Gina Femia

Gina Femia

Gina Femia's work has been seen/developed at MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, EST, The Flea, Page 73, CTG, Theater of NOTE, Panndora Productions, among others. Plays include ALLOND(R)A (2019 Kilroys List, Winner: Leah Ryan Prize, Runner-up, Yale Drama Prize), THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE I-87 IN WESTCHESTER (2019 Kilroys List Honorable Mention), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric...
Gina Femia's work has been seen/developed at MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, EST, The Flea, Page 73, CTG, Theater of NOTE, Panndora Productions, among others. Plays include ALLOND(R)A (2019 Kilroys List, Winner: Leah Ryan Prize, Runner-up, Yale Drama Prize), THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE I-87 IN WESTCHESTER (2019 Kilroys List Honorable Mention), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric Wilson Award, Stage Rights publishing), The Mermaids' Parade (Finalist, American Blue Ink Award, Semifinalist, The Relentless Award, Finalist, Princess Grace Award), For The Love Of (Original Works Publishing), and The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference).

Gina is the 2020 Otis Guernsey New Voices award winner, a 2019-2022 Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, and a 2019-2020 member of Ingram New Plays Lab & Parsnip Ship's Radio Roots writer's group. She is an Alum of EST Youngblood, Page73's Interstate 73, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, New Georges' Audrey Residency and Project Y's Writer's Group. Gina’s a New Georges Affiliated Artist and has received residencies with Page73, Powerhouse, NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Fresh Ground Pepper. 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.

  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows
    The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows, is an exploration of teenage revolution in the face of petty authoritarianism. Set in a Catholic girls’ school, the play recounts the ripple effects caused by one student's decision to produce M4M2, a controversial sequel to Measure for Measure.
  • 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.
  • 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**
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • PRACTICE
    Two girls practice softball and also kissing. A play that slips through time, about a first time and the next.
  • the thing about air
    October 2001, Brooklyn. Uncertainty lingers in the air, but nothing stops Halloween - not even the fact storeowner Rocky hasn't heard from her new boyfriend or ex-husband for the last few weeks. Not even for her daughter Bernie's period or blossoming friendship with the much older Josh, not even for her daughter JJ's blossoming feelings for her new friend Lav. A play about how we move on in...
    October 2001, Brooklyn. Uncertainty lingers in the air, but nothing stops Halloween - not even the fact storeowner Rocky hasn't heard from her new boyfriend or ex-husband for the last few weeks. Not even for her daughter Bernie's period or blossoming friendship with the much older Josh, not even for her daughter JJ's blossoming feelings for her new friend Lav. A play about how we move on in the face of the unimaginable and how we come to term with what we lost.
  • HURRICANE(S)
    (Very much a first draft but ready for development!)

    Dan is married to Jan and Stan is married to Ann. They're all good friends, living in a retirement community in Florida. The four of them have gathered for a hurricane party at Dan and Jan's house where the men watch football and the women gab in the kitchen to talk about their daughters, their sons, and the neighbors. As the storm...
    (Very much a first draft but ready for development!)

    Dan is married to Jan and Stan is married to Ann. They're all good friends, living in a retirement community in Florida. The four of them have gathered for a hurricane party at Dan and Jan's house where the men watch football and the women gab in the kitchen to talk about their daughters, their sons, and the neighbors. As the storm grows stronger outside, their conversations become more and more revealing as secrets are uncovered and normalcy is called into question.
  • you know, that Bakery out in Bensonhurst that don't got a name
    Dell and Micki are sisters who work in a bakery. Been working there their whole lives, their mom owns the place. Even though they’re only four years apart, it may as well be 40, they’re that different. Dell is sixteen going on sixty, an old soul struggling to understand why their father died – he definitely didn’t commit suicide, even if that’s what they all say. Micki is twenty going on sixteen, excited to...
    Dell and Micki are sisters who work in a bakery. Been working there their whole lives, their mom owns the place. Even though they’re only four years apart, it may as well be 40, they’re that different. Dell is sixteen going on sixty, an old soul struggling to understand why their father died – he definitely didn’t commit suicide, even if that’s what they all say. Micki is twenty going on sixteen, excited to be embarking on a new relationship – even if she ain’t supposed to. No matter, at least Dell’s got Eden, her new friend opening her up to new experiences like blow jobs and alcohol. When Micki chooses her boyfriend over her family, the girls’ lives are twisted into a turmoil neither could’ve ever predicted.
    (Currently under option by Parity Productions)