Bear Kosik

Bear Kosik

Bear Kosik is a playwright and (co-)author of four novels and a book on the current state of democracy in the USA. His short fiction, poetry, blogs, plays, and essays have been published in many reviews, e-zines, and anthologies. His screenplays have won accolades in a variety of competitions. He also has ghostwritten three memoirs.

Bear was raised in the Baltimore-Washington area. He has lived...
Bear Kosik is a playwright and (co-)author of four novels and a book on the current state of democracy in the USA. His short fiction, poetry, blogs, plays, and essays have been published in many reviews, e-zines, and anthologies. His screenplays have won accolades in a variety of competitions. He also has ghostwritten three memoirs.

Bear was raised in the Baltimore-Washington area. He has lived near Albany, NY since 1995. He spent over 30 years working in higher education as a professor of political science and a student success specialist. His hobbies include gardening, cooking, traveling, and reading books on natural science, religion, geography, and world history.

I have been writing since I was 13 years old. I was encouraged to pursue a writing career when I was 18, but I wasn't ready to face the challenges of rejection, criticism, and uncertain income. I finally took up the medium in June 2014 after I had been harassed out of my dream job and rendered unemployable.

Plays

  • Girl Boy Girl Boy Girl
    Five adults meet to play "Duck, Duck, Goose" as a way to choose sexual partners. The newest player loses first and tries to sort out how the game is played. The others continue playing until another woman loses, leaving two men and a woman. They decide to end the game and go off. Before long, the third woman is back and they all commiserate about how much control they really have in the game....
    Five adults meet to play "Duck, Duck, Goose" as a way to choose sexual partners. The newest player loses first and tries to sort out how the game is played. The others continue playing until another woman loses, leaving two men and a woman. They decide to end the game and go off. Before long, the third woman is back and they all commiserate about how much control they really have in the game. Meanwhile, the men finish, providing one with a novel experience. All together once more, they debate the advantages of just playing alone before choosing to start the game over.
  • The Real Deal
    Two people, one at ease and the other agitated, grapple with the way in which nothing new is happening, that society has stagnated for forty years while people do, do, do without changing.
  • Madame Égalité
    The playwright and human rights activist Olympe de Gouges is invited to the home of Sophie, Marquise de Condorcet, prior to her usual salon in order for Madame de Gouges to interview Maximilien de Robespierre regarding his plans to condemn the Marquis de Condorcet and his Girondists in the Convention. The ladies engage in a fruitful display of wordplay before the guest arrives unannounced. Thereafter, the...
    The playwright and human rights activist Olympe de Gouges is invited to the home of Sophie, Marquise de Condorcet, prior to her usual salon in order for Madame de Gouges to interview Maximilien de Robespierre regarding his plans to condemn the Marquis de Condorcet and his Girondists in the Convention. The ladies engage in a fruitful display of wordplay before the guest arrives unannounced. Thereafter, the tensions mount and ebb, colored by the ladies' teasing sexual innuendo and Olympe's increasing concern that she will be one of the victims of Robespierre's impending Terror. The ladies close the interview by asserting that human rights trump the rights of man established by the Revolution.
  • Between Panic and Desire
    Mark’s PTSD has been triggered after his disability benefits are cut prematurely. That’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning stress factors in his life. His sister Caridad picks up their younger sister Esperanza, who has been hospitalized for psychological evaluation. Esperanza's return and their mother’s recent move to senior living spark an honest, playful investigation of new and old family issues....
    Mark’s PTSD has been triggered after his disability benefits are cut prematurely. That’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning stress factors in his life. His sister Caridad picks up their younger sister Esperanza, who has been hospitalized for psychological evaluation. Esperanza's return and their mother’s recent move to senior living spark an honest, playful investigation of new and old family issues. All the while, Mark is curious about the expected house call of the new psychiatrist in town, Dr. Greene. Mark is confronted with his perceptions of reality when Dr. Greene tells him he has no sisters. Except they do exist and Dr. Greene was mistaken. Although the confusion surrounding the morning’s events is resolved, Mark starts to question how he can tell if something is real.
  • QC
    The weekend for the International Gay Rodeo Association event in suburban Denver arrives. Ron and Fred have been partners for four years. Ron is annoyed by Fred’s lack of interest in their relationship; he has essentially told Fred it is over. However, he still loves Fred and can’t bear to throw him out. Ron arrives at Chutes, host bar for the rodeo, and sees Paul and Martin, two physics PhDs from Baltimore....
