Terence Anthony

Terence Anthony

Terence Anthony has been awarded writing fellowships to the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and the Santa Fe Art Institute. He is a member of Playground SF, Moving Arts, the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights Union and the Chicago Dramatists. Terence’s plays include THE HOUSE OF THE NEGRO INSANE (PlayPenn New Play Conference, 2017), BURNERS (...
Terence Anthony has been awarded writing fellowships to the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and the Santa Fe Art Institute. He is a member of Playground SF, Moving Arts, the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights Union and the Chicago Dramatists. Terence’s plays include THE HOUSE OF THE NEGRO INSANE (PlayPenn New Play Conference, 2017), BURNERS (nominated for four 2017 Ovation Awards), EUPHRATES (Max K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship, 2013) and TOMBOLO (Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2012). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Chicago Dramatists, the Playwrights Union, Moving Arts Theatre Company and the Antaeus Playwrights Lab.

Plays

  • The House of the Negro Insane
    The year is 1935 and the Taft State Hospital is one of seven psychiatric facilities in the U.S. built exclusively to care for “insane and idiotic negroes,” where the homeless and downtrodden are housed alongside the criminally insane and diseased. Attius builds coffins at Taft Hospital, where he has been locked up for years, but when two new patients ask him to help them escape Attius dares to dream of a life beyond the hospital walls.
  • Burners
    The future. A resistance movement rising from the slums of the impoverished masses fight back against high-tech drones and genetically enhanced soldiers using “Burners;” humans bio-engineered to become living bombs. As war rages, a woman named Liv arrives in a junk depot in a war-torn industrial zone seeking Nix, a smuggler who can get her past the barricades and into the Protectorate. But both have hidden...
    The future. A resistance movement rising from the slums of the impoverished masses fight back against high-tech drones and genetically enhanced soldiers using “Burners;” humans bio-engineered to become living bombs. As war rages, a woman named Liv arrives in a junk depot in a war-torn industrial zone seeking Nix, a smuggler who can get her past the barricades and into the Protectorate. But both have hidden agendas, and when drone bombs trap them inside the depot and their true identities are revealed, Liv and Nix are plunged into a violent conflict that takes on many levels.
  • Tombolo
    Italy, 1944. As the Allies battle the S.S. and Fascist forces across the Italian countryside, African American deserters, Italian criminals and German traitors find refuge in the swamp of Tombolo. When Madison -- a black war hero trying to hide from his past -- rescues a young Italian partisan, fragile alliances within the outlaw camp are put to the test.
  • Euphrates
    Twenty years ago the “Children of Euphrates” cult was destroyed in a fiery shoot-out with government agents and their prophetic leader was killed. Miriai House, the former compound of the now-obscure cult, presently stands as a Bed & Breakfast and is rumored to be haunted. As the date the cult leader predicted he would return from the dead approaches, a ghost hunter, a former cult member and a mysterious...
    Twenty years ago the “Children of Euphrates” cult was destroyed in a fiery shoot-out with government agents and their prophetic leader was killed. Miriai House, the former compound of the now-obscure cult, presently stands as a Bed & Breakfast and is rumored to be haunted. As the date the cult leader predicted he would return from the dead approaches, a ghost hunter, a former cult member and a mysterious young woman arrive at Miriai House, each with their own secrets and motivations.
  • Citizen Bernie
    Welcome to Bernie’s, one of the few true dive bars left. Where Bernie will serve you cheap strong “man drinks” and go after you with baseball bat if you get on his bad side. Morry and Otis are long-time residents at Bernie’s, and they are not pleased that Jack, a young black gay hustler, has been frequenting their home turf. When Jack shows up at the bar one night beaten with no place to stay, Bernie’s decision...
    Welcome to Bernie’s, one of the few true dive bars left. Where Bernie will serve you cheap strong “man drinks” and go after you with baseball bat if you get on his bad side. Morry and Otis are long-time residents at Bernie’s, and they are not pleased that Jack, a young black gay hustler, has been frequenting their home turf. When Jack shows up at the bar one night beaten with no place to stay, Bernie’s decision to help the young man forces them to confront their pasts with unexpected results.