Else Went

Else Went

Else Went (they/she) is a Brooklyn based playwright and current member of The Public Theatre Emerging Writer's Group. Their work has been previously developed with The Tank, International Shakespeare Center, and The Brick. Former fellow at MacDowell Colony, Playwrights Realm, Trans Theatre Lab @ WP&The Public, and Living Room Theatre. Commissions include Parity Productions 2018 (Boxcar), and Florida...
Else Went (they/she) is a Brooklyn based playwright and current member of The Public Theatre Emerging Writer's Group. Their work has been previously developed with The Tank, International Shakespeare Center, and The Brick. Former fellow at MacDowell Colony, Playwrights Realm, Trans Theatre Lab @ WP&The Public, and Living Room Theatre. Commissions include Parity Productions 2018 (Boxcar), and Florida Studio Theatre (Gutter Girl; short). Else has received residencies from Stillwright and Barn Arts Collective. Semifinalist for Shakespeare's New Contemporaries (Courage!) and the O'Neill Conference (Initiative). Co-founder and playwright of The Renovationists, and also serves variously as a sound designer.

Plays

  • The Hard Work
    This is a play for mixed digital platforms.
    On June 2nd, 2020, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio imposed a curfew upon the city in order to... dissuade violence I guess was the line, from the protests against police brutality. During the five days of curfew, a group of white and privileged friends in the city have a crisis of identity. When the mayor rescinds the curfew on June 7th, he thanks them for their hard work.
  • Mongrel
    A true and exact history of the island of Barbados.
  • An Oxford Man
    A medical student at Trinity College is approached by a rather famous woman motorcar racer and asked if he might remove her testes. She has read the future doctor’s book, Self: A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology, and finds him to be the most sympathetic man to write on the experiences of people like her who would years later be termed transsexuals. Roberta has come to him because Mayhem Law prohibits the “...
    A medical student at Trinity College is approached by a rather famous woman motorcar racer and asked if he might remove her testes. She has read the future doctor’s book, Self: A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology, and finds him to be the most sympathetic man to write on the experiences of people like her who would years later be termed transsexuals. Roberta has come to him because Mayhem Law prohibits the “surgical mutilation of any fit male that would render him unable to serve” in the military, and she cannot find a qualified surgeon willing to take the risk. She has already spent four years as a soldier, five months as a PoW in a Nazi concentration camp. She did her duty as a man, and now wants her liberty to live as a woman. The student, Laurence, agrees to help her. Roberta does not know that Laurence M. Dillon was born female, or that he was the first female to take testosterone to effect a gender transition, or that he was the first transgender man to receive a phalloplasty, or that he has fallen in love with her. Until he tells her.
  • Initiative
    A big play about growing up in the new millennium.
  • Saving Throw
    As California itself seems to fall apart in the wake of a mundane tragedy, the work of becoming never ceases. Saving Throw concludes the movement from childhood to young adulthood of the characters from Initiative
  • Courage! To The Field!
    Courage! To The Field! is an alternate-history-play. As brand new characters and old favorites alike bump up against the edges of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Courage! frames a wild conversation with The Bard 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...
    Courage! To The Field! is an alternate-history-play. As brand new characters and old favorites alike bump up against the edges of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Courage! frames a wild conversation with The Bard 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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