Josh Drimmer

Josh Drimmer

Josh Drimmer’s plays have been read and produced by Sanguine Theatre Company (winner of the 2015 Project Playwright Festival), Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab, Theater for the New City, the Emerging Artists’ Theater, Sanctuary Playwrights Theater, Milk Can Theater Company, the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Feed The Herd, the American Globe Theater, and the You Heard It Here First podcast, among others;...
Josh Drimmer’s plays have been read and produced by Sanguine Theatre Company (winner of the 2015 Project Playwright Festival), Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab, Theater for the New City, the Emerging Artists’ Theater, Sanctuary Playwrights Theater, Milk Can Theater Company, the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Feed The Herd, the American Globe Theater, and the You Heard It Here First podcast, among others; he also wrote the book for a cabaret (Rejected Showgirl, for Tory Ross) and sketch comedy as a writer/performer with Juvie Hall’s Saturday Night Rewritten. He is a member of the American Renaissance Theater Company and The Pool, and lives in Brooklyn.

Plays

  • Halcyon Days
    It's August in Bridgeport, NY, a cute, not terribly expensive town in Long Island's North Fork. Over 24 hours in a curious rented house with bright walls and no locks on the door, six 30-something friends and one special guest, a 17-year-old townie picked up near the town carousel, will drink too much, take too much of too many drugs, and go through a collective, premature mid-life crisis.
  • Story and Her
    He’s a man of a certain age: always single, never alone, his standard expression of existential pain often mistaken for dashing. He has a story to tell, about the only woman who ever interested him as much as himself. And much as the story hurts him to tell, she’s not around to help.

  • the lighthouse invites the storm
    Two 16-year-olds meet at an artsy pre-college program, where they flirt, fight, but are unable to handle the love they’ve stumbled into. Sixteen years later, face-to-face again in a New York hotel suite, innocent nostalgia is turning into something far more difficult to handle, and they will have to discover whether half a lifetime ago is just too late.

    --Winner of Sanguine Theatre Company's...
    Two 16-year-olds meet at an artsy pre-college program, where they flirt, fight, but are unable to handle the love they’ve stumbled into. Sixteen years later, face-to-face again in a New York hotel suite, innocent nostalgia is turning into something far more difficult to handle, and they will have to discover whether half a lifetime ago is just too late.

    --Winner of Sanguine Theatre Company's Project Playwright 2015, January 2015.
    --World Premiere produced by Sanguine Theatre Company at the Chain Theater, Queens, NY, April 30-May 17, 2015, dir. Logan Reed
  • Lady in the Cage
    Over the course of a bizarre and hotly contested election, Democratic operative Mark Walker has his hands full keeping The Candidate, a Connecticut senator with the force of the party but the indifference of the people, on target, as her very real despair over the very nature of what Democracy requires, as well as the tiny matter of money missing from her charity, begins to build.

    The Republican...
    Over the course of a bizarre and hotly contested election, Democratic operative Mark Walker has his hands full keeping The Candidate, a Connecticut senator with the force of the party but the indifference of the people, on target, as her very real despair over the very nature of what Democracy requires, as well as the tiny matter of money missing from her charity, begins to build.

    The Republican candidate may do nothing but spout and stomp, but under the thoroughly ethically unbound former governor Dominic Fortunato, he does, somehow, have a chance, and his fourth press secretary, journeywoman Sarah Jane Tyler, he might even have the appearance of a cohesive message. But will Sarah Jane, or what goodness there is in her, survive the unwanted attentions of Dominic, and a campaign designed to win at any cost?
  • Falling
    Tuesday, a troubled poet, and Sky Baker, a recovering alcoholic, are brother and sister survivors of the brutal commune known as The Meadow, forced together again after Tuesday nearly overdoses on Ambien after 13 nights without sleep; ultimately, Sky cannot save Tuesday from the darkness of their past, but will Tuesday bring Sky back to The Meadow, and out of his own mind?
  • thorn (a play in two specially-priced LPs)
    It’s 1979. Sleight of Hand are a huge successful band at last, with a hit record, and all the time in the world to record the follow-up. But perfectionism, grandiosity, break-ups, make-ups, and a seemingly unlimited amount of cocaine may tear them apart even as they’re all trapped together, in their very own studio, as 1980 winds down. (Also, the new album’s a double album now.)
  • After I'm/ After You're/ After We're Gone
    Roxy hasn't left her Minneapolis apartment since the day her girlfriend died in a plane crash., preferring her ghost (and a water pipe) to any other company.

