Catherine Haigney

Catherine Haigney

Faculty, St. John's College (1989-2016). Ph.D. (English) University of Virginia. Fourteen scripts posted on New Play Exchange. “Miranda,” “Transdroid,” “Weather Report” and “On the Menu” are winners of three-minute play contests sponsored by the International Centre for Women Playwrights. “Tara and Zoe” produced by Live Arts for “Locally Sourced” 2020.

Plays

  • MY LAST MEAL
    it’s 2080 in Enterprise, Alabama: AVA awaits deportation “back where she came from.” A podcaster interviews her from the loudspeaker over her cage.
  • TARA AND ZOE (a screen-sharing short)
    Tara has to home school her daughter while sheltering in place. Zoe’s math assignment gets set aside for lessons in “life” from a self-inventing Trad Wife.
  • GAME CHANGER (a ten-minute play)
    A new conversation game transforms two players: one all-too human, the other an Artificially Intelligent machine.
  • NARCISSUS IN LOVE (a comedy in three acts)
    Mia and Ian break up while dealing with a surreal ensemble of shape-shifting women. Seduced by the grandiose ambitions of Great Men, Ian decides to reinvent the way we live, only to find himself trapped (thirty years later) in a dystopia of his own making.
  • ECHO TALKS BACK (a one-act comedy, 30 pages)
    Setting: Small urban park.
    Time: Midsummer
    Scene one: The vagabond nymph ECHO recruits a tree spirit to be her Dryad Chorus. They launch their new “tragedy” involving the latest reincarnation of NARCISSUS.
    Scene two: PYGMALION arrives with an ancient artifact and tells its strange story. He pitches NARCISSUS a new venture selling ideal love objects.
    Scene three: Mentor and...
    Setting: Small urban park.
    Time: Midsummer
    Scene one: The vagabond nymph ECHO recruits a tree spirit to be her Dryad Chorus. They launch their new “tragedy” involving the latest reincarnation of NARCISSUS.
    Scene two: PYGMALION arrives with an ancient artifact and tells its strange story. He pitches NARCISSUS a new venture selling ideal love objects.
    Scene three: Mentor and protegé separate with big plans, leaving ECHO and AILANTHUS to the consolation of prophecy.
  • SOPHIA DELTA (a play in three acts, 62 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 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.







  • MIRANDA (a five-minute play)
    Miranda teaches herself the magic she needs to rewrite her fate and stay sheltered in place with her island friends Ariel and Caliban.
  • TRANSDROID (a three-minute play)
    A model android designed to be perfect discovers discontent.
  • WEATHER REPORT (a three-minute play)
    COXX News interviews Senator Morescrip about extreme weather measures.
  • ON THE MENU (a three-minute play)
    Daria cooks for her sister, a writer absorbed by her new project on a new data-scraping tablet.
  • 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 unnamed Daughters go by numbers, their existence ignored by a Book that never mentions them. How do they fare with Eve in charge?
  • 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.