Cassie M. Seinuk

Cassie M. Seinuk

Cassie M. Seinuk is a Jewish Cuban playwright and AEA stage manager with an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University, and her BA at Brandeis University with High Honors in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. Cassie's full-length play FROM THE DEEP is the second place recipient of the 2014 Latinidad Playwrights Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the 2014 winner...
Cassie M. Seinuk is a Jewish Cuban playwright and AEA stage manager with an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University, and her BA at Brandeis University with High Honors in Theatre Arts and Creative Writing. Cassie's full-length play FROM THE DEEP is the second place recipient of the 2014 Latinidad Playwrights Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the 2014 winner of the Pestalozzi Prize for best New Play at the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Work Festival, a Global Age semi-finalist at the Aurora, and a semi-finalist for the nuVoices Festival in at the Actors’ Theatre of Charlotte NC. Seinuk was a 2014 Kennedy Center Fellow and Playwright Observer at The O’Neill, and is a recipient of the Boston University Jewish Cultural Endowment grant for the upcoming production of FROM THE DEEP.

Seinuk’s short play Leave A Message was nominated for the Region 1 National Ten-minute Play Award at KCACTF 2013. Occupy Hallmark and Playing Checkers are finalists for Region 1 for the NPP National Ten-Minute Play Award at KCACTF 2014.

Her full-length Eyes Shut. Door Open is a 2014 Inkwell Finalist, and has received development with Wax Wings Theatre Company and Argos Productions in Boston.

Other productions and achievements include: Seinuk’s short play Just Like Tetraphobia was produced at the Boston Theater Marathon. Her 10-minute Occupy Hallmark received its second production July 2013 as a Final 30 at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival. Her one-act play The Muse was a semi-finalist at the OOB in 2011, a semi-finalist in Manhattan Rep's One Act Competition in 2012, and a 2013 semi-finalist at The Warner Theatre Company's Playwrights Festival. Her full-length, Runner: The Novel The Play, received a workshop at Brandeis University (Free Play Theatre), a staged reading in Boston (Holland Productions), and a workshop in Chicago August 2012 (Echoes Theatre). Her full-length Meet Me In The Bathroom has had two readings in Boston, and another in January 2014 with Maiden Phoenix Theatre in Boston.

Seinuk is a member of Boston Public Works Theater Company. In addition, Seinuk is the co-founder of Interim Writers, a playwrights' collective, and is a member of their Accomplice Writers' Group. Seinuk is a Dramatist Guild member, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Plays

  • From the Deep
    When Andrew, a missing Boston University student, arrives in the surreal Room of the Missing, Ilan, an Israeli POW, must convince Andrew to play games, keep his mind active, and face the truth of his captivity before they both go missing forever. From The Deep explores the question: where do we go when in captivity, and what will we do to survive?
  • Dream House
    Life has been relatively easy for West, a 27 year old RISD graduate, who has just spent the past seven years of his life working as a customer service rep at an online banking company, that is until a collapse at work and subsequent diagnosis puts an expiration date on West’s life. Shocked by the news, West quits his job and moves back to semi-rural North Hampton, Massachusetts, back to his estranged mother’s...
    Life has been relatively easy for West, a 27 year old RISD graduate, who has just spent the past seven years of his life working as a customer service rep at an online banking company, that is until a collapse at work and subsequent diagnosis puts an expiration date on West’s life. Shocked by the news, West quits his job and moves back to semi-rural North Hampton, Massachusetts, back to his estranged mother’s home. West enlists the help of his childhood, stoner-chick, friend Sammy, and sets out to build the tree house of his dreams, the one he started with his missing father, the first project in a slew of unfinished projects before time runs out. Excited about her son’s return, but struck with deep financial debt, Elyse, West’s mother, seeks guidance from her hippie Rabbi sister Diane, as they try to unearth the mystery behind West’s behavior, hoping he could bring the relief she needs. But when West’s symptoms grow too severe and expose his secret, he must not only face his devastated mother, but her secrets as well.
  • Una Me Da Leche
    Sent by her dying mother, Gabi, a young Jewish Latina, finds herself at a dusty storage unit in New Mexico, face to face with her half-brother Manuel, a tattooed junkie who is a devote worshipper of Santa Muerte, Our Lady of Death. Gabi must convince Manuel to come with her before their mother dies, but Manuel is determined to surrender to sure death himself as he waits for El Hombre, his assassin, to arrive....
    Sent by her dying mother, Gabi, a young Jewish Latina, finds herself at a dusty storage unit in New Mexico, face to face with her half-brother Manuel, a tattooed junkie who is a devote worshipper of Santa Muerte, Our Lady of Death. Gabi must convince Manuel to come with her before their mother dies, but Manuel is determined to surrender to sure death himself as he waits for El Hombre, his assassin, to arrive. Now, Gabi must not only save her brother, but also face her own demons as the two struggle with questions of faith, love, and the lengths one goes for family.
  • Eyes Shut. Door Open.
    Inkwell Finalist, Nominated for Best New Play at the ArtImpulse Awards 2015

