Patrick Gabridge

Patrick Gabridge

I’ve written numerous plays, including Lab Rats, Blood on the Snow, Distant Neighbors, Fire on Earth, Flight, Constant State of Panic, Pieces of Whitey, Blinders, and Reading the Mind of God, which have been staged in theaters across the country. Hundreds of students use my plays every year on stage and in competition. My plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus (I have...
I’ve written numerous plays, including Lab Rats, Blood on the Snow, Distant Neighbors, Fire on Earth, Flight, Constant State of Panic, Pieces of Whitey, Blinders, and Reading the Mind of God, which have been staged in theaters across the country. Hundreds of students use my plays every year on stage and in competition. My plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus (I have stuff in a bunch of “Best of” anthologies), and Original Works Publishers. So far, my short plays have been produced in the US, Canada, Mexico, England, India, South Korea, Japan, Scotland, Finland, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Australia. I’ve also written three novels, Steering to Freedom, Moving (a life in boxes), and Tornado Siren. My radio plays have been broadcast on NPR and elsewhere. I have a habit of starting things: I helped start Boston’s Rhombus Playwrights writers’ group, the Chameleon Stage theatre company in Denver, the Bare Bones Theatre company in New York, the publication Market InSight… for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights’ Submission Binge. I’m also a member of the Dramatists Guild, StageSource, and a board member of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. I'm the co-founder and current coordinator of the New England New Play Alliance (a StageSource initiative). I’ve been a playwriting fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and New Rep in Boston. Recent commissions include plays and musicals for In Good Company, The Bostonian Society, Central Square Theatre, and Tumblehome Learning. Both Blinders and Reading the Mind of God were nominated for Best New Play by the Denver Drama Critics Circle. My writing has won a bunch of awards, including a fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, SlamBoston, the Colorado Arts Innovation Award, a Playwriting Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Festival of Emerging American Theatre, the New American Theatre Festival, the In10 UMBC Competition, and the Market House Theatre One-Act Play Award. I have a passion for history and a lifelong love of science and scientists. In my spare time, I like to farm and fix up old houses.

Plays

  • Drift
    The lives of very different farming families intertwine after a deadly pesticide accident. As two wives find themselves caught between holding on to what was lost and moving forward, Drift finds dark poetry in how we relate to the land around us and how we grow food in contemporary America.
  • Chore Monkeys
    As a young black man, trying to make his way as a handyman via the Chore Monkey web site, Dante found it impossible to get customers to look past his profile photo and hire him. So he turned to Peter, an old, white high school friend who dropped out of college to smoke pot and play video games. Now they use Peter’s white face to land jobs—Peter gets them in the door and Dante does all the physical labor. The...
    As a young black man, trying to make his way as a handyman via the Chore Monkey web site, Dante found it impossible to get customers to look past his profile photo and hire him. So he turned to Peter, an old, white high school friend who dropped out of college to smoke pot and play video games. Now they use Peter’s white face to land jobs—Peter gets them in the door and Dante does all the physical labor. The arrangement grates on both of them—Peter wants more money and recognition, and Dante is constantly confronted by the racism that underlies the whole situation. When Peter’s habit of stealing little “souvenirs” from their clients gets noticed and the police are called in, their partnership and friendship crashes into pieces.
  • Lab Rats
    Mika is a part-time baker, always on the edge, and Jake is an aspiring video game programmer living in his aunt’s basement. Both live on the margins of society, earning a slim living by being test subjects in medical and psychological experiments. With Mika’s fiery outbursts and Jake’s extreme shyness, they seem like an unlikely pair, but as they get to know each other in medical waiting rooms they develop a...
