Vince Gatton

Vince Gatton

Vince Gatton is a New York-based actor and writer. He received a Drama Desk nomination for David Johnston's Candy and Dorothy, and sits on the Board of New York Shakespeare Exchange, with whom he’s appeared in King John, Titus Andronicus, ShakesBEER, and The Sonnet Project. Other notables: SPILL at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Cock at Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca; I Am My Own Wife and Fully Committed at...
Vince Gatton is a New York-based actor and writer. He received a Drama Desk nomination for David Johnston's Candy and Dorothy, and sits on the Board of New York Shakespeare Exchange, with whom he’s appeared in King John, Titus Andronicus, ShakesBEER, and The Sonnet Project. Other notables: SPILL at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Cock at Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca; I Am My Own Wife and Fully Committed at Barrington Stage; I Am My Own Wife again at Coachella Valley Rep (Desert Star Award Nomination) and Two Turns Theatre Company; and The Temperamentals at New World Stages, standing by for Michael Urie. His short plays IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF HI-Q, HAIR TUCK HALF SMILE, NEON GLOWING NEW, STATUS UPDATE, and BETTER have had readings in mtp’s annual CHERRY PICKING at the Wild Project in NYC; HI-Q was a finalist for the 2015 Short Playwriting Award at City Theatre in Miami; STATUS UPDATE was recently produced as part of Ten Below at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, Ohio; and another short, JAM, won Best Play in the 2015 LIC Short Play Festival at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. WAKE, his first full-length play, was a semifinalist for PlayPenn 2016 and Boomerang Theatre’s First Flight 2017, and was a finalist at Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest 2017. Vince is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and got his BFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He once lived the nerd dream by competing on Jeopardy. He didn’t win. www.vincegatton.com

Plays

  • ALEXANDRIA
    [FULL LENGTH] In a small town library in the Deep South, two librarians share an unlikely close friendship, despite being on opposite sides of the culture war. But when a young runaway, global events, and the Sweep of Human History come crashing through their front door, what will it take for that friendship to survive?

    Alexandria is a play about relationships that cross deep divides of belief...
    [FULL LENGTH] In a small town library in the Deep South, two librarians share an unlikely close friendship, despite being on opposite sides of the culture war. But when a young runaway, global events, and the Sweep of Human History come crashing through their front door, what will it take for that friendship to survive?

    Alexandria is a play about relationships that cross deep divides of belief and conviction: what those relationships are worth, and what they cost.

    *** Winner - Sanguine Theatre Company's Project Playwright Festival
  • Better
    [SHORT] Two women working along the line of a poultry-processing plant in Arkansas share many things, including their views about personal improvement; but when those views unexpectedly diverge, old cracks break wide open.

    **Winner - Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
    *Finalist - City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting
  • You Have Earned Bonus Stars
    [FULL LENGTH] Danielle has survived a shocking act of workplace violence; her quiet older co-worker Jimmy has not. A small act in his final moments becomes a clue that sets Danielle off on a quest on his behalf, a quest that sends her down a rabbit hole of secrets, lies, and questions about her own place in the moral universe – and the state of the moral universe itself.

    You Have Earned Bonus...
    [FULL LENGTH] Danielle has survived a shocking act of workplace violence; her quiet older co-worker Jimmy has not. A small act in his final moments becomes a clue that sets Danielle off on a quest on his behalf, a quest that sends her down a rabbit hole of secrets, lies, and questions about her own place in the moral universe – and the state of the moral universe itself.

    You Have Earned Bonus Stars is a comedy about tragedy, an exploration of the judgement we all face – from the great beyond, from each other, and from ourselves.
  • Hey
    [SHORT] A boy's quest for a safe harbor leads him unexpectedly into the most terrifying danger of his young life. A comedy (sort of?) about shopping for underwear.
  • Status Update
    [SHORT] In a sunny suburban kitchen on a Saturday afternoon, a mother's last nerve is getting trampled on by her teenage son's loud music. But underneath their argument over iTunes, a sudden loss and an unspoken fear are waiting to be revealed.

    Status Update is a play about youth, middle age, the relentless passing of time, and the small acts of love that make up our days.
  • JAM
    [ONE ACT] A malfunctioning piece of office equipment brings out the worst in a diverse group of co-workers.

    *** Winner, LIC Short Play Festival
  • WAKE
    [FULL LENGTH] Dan and Eric have a new marriage license, a new baby, and a new house in the country. As they settle into this new life, Dan is having what seem to be sleepwalking episodes. A ghost story told by a young visitor leads Eric to suspect that Dan's sleepwalking incidents are actually something far more sinister -- but are they what he thinks they are? Or are there other forces at work?
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    [FULL LENGTH] Dan and Eric have a new marriage license, a new baby, and a new house in the country. As they settle into this new life, Dan is having what seem to be sleepwalking episodes. A ghost story told by a young visitor leads Eric to suspect that Dan's sleepwalking incidents are actually something far more sinister -- but are they what he thinks they are? Or are there other forces at work?

    WAKE is a ghost story for the post-AIDS generation, a play about marriage, expectations, and the power of narrative to both heal and harm.
  • Neon Glowing New
    [ONE ACT] On the eve of the millennium, a teenage girl attends her first rave and envisions a potential future that rejects the rules and restrictions of her parents' middle class values. But she soon finds that the freedom the rave promises is not just for her, in ways she finds deeply threatening.
  • In The Whole History of Hi-Q
    [SHORT] One the eve of the last tournament of the year, three high school trivia nerds must confront the real reasons for their losing streak.
  • Hair Tuck, Half Smile
    [SHORT] A series of nested dreams, exploring how our celebrity obsessions both flatter and condemn us.

    Might as well be titled: What We Dream About When We Dream About Katie Holmes