Else Went

Else Went

Else Went is the author of INITIATIVE; SAVING THROW; AN OXFORD MAN; MONGREL; OLD NAMES FOR WILDFLOWERS; COURAGE! TO THE FIELD!; BOXCAR; THREE SECONDS; and THE TARANTISTS, among others, along with several short plays. Their work has been developed with The Tank, International Shakespeare Center, The Flea, and The Brick. Former fellow at MacDowell Colony, Playwrights Realm, Trans Theatre Lab @ WP&The Public,...
Else Went is the author of INITIATIVE; SAVING THROW; AN OXFORD MAN; MONGREL; OLD NAMES FOR WILDFLOWERS; COURAGE! TO THE FIELD!; BOXCAR; THREE SECONDS; and THE TARANTISTS, among others, along with several short plays. Their work has been developed with The Tank, International Shakespeare Center, The Flea, 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), Florida Studio Theatre (Gutter Girl; short), and The Flea (Crime in a Madhouse; 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

  • Initiative
    A big play about growing up in the new millennium.
  • Saving Throw
    A direct sequel, Saving Throw concludes the movement from childhood to young adulthood of the teens from Initiative. How we deal with our losses is perhaps more formative than the losses themselves. As California itself seems to fall apart in the wake of a mundane tragedy, the work of becoming never ceases.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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