Leah Nanako Winkler

Leah Nanako Winkler

Plays

  • Kentucky
    Hiro is a self-made woman making it in New York. But she is also single, almost thirty, and estranged from her dysfunctional family who lives in Kentucky. When her little sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at twenty-two, Hiro takes it upon herself to do whatever she can to stop the wedding and salvage any shred of hope she had about her sister’s future. The themes of identity, religion, and love...
    Hiro is a self-made woman making it in New York. But she is also single, almost thirty, and estranged from her dysfunctional family who lives in Kentucky. When her little sister, a born-again Christian, decides to marry at twenty-two, Hiro takes it upon herself to do whatever she can to stop the wedding and salvage any shred of hope she had about her sister’s future. The themes of identity, religion, and love collide in this unique coming-of-age story.

    Note on casting: An alternative version of the play, adjusted for 9 actors (6F, 3M) is available for purchase in manuscript form through Dramatists Play Service upon request.
    “KENTUCKY marks the full-length debut of a distinctive new voice—mouthy, sly and bourbon sweet, with the expected kick.” —The New York Times. “…the show’s voice is refreshing and witty…a fresh, affecting play…” —Time Out NY. “Leah Nanako Winkler has created a sort of millennial Odyssey…[KENTUCKY] has an antic, unruly spirit. Still, Winkler’s story is ultimately a serious one, about the commonplace nature of childhood trauma and the radically different paths people take to recovery.” —The New Yorker. “…exceptional…There is an excitement and charm to Nanako Winkler’s language…KENTUCKY has not only put Leah Nanako Winkler on the map but ensured her as an important player in contemporary theater.” —TheaterInTheNow.com.

  • Two Mile Hollow
    Two Mile Hollow is a satirical take-down of the ever-popular White People By The Water genre- where affluent white people discover secrets and fight in a big house by the water. A non-white cast plays the very white Donnelly family with both compassion and brutality as Charlotte, a POC playing a POC comes of age. A direct response to ridiculous things that happen in the American Theatre like the constant use...
    Two Mile Hollow is a satirical take-down of the ever-popular White People By The Water genre- where affluent white people discover secrets and fight in a big house by the water. A non-white cast plays the very white Donnelly family with both compassion and brutality as Charlotte, a POC playing a POC comes of age. A direct response to ridiculous things that happen in the American Theatre like the constant use of yellowface and a sincere comedy.

    When the Donnelly’s gather for a weekend in the country to gather their belongings for their recently sold estate—both an internal storm and a literal storm brews (uh oh!). As this brood of famous, longing-to-be-famous and kind of a mess but totally Caucasian family comes together with their non-white personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really really really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed over white wine…


  • God Said This
    James, a recovering alcoholic seeks redemption from his family when his wife is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer. John, a thirty-something single dad searches for a legacy for his only son while Hiro, a single NYC transplant struggles to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, a born again Christian, confronts her faith as she comes to terms with the inevitable death of her...
    James, a recovering alcoholic seeks redemption from his family when his wife is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer. John, a thirty-something single dad searches for a legacy for his only son while Hiro, a single NYC transplant struggles to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, a born again Christian, confronts her faith as she comes to terms with the inevitable death of her parents, her own shortcomings and some broken dreams. This is a play about five Godless and God-loving people in Lexington, Kentucky who face mortality in very different ways.
     
    (God Said This has so far been developed by the Dorothy Streslin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages and Second Generation Productions)
  • Thirty-Six
    David and Jenny meet up on Tinder and ask each other the thirty-six questions that are supposed to lead to love.
  • Diversity Awareness Picnic
    It’s Diversity Awareness Week at Johnson-Brown University! This means even the employees of the tele-FUN-draising department is required to participate in the mandatory Diversity Awareness activity at 3pm. As six employees ponder which color of the rainbow they might be and attempt to speak candidly with each other, uncomfortable tensions, anger and true love arise.
  • Death For Sydney Black
    Walking a line between being pointedly truthful and horribly offensive this play is a dark comedy about six teenage girls navigating the treacherous landscape of Northeast Valley High. When the new girl, Nancy, comes to town she must channel her entire self-worth into over throwing the most popular girl at school: Sydney Black. As she takes this journey, led by her quirky, Asian sidekick Jen, she discovers both...
    Walking a line between being pointedly truthful and horribly offensive this play is a dark comedy about six teenage girls navigating the treacherous landscape of Northeast Valley High. When the new girl, Nancy, comes to town she must channel her entire self-worth into over throwing the most popular girl at school: Sydney Black. As she takes this journey, led by her quirky, Asian sidekick Jen, she discovers both the overt and covert girl-on-girl violence perpetrated throughout the school.With live music, original songs, and a talented all female cast, this promises to be quite the ride, a side-splitting satire about what it means to grow up as an all-American girl.
  • Taisetsu Na Hito
    Bethany and Charles, a wholesome American couple, become owners of Android Minami, a Japanese robo-maid. As Minami becomes integrated into their mundane lives, repressed emotions arise and the line between servitude and fetishism begin to collide. Part of the collection Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 39th Series.
    Winner of the 39th Annual Samuel French Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, presented...
    Bethany and Charles, a wholesome American couple, become owners of Android Minami, a Japanese robo-maid. As Minami becomes integrated into their mundane lives, repressed emotions arise and the line between servitude and fetishism begin to collide. Part of the collection Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 39th Series.
    Winner of the 39th Annual Samuel French Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival, presented at Playwrights Horizons in August, 2014.