Amy Tofte

Amy Tofte

Amy was awarded a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her play FleshEatingTiger had its Australian debut in Melbourne in February 2015. Her plays have been semi-finalists for the nuVoices Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival, The Source Festival, The Bridge Initiative, PlayPenn and The Princess Grace...
Amy was awarded a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her play FleshEatingTiger had its Australian debut in Melbourne in February 2015. Her plays have been semi-finalists for the nuVoices Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival, The Source Festival, The Bridge Initiative, PlayPenn and The Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. Her plays FLOOZY and FleshEatingTiger premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tiger was remounted at the Hollywood Fringe where it was named "Best of Fringe" and nominated for Best Play. Her plays and solo pieces have been produced and developed throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She is a founding member of the play development company Fierce Backbone in Los Angeles and a proud member of The Dramatists Guild. MFA, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Plays

  • Women of 4G
    Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars ... until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. 4G examines relationships between women under extreme duress. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, 4G's science fiction world asks questions about power, leadership, responsibility, and ultimately,...
    Seventy-five years in the future, an all-female crew and their male captain depart on what appears to be a routine mission to Mars ... until the captain is murdered and the real mission comes to light. 4G examines relationships between women under extreme duress. Part murder mystery, part space thriller, 4G's science fiction world asks questions about power, leadership, responsibility, and ultimately, sacrifice.
  • The Count Goes Down
    Melayne has a secret. At first that secret seems to be hiding her son, Billy, from his obsessive ex-girlfriend, Bethany. In fact, Melayne has helped Billy fake his own death to escape Bethany’s persistent searching for him. But when Bethany shows up at Melayne’s house, mourning Billy’s death and refusing to leave…Melayne is forced to take things a step further and Bethany is soon tied up and held against her...
    Melayne has a secret. At first that secret seems to be hiding her son, Billy, from his obsessive ex-girlfriend, Bethany. In fact, Melayne has helped Billy fake his own death to escape Bethany’s persistent searching for him. But when Bethany shows up at Melayne’s house, mourning Billy’s death and refusing to leave…Melayne is forced to take things a step further and Bethany is soon tied up and held against her will. As Melayne plans an escape that will take Billy away with her forever, her lover Charles shows up and complicates matters—especially when Bethany and Charles discover the ongoing sexual relationship between Melayne and Billy. Charles intervenes hoping to help Melayne psychologically while giving Bethany and Billy the means to escape to a healthier life. But Melayne is unable to let Billy go and kills him before anyone else can help him. A modern take on Medea and the complicated forces of obsession.
  • Relentless Pursuit of a Lady
    A female American journalist is held captive in a foreign country after interviewing local women who were victims of rape. During her interrogation by a male captor, she re-tells the American news story that triggered her ambition to understand sexual assault around the world. In the news story, a tough female cop turns to vigilante justice and shoots a pedophile accused of raping his step-daughter. But...
    A female American journalist is held captive in a foreign country after interviewing local women who were victims of rape. During her interrogation by a male captor, she re-tells the American news story that triggered her ambition to understand sexual assault around the world. In the news story, a tough female cop turns to vigilante justice and shoots a pedophile accused of raping his step-daughter. But killing the pedophile means the step-daughter is now forced to live with her equally abusive uncle, so she runs away and moves in with the cop. The cop is placed on trial for her crime and ends up in prison where she is now pregnant from a tryst with an underage gang-banger. As the interrogation intensifies, the journalist dives deeper into the fantasy world of the news story and learns how she might finally escape her abuser.
  • Parts & Pieces
    An adopted sibling transitioning to gender neutral confronts an angry little sister holding their inheritance hostage. Their meeting is negotiated by a professional chameleon who not only knew their mother...but helps fill in some missing pieces of their rocky relationship in real time. And a little bit about boobs.
  • FLOOZY
    Vee works hard to be a nice girl. She currently lives with her best friend and free-spirit, Bista, after walking out on her cheating boyfriend. Kevion, Bista’s over-sexed and food-obsessed lover, is a constant fixture in Bista’s apartment and eventually makes his move on the uptight Vee. As Vee careens toward developing real feelings for Kevion—based on one night of really outstanding, badly needed sex—she...
    Vee works hard to be a nice girl. She currently lives with her best friend and free-spirit, Bista, after walking out on her cheating boyfriend. Kevion, Bista’s over-sexed and food-obsessed lover, is a constant fixture in Bista’s apartment and eventually makes his move on the uptight Vee. As Vee careens toward developing real feelings for Kevion—based on one night of really outstanding, badly needed sex—she learns of Bista’s involvement with yet another man, an older and rather dangerous man named Bard. Bista, pregnant with Bard’s baby, learns of Kevion’s tryst with Vee and convinces Kevion the baby is his, re-staking her claim on Kevion’s affection. Unfortunately, Bard has his own concerns about Bista having his baby and returns to kill her, making it appear as a botched, self-inflicted abortion. When Bard returns to the scene of the crime to retrieve an over-looked piece of evidence, Kevion stumbles upon the murderer and is also killed. As Vee attempts to reconcile her roller coaster of love, sex and betrayal…she eventually goes insane. Stylistically, the play starts as a broad farce (it could even have a TV laugh track) then shifts into a bloody, slasher-B-movie complete with blood and the walking dead who terrorize Vee and push her over the edge. The play investigates the relationship between humor and fear using suspense, dramatic irony and sexuality.
  • The Scrambling Class
    Set in the summertime in the woods of Northern California. Seven friends in their late 20s/early 30s meet up for an annual camping trip to help their emotionally disturbed friend from high school. But when she wants them to admit accountability for her dysfunction…they kill her and bury the body so they can move on with their busy lives. A play about narcissism, empathy and what it means to become an adult in...
    Set in the summertime in the woods of Northern California. Seven friends in their late 20s/early 30s meet up for an annual camping trip to help their emotionally disturbed friend from high school. But when she wants them to admit accountability for her dysfunction…they kill her and bury the body so they can move on with their busy lives. A play about narcissism, empathy and what it means to become an adult in the age of Facebook.
  • FleshEatingTiger
    Vicious dark humor chronicles an affair under the influence. The Man struggles with sobriety; The Woman is dependent on his affection. Scenes unravel between realism and absurdism, and the line between acting in the play and reality is relentlessly blurred, just as addiction blurs a healthy relationship. From The Scotsman's review at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival: “Tofte utilizes poignant monologues...
    Vicious dark humor chronicles an affair under the influence. The Man struggles with sobriety; The Woman is dependent on his affection. Scenes unravel between realism and absurdism, and the line between acting in the play and reality is relentlessly blurred, just as addiction blurs a healthy relationship. From The Scotsman's review at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival: “Tofte utilizes poignant monologues to contrast comedic double acts, helping to create tenderly strong characters who drag the audience into the disorder.”