Erin Breznitsky

Erin Breznitsky

is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose work has been seen in NYC and abroad. Her play THE UNWRITTEN CITY was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Award, and her latest work, BODIES OF WATER, was seen at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2016. Other works include R plus J (workshops: Rogue & Peasant Players; Paradise Factory), THE KITCHEN TABLE PLAYS (FringeNYC 2013;...
is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose work has been seen in NYC and abroad. Her play THE UNWRITTEN CITY was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Playwriting Award, and her latest work, BODIES OF WATER, was seen at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2016. Other works include R plus J (workshops: Rogue & Peasant Players; Paradise Factory), THE KITCHEN TABLE PLAYS (FringeNYC 2013; English Theatre of Rome, Italy), and SVERGINATA (Sarah Lawrence College). Her numerous 10-minute plays have been seen in the Love Drunk Series and New York Madness. Erin is the recipient of the Lipkin Prize for Playwriting and a full scholarship to the La MaMa International Playwrights Retreat in Spoleto, Italy. MFA, Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College.

Plays

  • Survival Town, or The Life And Death Of Miss Atomic Bomb
    It's 1955, and the U.S. Government is testing its nuclear arsenal on the remote Nevada desert...and the picture-perfect village they're building there just to be destroyed. Near that fateful site, three narratives begin to take shape: A construction worker toils away under the watchful eye of both a duty-bound soldier and a mysterious talking bird. A Hollywood film crew shoots an epic Western just...
    It's 1955, and the U.S. Government is testing its nuclear arsenal on the remote Nevada desert...and the picture-perfect village they're building there just to be destroyed. Near that fateful site, three narratives begin to take shape: A construction worker toils away under the watchful eye of both a duty-bound soldier and a mysterious talking bird. A Hollywood film crew shoots an epic Western just outside the blast radius, its stars clinging to former glory as a bright-eyed ingenue bursts onto the scene. And a family of mannequins sits around their fabricated dinner table, yearning for an American dream they can never have.

    While the glittering tourist destination of Las Vegas looks on, with rooftop viewing parties and atomic showgirls, those on the ground brace for impact, as their stories converge in one final sonic boom.
  • The Unwritten City
    In 1904, the steamboat General Slocum catches fire in the East River of New York City, killing over 1,000 people from the tight-knit German immigrant community—including the wife and three children of Oscar Strauss. During regular visits to his East Village apartment by his neighbor Frida (a survivor of the shipwreck), Oscar debates whether to remain in his adopted home, follow his fellow countrymen uptown, or...
    In 1904, the steamboat General Slocum catches fire in the East River of New York City, killing over 1,000 people from the tight-knit German immigrant community—including the wife and three children of Oscar Strauss. During regular visits to his East Village apartment by his neighbor Frida (a survivor of the shipwreck), Oscar debates whether to remain in his adopted home, follow his fellow countrymen uptown, or end his life—all while clinging to the futile hope that his young daughter may still be alive somewhere. Each decision Oscar makes launches the play into a new era, featuring a different resident of his former dwelling: a holocaust survivor in post-World War II America, an artist weathering the violence of the tumultuous 1970s, a native New Yorker still reeling from the 9/11 attacks.
    Aided by a mysterious Prophet who skirts the boundaries of time and age, these stories begin to connect and merge, leading to Oscar’s final decision. People come; people go. A city changes and bleeds, and everything keeps moving. Life goes on, in spite of itself.
  • Bodies of Water
    On the last day of summer, in the last house at the end of a small island town, it's the end of the world...or at least the end of *a* world.

    On Labor Day weekend, three friends meet to say goodbye to the site of their childhood summers—and of the traumatic event that has defined their lives ever since. Jason is the former child prodigy whose career has stagnated, while wild, unpredictable...
    On the last day of summer, in the last house at the end of a small island town, it's the end of the world...or at least the end of *a* world.

    On Labor Day weekend, three friends meet to say goodbye to the site of their childhood summers—and of the traumatic event that has defined their lives ever since. Jason is the former child prodigy whose career has stagnated, while wild, unpredictable Margot just wants her own place in the world outside of the characters she plays. Meanwhile, Benny, poised on the brink of movie-stardom, arrives with his new girlfriend Claire, who doesn’t exactly fit in.

    With a storm bearing down on the island—and the local legend of the creature that lives in the bay fresh in their minds—the group is forced to face what really happened all those summers ago and the devastating secret that one of them holds.

