex are forced to test the boundaries of their friendship as the two are confronted with the harsh reality of living in a changing, unjust America.
  • A Wolf's Mother
    July 1967. The Summer of Love. Spokane, Washington.
    Forty-seven-year-old Ada “Kathleen” Bower, hardened from over three decades of ceaselessly outrunning a pack of inner demons, answered an unexpected knock on her front door, only to find her long-lost son poised on the threshold with a hand outstretched. Equal parts disgusted and horrified, she shut the door on him. Mother and son never saw each other...
    July 1967. The Summer of Love. Spokane, Washington.
    Forty-seven-year-old Ada “Kathleen” Bower, hardened from over three decades of ceaselessly outrunning a pack of inner demons, answered an unexpected knock on her front door, only to find her long-lost son poised on the threshold with a hand outstretched. Equal parts disgusted and horrified, she shut the door on him. Mother and son never saw each other again.
    What if Kathleen had let Charlie Manson in?

    *ALTERNATE ENDINGS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*
  • Drawing Room Talk (5 Minute Play/Sketch)
    5 Minute Play/ Sketch
    Need dating advice? The men from Jane Austen's compete works have got ya covered! Just don't ask me what "whist" is...
  • The First Co-Author (10 Minute Play)
    10 Minute Play
    Isabel Collins, a PhD student working in the MIT Behavioral Science Lab, finds herself conflicted after being forced to determine first co-authorship status on a project she piloted with two male colleagues. Feeling guilted into sacrificing her earned first co-authorship to maintain lab harmony, Isabel is suddenly visited by six towering historical women who desperately work to convince...
    10 Minute Play
    Isabel Collins, a PhD student working in the MIT Behavioral Science Lab, finds herself conflicted after being forced to determine first co-authorship status on a project she piloted with two male colleagues. Feeling guilted into sacrificing her earned first co-authorship to maintain lab harmony, Isabel is suddenly visited by six towering historical women who desperately work to convince her to take the first co-authorship she deserves.