Kate Cortesi

Kate Cortesi

Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn- and Boston-based playwright from Washington D.C. Her full-length plays include ONE MORE LESS (2017 Relentless Award Finalist, O'Neill 2017 Playwrights Conference Finalist, Playwrights Horizons 2017 New Works Lab directed by Robert O’Hara), GREAT KILLS (2014-2015 Princess Grace Award Winner, Premiere Stages 2015 New Play Competition, 2016 Kilroy’s List honorable mention), and A...
Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn- and Boston-based playwright from Washington D.C. Her full-length plays include ONE MORE LESS (2017 Relentless Award Finalist, O'Neill 2017 Playwrights Conference Finalist, Playwrights Horizons 2017 New Works Lab directed by Robert O’Hara), GREAT KILLS (2014-2015 Princess Grace Award Winner, Premiere Stages 2015 New Play Competition, 2016 Kilroy’s List honorable mention), and A PATRON OF THE ARTS (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2018), IS EDWARD SNOWDEN SINGLE? (The Pool 2020, Dorset Theatre Festival, Colt Coeur Play Hotel), and LOVE (world premiere Marin Theatre Company 2020, WP Theater/Colt Coeur 2019 Parity Fest). Her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, WP Theater, South Coast Rep, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, The Lark, and Premiere Stages and produced at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Columbia University. Awards/honors include NYFA Fellowship (2016), the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship (2014-2015), the Karen Brownstein Award, and Kilroy’s List (2016). Kate is a New Dramatists resident playwright. She has taught writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Riker’s Island and lots of places in between.

Plays

  • LOVE
    Five former employees. One great love.
    Thorny, uncomfortable, funny and surprising (and...sexy?), LOVE asks what accountability looks like when an abuser of power is one of our favorite men of all time and dares us to get to the other side of accountability and hashtags together.
  • Is Edward Snowden Single?
    A hot mess of a millennial convinces herself that Edward Snowden is madly in love with her.

    No but you guys not just cuz im hot it's actually about how i am literally the MOST brave.

    Two actresses play all twenty plus roles in this whirlwind tour through one shallow person's reluctantly deepening soul.
  • ONE MORE LESS
    Mother is mean. Little Brother is shy. Big Sister is cocky. And the guy in the police uniform doesn't know what the hell he's doing in this play. ONE MORE LESS uses everything from Super Soakers to Ferris Bueller to delve deep into our American psyche formed and deformed by police brutality.
  • A Patron of the Arts
    When a high school drug dealer does a drop off at a new address, he is unexpectedly reunited with the father of his childhood best friend. The recently laid off father is holed up to re-start the arts career of his youth; this young entrepreneur really wants to help. And so, these two come to an unusual mercantile arrangement...
  • Great Kills
    A high school achiever’s college application reveals a family secret and sends her Staten Island family into a tailspin. Is this ambitious young woman traumatized by violence, as her essay claims, or by a culture of achievement that has trained her to market herself at any cost?