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. In the summer they join the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as part of their staff. Darcy was the recipient of a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a 2019 LAMBDA Literary Fellowship, and was granted ATHE's 2018 Judith Royer Award For...
Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and educator from New Haven, CT, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. In the summer they join the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as part of their staff. Darcy was the recipient of a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a 2019 LAMBDA Literary Fellowship, and was granted ATHE's 2018 Judith Royer Award For Excellence in Theater for their play SOLDIER POET. They are currently working on several projects including commissions from Chester Theatre Company and Acadiana Repertory Theater, and a cycle of plays investigating the relationship between small towns, queers, and American Glory. Their play Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner can now be purchased through Broadway Play Publishing and their play The Place That Made You, the second play in the Piedmont Cycle, is forthcoming from the same press.

Plays

  • Soldier Poet
    Undergoing major growth!
  • 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 second Piedmont play.
  • The Kingdom of Ghosts
    Jonah starts a family. We lay a hero to rest. A continuation of the Piedmont cycle.
  • O Captain! My Captain!
    Jonah returns to the whale, we return to the Kingdom. The fourth and final play in the Piedmont Cycle.
  • 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.
  • 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 searching for home and somewhere to call safe.
  • the wolf you feed
    Max, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rocky Gets The Blues
    Rocky is sick of cooking fancy steak for rich folks.
  • 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.