    Mika is a part-time baker, always on the edge, and Jake is an aspiring video game programmer living in his aunt’s basement. Both live on the margins of society, earning a slim living by being test subjects in medical and psychological experiments. With Mika’s fiery outbursts and Jake’s extreme shyness, they seem like an unlikely pair, but as they get to know each other in medical waiting rooms they develop a friendship and romance that starts to ease their painful isolation. But is a stable relationship between two people always in an altered state (physically and mentally) even possible? Lab Rats brings a fun theatricality to the lives of two people desperate to find a hand to hold on to through the twisting maze of life. Characters: MIKA KOVALEVSKI Mid 20s-early 30s. Funky, maybe a little punk. Tattoos or piercings might make sense. White. JAKE (JAEQUAN) SIDWELL Mid 20s-early 30s. Black. On the geeky side, but not necessarily obvious on first glance.
  • Blinders
    Scientists claim to have discovered two people exactly alike-not twins, but two identical human beings. Their freakish celebrity power soon threatens to engulf the world. Only one reporter can see through the mass delusion sweeping the nation, and she pays for her journalistic integrity by losing her job, her boyfriend, her freedom, and perhaps her sanity. Karen Sayer will risk complete annihilation to rescue...
    Scientists claim to have discovered two people exactly alike-not twins, but two identical human beings. Their freakish celebrity power soon threatens to engulf the world. Only one reporter can see through the mass delusion sweeping the nation, and she pays for her journalistic integrity by losing her job, her boyfriend, her freedom, and perhaps her sanity. Karen Sayer will risk complete annihilation to rescue America from a stolen election and a grim future. Her twisted, comic odyssey leads her to a strange position of lies and power. This is a fun play about America’s love of celebrity and capacity for self-delusion. It’s a fast-paced ride, great fun for an ensemble cast.
  • Distant Neighbors
    A group of suburban neighbors are strangers to each other until an alien space ship crashes into their back yards. After its arrival, they get to know each other a lot better, and faster, than they ever expected (or wanted). The broken wing of the ship seems to have a strange ability to enhance and intensify the feelings of those who touch it. And it turns their skin blue. At the end of the first act, the...
    A group of suburban neighbors are strangers to each other until an alien space ship crashes into their back yards. After its arrival, they get to know each other a lot better, and faster, than they ever expected (or wanted). The broken wing of the ship seems to have a strange ability to enhance and intensify the feelings of those who touch it. And it turns their skin blue. At the end of the first act, the four main characters–Adams, Talia, Griffin, and Melanie–all touch the wing simultaneously and experience a moment of ecstatic intimacy and connection that shakes their relationships. After the wing is gone, the characters must deal with the loss of the connection it brought, and the aftermath of knowing far too much about each other. Melanie returns to ask Griffin to come to Houston with her, but he’s committed to trying to reconnect with his wife. Talia pushes Adams away, but ultimately they find a way to move forward together, despite the scary, intense intimacy brought to them by the wing. Distant Neighbors is a space-age love story about loneliness and longing, and the barriers we set up between us. It looks at the possibility for wonder, not just at the skies and the universe and the thought of unknown life forms, but also at the person living right next door.
  • Constant State of Panic
    This darkly comic love story follows two people trying to stay together, despite the insanity of the world around them-the story of a man afraid of everything, and a woman afraid of nothing other than losing her husband. With a surprising surreal style, Constant State of Panic takes a twisted look at how a couple survives in a modern society thriving on fear. Lines between reality and fantasy become blurred as...
    This darkly comic love story follows two people trying to stay together, despite the insanity of the world around them-the story of a man afraid of everything, and a woman afraid of nothing other than losing her husband. With a surprising surreal style, Constant State of Panic takes a twisted look at how a couple survives in a modern society thriving on fear. Lines between reality and fantasy become blurred as we journey through this strange Wonderland.
  • Flight
    Sarah spends her days in the airport, finding comfort in its organized chaos, forced anonymity, and careful security. Little does she know that beneath its clean and shining façade, the airport – like the world outside it – is littered with lives torn apart by loss. Caught in the crossfire of the airport’s lost souls, Sarah discovers there is no such thing as an innocent escape.
