Amanda L. Andrei

Amanda L. Andrei

With roots in the Philippines and Romania, Amanda L. Andrei hails from Virginia/Washington D.C. and currently resides in Los Angeles. Other plays include Black Sky (Madison New Works Lab; Semifinalist 2019 Screencraft Stage Play Competition; Finalist 2020 New American Voices Festival), Crocodile (The Last Escape), and Every Night I Die (Winner 2010 International Bottle Tree Award). Her work has been read and/or...
With roots in the Philippines and Romania, Amanda L. Andrei hails from Virginia/Washington D.C. and currently resides in Los Angeles. Other plays include Black Sky (Madison New Works Lab; Semifinalist 2019 Screencraft Stage Play Competition; Finalist 2020 New American Voices Festival), Crocodile (The Last Escape), and Every Night I Die (Winner 2010 International Bottle Tree Award). Her work has been read and/or developed by Playwrights Arena, La MaMa, Artists at Play, Son of Semele, Relative Theatrics, Bucharest Inside the Beltway, La-Ti-Do, and others. She is a member of the Echo Young Playwrights group, Playground LA’s Writers Pool (2018 – present), Dramatists Guild of America and proud alum of VONA and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has taught playwriting and creative writing to students, artists, and engineers across the country and online. College of William & Mary (BA), Georgetown University (MA), University of Southern California (MFA).

Plays

  • Lena Passes By
    A young Filipina Romanian American woman travels to her ailing father's homeland of Romania to find a magical cure for her father. As she navigates culture shock, shapeshifters, and devils, she finally reaches her family’s dark history and must confront the question: where do we come from, and what are we made of?
  • Black Sky
    In a near future world where the government trains teenagers to manage disasters, five young women embark on a training scenario in the Appalachian Mountains to fix a regional electrical grid. As the girls hide secrets about their pasts and what is installed in their bodies, leadership and friendship become fractured. And when a freak electromagnetic storm hits the grid and injures the teens, they must fight...
    In a near future world where the government trains teenagers to manage disasters, five young women embark on a training scenario in the Appalachian Mountains to fix a regional electrical grid. As the girls hide secrets about their pasts and what is installed in their bodies, leadership and friendship become fractured. And when a freak electromagnetic storm hits the grid and injures the teens, they must fight for their bodies, relationships, and lives, struggling with a question that faces many of us today: how do we grow up in a world that is falling apart?
  • Open, Box
    A professional box-opener receives her most intriguing yet dangerous assignment yet -- to open a large, mysterious box that beckons her to its twisted interior world. An adaptation of Stanisław Witkiewicz's "The Pragmatists."
  • The Dream Pillow
    On her fourth birthday, Palmie receives a dream pillow from her mother and uses it to go on an adventure to meet her Filipina grandmother in dreamland.
  • 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.
  • Phantasmagoria
    An adaptation of Lewis Carroll's poem of the same name, where a lonely man and a mischievous ghost become friends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.