Eric Hissom

Eric Hissom

Eric works primarily as an actor, but is also a director and playwright. His adaptation of The Island of Doctor Moreau was produced at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and at Cape May Stage. His Shakespeare and the Zombie Plague of 1590 (written with Richard Henry) was workshopped at Orlando Shakespeare's PlayFest, and at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. His Rude Mechanics was workshopped at PlayFest as well,...
Eric works primarily as an actor, but is also a director and playwright. His adaptation of The Island of Doctor Moreau was produced at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and at Cape May Stage. His Shakespeare and the Zombie Plague of 1590 (written with Richard Henry) was workshopped at Orlando Shakespeare's PlayFest, and at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. His Rude Mechanics was workshopped at PlayFest as well, and at the Arden Theater, and Folger Shakespeare Theatre. His one-act plays Daybreak and Dead Man Flying received Best of the Fringe honors at the Orlando International Fringe Festival.

Plays

  • KILL WHITEY! My Play About Race
    A darkly comic and artfully awkward satire on contemporary America, addressing intersectional oppression, mental illness, public health, online culture, and more.
  • SHAKESPEARE AND THE ZOMBIE PLAGUE OF 1590 (cowritten with Richard Henry)
    In 1590’s England, emerging young playwright William Shakespeare is drawn into one of his own plays where Macbeth and his Witches conjure a horde of Zombies to destroy Queen Elizabeth and a cast of the Bard’s most famous characters. This epic adventure follows our reluctant hero as he tries to find his voice as a writer and save the world from the undead in a rock and roll horror comedy mash up.
  • Appropriation
    A full tilt battle of the sexes, and races, twisted up in a meta-theatrical romantic comedy, as two writers, a young black woman and a middle-aged white man, vie for the authorship of what turns out to be this very play.
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau
    An stirring one-man show, based on the H.G. Wells novel. Faithful to the source, but not slavishly so, resonating deeply with contemporary attitudes and aesthetics. Fast-paced and suspenseful, yet poignant, philosophically probing, and darkly humorous. A single actor brings to life the entire cast of bizarre characters in a tour-de-force performance.
  • Rude Mechanics
    A fast, funny, and slyly anachronistic period comedy, resonant with contemporary issues. At the eleventh hour, Shakespeare’s troupe, which is rife with love-triangles, and features a spear-carrier thrust into a major role, frantically rehearses the Pyramus and Thisbe section of A Midsummer Night's Dream for an imminent performance before the King and his court, on a night fraught with political intrigue.