Gina Femia

Gina Femia

Gina Femia has written 31 full-length plays which include ALLOND(R)A (Winner: Leah Ryan Prize), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric Wilson Award, Nominee, Outstanding Full-Length NYIT Awards), The Mermaids' Parade (Semifinalist, The Relentless Award, Finalist, Princess Grace Award), REBELS TIL DEATH (Playwrights Horizons reading series), Annie and the Fat Man (Honorable Mention, The Kilroys), THIS...
Gina Femia has written 31 full-length plays which include ALLOND(R)A (Winner: Leah Ryan Prize), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric Wilson Award, Nominee, Outstanding Full-Length NYIT Awards), The Mermaids' Parade (Semifinalist, The Relentless Award, Finalist, Princess Grace Award), REBELS TIL DEATH (Playwrights Horizons reading series), Annie and the Fat Man (Honorable Mention, The Kilroys), THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE I-87 IN WESTCHESTER (Workshop, Youngblood), Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly (semi-finalist The O’Neill and The Princess Grace Award), For The Love Of (Theatre of NOTE, Original Works Publishing), and The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference).

She is the 2019 Writer-in-Residence with Spicy Witch Productions, the 2018 recipient of both the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Female Writers and the Doric Wilson Award for Independent Playwrights, as well as a 2018 Finalist for P73’s Playwriting Fellowship. She is an Alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab and New Georges' Audrey Residency (Accidental Burlesque).

Gina is a current member of Joust Theatre’s Writer’s Round Table and Project Y Writer's Group. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and a New York Madness Company Member, and has received residencies with P73’s Summer Residency, Powerhouse, NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Fresh Ground Pepper. She has been nominated for the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize in Playwriting).

Plays

  • The Violet Sisters
    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to Brooklyn to attend her father’s funeral. When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she can’t escape. Despite all of her best intentions, the conversation quickly turns tense and the two sisters are forced to deal with all that they have let slip away, all the words that have been left unsaid for years. A two-person...
    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to Brooklyn to attend her father’s funeral. When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house and a past that she can’t escape. Despite all of her best intentions, the conversation quickly turns tense and the two sisters are forced to deal with all that they have let slip away, all the words that have been left unsaid for years. A two-person, one set, real time play, The Violet Sisters is a play about forgiving when you cannot bring yourself to forget.

  • The Mermaids' Parade
    Biron has been deployed to Iraq and Islande is stuck in Coney Island. A fable of a mermaid connects them both as they are forced to confront their personal horrors in order to try to find one another and themselves during a time of war.
  • THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE 1-87 IN WESTCHESTER
    Kevin owns a Romance Depot. Beth needs a vibrator. The two of them form an unlikely relationship that straddles the line between friendship and romance. What happens when two lonely people find one another?
  • Allond(R)a
    ALLOND(R)A tells the story of Allonda and her friends as they wrestle their way through the summer - sometimes it's on the playgrounds in the projects of Coney Island, sometimes it's with their feelings and often it's at home. A coming of age story about friendship and heartache, ALLOND(R)A asks how much is too much to fight for?
  • We Are A Masterpiece
    WE ARE A MASTERPIECE takes place at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, when the disease was still a mystery. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Joan, a no-nonsense nurse, becomes a sort of fairy godmother to the town’s gay community when no one else will step up to care for them as they die one by one. She becomes their friend, their mother, their sister, as they navigate life and death with this new plague. Out of the ashes of...
    WE ARE A MASTERPIECE takes place at the dawn of the AIDS crisis, when the disease was still a mystery. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, Joan, a no-nonsense nurse, becomes a sort of fairy godmother to the town’s gay community when no one else will step up to care for them as they die one by one. She becomes their friend, their mother, their sister, as they navigate life and death with this new plague. Out of the ashes of their collective lives, lifelong bonds are forged and beauty is found even at the darkest of moments.
  • Annie and the Fat Man
    Annie is anorexic and Tiny is obese. They're best friends, Brooklynites through and through. When they each embark on new romantic relationships, will their relationship break or strengthen?

  • Things I Don't Want to Talk About: a hero(ine)'s journey
    Come, take a journey with Gina as she goes on an epic adventure to save a trapped princess from the inner most depths of her mind! Along the way, she encounters sketchy men on the subway, is forced to confront past loves and remembers things she wishes she can forget. A solo show that explores how past encounters with relationships and sex shape sexuality, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About breaks down how...
    Come, take a journey with Gina as she goes on an epic adventure to save a trapped princess from the inner most depths of her mind! Along the way, she encounters sketchy men on the subway, is forced to confront past loves and remembers things she wishes she can forget. A solo show that explores how past encounters with relationships and sex shape sexuality, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About breaks down how stories, sexuality, and sexual assault shape a woman's life.

