Eric Marlin

Eric Marlin

Eric Marlin (he/him/his) has been produced and developed by the Public Theater, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dixon Place, Samuel French, HOT! Festival, Exquisite Corpse Company, PTP/NYC, Tennessee Williams Festival, Play Date @ Pete's, and Wildclaw Theatre. Winner of the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival and shortlisted for the Berliner Festspiele Stuckemarkt. Finalist for the O'...
Eric Marlin (he/him/his) has been produced and developed by the Public Theater, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dixon Place, Samuel French, HOT! Festival, Exquisite Corpse Company, PTP/NYC, Tennessee Williams Festival, Play Date @ Pete's, and Wildclaw Theatre. Winner of the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival and shortlisted for the Berliner Festspiele Stuckemarkt. Finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Former Resident Artist at Montclair's New Works Initiative. Co-founder of the Healthy Oyster Collective, with whom he has created three original works. He has worked as a producer and stage manager for the Bushwick Starr, New Georges, Women’s Project, Red Bull Theatre, CTown, PTP/NYC, Public Theater, New Ohio Ice Factory Festival, and PRELUDE. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. BA: Bennington College.

Plays

  • bad things happen here
    ​The nation has never been healthier. Crime is down. Streets are clean. Civility reigns. But out of the corner of your eye, you might catch a glimpse of the men keeping things orderly. In a series of brief, enigmatic scenes, two women take us into the heart of a nation that has been disciplined by violence,
  • there will come a time for vengeance
    Within the horrifying chambers of the Christian imagination, four Jews chart the psychological and sexual violence of internalized anti-Semitism. A revenge adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Marlowe's The Jew of Malta.
  • Blackberry: A Burial
    Jess's pet goat Blackberry has been inexplicably murdered and beheaded. As she burrows into her grief, she begins to hear the song of Blackberry’s head crying out to her. In a world that doesn’t take children's pain seriously, and where grief is too expensive for her family’s means, Jess must grapple with her loss alone as she looks for Blackberry’s head.
  • How to Mourn the Dead: A Tragedy (in flux)
    Two bros watch the dissident Antigone buried alive on national television. The spectacle inspires a misguided attempt to capture her martyrdom in art, as they glibly repurpose her story in search of some truth about the nature of suffering.

    Formerly titled "The Antigones: A Tragedy in Flux."
  • What a World! What a World!
    ​Two actors work their way through an old melodrama. It's not going very well. They can't figure out what works and what doesn't. They burrow further and further in. They recreate and destroy. They rehearse again. A new work emerges from the old. But is it any better?
  • Pastoral Play
    Everyone’s been hooking up with each other in the meadows. The Wooer loves the Wooed. The City Slicker loves the Wooer. The Wooed’s not into either of them. And the Lady of the Moon is tired of all these dumbstruck lovers. An exploration of the erotic liberation found in pastoral literature, "Pastoral Play" is a pastiche comedy about queer desire and horny shepherds.
  • Kingdom Crosses Over
    The Queen is in distress; the capital of her kingdom has burned down. The Architect has been taken prisoner, and her son has been taken away. The Architect is drafting the plans for the city as fast as she can. But it’s difficult to work with so much screaming in the palace. Inspired by the Argentinian grotesco criollo tradition, Kingdom Crosses Over is an examination of torture and power--and just how terrifying cello music can be.
  • The Book of Jonah [The Interim Years]
    Jonah’s been running from God, ever since escaping the belly of the whale. He can’t seem to forget his ex-lover Isaiah as he waits in a rainy train station somewhere in Moscow. And waiting with him is a sad young woman named Anna Karenina, who has her own train to catch. "The Book of Jonah" is the story of the heartbroken Jonah and Anna as they begin to grope their way towards a sense of logic in their sorrows.
  • If the Saints Arrive in Germany
    Sixteen-century Germany. Europe is in the midst of the Protestant Reformation. The nuns of the Convent of St. Cecilia are preparing for the performance of a choral mass to honor the Feast of Corpus Christi. At the same moment, a group of Lutheran iconoclasts have arrived in town to smash the convent to pieces. And yet the woman refuse to flee. The resulting catastrophe provokes an intimate and comic investigation of personal faith.
  • Scenes of Ascending: A Fable
    A woman from a modest Mormon household announces to her family that she has decided to become a god. Husband wants to support her. Son doesn't want to know much more. And Daughter just wants her to shut up and say grace. As Wife begins her ascension, the family slowly unspools. Meanwhile, the whole house is slowly flooding. Scenes of Ascending is a comedic fable about ambition, theology and oceans.
  • and come apart
    Three daughters gather for their mother’s passing. Ancient family wounds are reopened as the audience, blindfolded for the play, eavesdrops on these women’s conversations.
  • AirSpace
    Susannah's father has just died. But she doesn't have time to grieve. She's been called to Romania to help an unnamed company expand into international markets. Trapped in a world of corporate absurdity, Susannah's grief grows more distant as she burrows into her job. Meanwhile, the city outside is beginning to look oddly like the office inside. AirSpace is a comedy about the cultural consequences of globalization.
  • Denial
    Six people gather for a meeting of the minds. The lights go out. The smell of rot permeates the air. The ghosts come out to taunt us. "Denial" is a horror play about humanity's worst impulses.
  • The Lady's Lamentation, 1542
    In 1542, a model sits for a painter and is never paid. Over the centuries, the painting's reputation grows. In the present day, the model's descendant demands the money her ancestor never received. A two-hander about art, power, and whether or not the world needs to burn.
  • War/Time
    Bomb are dropping. Sparrows are taking over. Spacesuits won't save us. An elegy in five parts, "War/Time" meditates on the end of humanity across millions of years.
  • 'Neath Shuttle Clicks
    Four weavers, through a series of games, begin performing versions of a life unshackled from their looms. Erotic desire and revolutionary impulse mingle and coalesce, and the beginnings of a rebellion start to bubble underneath. Loosely based on the Luddite movement, 'Neath Shuttle Clicks is a found-text play that is built on the sounds and words from eighteenth-century looming life.
  • Breakfast Scene
    Rene and Georgette Magritte are making breakfast. Outside their kitchen is a cowboy, slowly approaching. Over a few dozen cups of coffee, husband and wife try to avoid discussing their recent infidelities.
  • Lamb, and Other Considerations
    Elliot has brought his boyfriend home to meet his mother. Mom has brought home her new lover, a BDSM-obsessed Russian witch. Fights ensure over a lamb dinner that does not exist.
  • Towards the Heart of the Forest
    Deep in a Russian forest, the witch Baba Yaga is attempting to have a quiet evening in. She won't have much rest when she gets a visit from a young girl named Vera, who is obsessed with the stories of the ancient sorceress.
  • Zurich
    Two men fall in and out of love many times during the course of an 60 years relationship, which takes them from a youthful encounter in a park to a failed life together in Switzerland. Zurich is a ten-minute play that track this relationship in brief, elusive vignettes.
  • Seven Scenes of Writers Writing Writerly
    A CPA drones on about his unfinished masterpiece. A eighteenth-century woman scribbles her patriarchy-smashing masterpiece by candlelight. A man destroys his marriage for his art. "Seven Scenes of Writers Writing Writerly" gleefully rips through the worst clichés of artistic genius. Created in collaboration with Lila Rachel Becker.
  • How It Will End
    Two women chat during an unbearably long scene change. Chit chat leads to a plan to burn down the theater.
  • The Golem of California
    When a newly made golem runs away from home, he goes on a journey across the land and under the sea to learn about accountability and self-control. An educational play for kids grades 3-6, commissioned by CLIMB Theatre.