  • Fire on Earth
    1524. England. John Tewkesbury is a savvy trader and smuggler, smart enough to know William Tyndale’s illegal translation of the Bible will be a hot commodity. But, to sell the good book, he must elude the spies of Sir Thomas More and escape the fires of the Catholic bishops. In this true story about the struggle between dangerous information and powerful knowledge, one man journeys from merchant to martyr.
  • Santa Doesn't Live Here Anymore
    Mom and Dad have never gotten around to telling Jeffrey that there’s no Santa. He’s 30, and he still believes. This Christmas the truth comes out about Santa, as well as a few other family secrets.
  • Quack
    Abigail is an impressionable young duck who is not aware of her limitations until they are pointed out to her by the man she loves. Winner of SlamBoston, Heideman Award Finalist, festival appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe, Outlaws Finland, and InspiraTO in Toronto. Ten-minute play.
  • Lost in Lexicon
    A children’s musical, based on the novel by Penny Noyce. Book by Patrick Gabridge. Music and Lyrics by Todd Bearson Run time: about 100 minutes When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild. After the cousins outwit a plague of punctuation, grateful villagers beg them...
    A children’s musical, based on the novel by Penny Noyce. Book by Patrick Gabridge. Music and Lyrics by Todd Bearson Run time: about 100 minutes When thirteen-year-old cousins Ivan and Daphne go on a treasure hunt in the rain one summer day, they never expect to stumble into a whole new world where words and numbers run wild. After the cousins outwit a plague of punctuation, grateful villagers beg them to find Lexicon's missing children, who have been enticed away by dancing lights in the sky. Trekking between villages in search of clues, the cousins encounter a talking thesaurus, a fog of forgetting, and the illogical mathematicians of Irrationality. When a careless Mathemystical reflects them across the border into the ominous Land of Night, their peril deepens. Kidnapped, imprisoned, and mesmerized—with time running out—will Ivan and Daphne find a way to solve the mystery of the lights in the sky and restore the lost children of Lexicon to their homes?
  • Reading the Mind of God
    READING THE MIND OF GOD is a fierce battle of wills between two geniuses: one a rising young star, the other fearful of losing his place in history. Forced to leave his home because of religious persecution, astronomer Johannes Kepler seeks refuge with Tycho Brahe in Prague, in the year 1600. Kepler not only needs Tycho’s protection, he is desperate for access to Tycho’s world famous collection of stellar...
    READING THE MIND OF GOD is a fierce battle of wills between two geniuses: one a rising young star, the other fearful of losing his place in history. Forced to leave his home because of religious persecution, astronomer Johannes Kepler seeks refuge with Tycho Brahe in Prague, in the year 1600. Kepler not only needs Tycho’s protection, he is desperate for access to Tycho’s world famous collection of stellar and planetary observations. Tycho is not eager to share. These two men struggle for dominance, enough to drive each other mad, but they are bound together by a passion for the heavens. In the end, they develop a love and respect for each other, a father-son bond opens the gateway to our modern conception of the universe
  • Hearing Voices
    Dating is never easy. It’s nearly impossible if your mind is filled with voices from failed, brutal relationships. As Wendyl and Tina get closer, ghosts from the past spring to life, needling every sensitivity and fear. Tina is haunted by the specter of her long vanished ex-husband and the unspeakable loss of her stillborn child. The two women most active in her present life, her boss and her grandmother,...
    Dating is never easy. It’s nearly impossible if your mind is filled with voices from failed, brutal relationships. As Wendyl and Tina get closer, ghosts from the past spring to life, needling every sensitivity and fear. Tina is haunted by the specter of her long vanished ex-husband and the unspeakable loss of her stillborn child. The two women most active in her present life, her boss and her grandmother, seem to do everything to keep her from forgetting. Wendyl is a puzzle to Tina-he’s seemingly just a shy editor, completely, pathologically unable to say “no” to anyone. But just like Tina, his calm exterior hides a boiling inner world, one that’s already landed him in prison for beating his ex-wife. Wendyl’s sanity is brittle, as he relives violent, omnipresent lessons from his parents and ex-wife. Together, Tina and Wendyl struggle to silence the voices and find a simple peace together.