Alexis Roblan

Alexis Roblan

Alexis Roblan's plays have been produced and developed by and at Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Project Y, FringeNYC, Exquisite Corpse Company, New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Tank, The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation, The Blank Theatre (Los Angeles), Theatre 503 (London), Edinburgh Fringe, Festival de Teatro Alternativo (Bogotá), World Interplay (Australia), and more...
Alexis Roblan's plays have been produced and developed by and at Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, Project Y, FringeNYC, Exquisite Corpse Company, New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Tank, The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation, The Blank Theatre (Los Angeles), Theatre 503 (London), Edinburgh Fringe, Festival de Teatro Alternativo (Bogotá), World Interplay (Australia), and more. Originally from Coos Bay, Oregon, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Dramatic Writing program.

Alexis’ plays include SAMUEL (Finalist, Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission), DAUGHTERS OF LOT (Edinburgh Fringe), AND IT SPINS TWICE (Finalist, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), OURS (Finalist, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), YOU FEEL SO FAR AWAY RIGHT NOW (Finalist, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), LILIYA (Exquisite Corpse Company), THE ANDREW PLAY (Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award), and RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK (NY Times Critic’s Pick). Her work as a screenwriter can be seen on the Hulu / TeenNick series “Guidance” and “Love Daily.” Alexis is a 2020 Audrey Resident at New Georges, and a 2020 recipient of funding from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre.

Plays

  • RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK
    Mystics, anarchists, Russians and “snowflakes” swirl in this sinister, absurd new musical about political action and what it means to stand up for one’s beliefs in the face of oppression, confusion, and “interference.”

    In the first few months of 2017, 12 year-old Addison has a lot of questions about the world — and very little parental supervision. Her best (imaginary) friend is a turn-of-the-...
    Mystics, anarchists, Russians and “snowflakes” swirl in this sinister, absurd new musical about political action and what it means to stand up for one’s beliefs in the face of oppression, confusion, and “interference.”

    In the first few months of 2017, 12 year-old Addison has a lot of questions about the world — and very little parental supervision. Her best (imaginary) friend is a turn-of-the-19th-century Russian mystic, and her favorite pastime is fighting with deplorables on the internet. But when Addison starts to learn about another turn-of-the-century Russian — the American immigrant and Anarchist, Emma Goldman — she begins questioning the meaning of political action and just how far we should go to fight oppressive systems.
  • You Feel So Far Away Right Now
    He’s into vore, she’s into centaurs (like, sexually). A dark comedy set in the isolating landscape of human relationships, and neighboring small towns on the Oregon coast.
  • Samuel
    Wynette, Delia, Jane, and Charlie are four adult sisters who can’t seem to agree on anything. Did mom make sweet potatoes with marshmallows or thyme? What did Grandma’s face look like? As the women return to their childhood home, Charlie remembers a brother, named Samuel. Did he die, or never exist in the first place? Are there still monsters under the beds in this house?
    Am I one of them?
  • and it will all go up in flames
    Beth and Liz are the same woman, born 10 years apart. Beth is 40, Liz is 30. Both are theoretical physicists: Beth is a professor, Liz a grad student. Beth is married to a teacher named Ryan who she's known for 20 years. Liz is dating a musician named Ryan who she's known a few months. And both women are learning that in an ever-changing reality, where even the laws of nature are proving to be less...
    Beth and Liz are the same woman, born 10 years apart. Beth is 40, Liz is 30. Both are theoretical physicists: Beth is a professor, Liz a grad student. Beth is married to a teacher named Ryan who she's known for 20 years. Liz is dating a musician named Ryan who she's known a few months. And both women are learning that in an ever-changing reality, where even the laws of nature are proving to be less and less steadfast and eternal, there is very little we can count on for any length of time.
  • JAVELINA
    Weeks into the filming of her first indie feature film, Ali (the writer) arrives on set in rural Texas and learns that a deer was killed because she wrote it into the script. And the killing has only just begun. A play, loosely based on reality, about moral culpability, death, movies, the souls of all living things, and how easy it is to decide that nothing means anything.
  • OURS
    Bob Sugarman’s story of repeated, horrific alien abductions was the inspiration for the 1994 blockbuster, Birds of Prey. Decades after the film, Bob is stumbling through a speaking tour, sharing his story with abductee support groups and imparting the lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of contact with our interplanetary visitors.

    Imagine the worst thing that could happen to you. Imagine it...
    Bob Sugarman’s story of repeated, horrific alien abductions was the inspiration for the 1994 blockbuster, Birds of Prey. Decades after the film, Bob is stumbling through a speaking tour, sharing his story with abductee support groups and imparting the lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of contact with our interplanetary visitors.

    Imagine the worst thing that could happen to you. Imagine it happening again and again. Imagine the release of just… giving in.

    A (mostly) one-person play (for 5+ voices) about responsibility, trauma, positive thinking, and aliens.
  • Liliya
    Moscow, 2005. Lillian, an American college student, falls ill with a mysterious disease. At the private “American” clinic, her first doctor is Spanish and the second is Russian, and soon her British ex-boyfriend has arrived through the window. As accents and cultures collide almost farcically, and time slips forwards and backwards in loops, Lillian’s disease begins to mutate, causing new and different symptoms...
    Moscow, 2005. Lillian, an American college student, falls ill with a mysterious disease. At the private “American” clinic, her first doctor is Spanish and the second is Russian, and soon her British ex-boyfriend has arrived through the window. As accents and cultures collide almost farcically, and time slips forwards and backwards in loops, Lillian’s disease begins to mutate, causing new and different symptoms in each person it infects, turning the world topsy-turvy in its wake.
  • The Andrew Play
    Andrew dies, suddenly. His little sister, Lena, is lost. His older sister, Kate, is pissed. A play about siblings, loss, the confusing poetry of grief, and who owns your memory when you’re gone.
  • Color Blue
    A pitch black comedy that transfers an incident from modern Somalia — the brutal rape and murder of two young women by Al Shabaab militants who wanted one of the girls to marry their commander — to a US middle school campus. As two 13-year-old girls skip class to get stoned, this light comedy laced with pop culture references shifts in fits and starts towards something darker, examining the common threads of...
    A pitch black comedy that transfers an incident from modern Somalia — the brutal rape and murder of two young women by Al Shabaab militants who wanted one of the girls to marry their commander — to a US middle school campus. As two 13-year-old girls skip class to get stoned, this light comedy laced with pop culture references shifts in fits and starts towards something darker, examining the common threads of misogyny experienced by women in disparate global cultures, and the ability of all societies to ignore this psychic and physical violence.