Michael Gotch

Michael Gotch

Michael is a founding member of the REP company, the professional resident ensemble at the University of Delaware, where he also teaches. He has directed, written and performed in over 50 productions since its inaugural season. As a writer, his shorter one-act work has been produced or workshopped at Victory Gardens Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre (Chicago), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre,...
Michael is a founding member of the REP company, the professional resident ensemble at the University of Delaware, where he also teaches. He has directed, written and performed in over 50 productions since its inaugural season. As a writer, his shorter one-act work has been produced or workshopped at Victory Gardens Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre (Chicago), Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project (Indianapolis), Westport Country Playhouse (Connecticut) as well as here at the REP. His two first full-length plays, MINOR FANTASTICAL KINGDOMS and STARTER PISTOL were each recognized as semi-finalists for the Eugene O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference (2018, 2019), the Blue Ink New Play Competition (2019), and the Forward Flux Three New American Plays Competition (2018), and STARTER PISTOL was named a winner of the Ashland New Play Festival (2019). Additionally, MINOR FANTASTICAL KINGDOMS revceived a workshop and first public reading in conjunction with the New Works Circle at Westport Country Playhouse in July 2018 and subsequently had its World Premiere at the REP under the direction of Mark Lamos in January 2019.

Plays

  • Starter Pistol
    Deer season. Somewhere in the dying small-town Midwest of our New America, a loose reimagining of Euripides’ IPHIGENIA IN AULIS: unsung mother, wife and breadwinner Karen James’ family has enough venison chili to survive the approaching winter. But when a stranger comes to dinner, can they survive the secrets buried in their past, the reckoning to come, and make it to the big MegaBall drawing this particularly eventful Friday night?
  • Tiny House
    Nick and Sam have grown weary of the political, economic and personal chaos of the world and escape to their new off-grid tiny house, nestled in a forest of giant sequoias. But their piece (and peace) of paradise is soon challenged when a mysterious survivalist, two Renaissance Faire devotees, an exuberant biologist, and Sam’s straight-talking mother join them in the woods for a Fourth of July BBQ....
    Nick and Sam have grown weary of the political, economic and personal chaos of the world and escape to their new off-grid tiny house, nestled in a forest of giant sequoias. But their piece (and peace) of paradise is soon challenged when a mysterious survivalist, two Renaissance Faire devotees, an exuberant biologist, and Sam’s straight-talking mother join them in the woods for a Fourth of July BBQ. Recriminations fly and reconciliations are hard-won alongside some literal fireworks in this look at the challenges of being human in our New Age.