Darcy Parker Bruce

Darcy Parker Bruce

Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and educator from New Haven, CT, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. They're currently part of the faculty at several Connecticut Colleges, where they teach Playwriting and Theater Activism. In the summer they join the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as part of their staff. Darcy's work has traveled across the US from New York to Hawaii, and...
Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and educator from New Haven, CT, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. They're currently part of the faculty at several Connecticut Colleges, where they teach Playwriting and Theater Activism. In the summer they join the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as part of their staff. Darcy's work has traveled across the US from New York to Hawaii, and has been developed through Smith College, the Great Plains Theater Conference, The Bechdel Group, Strange Sun Theatre's Greenhouse Series, and 20% Theatre Chicago, among others. Darcy was the recipient of a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and was granted ATHE's 2018 Judith Royer Award For Excellence in Theater, which brought new play SOLDIER POET to Boston. SOLDIER POET was also the 2018 Connecticut State Recipient of Portland Stage's Clauder Prize. Additionally, their plays have enjoyed workshop productions with 2cents Theatre, NYC's Fresh Fruit Festival, Otherworld Theatre, and Dixon Place Lounge, among others. New play ALWAYS PLENTY OF LIGHT AT THE STARLIGHT ALL NIGHT DINER was a 2016 Semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference as well as a 2016 Semi-finalist for Kitchen Dog Theatre's New Works Fest, and received its world premiere with Know Theatre of Cincinnati in 2019. New play ALL WE KNOW IS NOT ENOUGH was also a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2017, was a finalist for Unicorn Theatre’s 2018 new play-reading series, Trustus Theatre's 2018 new play-reading series, and was also a finalist for the 2016 Seven Devils Playwrights' Conference. New play SOLDIER POET recently premiered in D.C. with Theatre Prometheus. Their play EAST OF THE SUN was published in Summer of 2017 through Applause/ Hal Leonard’s Best American Short Plays. Darcy has most recently been commissioned by Chester Theater Company to write a play for their 2020 Season.

Plays

  • Soldier Poet
    In Aleppo two American Army Rangers rescue an injured Syrian woman about to give birth. At a nearby hospital, a neonatal nurse with an unwavering sense of duty struggles to save the lives of infants as her hospital is bombed. A companion to the Piedmont plays.
  • The Place That Made You
    In the aftermath of a tragedy Jonah attempts to reunite with his best friend, Ben returns to her childhood home, and a giant white whale haunts the coastline of a sleepy Connecticut town. A modern day re-imagining of Jonah and the Whale, a tale of love, loss, and glory in small town America. The first Piedmont play.
  • The Kingdom of Ghosts
    It's been one year since U.S. Army Ranger Frances Benjamin Franklin returned to her home town of Piedmont, but she's having trouble leaving. Caught in the Kingdom of Ghosts, Ben must find the fragments of her soul that have fled to every corner of the Kingdom. Back in Piedmont, Jonah is learning what it means to be a father, and Emily is learning what it means to come home. A continuation of the Piedmont plays.
  • The Life of the World To Come
    Grace wants to run away but June wants to stay and burn it all down and Noah wants to plant things and Henry wants to leave the jungle and everyone wants the tigers to go away except June, maybe. A play about living with trauma and navigating the dark to find the light. Commissioned by Chester Theatre Company.
  • All We Know Is Not Enough
    In a seedy pay-by-the-hour motel Romeo fights to stay alive. Romeo is trans, running from a hate crime, his sister Charlie is taking care of him. An ocean away- Nasrin, a refugee, is lost at sea. Linking their stories and their voices are Charlie’s ham radio and a mysterious white dragon. All We Know Is Not Enough is a play which explores what it means to be a refugee, as well as the limitations of our access...
    In a seedy pay-by-the-hour motel Romeo fights to stay alive. Romeo is trans, running from a hate crime, his sister Charlie is taking care of him. An ocean away- Nasrin, a refugee, is lost at sea. Linking their stories and their voices are Charlie’s ham radio and a mysterious white dragon. All We Know Is Not Enough is a play which explores what it means to be a refugee, as well as the limitations of our access to immediate information and communication.
  • Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner
    A SUPER queer time travel adventure. With Dinosaurs. A cross between Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, and Fried Green Tomatoes.
  • the wolf you feed
    Julia, recently separated, has just moved into the rundown Shady Pines motel at the edge of a national park. Outside, a pack of wolves is wondering if she wants to hang out. Inside, everything she used to know is becoming something other-than. A toothbrush becomes a handful of chives, a bottle of shampoo is an owl that refuses to leave the shower, and a stack of papers that demand a signature stubbornly remain just that.
  • GLIMMER
    Paradise, FL is a tiny dead-end blast-from-the-past glorified-antique of a town at the edge of the country. Nothing sparkles or shines the way it used to and the Galaxymart especially is nearing the end of its heyday. Right down the street from the Weeki Wachee Mermaids, The Galaxymart, along with its inhabitants, is losing its luster. Its ‘glimmer.’ This is a play exploring the concept of American nostalgia as...
    Paradise, FL is a tiny dead-end blast-from-the-past glorified-antique of a town at the edge of the country. Nothing sparkles or shines the way it used to and the Galaxymart especially is nearing the end of its heyday. Right down the street from the Weeki Wachee Mermaids, The Galaxymart, along with its inhabitants, is losing its luster. Its ‘glimmer.’ This is a play exploring the concept of American nostalgia as a kind of magic, along with what it means to be ambitious at a time in history when those who have-not truly have nothing. A play that asks what those with American dreams can really hope to accomplish in a land where dreaming is no-longer encouraged but the old gods ain’t dead yet.
  • Shake Teeth Shake!
    Shake Teeth Shake is a 'tail' of finding home, finding love, and uncovering the past. Following a ghost gator through the everglades, Fagan and her best friend Annie go for an amazing adventure that defies time and space.
  • East Of The Sun
    An adaptation of the Norwegian fairy-tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
  • How We Live In Our Bodies Now
    Viv and her girlfriend Langly try to move forward after Langly survives a mass shooting. Ollie is lost, in love, lost. Langly is becoming something other than.
  • Some Of Us Are Brave
    Rising tides mean homes are disappearing, and people are fleeing what they knew in search of somewhere safe. On a hill outside a rural New England town three women confront their pasts and future.