Chelsea Sutton

Chelsea Sutton

Chelsea Sutton is a fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter, and a 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow. Her plays have been finalists for the O'Neill Playwrights, PlayPenn, and Seven Devils Conferences, the Ingram New Works Lab, and the Stanley Drama, Woodward/Newman Drama, and Reva Shiner Comedy awards, and she was a Humanitas PlayLA Award Winner. She was nominated for a Stage Raw Award for her...
Chelsea Sutton is a fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter, and a 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow. Her plays have been finalists for the O'Neill Playwrights, PlayPenn, and Seven Devils Conferences, the Ingram New Works Lab, and the Stanley Drama, Woodward/Newman Drama, and Reva Shiner Comedy awards, and she was a Humanitas PlayLA Award Winner. She was nominated for a Stage Raw Award for her play Wood Boy Dog Fish, written for Rogue Artists Ensemble. She was recently a Sewanee Writers Conference Playwriting Fellow, and a resident writer at Willapa Bay AiR. In 2017, she co-wrote with Lisa Dring the critically acclaimed, immersive Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin for Rogue Artists Ensemble, which has been nominated for 6 Ovation Awards including best Production of a Play.

She is currently working on a short story collection, Curious Monsters, and her first novel. She is a graduate of the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is currently an MFA Creative Writing candidate at UC Riverside.

Chelsea has written three plays with Rogue Artists Ensemble, including Wood Boy Dog Fish, Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thing (co-written with Lisa Dring), and Senor Plummer's Final Fiesta (co-written with Diana Burbano and Tom Jacobson). If you are interested in these plays, contact Rogue Artists Ensemble at rogueartists.org

Chelsea is currently developing plays The Many Deaths of Kassie McGreevy, Judy Presley on a Binge (a new musical), a new reimagining of Frankenstein, and a currently untitled work about a rebellious public access TV show.

Her first play, 99 Impossible Things, premiered in LA in 2011. It is not available for production, but it features a Sea Monkey. She thought you should know that.

Plays

  • The Dead Woman
    After stumbling across a dead woman lying in the garbage outside a convenience store, Zoe and April are stuck in a waiting game, listening to the 911 busy signal. But when Zoe starts seeing the dead woman talking to her, things spin out of control, and nothing seems quite right.
  • Falling Slanted, Sad & Crazy
    A dark comedy about a kidnapping gone bad, dead crows, and Twinkies. In a feed shop in Jurupa Valley, California, somewhere along the 91 freeway, Kara is trying to find her own place in the world – which is definitely not here. Helping her brother Danny do one last job for their aunt/small-time-crime-boss Berdie, things do not go as smoothly as they should, and the sky above them seems to be literally falling....
    A dark comedy about a kidnapping gone bad, dead crows, and Twinkies. In a feed shop in Jurupa Valley, California, somewhere along the 91 freeway, Kara is trying to find her own place in the world – which is definitely not here. Helping her brother Danny do one last job for their aunt/small-time-crime-boss Berdie, things do not go as smoothly as they should, and the sky above them seems to be literally falling.

    Falling Slanted, Sat & Crazy was a Finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, 2015.
  • The Incredible Haunted House of Lew Mallory
    Lew Mallory is about to lose her house – but she has one trick up her sleeve: a haunting. After making a too-good-to-be true deal with a mysterious Traveling Salesman, Lew brings in a few ghosts to scare away the big bad Bank from repossessing her home. But she never guessed what ghosts already lurked in the walls, and her own life.
  • The Wall and the Dinosaur
    A lone, cement block wall stands in an empty lot in a dwindling suburb of Southern California. A group of locals have submitted it for consideration as an historical monument, but are derailed by mysterious graffiti that can’t seem to be painted over.
  • The Graveyard Shift
    The graveyard shift at Sparky’s Burger Barn spins horribly out of control when late-night pranks go a little too far.
  • Wood Boy Dog Fish
    Written by Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble
    Music by Adrien Prevost / Lyrics by Chelsea Sutton
    **Currently in the market for touring the Rogue Artist Ensemble production. Reach out if interested.

    A play with music.
    A modern macabre retelling of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” In this world-premiere play for mature audiences, the cricket is killed,...
    Written by Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble
    Music by Adrien Prevost / Lyrics by Chelsea Sutton
    **Currently in the market for touring the Rogue Artist Ensemble production. Reach out if interested.

    A play with music.
    A modern macabre retelling of Carlo Collodi’s “The Adventures of Pinocchio.” In this world-premiere play for mature audiences, the cricket is killed, Blue haunts us all, and the legendary Dogfish monster preys on our greatest fears in the tumbledown tourist trap amusement park of Shoreside, where a little wooden puppet comes to life at the hands of the wood-maker Geppetto.

    Wood Boy Dog Fish is a visual feast that combines masks, highly expressive physical performance, dance, interactive sets, multiple puppetry traditions, projected media, and sophisticated special effects and illusions – including 3D enhancement to recreate a scene inside an old carnival ride.
  • The Sudden Urge to Jump
    After her sister’s funeral, Laney tries to help her bumbling brother Witt revive his dying video store. Witt’s friend Tate lends a hand to the effort – but brings more to the mix than Laney bargained for.
  • The Grocery Story (or Blood Like Ribbons)
    A salesman and a peeping Tom wrestle with their issues while working at a grocery store.
  • I Say Running Is Like Breathing
    A woman runs into a slew of characters on the first day she is attempting to run across America.
  • Dot Dot Dot
    A possible love connection in a grocery store parking lot.
  • All the Mees
    A woman tries her hand at romance at an office holiday party, while being confronted with many versions of herself.
  • The Edge of a Disappearing Thing
    The strained relationship between three sisters hits a breaking point at the end of the world.
  • The Reason Why I Lie
    Sage and Stew are stuck at Union Station waiting for their delayed train, when Sage’s day dreams run away with her.
  • This Pile of Junk
    A silent puppet play following a group of puppets in the aftermath of war.