Michael Yates Crowley

Michael Yates Crowley

Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His plays include The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias (Playwrights' Realm at the Duke on 42nd Street, dir. Tyne Rafaeli); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist; PS 122, dir. Michael Rau);...
Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His plays include The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias (Playwrights' Realm at the Duke on 42nd Street, dir. Tyne Rafaeli); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist; PS 122, dir. Michael Rau); TEMPING (New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center); Righteous Money (3-Legged-Dog, 59E59 Theaters); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). In New York, his work has also been produced at Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater, 59E59, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. He was a NYFA Playwriting fellow, a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, an Ars Nova Play Group member, and is a graduate of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard.

Plays

  • The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias
    One fine day in 753 B.C., a soldier carried off a girl from the next town over and the Roman Empire was born. Twenty five hundred years later, the Springfield High Romans are getting ready for the Homecoming Dance. This is the story of girls and boys, women and men, Wikipedia and the evening news. This is the story of Grace B Matthias (the B doesn’t stand for anything, she just likes the letter). Like the girls...
    One fine day in 753 B.C., a soldier carried off a girl from the next town over and the Roman Empire was born. Twenty five hundred years later, the Springfield High Romans are getting ready for the Homecoming Dance. This is the story of girls and boys, women and men, Wikipedia and the evening news. This is the story of Grace B Matthias (the B doesn’t stand for anything, she just likes the letter). Like the girls in Steubenville, Ohio and Maryville, Missouri and other villes we don’t hear about, Grace was raped. This is the story of what happens next.
  • The Tourists
    THE TOURISTS is about a group of American tourists who get trapped on an island in the Mediterranean after a ferry strike. Their dream vacation begins to unravel as they’re forced to stay in a hostel, scavenge for food, and endure each other’s company. During the long first night, too much wine is had, various ill-advised seductions are attempted, and a local dog begins telling stories. Meanwhile, in the...
    THE TOURISTS is about a group of American tourists who get trapped on an island in the Mediterranean after a ferry strike. Their dream vacation begins to unravel as they’re forced to stay in a hostel, scavenge for food, and endure each other’s company. During the long first night, too much wine is had, various ill-advised seductions are attempted, and a local dog begins telling stories. Meanwhile, in the background, increasingly violent austerity protests threaten to set the island on fire, which the Americans mistake for a wedding party.
  • Evanston: A Rare Comedy
    Evanston: A Rare Comedy begins with the disappearance of a teenage girl in deepest suburbia and ends when a meeting of the local Women's Book Club goes horribly awry. In between, a housewife dreams of Mexico, an economics professor has an affair with a check-out clerk at Whole Foods, and the financial crisis rages on. Inspired by the words of Psalm 137 and the best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love,"...
    Evanston: A Rare Comedy begins with the disappearance of a teenage girl in deepest suburbia and ends when a meeting of the local Women's Book Club goes horribly awry. In between, a housewife dreams of Mexico, an economics professor has an affair with a check-out clerk at Whole Foods, and the financial crisis rages on. Inspired by the words of Psalm 137 and the best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love," Evanston: A Rare Comedy takes a look at Middle America and asks: how can we sing a song of joy in this strange land?