Keyanna Khatiblou

Keyanna Khatiblou

Keyanna Khatiblou is a Chicago-based playwright. She likes dark comedies with good roles for women and frequently writes about queer female friendships, mental health, and the Iranian diaspora. She's been published by Samuel French, produced Off-Broadway as part of Theatre Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, and was recently a finalist for the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting...
Keyanna Khatiblou is a Chicago-based playwright. She likes dark comedies with good roles for women and frequently writes about queer female friendships, mental health, and the Iranian diaspora. She's been published by Samuel French, produced Off-Broadway as part of Theatre Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, and was recently a finalist for the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Her plays have received readings and workshops with Chicago companies including Theater on the Lake, the New Colony, About Face Youth Theater, Prop Thtr, the Jackalope Playwright's Lab, and the Chicago Women's Theater Alliance. She has been commissioned and produced by the Evanston Children's Theater three times to write female-focused adaptations myths and fairytales. Keyanna was selected for the Television Academy Foundation Internship Program and spent the summer as an original programming development intern at Starz. She's currently a Core Apprentice with the Playwrights' Center. MFA: Northwestern University, 2020.

Plays

  • 2020: a going away party play
    First generation Iranian-American Mina is throwing a party for her closest friends and for you, the audience. Using games, flashbacks, and storytelling, the ensemble reflects on the modern American identity and shares a retelling of Mina's parents falling in love and staying in love while fleeing the Iranian Revolution. 2020: A GOING AWAY PARTY PLAY is a celebration of multicultural identities and...
    First generation Iranian-American Mina is throwing a party for her closest friends and for you, the audience. Using games, flashbacks, and storytelling, the ensemble reflects on the modern American identity and shares a retelling of Mina's parents falling in love and staying in love while fleeing the Iranian Revolution. 2020: A GOING AWAY PARTY PLAY is a celebration of multicultural identities and exploration of what it means to leave or lose your home country.

    Finalist: Theater on the Lake In the Works New Play Commission
    Reading: Theater on the Lake, Loyola Park, 2019
  • The Tower
    Lily, a millennial Chicagoan, has lived with her monsters for as long as she can remember. They've developed an understanding so they can more or less coexist, until one day the monsters begin acting erratically and Lily decides she's had enough. Teaming up with her cool girl roommate, a woke frat bro, a Wiccan sorority girl, and a really nice, really pretty girl that Lily may actually like ("umm...
    Lily, a millennial Chicagoan, has lived with her monsters for as long as she can remember. They've developed an understanding so they can more or less coexist, until one day the monsters begin acting erratically and Lily decides she's had enough. Teaming up with her cool girl roommate, a woke frat bro, a Wiccan sorority girl, and a really nice, really pretty girl that Lily may actually like ("umm!!!!"), Lily decides to take back her life from the creatures that haunt her. The Tower is a queer horror play about literally killing your demons.
  • Losing All Your Friends
    Stuart, Therese, and Ava are third year grad students who love literature, parties, and each other. LOSING ALL YOUR FRIENDS takes place on the CTA during the 2016-2017 school year, with the audience serving as fellow passengers during their tos and fros. During their last moments in academia, the women are ultimately forced to reckon with misplaced trust as they discover the potential cost of success in the arts.
  • My Yellow is Yours, Your Red is Mine
    10-minute play about two blended culture Iranian-Americans celebrating the Persian New Year.
  • Fish and Wildlife
    10-minute play. An activist and a wildlife biologist face off in the Sonoran Desert.
  • Order for Vicky
    10-minute play about forgiveness and public break ups.
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses
    Twelve princesses are testing the boundaries set by an overprotective parent. With a reward at stake, the kids in town want to figure out where the twelve princesses are sneaking off to every night. A modern adaption of the Grimms Fairytale with a flexible cast and plenty of roles for girls.
  • Stitches
    A monologue play about feminist capitalism. We spend an hour with Sara, a canceled She-E-O #GirlBoss.
  • Penelope's Odyssey
    When Penelope's best friend Odysseus calls out sick, she must overcome her social anxiety and navigate a day at Ithaca Middle School by herself. A TYA adaptation of The Odyssey commissioned for the Evanston Children's Theater with a flexible cast and several prominent roles for girls.