Erin Malone Turner

Erin Malone Turner

new orleans-born / dallas-based playwright, poet, actor, & aspiring director.

after going to college full-time while working two jobs, i graduated magna cum laude & I'm super proud of it

sign language / outer space / science-fiction / mythology enthusiast

currently being mentored by my hero, Audra McDonald - the absolute biggest honor of my life...
new orleans-born / dallas-based playwright, poet, actor, & aspiring director.

after going to college full-time while working two jobs, i graduated magna cum laude & I'm super proud of it

sign language / outer space / science-fiction / mythology enthusiast

currently being mentored by my hero, Audra McDonald - the absolute biggest honor of my life

i teach middle school English at a STEM school & one of my goals is to expose the teens of today to creative writing for self-expression, the exploration of our humanity, & the fact that if we don't tell our own stories, someone else will

i’m happy you’re here. ☺︎

Plays

  • the secret keepers
    trudging through their last semester at The Right Path Academy is a group of silly, thoughtful, difficult, overcompensating high school seniors. they gather every day - bonding over their senior projects, a game called Most Fucked Up, homemade zines, & junk food galore. during their last semester at the run-down boarding school, things get stranger than ever. nightmares plague the unspoken leader of the...
    trudging through their last semester at The Right Path Academy is a group of silly, thoughtful, difficult, overcompensating high school seniors. they gather every day - bonding over their senior projects, a game called Most Fucked Up, homemade zines, & junk food galore. during their last semester at the run-down boarding school, things get stranger than ever. nightmares plague the unspoken leader of the group, shadowy figures come and go, skeletons tumble out of their closets, and one of the teens goes missing. will they graduate with more troubles than they started with? are two of them falling in love over shared cigarettes & literature? what’s with the mold? this Southern gothic / coming-of-age play explores how we are responsible for each other, the messiness of growing up, & learning how to accept what we’ve never truly had.
  • through a glass darkly
    It’s summertime in 1980s southern Louisiana when a group of ardent camp counselors discover alternate dimensions within the campground’s forest. Campers start disappearing, strange sounds hold sleep at bay, and there is a monster in the woods waiting for its next victim. What happens when problems arise that even the best head counselor can’t solve? This play uses science fiction and New Orleans-based Black...
    It’s summertime in 1980s southern Louisiana when a group of ardent camp counselors discover alternate dimensions within the campground’s forest. Campers start disappearing, strange sounds hold sleep at bay, and there is a monster in the woods waiting for its next victim. What happens when problems arise that even the best head counselor can’t solve? This play uses science fiction and New Orleans-based Black history to explore emerging into adulthood, enjoying romance amidst a crushing loss, and how sorrow can take root into terrains as well as hearts. How can we keep sight of what we owe each other?
  • how to catch a ghost
    Four 20-somethings cross paths during the off-season at Cloud Nine State Park, where things are getting stranger each day. Wesley and Amos are inextricably connected twins, even after the worst happens. Finn’s contentment that they fought to create is threatened. Lark is conducting research for her thesis when confronted by a part of her past she never expected to see again. And there’s a big storm brewing. A...
    Four 20-somethings cross paths during the off-season at Cloud Nine State Park, where things are getting stranger each day. Wesley and Amos are inextricably connected twins, even after the worst happens. Finn’s contentment that they fought to create is threatened. Lark is conducting research for her thesis when confronted by a part of her past she never expected to see again. And there’s a big storm brewing. A ghost story with lots of Louisiana comfort food, this speculative fiction play explores Black familial ties and the connection between nature and people, and asks questions about faith and the ways we hold ourselves back from what we truly want.

    (this is a second draft, and I'm open to feedback and workshop/reading/production opportunities!)
  • THE BRIDGE
    Meet Thaddeus and Malik — Black boys. Best friends. From different backgrounds. Right before graduating high school, they are separated by a single bullet, and they both find themselves hopelessly lost. This non-linear drama explores Blackness tied to success, loss, the intimacy of friendship, and considers an afterlife for Black people - specifically those whose lives are cut short. When Thaddeus finds himself...
    Meet Thaddeus and Malik — Black boys. Best friends. From different backgrounds. Right before graduating high school, they are separated by a single bullet, and they both find themselves hopelessly lost. This non-linear drama explores Blackness tied to success, loss, the intimacy of friendship, and considers an afterlife for Black people - specifically those whose lives are cut short. When Thaddeus finds himself “on this bridge between starshine and clay” how will he find the will to go beyond and leave behind everything he thought mattered? And when Malik feels that he has nothing left to lose, how will he find the strength to hold tight to his own life?
  • i thought you hung the moon
    a close-up on the lives of Faye - an artist - and Nico - an athlete - as they float towards and away from each other over two decades. this linear drama explores the tightrope of chasing dreams, coping with grief, the intimacy of friendship, loneliness, and the idea that home can be a person as well as a place. how do you let go of what you're helplessly tied to?

    THIRD DRAFT: open to...
    a close-up on the lives of Faye - an artist - and Nico - an athlete - as they float towards and away from each other over two decades. this linear drama explores the tightrope of chasing dreams, coping with grief, the intimacy of friendship, loneliness, and the idea that home can be a person as well as a place. how do you let go of what you're helplessly tied to?

    THIRD DRAFT: open to feedback, workshop opportunities, and production opportunities!
  • June & Max Go to Space
    Juniper & Maxine - total opposites, minus their outer space obsession, yet they’re two peas in a pod. This coming-of-age play showcases nearly two decades in their lives as the two navigate girlhood, expectations, academia vs art, anxiety about the future, belonging, and the messiness of adolescence.

    SECOND DRAFT: open to feedback, workshop and/or production opportunities!
  • SPACED OUT
    A surrealist, speculative-fiction drama that explores a family in crisis, virtual reality, coping with grief, communication barriers, moving on from the past, and all the ways people attempt to escape from their problems - in Ollie’s case, to an alternate universe of sorts. This offbeat, poignant play is an adventure of movement, technology, and Sign Language - as well as a journey through space and time....
    A surrealist, speculative-fiction drama that explores a family in crisis, virtual reality, coping with grief, communication barriers, moving on from the past, and all the ways people attempt to escape from their problems - in Ollie’s case, to an alternate universe of sorts. This offbeat, poignant play is an adventure of movement, technology, and Sign Language - as well as a journey through space and time.

    NEW DRAFT - open to feedback, workshop, and production opportunities!
  • Say Goodbye
    Siblings Quinn and Jamie reunite to say goodbye to their ailing grandmother, if they can get past their grudges against one another and come together for the sake of their family.
  • Pineapples
    An engaged couple, Ava and Rhett, get into an argument about pizza toppings that dissolves into a huge problem that will change their relationship as they know it.
  • How 'Bout Them Apples?
    Two roommates—Ahdi and Jay—get into a heated argument, as per usual.
  • Invites
    TEN-MINUTE: Free-spirited Isa tries to convince her older homebody sister Mabel to join her for a night on the town. It also happens to be New Year's Eve, 1999. Will Mabel have fun with her sister, who just wants to find someone to kiss when the clock strikes midnight, or will she give into the conspiracy and stay home with her cat and her books?