Emily Dendinger

Emily Dendinger

Emily Dendinger’s plays include Hideous Progeny, which has been produced by LiveWire Chicago Theater, Holland Productions, and North Park College. She is a two-time winner of Theater Masters National Play Competition, a 2013 City Theatre National Award finalist, a 2012 Heideman finalist, and a 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award finalist. Her plays have been developed at The Lark, Sideshow...
Emily Dendinger’s plays include Hideous Progeny, which has been produced by LiveWire Chicago Theater, Holland Productions, and North Park College. She is a two-time winner of Theater Masters National Play Competition, a 2013 City Theatre National Award finalist, a 2012 Heideman finalist, and a 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award finalist. Her plays have been developed at The Lark, Sideshow Theatre, LiveWire Theatre, The Trip, Mudlark Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Filament Theatre and TimeLine Theatre. Currently she is an NNPN Playwright-in-Residence with Curious Theatre for the 2015-2016 season. She is a member of TimeLine’s Writer’s Collective and the Dramatist Guild and is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop.

Plays

  • For the Falls
    It's 1962, and a group of friends have come together at a house built on a waterfall to say goodbye to their friend who has suddenly died under mysterious circumstances. As the night progresses, however, questions of life and death, love and marriage and who owns the right to mourn begin to emerge as long buried hopes, dreams and secrets start to come to light.
  • Fog Island
    When the fog refuses to lift from their sleepy Irish fishing village, siblings Cara and Finn must take matters into their own hands. The children take to the sea, only to find themselves washed ashore on the mysterious and dangerous Fog Island. A spooky adventure story adapted from Tomi Ungerer’s award winning picture book, FOG ISLAND asks what is means to grow up and face your fears. Please contact directly...
    When the fog refuses to lift from their sleepy Irish fishing village, siblings Cara and Finn must take matters into their own hands. The children take to the sea, only to find themselves washed ashore on the mysterious and dangerous Fog Island. A spooky adventure story adapted from Tomi Ungerer’s award winning picture book, FOG ISLAND asks what is means to grow up and face your fears. Please contact directly for music.
  • No Home for Bees
    Sixteen-year-old Suz is trying to get reacquainted with her father after he is released from a five-year prison stint. However, when she discovers why he was incarcerated, she is forced to ask herself what constitutes an unforgivable act. In an exploration of sex and deviance, No Home For Bees investigates the repercussions of the desires we struggle to control.
  • Pride and Prejudice
    Jane loves Mr. Bingley. Lizzy hates Mr. Darcy. Mr. Collins wants to marry Lizzy, but Lizzy wants to marry Mr. Wickham, but then maybe she also has some feelings for Mr. Darcy? You know the story. Wit, banter, love, ballgowns, tea and parties (regency style).
  • Still Quiet
    Amy and Michael are ex-lovers who shared an experience together years ago at summer camp that shaped the course of their lives. Brought together by a looming tornado, they are forced to confront the more sinister aspects of their past asking if what they experienced as children was divine, coincidence or something far more more sinister.
  • Pocketful of Sand
    Coco travels the oceans and sells the souls from bodies he pulls out of the sea until one day he rescues Sunny, a young orphan girl who is determined to be his apprentice. However as the more sinister aspects of Coco’s work begin to emerge, Sunny must decide for herself whether the work they are doing outweighs the costs. A fairytale about death, Pocketful of Sand is a play about love, family and belonging.
  • Swimming After Dark
    One-hit wonder author Claudia Stevens-Keller committed suicide when her daughter Bronte was only nine-years-old. Now Bronte’s ex-boyfriend and literary scholar James has shown up with a startling discovery about her mother’s literary career. Alternating between the past and the present, Bronte and James attempt to piece together what might have happened in the past while Claudia plays out what actually happened...
    One-hit wonder author Claudia Stevens-Keller committed suicide when her daughter Bronte was only nine-years-old. Now Bronte’s ex-boyfriend and literary scholar James has shown up with a startling discovery about her mother’s literary career. Alternating between the past and the present, Bronte and James attempt to piece together what might have happened in the past while Claudia plays out what actually happened on that final evening. The result is a haunting, bittersweet story of love, literature and ownership.
  • Hideous Progeny
    It was a dark and stormy night when Lord Byron challenges Mary Godwin (not yet Shelley) to write a ghost story that will make her immortal. Witty, salacious, and often melodramatic—we are talking about the Romantics, after all—Hideous Progeny takes these larger than life figures and depicts them as the teenagers they were; overeducated, egotistical and convinced they will change the world despite how little...
    It was a dark and stormy night when Lord Byron challenges Mary Godwin (not yet Shelley) to write a ghost story that will make her immortal. Witty, salacious, and often melodramatic—we are talking about the Romantics, after all—Hideous Progeny takes these larger than life figures and depicts them as the teenagers they were; overeducated, egotistical and convinced they will change the world despite how little they know about it.