    D is dying of an autoimmune disorder just as the most amazing beats of his career are spilling out of his mind, and he can't let his ex-wife or son get in the way. (He also somehow knows how to play keys now.)

    And...
    Roxy hasn't left her Minneapolis apartment since the day her girlfriend died in a plane crash., preferring her ghost (and a water pipe) to any other company.

    D is dying of an autoimmune disorder just as the most amazing beats of his career are spilling out of his mind, and he can't let his ex-wife or son get in the way. (He also somehow knows how to play keys now.)

    And as for The Lost, he's already gone into the shadowland. The only question is, how does he move on?

    A triptych play on three types of death, and the spaces in-between them.
  • Iago, of W. 95th St.
    A divorced hedge fund manager, facing the emptiness of his own life and the marriage of his rock star best friend to the only woman he almost loved, will make deception an art as he tears their love, and their lives, apart. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello, and written in modern blank verse.
  • The Beeping
    At 35, Magda might not quite be where she hoped she’d be, with her days are spent in a mind-numbing, Carpal Tunnel-inducing temp job and her nights, sorta seeing an idiot drummer eleven years her junior. But when her apartment is invaded by a mysterious, constant, piercing beeping, something all the 311 calls in the world won’t get rid of, the comfort of her ramshackle life, and her sanity, is shaken.
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    At 35, Magda might not quite be where she hoped she’d be, with her days are spent in a mind-numbing, Carpal Tunnel-inducing temp job and her nights, sorta seeing an idiot drummer eleven years her junior. But when her apartment is invaded by a mysterious, constant, piercing beeping, something all the 311 calls in the world won’t get rid of, the comfort of her ramshackle life, and her sanity, is shaken.

    (In progress: a 45-minute version of the play was presented as part of American Renaissance Theater Company's 2016 WinterWorks in January.)
  • Aura of the Western Star (Happy Machinery Works So Hard)
    Set in the autocratic Independent Republic of Soteria (West Soteria), AURA is the story of the Telifan family: two parents, two children (down from three, due to the middle child taking “happy fire” during military service), living in a prefab box with doors that lock at curfew, and a console broadcasting state news that can never be turned off; as the need for survival and the need for something more drives...
    Set in the autocratic Independent Republic of Soteria (West Soteria), AURA is the story of the Telifan family: two parents, two children (down from three, due to the middle child taking “happy fire” during military service), living in a prefab box with doors that lock at curfew, and a console broadcasting state news that can never be turned off; as the need for survival and the need for something more drives them all, neither the family nor Soteria will survive.
  • Puncher's Chance
    Dan “Cannon” Samuels is ranked but un-reputed heavyweight, with a second-rate manager and a collapsing marriage, but a surprise shot at the title, and a new, unorthodox trainer will give him the chance to be the fighter he was always meant to be. But in winning the title, will Cannon lose control of everything else?

    An intense yet often comic spin on the boxing drama, loosely inspired by the rise...
    Dan “Cannon” Samuels is ranked but un-reputed heavyweight, with a second-rate manager and a collapsing marriage, but a surprise shot at the title, and a new, unorthodox trainer will give him the chance to be the fighter he was always meant to be. But in winning the title, will Cannon lose control of everything else?

    An intense yet often comic spin on the boxing drama, loosely inspired by the rise and fall of James "Buster"Douglas, Puncher's Chance depicts what it takes to succeed, and the many ways we can come short.
  • New Haven and the Problem of Change in the American City
    The fears, jealousies, sexual confusions, mushroom-induced delusions, and problems (substance abuse-related and otherwise) of a group of Yale graduates explode as they party hard and hold tightly to their last summer in New Haven, in a modern Chekhovian comedy where every act is a different party, ticking closer to that much-delayed time: the time to let go.
  • For You
    Amelia, a self-serious grad student, and Jack, a painter incapable of keeping a day job, are deeply in love, but when Jack loses his apartment and moves in with Amelia, one way or another the young couple’s relationship must change, and young love makes young mistakes.