Paul Michael Thomson

Paul Michael Thomson

Paul Michael Thomson is a Chicago-based actor and playwright who always texts back. His plays have been produced by Avalanche Theatre, The Impostors Theatre Co., Other Theatre Company, North Central College, Arc Theatre, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and The Story Theatre, of which he is a founding member. Paul Michael graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona, earning a BFA in Acting, a BA in...
Paul Michael Thomson is a Chicago-based actor and playwright who always texts back. His plays have been produced by Avalanche Theatre, The Impostors Theatre Co., Other Theatre Company, North Central College, Arc Theatre, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and The Story Theatre, of which he is a founding member. Paul Michael graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona, earning a BFA in Acting, a BA in Africana Studies, and minors in Spanish and Art History. He has trained as a playwright under Elaine Romero, Chicago Dramatists, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, and his seventh grade English teacher.

Plays

  • The G.O.A.T., or Who Is Ximone?
    When the Phenomenal Four arrive in Stockholm for the 2020 Summer Olympics, they feel the world is at their feet. After all, they’ve got the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.), Ximone, to lead them to gymnastics glory. But when second-best Dougy starts having visions (of Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan, no less!), the seed of sabotage is planted. Will the team be able to stick the dismount of competition, or will they fall from grace?
  • Fremont Junior High Is NOT Doing Oklahoma!
    Fourteen-year-old queer boy Chrysanthemum is the endearing know-it-all serving as president of the Drama Club Council and is based on no playwright in particular. His best friend is Vice President Phylicia, a coloratura soprano in every way. (If you’ve ever done musical theatre, you know what I'm talking about!!) They are best best friends, okay? They comment on each other’s posts out of desire, not...
    Fourteen-year-old queer boy Chrysanthemum is the endearing know-it-all serving as president of the Drama Club Council and is based on no playwright in particular. His best friend is Vice President Phylicia, a coloratura soprano in every way. (If you’ve ever done musical theatre, you know what I'm talking about!!) They are best best friends, okay? They comment on each other’s posts out of desire, not obligation. But when FJHS announces the spring musical will be Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, our protagonists rift. Shoot! Now one of them is the antagonist. But which one?!
    Phylicia wants to star in Oklahoma! as Laurey Williams. Having a Black womxn take on this iconic lead role in a classic American musical will make a statement—and she’s the only one qualified for the job. But Chrys wants to scrap the musical altogether: it’s too problematic, providing a revisionist history that not only degrades womxn, but completely erases and forgives the atrocities done to the Native American folx from whom the territory was stolen. “We know we belong to the land/ and the land we belong to is grand”? Bullshit! That land was not theirs!
    The six members of the Drama Club Council must come to a vote by the end of the week, and right now it’s 50-50. How far will Phylicia and Chrys go to get their ways? Will Chrys resort to blackmailing Zac & Jack, Cutest Couple™ for three years running? Will Phylicia betray their ten-year friendship for the chance at a role? And where the eff is their teacher?!
  • Artemis Books & the Well-Meaning Man
    Regina (Reggie) runs a femme-centric feminist bookstore in Tucson, AZ. Artemis Books is a safe space for queer people, free expression, and womxn of all kinds. When her boss unexpectedly jumps ship, Reggie is stuck with a new-hire: straight, white, cisgender JJ. Workplace romances, existential anxieties, and some questionable spell casting abound as Reggie tries to reclaim her safe space. Does identity have to...
    Regina (Reggie) runs a femme-centric feminist bookstore in Tucson, AZ. Artemis Books is a safe space for queer people, free expression, and womxn of all kinds. When her boss unexpectedly jumps ship, Reggie is stuck with a new-hire: straight, white, cisgender JJ. Workplace romances, existential anxieties, and some questionable spell casting abound as Reggie tries to reclaim her safe space. Does identity have to influence ideology? Does colonialism ever stop? And what in the actual hell is a “good guy”?
  • (and i feel fine)
    It's the end of the world as we know it. Climate crisis has decimated the coasts of the former United States of America. So what happens to all the actors living in New York and LA? They move to Chicago and meet with the top artistic director of a certain totally-fictional, not-based-off-of-anything-in-real-life ensemble-based theatre.
    In this biting-but-not-bitter theatrical satire, no one is safe...
    It's the end of the world as we know it. Climate crisis has decimated the coasts of the former United States of America. So what happens to all the actors living in New York and LA? They move to Chicago and meet with the top artistic director of a certain totally-fictional, not-based-off-of-anything-in-real-life ensemble-based theatre.
    In this biting-but-not-bitter theatrical satire, no one is safe: not New York film actors; not LA improvisers; not even Chicago's Laurie Metcalf. (No matter how many Broadway shows she does, she is STILL OURS.)
  • Leave Me Alone!
    Nik Ivanov is broke. His wife is dying. He’s losing his bid for reelection. And he might be gay. But at least he has his looks! Leave Me Alone! is a contemporary, queer adaptation of Anton Chekhov's most unloved play, Ivanov. It’s about labels, identity, advice, Chekhov’s gun, and how none of that matters when you’re depressed…except perhaps the gun.
  • SAME SECTS!
    Hooking up is supposed to be fun, but in the Age of Trump, even the extremely personal becomes overtly political. SAME SECTS! is a play about assumption, identity, intimacy, and what happens when they share a bed.