    **Trigger warning, sexual assault and rape**
  • Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly
    SUPER, OR, HOW CLARK GRAVES LEARNED TO FLY is about the shrinking of the middle class as seen through the eyes of a typical American Family –The Graves. Father Samuel has lost his once thriving construction business, forcing the family to downsize significantly. Each member is coping with their personal loss of power differently; Mother Mary is addicted to scratch-off lotto tickets, sister Dot cannot stop...
    SUPER, OR, HOW CLARK GRAVES LEARNED TO FLY is about the shrinking of the middle class as seen through the eyes of a typical American Family –The Graves. Father Samuel has lost his once thriving construction business, forcing the family to downsize significantly. Each member is coping with their personal loss of power differently; Mother Mary is addicted to scratch-off lotto tickets, sister Dot cannot stop picking her skin, Father Samuel has gotten mean and Clark –well, Clark is trying to be everyone’s hero, including his new girlfriend, Laney.

    When Laney’s dreams of running away begin to seem like they’ll become a reality, Clark must choose between his family and his chance at happiness. Intercut with scenes from Clark’s comic book world, Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly explores the increasing hunger crisis as it spreads across America, asking the questions How do we learn to Fly? and What does it really mean to be Super?
  • For The Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play)
    When Joy gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For The Love Of asks how much you’re willing to sacrifice – or lose – in order to follow your heart.
  • REBELS TIL DEATH
    Azul and Sweetie are lifelong friends and long time rebels, living in the projects in Coney Island. When they start keeping secrets from one another and Sweetie starts to uncover buried secrets from his past, will their world fall apart?
  • STAFF RETREAT
    A staff at a non-profit goes on a retreat to do some team building amidst a scandal nobody seems to want to talk about.
  • SAVINGS!
    The local supermarket is going out of business and the community is upset — no one more than longtime employee Mo, not that she’d ever let anyone know. When her long-lost daughter comes home for something more than a visit, Mo will have to ask herself if she’s worth saving, too.
  • Accidental Burlesque
    Accidental Burlesque is a burlesque incorporated theatre piece. It intertwines dance and burlesque within the story of a play. These moments of movement push forward the story and parallel the inner action of the characters’ journeys as they explore love, romance, sexuality and lust.

    Accidental Burlesque was developed during New Georges' 2014/2015 Audrey Residency
  • Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid
    It was a day like any other, except different. It was different. The air was a little bit too still and the trees were a bit too tall. That day. The day Jimmy Jones' little boy disappeared. Follow Private Eye Mahogany Brown as she searches for the child supposedly taken by “The Nameless”. As the case progresses, clues appear to reveal more about Mahogany Brown than she is ready to handle.
  • meet you at the Galaxy Diner.
    Bill is in Alaska and AG is in NY. They're old High School pals who have nearly forgotten about one another. When they reconnect over AIM after not speaking for 20 years, they find that looking back might help them remember who they are.
  • FLY, BABY
    It's New Year's Eve and Ariel wants to watch the fireworks on her rooftop in Brooklyn. When her friend Miranda joins her, conversations about resolutions turns serious. Can Santa and the Toothfairy help?
  • More Than the Animals
    After Father Anthony calls her into his office to discuss the nuns' concerns, Imogenene talks to God.
  • Bev.
    When two sisters lose a paddle in the East Siberian sea after promising to spread their sister's ashes, the presence of a mermaid forces them to choose between each other or life.
  • Mirrors
    A mother and daughter discover they have more in common than they realized.
  • JUMP
    Two friends come together at Coney Island to remember their friend who passed away.
    Both characters are non-white; they may be played by any race that is not white.
  • BROKE/FIX
    In the midst of a fight at midnight, Joan and Jessi find an angel who needs a little help.
  • Pussygrabber
    A monologue that shifts between 2 moments of time - 1. from October through the presidential election 2. from a moment of sexual assault in 2010. Trigger warning for sexual assault. A work in progress!
  • Truth.
    Lily and Rosie play a game of truth or dare - high on the truth, higher on the dare.
  • POP POP WAS A WAR HERO
    When Hilary and her daughter clean out the garage, they unearth some memories that are better left forgotten.
  • Pieces of Penelope
    Odysseus fought a war and got lost on an adventure; Penelope waited. Owen is fighting a war; Penny waits. Men have been going off to have adventures since the beginning of time; and the women have often been the ones who are left behind. What makes the wait- and the fight - worthwhile? Pieces of Penelope is the story of how four women’s stories are intertwined throughout the course of history.
  • Bones Like Dust
    **A work in progress

    Worlds collide when Richard, a pedologist, comes to Jeni's rural shack to study her dirt. When an unexpected storm hits, trapping Richard on her porch, secrets and ghosts are revealed. Bones Like Dust is a 2-person, real time piece that explores art, faith and science and wonders what happens when home disappears.
  • Undead Anonymous
    Welcome to Undead Anonymous, a place for those struggling to find life among the living.
    Whether you are a vampire, ghost, zombie, mummy or just cursed with eternal life, this is a
    supportive environment to vent your frustrations, find new connections and discover you are not
    truly alone.

    At least, that's Sarah's dream - to create a group for people like her. But will it work?