Sean Christopher Lewis

Sean Christopher Lewis

Sean Christopher Lewis' plays and solo works have won the Kennedy Center's Rosa Parks Award, the National New Play Network's Smith Prize, the Barrymore Award, two Central Ohio Critic Circle Awards, the NEA Voices in Community Award, the Rick Graf Award from the Iowa Human Rights Commission, the NNPN Emerging Playwrights Residency and the William Inge Fellowship. His solo pieces include...
Sean Christopher Lewis' plays and solo works have won the Kennedy Center's Rosa Parks Award, the National New Play Network's Smith Prize, the Barrymore Award, two Central Ohio Critic Circle Awards, the NEA Voices in Community Award, the Rick Graf Award from the Iowa Human Rights Commission, the NNPN Emerging Playwrights Residency and the William Inge Fellowship. His solo pieces include KILLADELPHIA (Institut Del Teatre in Barcelona Spain; Interact Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage; Available Light Theatre; Touchstone Theatre; American Theater Company; Riverside Theatre; upcoming: Next Theatre in Chicago; Imagining America National Conference in Atlanta, GA), DOGS OF RWANDA (Legion Arts; Available Light Theatre; Horizon Theatre; Ojai Playwrights Conference; upcoming: Redfern Performing Arts Center), JUST KIDS (Sandglass Theatre; KO Festival of Performance; Available Light Theatre; Revolutions International Theatre Festival) and I WILL MAKE YOU ORPHANS (Uno Festival of Solo Performance; Hyde Park Theatre; Riverside Theatre). His plays include MILITANT LANGUAGE (Know Theatre; Halcyon Theatre; Theater for the New City; Playpenn and HotInk!), THE APERTURE (Cleveland Public Theatre) and MANNING UP (Salt Lake Acting Company; Riverside Theatre; Actors Summit; upcoming: Creative Outlet). He is the Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre where he creates Nationally Touring- Community Based Theatre including MAYBERRY (Hancher Auditorium; Bucksbaum Performing Arts Center; Iowa West Arts Center; City High School of Iowa City), FINDER'S DAUGHTER (National Czech Slovak Museum; Omaha Playhouse; Theatre of Western Springs), BROKEN CHORD (Hancher Auditorium), RUST (Actors Theatre of Grand Rapids; Legion Arts; published NY Times Magazine) and OUT OF BOUNDS (Hancher Auditorium; upcoming: Lied Center for Performing Arts). In Africa their work has included WE STOOD UP (Agahazo Shalom; Centre X Centre International Theatre Festival; KINA Festival) and in Spain it has included the RIOT BALLET (Institut Del Teatre). He can be heard on NPR'S This American Life and his first film THESE HOPELESS SAVAGES is playing film festivals around the country. He is represented by Leah Hamos at Abrams Artists.

