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! tells the story of Shakespeare's Henry IV pt 1 through the eyes of periphery characters, the wives and servants whose voices tend to disappear when the lofty instruments of war begin to sound. Lady Percy and her maid Anne dress as men to follow Hotspur into battle. The put-upon Francis fights his fate as an abused tapster by joining the rebellion. Mistress Quickly manages the endless...
    Courage! To The Field! tells the story of Shakespeare's Henry IV pt 1 through the eyes of periphery characters, the wives and servants whose voices tend to disappear when the lofty instruments of war begin to sound. Lady Percy and her maid Anne dress as men to follow Hotspur into battle. The put-upon Francis fights his fate as an abused tapster by joining the rebellion. Mistress Quickly manages the endless appetites of her customers. The Welsh woman stabs a guy. Courage! is a wild conversation with Shakespeare himself, which weaves original verse and characters with the classic text for a seamless new take on this history play, showing that there is room enough in myth for 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.
  • Saving Throw
    An ensemble piece about a group of high school students who meet weekly to play a fantasy role playing game, Saving Throw is a glimpse into the traumatic reality of adolescence. Emory is bullied by his athletic brother, Lo. Riley struggles with his sexuality. Clara's obsession with grades is costing her happiness. Kendall just wants someone to hold her. Ty doesn't understand why she's expected to...
    An ensemble piece about a group of high school students who meet weekly to play a fantasy role playing game, Saving Throw is a glimpse into the traumatic reality of adolescence. Emory is bullied by his athletic brother, Lo. Riley struggles with his sexuality. Clara's obsession with grades is costing her happiness. Kendall just wants someone to hold her. Ty doesn't understand why she's expected to act like a boy. Tony's grades are putting his future in danger. Lo is too popular for his own good.
    A sensitive and nuanced exploration of how we form identities and safe spaces, and how kindness is most important when it is hardest to show, Saving Throw is an elegy to growing up in the burgeoning digital age.

    Note: A Young Adventurer's edition is available upon request, with the minimum necessary amount of vulgarity.

    Runtime 2hr20 One intermission.
  • 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.