Amber Palmer

Amber Palmer

Amber Palmer’s plays have been seen at Activate Midwest, Flint Repertory Theatre, American Stage's 21st Century Voices, Bristol Valley Theatre, Pegasus PlayLab, Women's Theatre Festival, and elsewhere. A monologue from their play “It’s a Small World (or The Robot Play)” is published in Best Men’s Monologues of 2019. Awards include City Theatre's National Award for Short Playwriting (finalist,...
Amber Palmer’s plays have been seen at Activate Midwest, Flint Repertory Theatre, American Stage's 21st Century Voices, Bristol Valley Theatre, Pegasus PlayLab, Women's Theatre Festival, and elsewhere. A monologue from their play “It’s a Small World (or The Robot Play)” is published in Best Men’s Monologues of 2019. Awards include City Theatre's National Award for Short Playwriting (finalist, 2019 and 2020), Tipping Point Theatre’s Sandbox Play Festival (2nd place, 2019), John Cauble One Act Play Award (Region 3 finalist, 2021) and Gary Garrison 10 Minute Play Award (Region 3 finalist, 2018 and 2021). They were Artist-in-Resident at The Mitten Lab in 2019 and resident playwright at Queer Theatre Kalamazoo in the 2019-2020 season. They graduated with their MFA in playwriting from Western Michigan University in spring 2020 and are currently pursuing their PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Plays

  • In Search of The Mothman
    In Search of The Mothman follows two young sisters trapped in a life transition after an unexpected tragedy strikes their hometown. Emily is just trying to make it through her senior year and get into music school, while Jordan moves across the country to Point Pleasant, West Virginia under the joke of "searching for The Mothman". Through honesty and humor, the sisters try to work through their trauma...
    In Search of The Mothman follows two young sisters trapped in a life transition after an unexpected tragedy strikes their hometown. Emily is just trying to make it through her senior year and get into music school, while Jordan moves across the country to Point Pleasant, West Virginia under the joke of "searching for The Mothman". Through honesty and humor, the sisters try to work through their trauma and grapple with what lives they want to lead in the aftermath. A play about coming together and pulling away in tragedy, the confines of community expectations and whether we can truly know the people we love.
  • It's a Small World (or The Robot Play)
    Anne, a recovering drug addict, is back in contact with her childhood best friend after he abandons his robot son/coffee maker at Disney World and asks her to send it back to him. Instead, it leads to a long road trip from Orlando Florida to Canandaigua New York, where the duo meet other people and small kitchen appliances that are just as lost as they are.
  • Lacking Experience
    The talent show is quickly approaching for Lacking Experience, an all girls high school Jimi Hendrix cover band. When their drummer has to quit unexpectedly, Ella (the guitarist) and Hannah (the singer and bassist) will have to team up with high school senior Nora to pull together one last good show for Ella's mom. But with families falling apart, small town bigotry and bouts of internalized homophobia,...
    The talent show is quickly approaching for Lacking Experience, an all girls high school Jimi Hendrix cover band. When their drummer has to quit unexpectedly, Ella (the guitarist) and Hannah (the singer and bassist) will have to team up with high school senior Nora to pull together one last good show for Ella's mom. But with families falling apart, small town bigotry and bouts of internalized homophobia, that's proving to be harder than expected. This coming of age story explores becoming your own person and surviving even when it feels like the world is crumbling around you.
  • Theresa's Breasts
    Theresa wants to live one million lifetimes and believes the only way to do so is to leave their husband, but Husband wants to belong to Theresa, even if that means living forever. It's a reimagining the story as old as time, of wars waged over assassinations and the murder of constellations. A genderqueer love story based off of "The Breasts of Tiresias" by Guillaume Apollinaire.
  • The Speedy Gonzales Memorial Turtle Sanctuary
    When Diana comes home from the trial, she expects to find her partner Carmen in a heightened state. What she doesn't expect, however, is to find that she's made their backyard into a sanctuary for stray turtles. This play explores the extremes we will go to in order to cope and the understanding necessary for us to be there for the ones we love.
  • Bev Playing Bev in "The Money Shot"
    Bev and Jim have had bad days in rehearsal before, but they've never ended with one person vaguely concussed. Jim desperately wants to apologize, but Bev would rather spend her ten minute break recovering than accepting apologies.
  • Miss Julie
    Secret almost girlfriends Julie and Jean stumble back from their senior prom, staring down the barrel of college. Julie's hung up on a play she had to read for advanced drama, and Jean just wants to slide under the radar. A play about being left behind and functioning in an art form that's historically hated you.
  • The Sweater Play
    After her parents find a note between her and her best friend Ella, Kate is forced to change schools. While she is emptying her locker, Ella confronts her. Ella wants answers, and Kate needs her sweater back. This play explores how parental expectations can trap us, leaving echoing repercussions in all the lives involved.
  • Baby Dyke Whisperer
    Betty is on her first date with a woman, but fortunately for her, she's with Erin, The Baby Dyke Whisperer.