Plays

  • Black and Blue
    "A powerful yet uncomfortable show... I urge everyone reading to see this play"- Little Village Ten years ago Charlie was a cop on a beat and Marcus was a suspect in the Fuller Park section of Chicago. Ten years since their paths crossed, their lives have gone in different directions but questions remain: was it abuse? Brutality? Or solid police work? Charlie's sister Charlotte is looking into...
    "A powerful yet uncomfortable show... I urge everyone reading to see this play"- Little Village Ten years ago Charlie was a cop on a beat and Marcus was a suspect in the Fuller Park section of Chicago. Ten years since their paths crossed, their lives have gone in different directions but questions remain: was it abuse? Brutality? Or solid police work? Charlie's sister Charlotte is looking into the case for herself this time, and this particular evening she's decided to bring Marcus home with her to really figure out what is what.
  • TOOTH AND NAIL
    Pinter's THE DUMB WAITER meets McDonagh's LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE in this hysterical dark comedy. Gerry and Crumb are two existential hitmen on a job. They don't know each other or their names, they just know the gig is big and they best not f- it up. When Gerry's underage and pregnant girlfriend arrives with motives of her own everything goes to hell and no one is safe. Explores themes of...
    Pinter's THE DUMB WAITER meets McDonagh's LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE in this hysterical dark comedy. Gerry and Crumb are two existential hitmen on a job. They don't know each other or their names, they just know the gig is big and they best not f- it up. When Gerry's underage and pregnant girlfriend arrives with motives of her own everything goes to hell and no one is safe. Explores themes of homosexuality, religion, good and bad taste and why some people will take money to kill.
  • DOGS OF RWANDA
    "Highly recommended... a powerful world premiere"- Chicago Reader "Highly Recommended... Dogs of Rwanda is the REAL DEAL"- Phindie " 1994. At 16 years of age David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he follows the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan boy they’ve stumbled upon he enters a world from which he will never fully be able to escape....
    "Highly recommended... a powerful world premiere"- Chicago Reader "Highly Recommended... Dogs of Rwanda is the REAL DEAL"- Phindie " 1994. At 16 years of age David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he follows the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan boy they’ve stumbled upon he enters a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. On the 20th anniversary of the genocide he witnessed firsthand a book David wrote regarding his experiences that Spring arrives with a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save. “You didn’t tell them everything,” it says. “You didn’t tell them everything.” A dinner party story for the ages.
  • Manning Up
    DONNIE and RAYMOND are best friends (don’t tell RAYMOND that, though). They’re also becoming fathers. Looking at the dads they’ve seen and grown up with, though, this doesn’t seem the best proposition. Maninars, Primal Screams and therapy sessions fill their night in RAYMOND’S basement as they wonder how to be the men they need to for the women upstairs. The women who changed their lives before and if this...
    DONNIE and RAYMOND are best friends (don’t tell RAYMOND that, though). They’re also becoming fathers. Looking at the dads they’ve seen and grown up with, though, this doesn’t seem the best proposition. Maninars, Primal Screams and therapy sessions fill their night in RAYMOND’S basement as they wonder how to be the men they need to for the women upstairs. The women who changed their lives before and if this night has anything to say about it, might just do it again! World Premieres at Riverside Theatre, Iowa City IA Oct 12-28 Salt Lake Acting Company, SLC UT Nov. 7- Dec. 9 Actor’s Summit, Akron OH May 16- June 2 Reviews: “”Brilliant…pregnant belly-laugh hilarious, with just enough heart-breaking moments to keep it grounded…The show’s world premiere opened to roars, cheers, whistles and an immediate standing ovation Friday night”- Cedar Rapids Gazette/Hoopla ‎”Outrageous, insightful and above all very, very funny.”- Iowa Theatre “Hit the audience’s collective funny bone.”- Salt Lake Tribune “(Critic’s Pick) Charming and satisfying…Lewis is savvy enough to recognize that there’s no simple dichotomy between Dad the Protector and Dad the Nurturer…with his snappy dialogue, Manning Up manages to find rich human comedy in figuring out that there’s a particular courage in deciding you’ve got what it takes to do the best you can.” City Weekly “Manning Up is a funny, delightful play, one that will certainly spark debate and conversations about manliness and parenthood as it receives more and more productions. This is Lewis’s first foray into pure comedy, and it is a successful endeavor.”- Utah Theater “Highly recommended”- Cleveland Examiner “Lewis knows his subject well…evokes laughter by pulling out the ridiculousness of the plight of a modern suburban man”- Broadway World “Sweet and funny… Manning Up is a life-affirming, often poignant exploration of men’s insecurities as they face the uncontrollable uncertainties of first-time fatherhood… an emotionally heartfelt comedy.” – Kerry Clawson Beacon Journal “The show may be billed as a comedy, but the playwright brings some serious topics to the stage. People leave the theater talking about more than where they parked the car…“Manning Up” brings new thoughts and actions to a local stage. I urge my readers to enjoy this production.”- Akron News Leader “The play is a pathway to self-discovery, maturity, and acceptance… the intimate two-hander upends traditional notions of manhood, gender roles and male bonding.” -Cleveland Jewish Times
  • Brothers Dellapina
    A foul mouthed comedy about two Bronx Brothers trying to destroy one another until their estranged father- a famous magician- arrives on the scene. A play about fathers and sons, forgiveness and abuse, with magical leanings.
  • Shatter the Sky
    Not your mother’s Sophocles. A riotous hip hop/punk re-telling of the Greek Oresteiea: incest, murder and a Cheap Greek Chorus of two girls in white dresses with a song for you. A verse play about violence, its cycles and what it means to challenge fate.
  • GOODNESS
    Alex is a photographer known for taking her subjects back through the tragedies they lived in their past. Prisons and war are her subject's secrets and her style is one of re-living. When she meets a former child soldier now living in Maryland her ethics and safety are brought into question as her artistic style is met with a trauma she may not be ready for.