    Turner Street’s bold paintings are the hottest thing to hit the SoHo art scene – they’ve even captured the attention of the elusive Johanna. But when his one-eyed, pill-popping, younger brother Palmer appears, Turner must face the disturbing truth of his success, the dark family secrets shut behind doors, and risk losing everything.
  • OCCUPY HALLMARK a ten-minute play
    Winner of the The Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre National Festival, 2015
    Finalist Region 1 The Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award, KCACTF, 2015
    Final 30 at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

    When MOOSE, a loud liberal, down-on-love and protesting Valentine’s Day, greeting cards, and while he’s at it...
    Winner of the The Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre National Festival, 2015
    Finalist Region 1 The Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award, KCACTF, 2015
    Final 30 at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

    When MOOSE, a loud liberal, down-on-love and protesting Valentine’s Day, greeting cards, and while he’s at it corporate America, is stumbled upon by SALTY, a quirky young lady and long-lost childhood friend, the two discover the perfect way to quell their hatred of all things heart-shaped, and find that maybe there’s someone out their for everyone.
  • PLAYING CHECKERS a ten-minute play
    Winner of The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Finalist

    Playing Checkers is a chilling tale about incestuous abuse between a brother and sister and power: the power we steal in during intimacy, and how taking control of your past can be as easy and as challenging as checkers.
  • Rough Trade
    It’s 2003, a time before snap-chat, grinder, and smart-phones. Casey, a 22 year old loner, is stuck in a conservative seaside town on the Eastern shore, turning tricks to make ends meat, and save up for his escape, he has become very popular with men secretly seeking men. Margene, his mother, can’t hold down a job, and is constantly on the hunt for a new, and rich, husband to solve all of their problems. But...
    It’s 2003, a time before snap-chat, grinder, and smart-phones. Casey, a 22 year old loner, is stuck in a conservative seaside town on the Eastern shore, turning tricks to make ends meat, and save up for his escape, he has become very popular with men secretly seeking men. Margene, his mother, can’t hold down a job, and is constantly on the hunt for a new, and rich, husband to solve all of their problems. But when her new beau turns out to be Casey’s most lucrative John, Casey will have to choose between his freedom and his family.
  • CRACKLERS a ten-minute play
    On the second 4th of July after the Boston Marathon Bombings, TOM, an ethnically ambiguous man in his mid to late 30s, has been riding the MBTA Red Line train back and forth for over three hours. When an undercover TSA officer asks him to explain himself and the suspicious parcel tucked under his seat, he must face his guilt and failed attempt at freedom.
  • LEAVE A MESSAGE a ten-minute play
    Regional Semi-Finalist at KCACTF Region 1, 2014

    After a workplace love affair ends suddenly, BECK desperately ties to get in touch with JESS, but making a connection is harder than it seems in a time where cell phones are our lifeline and ignore is a just a button away.
  • JUST LIKE TETRAPHOBIA a ten-minute play
    MONSTER JOE, a college student...and monster, will do whatever it takes to win over JILLIAN and make her his date to the Fall Fest Fling. Jillian is afraid of monsters, Monster Joe is afraid of Jillian, and everyone’s afraid of falling in "like.”
  • No One Talks About It: A Lactation Play
    Tabby has seen enough breastfeeding! And after this last nipple citing, Tabby can no longer contain her own feelings of regret, loss, disappointment, and resentment with her own breast feeding struggles, and is now a steaming engine of a mom-tornado, and it's just unfortunate that mom-to-be Deb has landed in her path!
  • Post It
    A millennial soon to be mom and her mother grapple with the issue "to post your baby's pictures on Social Media, or not?"
  • A Little Night Stand Music
    After a one night stand Candace and Gene face the music of their recent diagnosies.
  • The Muse
    To make some extra cash Finn sets up his awkward best friend Archie with a unique new job working for a mysterious older man named George. There are a few twists in the coming-of-age story, that not only explores friendships, but what it means to be naked.
  • Triumphs of the Heart (Sphere)
    When COLLIN returns home to discover that his mother, GERALDINE, is giving away all of their sentimental possessions and family memorabilia as part of a spiritual cleansing “step process,” COLLIN is faced with convincing his mother that she’s joined a cult.
  • Miles of Homemade Candy
    When EDNA's young son MILES chooses his own Halloween costume for the first time, EDNA is faced with her son's true identity, or at least his experimentation with gender.