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 Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project (Indianapolis), Bailiwick Repertory...
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 Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project (Indianapolis), Bailiwick Repertory Theatre (Chicago), Westport Country Playhouse (Connecticut), Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon) as well as at the REP.

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.

Recommended by Michael Gotch

  • Deborah: The Mostly True Tale of a Revolutionary Woman
    28 Oct. 2019
    Setting aside the fascinating true story of Deborah Sampson, Keel manages to breathe life into her as a theatrical creation--part storyteller, narrator, emcee, and thematic guide--in a graceful and complex way. Equal parts relevant, humorous, insightful and moving, this play finally transcends its origins as simply a biographical document and becomes both an affirmation of present-day challenges facing any number of marginalized voices and a call to keep punching.
  • Smaller Floods
    30 Sep. 2019
    Evocative, poetic, menacing, with an easy back and forth between specificity and larger universals. Mysterious and compelling. A graceful voice that avoids sentimentality but still moves you. An elegant weaving of the natural and the human.