Amanda L. Andrei

Amanda L. Andrei

Amanda Andrei is a Filipina Romanian American playwright from Virginia/Washington D.C., currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been seen at LATC, University of Southern California, In Full Color, Single Carrot Theatre, Bucharest Inside the Beltway, Georgetown University, LaTiDo, the Beltway Drama Series, Rorschach Theatre, Dash Productions, and the College of William & Mary. She has taught...
Amanda Andrei is a Filipina Romanian American playwright from Virginia/Washington D.C., currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been seen at LATC, University of Southern California, In Full Color, Single Carrot Theatre, Bucharest Inside the Beltway, Georgetown University, LaTiDo, the Beltway Drama Series, Rorschach Theatre, Dash Productions, and the College of William & Mary. She has taught playwriting and visual storytelling workshops to folks of all ages and occupations, including artists, high school students, and engineers. She is also an alumna of VONA, La Mama Umbria, Naropa University Summer Writing Program, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

She also enjoys comics, drawing, book objects, fairy tales, folklore, and collaborating with other artists.

She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at the University of Southern California.

Plays

  • Lena Passes By
    A young Filipina Romanian woman must travel to Romania for the first time in order to find a magical ingredient to save her ailing father. Meeting cousins, battling shape-shifting creatures, and dealing with devils, she finally reaches not just an underworld, but the dark history of her family, forcing her to confront the question -- how does one reconcile past evil with the present?
  • Cake for Winter
    Two detainees in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines struggle to survive through jokes and songs until they must make a potentially violent decision.
  • Waiting for a Birthday
    A young white/Filipina American woman grapples with the aftermath of her best friend's suicide, especially when her friend shows up in the video data she uses at work. This haunting forces her to confront her own family dynamics and finally find her long-lost father in the Philippines.
  • Crocodile (The Last Escape)
    A young Filipina torn between the love of her life and duty to her family, walks alone at night, deep in the Agusan Swamp. In the 1970s Philippines, her world is changing: Filipinos leave their families for other countries, the swamp is drying up and silent. In guilt and grief, she cries out for answers — and is swallowed by a legendary time-warping crocodile lurking in the swamp. Within the beast, she meets a...
    A young Filipina torn between the love of her life and duty to her family, walks alone at night, deep in the Agusan Swamp. In the 1970s Philippines, her world is changing: Filipinos leave their families for other countries, the swamp is drying up and silent. In guilt and grief, she cries out for answers — and is swallowed by a legendary time-warping crocodile lurking in the swamp. Within the beast, she meets a sculptor and long-time resident of the reptilian belly. In a world where dreams/futures dodge across geography and space, they must navigate purgatory to find their own meaning of being alive.
  • lovesick (adj)
    A young woman struck with lovesickness can only recite the dictionary. When her sister takes her to a doctor/magician, another patient shows up -- a heartsick fellow who can only recite the thesaurus.
  • Revenge of San Pachan
    Plants are alive.
    Everything's crazy.
    In this one-act dark comedy, a pair of hallucinogenic cactuses are besieged by two college students on a "shamanic spring break." With their lives in danger, the cactuses retaliate on multiple planes of consciousness, blurring the lines between life, sanity, and freedom.
  • My Dove
    If a robin redbreast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage, does a lovelorn robin in a mirror make the state of love that much clearer? Two strained relationships are tested over brunch: a woman and her long-distance lover, and a bird and its reflection. This ten-minute comedy explores the poignancy of spreading one’s wings and flying out of love.
  • Merienda
    Lola Emily is so pleased to finally meet her granddaughter's fiance and cook a traditional Filipino meal for him. Nothing can stop her--not his vegetarianism, his jetlag, or the fact that she is a ghost. In this short comedy, we must learn to love our new families--even our ghost-in-laws.
  • Reeducating Roses
    Relocated by the Romanian communist party to “reeducate” a mountain village, Costica encounters the best and worst people under a totalitarian society. While Florian the jokester attempts to liven his new comrade’s spirits, Trajan the patriot is determined they complete their mission at any cost. In this dark comedy, reeducating roses will only get you cut by thorns.
  • Every Night I Die
    What magic lives in the forests of the Philippines? What is this power that can render one invisible and bring the dead to life? When a man falls in love with his servant, he dismisses his failing marriage and chooses solace instead. But his wife’s brother sees otherwise. In this tragic love story, the magic of the forests can save only one.