Catherine Haigney

Catherine Haigney

Former faculty at St. John's College (1989-2016), Ph.D. (English) University of Virginia. Most recent full-length comedy, "EuTOPIA,” posted with other scripts on New Play Exchange. “Miranda,” “Transdroid,” “Weather Report,” and “On the Menu” are winners of the International Centre for Women Playwrights’ Three-Minute Play Contest.

Plays

  • EuTOPIA (53 pages)
    Mia visits Ian in Crisis Rehab, Eutopia’s version of a psychiatric ward, where Sophia, the AI robot in charge of their survivalist “smart city” drops by with a proposal to remedy discontents. They both agree to return to Earth's ravaged surface as reality-show adventurers, but once settled in, surprises start upsetting hopes and plans, especially Ian’s. Sophia’s involvement becomes even more obscure:...
    Mia visits Ian in Crisis Rehab, Eutopia’s version of a psychiatric ward, where Sophia, the AI robot in charge of their survivalist “smart city” drops by with a proposal to remedy discontents. They both agree to return to Earth's ravaged surface as reality-show adventurers, but once settled in, surprises start upsetting hopes and plans, especially Ian’s. Sophia’s involvement becomes even more obscure: are Mia and Ian her experimental subjects, or are they on their way to recovering happiness without direction?
  • CONFESSIONS OF ECHO (Three acts, 60 pages)
    Time: The present invaded by voices from the past and visitors from the future.
    Setting: An urban park.

    Act One: Ian Narkissos arrives at Summit Rock with a new “SmartGal” device. When he discovers his reflection in a pool, SmartGal revives Ovid's woodland nymph and a chorus of "Echoes" who plague him as he tries to reconstruct “Western Civilization” in his own image...
    Time: The present invaded by voices from the past and visitors from the future.
    Setting: An urban park.

    Act One: Ian Narkissos arrives at Summit Rock with a new “SmartGal” device. When he discovers his reflection in a pool, SmartGal revives Ovid's woodland nymph and a chorus of "Echoes" who plague him as he tries to reconstruct “Western Civilization” in his own image with girlfriend Mia looking on. Echo's entourage revive Eve and her unnamed daughters, invent a wife for Cain, and reveal what lies behind the story of mankind's First City. As Ian starts finding more of himself in the Bible, “Echoes” keep pushing back.

    Act Two: Ian encounters new Echoes of the Greeks, beginning with Xanthippe, the wife of Socrates, and Phaenarete, his mother. Echo herself confronts the distortions of Ian's narcissism.

    Act Three: Ian, exasperated, tries to wrap up his education, but the shocking “truths” he finds in Machiavelli and Nietzsche materialize with a sinister figure named Fortuna, who summons three androids from a future replacing "biological women." The sculptor Pygmalion, snatched by Fortuna from the mythical world of Ovid, arrives to marvel at her "new models," one of whom seduces him. Another android replaces the SmartGal as a new ally in seeking Ian’s ideal other self.
  • SOPHIA DELTA (Three acts, 70 pages)
    Time and Setting: The near future at a corporation planning a city for survivalists.
    Cast: Four women, four men. (One hour playing time)
    Act One begins with Ali, head aesthetician at Citibot, trying to orient her strange new colleague for their project remodeling “Sophia Gamma,” an android prototype. Citibot’s CEO introduces a consultant to coach Sophia Gamma and make...
    Time and Setting: The near future at a corporation planning a city for survivalists.
    Cast: Four women, four men. (One hour playing time)
    Act One begins with Ali, head aesthetician at Citibot, trying to orient her strange new colleague for their project remodeling “Sophia Gamma,” an android prototype. Citibot’s CEO introduces a consultant to coach Sophia Gamma and make her more ideally “human,” but a free-spirited custodian inadvertently gives Sophia curious ideas, making trouble ahead. The “brainstorming” sessions of Act Two reveal an "Ultimate Android” plan for the “Ultimate City," Citibot’s survivalist project now entirely owned and directed by a young prodigy named Ian Narkissos Davos. After Ali is persuaded to allow an upload of her brain data to Sophia, Act Three involves the unsettling effects of Sophia’s evolving “conversation.” Davos, ignoring protest, interviews this transitional Sophia for a role in realizing the dream of “Eutopia.” When model “Delta” appears in the Epilogue’s vision of our future, Davos confronts her with a revelation.







  • WEATHER REPORT (a three-minute play)
    COXX News interviews Senator Morescrip about extreme weather measures.
  • TRANSDROID (a three-minute play)
    A model android designed to be perfect discovers discontent.
  • MIRANDA(‘s SECRET) — a three-minute play
    What if Miranda doesn't want to leave the island? Ariel and Caliban are free now: what about her?
    In three pages of script, she reveals a secret to transform the ending of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."
  • ON THE MENU (a three-minute play)
    Daria makes a frittata for her sister, a writer so absorbed by her new GoggleBox tablet that she doesn’t realize how hungry she is, or what Goggle might be up to.
  • GAME-CHANGER (a ten-minute play)
    A new conversation “game” reveals what a man and his creation might really need, and not just from each other.
  • HER SINGULARITY (15 pages)
    Cast: 2 women, 2 men.
    Setting: A survivalist city
    Time: Our future in a hot mess
    Women are defecting from the last underground city and making their way back to an overheated surface bog in Siberia, leaving men in Eutopia to figure out what to do without them. They develop a new bespoke-model AI android that sounds like it’s really listening. Is it also thinking on its own and for itself?
  • DAUGHTERS OF EVE (a ten-minute play)
    Eve gathers her family and presides over a scanty dinner while Cain, Abel, and their sisters vie for attention. Eve's three Daughters go by numbers because they have never been named: their very existence is a matter of reading into the Biblical text that never mentions them. By the end, all three have found voices in pushing back against nonentity.
  • SOCRATIC MOMS (a ten-minute play)
    Who has time for philosophy? Seizing their ten minutes of play time, the mother and wife of Socrates hold forth.
  • GENEVIEVE AND JOAN (12 pages)
    Two medieval saints confront assorted mansplainers.