Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw

Patrick Shaw is an Austin-based playwright, director, and performer.

He teaches Playwriting and Directing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Plays

  • The Repentance of Saint Joan
    The Hundred Years War was ages ago and the two surviving people who knew Joan of Arc best, her high school boyfriend/page and her sibling/ historical expert, can’t agree on how it went down before her death. Was Joan really a devoutly religious servant to King Charles or was she a keen young woman who understood the power of violence? We each have a version of Joan as her legacy lives on outside the historical...
    The Hundred Years War was ages ago and the two surviving people who knew Joan of Arc best, her high school boyfriend/page and her sibling/ historical expert, can’t agree on how it went down before her death. Was Joan really a devoutly religious servant to King Charles or was she a keen young woman who understood the power of violence? We each have a version of Joan as her legacy lives on outside the historical record. Who does she speak to now? What happens in her name?

    The Repentance of Saint Joan asks us to consider the intimate details of human life that go overlooked in tidy versions of history. It dares to ask what truths cannot be verified and leads us through a version of the past where recorded history and personal memory turn against one another.
  • Karlstad
    Karlstad is a comedy about three young women and their improbably vast existential dread.  Sally and Pam’s roommate, Jules, leaves them in the lurch when she takes off for Europe to uncover her roots. Now, in the mysterious company of their new middle-aged German sublet, the young women begin to question if they’re living the lives they feel they deserve. But when Jules returns with a second German stranger,...
    Karlstad is a comedy about three young women and their improbably vast existential dread.  Sally and Pam’s roommate, Jules, leaves them in the lurch when she takes off for Europe to uncover her roots. Now, in the mysterious company of their new middle-aged German sublet, the young women begin to question if they’re living the lives they feel they deserve. But when Jules returns with a second German stranger, they uncover an improbable link between Occupy Wall Street, East German political prisoners, and the IKEA furniture filling their lower Manhattan apartment: The Karlstad.
  • Operation Istanbul
    The intercontinental, decade-long, star-crossed tale of Scott (CIA) and Asan (Kurdish nationalist).  After a steamy seduction in Istanbul, the pair evades their respective organizations and undertake the “happily ever after” portion of their lives.  Will they build a comfortable home in Carlisle, PA, or will the CIA manage to find and murder them?   Will Asan risk returning to Turkey to save his mother’s life...
    The intercontinental, decade-long, star-crossed tale of Scott (CIA) and Asan (Kurdish nationalist).  After a steamy seduction in Istanbul, the pair evades their respective organizations and undertake the “happily ever after” portion of their lives.  Will they build a comfortable home in Carlisle, PA, or will the CIA manage to find and murder them?   Will Asan risk returning to Turkey to save his mother’s life during the Gezi Park protests, or should he pick up their son from his soccer game?  Love, action, and fantasy in the global War on Terror.
  • Hamlettes
    Hamlettes is a dark comedy of three twelve year-old girls who decide to put on a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. When, as an exercise, they decide to never drop character, the dramas of their middle school quibbles magnify with the guidance of Denmark’s tale, resulting in a very real tween tragedy.