Brigid Amos

Brigid Amos

Brigid Amos was born and raised in New Jersey and currently makes her home in Nebraska. She has been a finalist for The Woodward/Newman Drama Award, Kitchen Dog Theater's New Play Festival, and the Loft Ensemble as well as a semifinalist for Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition, Athena Project, Cimientos Play Development Program, The Landing Theatre’s...
Brigid Amos was born and raised in New Jersey and currently makes her home in Nebraska. She has been a finalist for The Woodward/Newman Drama Award, Kitchen Dog Theater's New Play Festival, and the Loft Ensemble as well as a semifinalist for Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition, Athena Project, Cimientos Play Development Program, The Landing Theatre’s New American Voices Playwriting Festival, and Vivid Stage’s Meet the Artist series. Covenant Farm, a one-act, was recently released as a podcast in season 2 of Short Plays for Short Journeys by Wild Duck Theatre in London, England. Her full-length play Listen had a staged reading as part of the 2018-19 5th Wall Productions Staged Reading Series in Charleston, South Carolina. Losing the Ring in the River, a full-length based on the book of poetry by Marge Saiser, was produced by Angels Theatre Company as part of the 2017-18 season of the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska. Short plays have been produced by The Chatham Community Players, Angels Theatre Company, Metropolitan Community College, The Barn Players, Act Your Age Productions, and the Secret Theatre. Other staged readings have been presented at CenterPieces Reading Series, The Midwest Dramatists Conference, Theatre Lawrence, Acting Naturally, and Geneva Theatre Guild. Brigid holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.S. from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is co-founder and interim coordinator of Angels Playwriting Collective.

Plays

  • Losing the Ring in the River
    FULL LENGTH: When Liz’s grandfather leaves her his old pickup truck in his will, she and her mother Emma pay a visit to Grandma Clara’s farm to collect the strange bequest. Over pie, coffee, and tomato canning, three generations of Nebraska women struggle with the dark secrets of their family history. Can they acknowledge their shared experience of abuse and begin to heal the bonds it has broken among them?
  • Listen
    FULL LENGTH: Brilliant but unstable artist Dale Digman escapes his sister Carson’s watchful eye to bring one of his Bob Ross-inspired paintings to a gallery in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Determined to protect her brother’s artistic reputation, Carson pursues him and struggles to retrieve the painting from gallery owner Kelly Anker, who is preparing a show of paintings by Jay Turnbull, a former...
    FULL LENGTH: Brilliant but unstable artist Dale Digman escapes his sister Carson’s watchful eye to bring one of his Bob Ross-inspired paintings to a gallery in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Determined to protect her brother’s artistic reputation, Carson pursues him and struggles to retrieve the painting from gallery owner Kelly Anker, who is preparing a show of paintings by Jay Turnbull, a former classmate of Dale and ex-boyfriend of Carson. Jay’s early arrival at the gallery forces a showdown between Dale and Carson. Will Dale finally free himself from his domineering sister to pursue his unorthodox artistic vision?

  • Dove
    FULL LENGTH IN DEVELOPMENT: Effie and Grant’s eight-year-old daughter Dove was killed when a chain on a carnival swing ride broke. Grant slips into a delusion, believing that his daughter was a bird that flew away when her chain broke. Effie, on the other hand, avoids saying Dove’s name and buries herself in household chores and church work. The parents confront each other over who was at fault in Dove’s death...
    FULL LENGTH IN DEVELOPMENT: Effie and Grant’s eight-year-old daughter Dove was killed when a chain on a carnival swing ride broke. Grant slips into a delusion, believing that his daughter was a bird that flew away when her chain broke. Effie, on the other hand, avoids saying Dove’s name and buries herself in household chores and church work. The parents confront each other over who was at fault in Dove’s death, who she really was, and how they should grieve for her. Dove returns as an adult to help her parents face the truth of her death and accept the gift of her life.
  • Heart of Gold
    FULL LENGTH IN DEVELOPMENT: On an icy Christmas Eve, a nearly bankrupt jeweler is about to close his shop, go home, and await his daughter's arrival from Lincoln. A stranger enters the store and offers the jeweler a way out of his financial difficulties. Heart of Gold explores the potentially dire consequences of indulging a child beyond one's financial means.
  • Stairlift
    ONE ACT: When a single, middle-aged woman takes in her elderly, disabled mother, the two women face off against each other in a house full of secrets. In their final showdown, they confront painful truths about the realities of aging and the shifting power structure in their family.
  • Our Daughter Katie
    FIFTEEN-MINUTE PLAY: Mom and Dad wish their teenaged daughter Katie were different. Or maybe they wish they had a different Katie…
  • The Suitcase
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: For thirty-two years, Beth and Ron have carried their large leather suitcase from place to place, always keeping it closed. Now an unexpected visitor will force them to finally confront its contents.
  • Bernice's Birthday
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: On her birthday, Bernice just wants to enjoy a nice salad at an outdoor café in the city. When her husband Lloyd objects to giving money to a street musician, she may have to toss her birthday plans.
  • Kitchen Garden
    TEN-MINUTE PLAY: Ilsa’s husband Lester drowned last winter when his truck broke through a frozen Minnesota lake during an ice fishing trip with his buddy, George. Now George has come for tea, and Ilsa has some tough questions for him.
  • Shall We Dance?
    THIRTEEN-MINUTE PLAY: When a scheduling error brings a dance teacher and her former student together in a studio, they engage in a power struggle that begins to redefine their long personal and professional relationship.
  • The Fledgling
    Dog and Cat share the multilevel fire escape of their apartment building in mutual tolerance. Their peace is disturbed when they find Fledgling on their fire escape, calling to its mother in a wild bird language they do not understand. Cat wants to kill and eat Fledgling, but Dog’s human has taught that killing birds is bad behavior. Dog and Cat discuss Fledgling’s status as a wild animal in relationship to...
    Dog and Cat share the multilevel fire escape of their apartment building in mutual tolerance. Their peace is disturbed when they find Fledgling on their fire escape, calling to its mother in a wild bird language they do not understand. Cat wants to kill and eat Fledgling, but Dog’s human has taught that killing birds is bad behavior. Dog and Cat discuss Fledgling’s status as a wild animal in relationship to their own status as domestic animals. Cat convinces Dog that Fledgling is calling out to others of its kind to occupy their fire escape and attack them. They decide that Fledgling must die in order to protect their fire escape from the coming invasion, but just as Cat is about to pounce, Dog realizes Fledgling’s true intention and saves the young bird’s life. This play explores the seductive nature of xenophobia and the power of empathy to combat it.