Stephanie Alison Walker

Stephanie Alison Walker

Stephanie's full-length plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, Friends With Guns, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Chicago Dramatists, 16th Street Theater, American Blues Theatre, Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, The Blank Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Little Candle...
Stephanie's full-length plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, Friends With Guns, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Chicago Dramatists, 16th Street Theater, American Blues Theatre, Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, The Blank Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Little Candle Productions, San Diego Rep, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, Winner of Chicago's American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Award, the 2016 Generations Prize, finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, Four-time Finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. Stephanie’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus and have been produced all over the world. She is thrilled that her play about the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, The Madres, is receiving four consecutive productions in 2018 as part of a NNPN Rolling World Premiere kicking off in Los Angeles with Skylight Theatre Company, then Chicago at Teatro Vista, followed by San Diego at Moxie Theatre and then Austin with Shrewd Productions. Stephanie is also the author of the book and blog, LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE which has been called “A heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and was featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. She is currently at work on a YA novel and a television pilot. Stephanie is a proud member of the Playwrights Union and Antaeus Playwrights Lab. She lives in Los Angeles with her brilliant husband Bob and their spirited sons, Malcolm (7) and Graham (4.) You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @littof and read her plays on the New Play Exchange.

Plays

  • FRIENDS WITH GUNS
    You think you know your friends, your neighbors, your spouse, but what happens when you suddenly find out they have a garage full of guns? This new dark comedy explores the complicated issue of gun proliferation when two young liberal couples are forced to confront their assumptions about who should own a gun and why. The time of easy answers regarding this issue is long gone. In the wake of current events, we...
    You think you know your friends, your neighbors, your spouse, but what happens when you suddenly find out they have a garage full of guns? This new dark comedy explores the complicated issue of gun proliferation when two young liberal couples are forced to confront their assumptions about who should own a gun and why. The time of easy answers regarding this issue is long gone. In the wake of current events, we are all forced to reexamine our strongly held beliefs about gun ownership. Friends With Guns explores the question of what we can compartmentalize…and what we can’t. It examines what happens when guns enter the conversation. It pulls the curtain back on liberals with guns. It asks what happens when suddenly one person in a marriage does a 180 on the gun issue. And it does all of this through a female lens.
  • THE MADRES
    Currently receiving a NNPN Rolling World Premiere

    It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a former neighborhood priest who is now...
    Currently receiving a NNPN Rolling World Premiere

    It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a former neighborhood priest who is now stationed at the ESMA (the Navy Mechanics school turned concentration camp in the middle of the city,) they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves?

    *Finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights
    *Winner 2016 Ashland New Plays Festival
    *Runner-Up Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
    *Finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater's 2016 New Works Festival
    *Finalist for the 2016 O'Neill Playwrights Conference
    *Winner of Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest
    *Finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize
    *Finalist for the 2016 Source Festival

  • THE ABUELAS
    A visit from two strangers exposes a 37-year-old secret in this play about the long and devastating repercussions of Argentina’s “Dirty War.”

    Written as a companion play to THE MADRES.
  • The Art of Disappearing
    Primus Prize 2016 Finalist
    O'Neill Playwrights Conference 2013 Semi-Finalist
    Princess Grace Award 2008 Finalist

    When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist’s world she covets- as her mother practices...
    Primus Prize 2016 Finalist
    O'Neill Playwrights Conference 2013 Semi-Finalist
    Princess Grace Award 2008 Finalist

    When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist’s world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing before her very eyes. The devastating truth she discovers in her parents’ house threatens to tear all of them apart for good. Will Melissa stay and fight for her family? Or will she disappear too?
  • American Home
    Winner of the 2011 Blue Ink Award by Chicago's American Blues Theater
    Semi-Finalist for the 2010 Princess Grace Award

    Florence Rainwater is a ninety-year-old widow in Ann Arbor who just wants to be in her home with her memories until her last day. Mike and Dana are a thirty-something couple who thought they would be in their dream home in the hills of Los Angeles forever. Prosperity...
    Winner of the 2011 Blue Ink Award by Chicago's American Blues Theater
    Semi-Finalist for the 2010 Princess Grace Award

    Florence Rainwater is a ninety-year-old widow in Ann Arbor who just wants to be in her home with her memories until her last day. Mike and Dana are a thirty-something couple who thought they would be in their dream home in the hills of Los Angeles forever. Prosperity Preacher Paula never imagined in her wildest dreams that her Florida mega-church would ever be threatened by foreclosure. “American Home” is about Americans forced to renegotiate the American Dream, the extremes people go to when faced with losing everything, and the powerful resilience of the American spirit.
  • The Sister House
    Ramona is a forty-something widow living with a sexy, fictional vampire and her sixteen year-old-daughter Ryan, who refuses to learn how to drive. They have been getting by just fine in life. Except for Ramona's compulsive shopping and Ryan's explosive temper, that is. So when Ramona decides to rent out the spare room to a mysterious stranger, Ryan rebels. Three women and one imaginary vampire collide...
    Ramona is a forty-something widow living with a sexy, fictional vampire and her sixteen year-old-daughter Ryan, who refuses to learn how to drive. They have been getting by just fine in life. Except for Ramona's compulsive shopping and Ryan's explosive temper, that is. So when Ramona decides to rent out the spare room to a mysterious stranger, Ryan rebels. Three women and one imaginary vampire collide in a historical Victorian home with a past of its own, in this play about immortal love, mothers and daughters, and redemption. 

    *This play began as a Heideman Award finalist ten-minute play titled, "Edward Cullen Ruined My Mother's Love Life."
  • The Chocolate Affair
    Beverly checks herself into a seedy motel room to be alone with a plastic pumpkin filled with Halloween candy in this ten-minute comedy about body image, motherhood and one woman trying desperately to "have it all."
  • MELT
    A glaciologist brings his granddaughter (a climate change denier) on an expedition to measure the ice on earth's last remaining glacier. Will she see the truth before it's too late? Or will they both melt with the glacier?
  • HOMER
    Abe and Charlie have found the perfect place of their own, until an injured stranger arrives and threatens to ruin it.

  • AN AVERAGE MAN
    On a Starbucks run for his co-workers, an average man is presented with the opportunity to be a hero. Will he leave the task to someone else as always, or will he confront his fear, save the day and in a moment re-define his entire life? It all happens in a moment and this moment is his.
  • THE BIGNESS OF IT ALL
    A young female longshoreman at the Port of Los Angeles discovers just how disappointing and dangerous it can be to be a woman in a man’s world.
  • ANGELINA JOLIE IS STALKING ME
    Angelina Jolie is frankly tired of being stalked and turns the tables on a young married couple struggling with infertility issues in this dark comedy about marriage, fantasy, perception and the nature of fidelity.
  • EDWARD CULLEN RUINED MY MOTHER'S LOVE LIFE
    Ramona, a fifty-year-old vampire-lusting widow has a sixteen-year-old pragmatic, classic literature-loving daughter who refuses to learn to drive. Mother and daughter struggle to turn fiction into reality while constantly being haunted by the past in this play about death, immortal love and driving.