    The weekend for the International Gay Rodeo Association event in suburban Denver arrives. Ron and Fred have been partners for four years. Ron is annoyed by Fred’s lack of interest in their relationship; he has essentially told Fred it is over. However, he still loves Fred and can’t bear to throw him out. Ron arrives at Chutes, host bar for the rodeo, and sees Paul and Martin, two physics PhDs from Baltimore. Martin has just been divorced and his girlfriend left him because he has been exploring a bisexual side he is coming to grips with. Paul, Marty’s gay friend, has arranged for them to attend the rodeo weekend to help Marty “learn the ropes” of meeting men. The bartender, Dane, regrets never having settled down. He is friends with Derik, a beverage delivery truck driver and weekend cowboy, who only knows how to pick men for sex. Gurney, a middle-aged drag queen, is close friends with Dolly, the owner of Chutes. Also at the bar are Rebecca and Tina, together one year, are ready to take their relationship to the next level. Brace, an older woman who owns a leather goods store, arrives at her usual time. As the evening and weekend unfold, Ron makes a move on Marty who is also eyed by Dolly. Rebecca and Tina become engaged and demonstrate what a healthy relationship looks like. Derik and Dane alternately complain to Gurney and Brace about never having found the right one while chasing Paul for NSA sex. Fred keeps trying to demonstrate he still loves Ron unsuccessfully until Ron discovers he's the one who needs to change his attitude about the relationship.
  • Dog Backward
    Tom and Dick, two older men, have just finished wrestling in a hotel room. Now they have a chance to get to know each other, find out why they are each involved in this activity, and talk about the gay wrestling subculture. Dick says he spends down time looking for his future self. It's an offhand comment until a younger man, Harry, stops by to say hello before his match with Adolfo, a wrestler notorious...
    Tom and Dick, two older men, have just finished wrestling in a hotel room. Now they have a chance to get to know each other, find out why they are each involved in this activity, and talk about the gay wrestling subculture. Dick says he spends down time looking for his future self. It's an offhand comment until a younger man, Harry, stops by to say hello before his match with Adolfo, a wrestler notorious for not showing up for matches. Tom ends up going to see Adolfo to find out if he is 'real' while Harry reveals to Dick he thinks Tom is his (Harry's) future self.
  • Alpha Betty
    Five women waiting to use the restroom have decided to play the alphabet game to pass the time. If only they had agreed on the rules before they started. Each woman has her own distinct way of handling this challenge while trying to remain on friendly terms.
  • Ghost Gig
    A ghost writer who is critical of how clients approach hiring writers is hired to write about someone's near death experience. What the writer gets is a video description from the client that could not have been created by the client.
  • Hiding Bodies
    Some say it's been a good week if one hasn't had to hide any bodies. Actually, it can be a kick ass week if you have an opportunity to hide a body.
  • DÉJÀ VU ON THE OBITUARY PAGE
    Mark spends mornings in a coffee bar sparring with Diane, the proprietor. Two students, Alexander and Chloe, enter. Alexander becomes interested in Mark’s fascination with obituaries. Feeling ignored Chloe leaves but returns to shame the men for treating death as meaningless.
  • Mother Explains
    William and Spencer have invited friends and family over for Chinese food and to play mahjong. William thinks it’s a celebration of Chinese New Year, but Spencer has arranged for a surprise to congratulate William on completing one year of sobriety. All plans go out the window when William cuts himself, requiring medical attention. The party continues while William goes to the ER. The participants discuss their...
    William and Spencer have invited friends and family over for Chinese food and to play mahjong. William thinks it’s a celebration of Chinese New Year, but Spencer has arranged for a surprise to congratulate William on completing one year of sobriety. All plans go out the window when William cuts himself, requiring medical attention. The party continues while William goes to the ER. The participants discuss their names, relationships, and stereotypes. Spencer fights back the thought that William has been drinking. Meanwhile, William is in the ER with Spencer’s mother, Roberta, second guessing himself. By the time William and Roberta return to the party, Mother, an invalid houseguest, comes down from his bedroom in grand style to see where everyone has positioned him or herself vis-à-vis the others. Mother instigates a tell-all that uprights the partiers’ sense of identity, building to an unusual revelation from Roberta.
  • Father's Day
    Ellen has decisions to make about her future, particularly her relationship with Martin. She tries to express her feelings through poetry since she isn't comfortable tackling the issues head on. Her friend Paul thinks Ellen and Martin should stir things up by inviting a third person into their relationship. Suddenly, the men who have been most helpful to Ellen in guiding her, her great uncle, uncle and...
    Ellen has decisions to make about her future, particularly her relationship with Martin. She tries to express her feelings through poetry since she isn't comfortable tackling the issues head on. Her friend Paul thinks Ellen and Martin should stir things up by inviting a third person into their relationship. Suddenly, the men who have been most helpful to Ellen in guiding her, her great uncle, uncle and father, die in quick succession. Desperate to sort things out, Ellen turns to her younger brother, David. Although he doesn't offer advice, just talking helps Ellen choose a path.