    A new drama about the friendships we cling to, the disappointment of unfulfilled potential, and the unknown entities that lurk just below the surface.
  • R plus J
    When two suicidal young lovers find themselves thrust together in the afterlife, they think they've finally reached "happily ever after." But before they can transform their monumental passion into a love that can stand the test of time, the couple must reconcile the echoes of past mistakes that return to haunt them. Simultaneously humorous and heartbreaking, R plus J tells a tale of love, loss,...
    When two suicidal young lovers find themselves thrust together in the afterlife, they think they've finally reached "happily ever after." But before they can transform their monumental passion into a love that can stand the test of time, the couple must reconcile the echoes of past mistakes that return to haunt them. Simultaneously humorous and heartbreaking, R plus J tells a tale of love, loss, youth, and innocence through a contemporary exploration of one of the most infamous romances of all time.

    Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
  • The Kitchen Table Plays
    Four people gather around a kitchen table, which promptly breaks in front of their eyes. One by one, they take turns telling stories, each stepping into their vignette as an omniscient narrator: A man tentatively starts over after his divorce. A woman tries to show her sick granddaughter that life is still worth living. A repair man visits the home of a grieving young woman. Two parents attempt to heal their...
    Four people gather around a kitchen table, which promptly breaks in front of their eyes. One by one, they take turns telling stories, each stepping into their vignette as an omniscient narrator: A man tentatively starts over after his divorce. A woman tries to show her sick granddaughter that life is still worth living. A repair man visits the home of a grieving young woman. Two parents attempt to heal their volatile son. A dinner party uncovers a blistering betrayal. Intercut with poetic, lyrical interludes, the stories intertwine as the group tries to put their kitchen table—the heartbeat of their homes—back together again.
  • This Is (a love story)
    This is a love story. Or is it? That really depends on who you ask.

    This is a date between two people. A date that quickly turns into something else.

    This is not what it seems. Because sometimes the stories people tell others are different than the ones they tell themselves.
  • Last Call (a ghost story)
    At a rundown diner in the middle of nowhere, two waitresses have just closed down for the night. (A night which, if the stories are true, has seen its share of ghost sightings over the years.) When a strange man knocks at the door asking for help, the girls have a decision to make: Do they let him in? Is it really a ghost or just a man? ...and which one of those is scarier? A horror comedy about the malignant figures lurking in the night.
  • Just Animals
    It's time to celebrate a coworker's birthday in the office (with all the awkwardness that entails). But with their boss in the next room about to get fired for an inappropriate remark, four colleagues try to make the best of things...while the birthday girl just wants to burn it all down.
  • Edge of the World
    Two strangers wait at a bus stop in a border town — the first people to venture back to a country that has been ravaged by a decades-long conflict. As it starts to sink in that the war really is over, they question their decisions to flee all those years ago, along with the fates of the people they left behind. Together, they face the uncertain future: the bus that may never come, the homeland they may not even...
    Two strangers wait at a bus stop in a border town — the first people to venture back to a country that has been ravaged by a decades-long conflict. As it starts to sink in that the war really is over, they question their decisions to flee all those years ago, along with the fates of the people they left behind. Together, they face the uncertain future: the bus that may never come, the homeland they may not even recognize at all.

    Running time: 10-12 minutes
  • The War at Home
    18-year-old Ellie wants all the things girls aren’t supposed to want in the 1930s...none of which include staying in her tiny country town. And as her PTSD-afflicted father grows more and more volatile, she knows she has to leave it all behind, if she can only get up the nerve. Meanwhile, childhood friend Sam is facing a journey of his own as he heads to basic training in a country moving, once again, toward...
    18-year-old Ellie wants all the things girls aren’t supposed to want in the 1930s...none of which include staying in her tiny country town. And as her PTSD-afflicted father grows more and more volatile, she knows she has to leave it all behind, if she can only get up the nerve. Meanwhile, childhood friend Sam is facing a journey of his own as he heads to basic training in a country moving, once again, toward war. A drama about growing up, moving on, and staking your claim in the whole big world. Running time: 10 minutes.
  • The Counter
    In the exotic allure of air travel in the 1960s, a salesman named Freddy anxiously waits to board his plane to London. That is, until he realizes that a nearby stranger appears to know more about him than he should. With ticket in hand, Freddy engages in a battle of wits with the mysterious man, in the hope that he can still escape with his life—and soul—intact.

    Running time: 8-10 minutes