Tanya O'Debra

Tanya O'Debra

Tanya O'Debra is a New York City-based playwright and performer. Her play Shut UP, Emily Dickinson won the Jill Cummins MacLean Prize, the Ada Comstock Magic Grant for $25,000, and was presented by the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. Co-written with Diane O'Debra, The Secrets of Avondale Falls was presented by the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Published by Original Works, her play Radio Star has...
Tanya O'Debra is a New York City-based playwright and performer. Her play Shut UP, Emily Dickinson won the Jill Cummins MacLean Prize, the Ada Comstock Magic Grant for $25,000, and was presented by the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. Co-written with Diane O'Debra, The Secrets of Avondale Falls was presented by the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Published by Original Works, her play Radio Star has been produced all over the world, receiving numerous awards and accolades. She is a graduate of Smith College where she won The Denis Johnston Playwriting Award, The Elizabeth Wanning Harries Prize, and The Elizabeth Drew Prize. Other theater credits include Patrice O’Debra in Straight Up Vampire (Joe’s Pub), The Evil Queen in Snow White (The New Acting Company), and Amanda McCloud in The Ultimate Stimulus (Dixon Place), as well as being one half of the long-time comedic sister duo, The O'Debra Twins. She is an MFA candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts' Department of Dramatic Writing.

Plays

  • Judith
    When Judith arrives at her brother-in-law’s doorstep to attend her estranged sister’s memorial, the mushroom casserole she brings as a gift turns out to be a Trojan Horse. She has a score to settle with Hagan, for her dead sister Annie and for herself, and she enlists the help of an unlikely accomplice. Someone stands to lose what they hold most dear in this grief-soaked revenge plot.
  • Step
    Once upon a time, a young brother and sister quietly try to survive their evil stepmother's abuse.
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jessica?
    Baby Jessica, now an adult, grapples with the legacy of her childhood tragedy.
  • Them What Brung You
    Set in West Virginia, Them What Brung You is a full-length southern gothic horror story. Ruby and Alex are on their way to the hospital when their car breaks down, so Ruby gives birth in a nearby pond. When the baby is not what they expected, they must deal with the consequences of this unusual child as well as the problems that arise when they finally get to the hospital. Ruby is faced with parallel realities...
    Set in West Virginia, Them What Brung You is a full-length southern gothic horror story. Ruby and Alex are on their way to the hospital when their car breaks down, so Ruby gives birth in a nearby pond. When the baby is not what they expected, they must deal with the consequences of this unusual child as well as the problems that arise when they finally get to the hospital. Ruby is faced with parallel realities: a nightmare scenario too terrible to be real, or the perfectly reasonable explanation.
  • Shut UP, Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**hole. Loosely based on her Master Letters, Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America's most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, the “woman in white” stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and...
    Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**hole. Loosely based on her Master Letters, Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America's most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, the “woman in white” stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and truth-less-ness. She’s whatever you want her to be and nothing you imagined. Emily Dickinson is the definition of a difficult woman.
  • RADIO STAR
    RADIO STAR is a 1940s radio detective spoof. In The Case of the Long Distance Lover, Nick McKitrick: Private Dick, is hired by femme fatale Fanny LaRue to find her husband's killer.