Else Went

Else Went

Else C. Went is a co-founder of The Renovationists and current member of The Playwright's Realm Writing Fellowship and Trans Theatre Lab. Else's work has been produced and developed by Playwright's Realm, Trans Lab @ The Public and WP, The Tank, The Brick, The Flea, Living Room Theatre, and Parity Productions. Recipient of 2017 Parity Productions' commission for women and transgender...
Else C. Went is a co-founder of The Renovationists and current member of The Playwright's Realm Writing Fellowship and Trans Theatre Lab. Else's work has been produced and developed by Playwright's Realm, Trans Lab @ The Public and WP, The Tank, The Brick, The Flea, Living Room Theatre, and Parity Productions. Recipient of 2017 Parity Productions' commission for women and transgender playwrights. Finalist for The Public's Emerging Writers Group, Ingram Works New Play Lab @ Nashville Rep; semi-finalist for the Ars Nova Play Group. Plays include They Stay Together, Old Names for Wildflowers, Courage! To the Field!, Three Seconds, Saving Throw, Boxcar, The Great American Folksong, and The Tarantists. Short works include Mongrel (pub. Dionysian #3) and Fireflies. BA Sarah Lawrence College.

Plays

  • Courage! To The Field
    Courage! To The Field! is an alternate-history-play, a good old-fashioned party, and a story told with music. As brand new characters and old favorites alike bump up against the edges of Henry IV, Courage! frames a wild conversation with Shakespeare himself, in which unnamed messengers, vengeful tapsters, and neglected wives turn history inside-out and make it their own. With disguises, swordplay, romance,...
    Courage! To The Field! is an alternate-history-play, a good old-fashioned party, and a story told with music. As brand new characters and old favorites alike bump up against the edges of Henry IV, Courage! frames a wild conversation with Shakespeare himself, in which unnamed messengers, vengeful tapsters, and neglected wives turn history inside-out and make it their own. With disguises, swordplay, romance, fiddles, hijinks, and more – history is theatre, and it belongs to everyone.
  • They Stay Together
    An ungendered romance in one scene. Cay and Val haven't been completely honest with one another. Cay and Val haven't been completely honest with themselves. Tonight, they will be. Over pizza and half a pack of cigarettes, a couple revolutionizes their relationship by risking it.

    Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Old Names for Wildflowers
    The Civil War is over, but the scabs it left still itch. A fox stalks the clearing behind the Aubert's home, hunting chickens. A love triangle goes horribly wrong and a family is destroyed. The pieces cannot be put back together. The survivors must build something new. In the absence of family, God, community, morality, on the edge of the woods that ring with the Devil's whistle, two sisters must...
    The Civil War is over, but the scabs it left still itch. A fox stalks the clearing behind the Aubert's home, hunting chickens. A love triangle goes horribly wrong and a family is destroyed. The pieces cannot be put back together. The survivors must build something new. In the absence of family, God, community, morality, on the edge of the woods that ring with the Devil's whistle, two sisters must embrace the power of renouncing everything.

    Runtime: 2hrs. One intermission.
  • Boxcar
    Ida and Firefly ran away together when they were kids. Since then, they've kept running, living on empty trains and traveling across the American landscape, seeking nothing and leaving nothing behind. Alexis is a teen runaway with a romantic notion of freedom. When she hops on a train one night, she comes face to face with the reality. As the weeks pass, Ida and Alexis develop a powerful bond that...
    Ida and Firefly ran away together when they were kids. Since then, they've kept running, living on empty trains and traveling across the American landscape, seeking nothing and leaving nothing behind. Alexis is a teen runaway with a romantic notion of freedom. When she hops on a train one night, she comes face to face with the reality. As the weeks pass, Ida and Alexis develop a powerful bond that threatens to knock everything off track.

    Runtime: 1hr50 One intermission.
  • Initiative
    A big play about growing up in the new millennium.
  • Three Seconds
    Is loneliness something in the blood? Or is it something in the air? In 1906, Emory is preparing himself to take over as lighthouse keeper after his father Lorin retires when the San Francisco earthquake brings his brother Lo back home with nothing but a fiancee and faith that something will turn up. In the present, Emory, the "great great great whatever" of Lorin, tends the lighthouse museum. As the...
    Is loneliness something in the blood? Or is it something in the air? In 1906, Emory is preparing himself to take over as lighthouse keeper after his father Lorin retires when the San Francisco earthquake brings his brother Lo back home with nothing but a fiancee and faith that something will turn up. In the present, Emory, the "great great great whatever" of Lorin, tends the lighthouse museum. As the play progresses, tidally shifting back and forth across a century, Emory meets the only person who could inspire him to change his fate.

    Runtime: 2hr10. One intermission.
  • Mongrel
    Else tells about flying with their father to his patria, Barbados, to attend a funeral. Mongrel explores the intersections of cultural identity and gender identity to see what points, if any, exist which can connect a white-passing, transgender artist to a family distant both geographically and culturally.

    Runtime: 35 minutes.