William Thomas Berk

William Thomas Berk

William Thomas Berk is a self-taught playwright living in his native city of Portland, OR. Through his Theatre Berk label, William has produced "From the Ruby Lounge" (an original devised work based on his own script) and "Professor Jekyll and Miss Hyde: A Modern Adaptation" (his own script). William has also written the book and lyrics for "The Jolly Riot: A Pirate Metal Adventure...
William Thomas Berk is a self-taught playwright living in his native city of Portland, OR. Through his Theatre Berk label, William has produced "From the Ruby Lounge" (an original devised work based on his own script) and "Professor Jekyll and Miss Hyde: A Modern Adaptation" (his own script). William has also written the book and lyrics for "The Jolly Riot: A Pirate Metal Adventure", produced by Torchsong Entertainment. As a contributing writer for the Pulp Stage, he wrote the crime thriller serial "The Beaten Path" and numerous ten-minute plays. William has also written and directed for the Chapel Theatre Play Fest ('21 and '23). He is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Dam
    An ecoterrorist strike potentially averted by Wordle.
  • Five Minutes Until the End
    What to do when the world ends in five minutes?
  • The Confetti Algorithm
    A demonstration for a new social media site goes terribly wrong.
  • In Return
    There's an angry genie locked up in the basement...
  • Offering
    There's a mix-up with the catering at a feast for vampires.
  • Professor Jekyll and Miss Hyde: A Modern Adaptation
    A modern, female-driven adaptation of the classic short story by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  • Vera
    A couple of college students hold a seance with the local ghost.
  • Death by Eleven Million Papercuts
    A worldwide conglomerate, brought down by a ream of paper. A short two-hander.
  • Rehearsal for Peace
    A space station prepares for a peace summit with hostile aliens. A short two-hander.
  • The Beaten Path
    A runaway hijacks a car and gets in over their head. A short two-hander.
  • Social Media Challenge
    A veteran superhero and a reckless novice talk social media strategy. A short two-hander.
  • Fledgling
    A reluctant new vampire goes to Dracula for help. A monologue.
  • Shake and Bake
    An amateur chemist holds a grocery clerk hostage. A two-hander short play.
  • Central Control
    Aliens are attacking, and a fighter pilot lost their keys. A short two-hander.
  • And the Radio Still Works
    The aftermath of a heist gone horribly wrong. A monologue.
  • Alarm
    A man goes to get his car fixed, and gets more than he bargained for. A monologue.
  • From the Ruby Lounge
    A dramatic workplace comedy set within a fictional Portland strip club. An up-and-coming dancer named "Sterling" guides us through this empowering, feminist, sex-positive, authentic view of work and life as a stripper. Written for an all-female cast, devised by the original cast and crew with extensive input from current and former Portland strippers.