Will Snider

Will Snider

Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His play How to Use a Knife received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in the 2016-17 season through Capital Stage (Sacramento, CA), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA). Other plays include The Big Man (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th Marathon of...
Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. His play How to Use a Knife received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in the 2016-17 season through Capital Stage (Sacramento, CA), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO), and InterAct Theatre Company (Philadelphia, PA). Other plays include The Big Man (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays), Strange Men, and Death of a Driver. His work has been developed at MCC, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, The Kennedy Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, #serials@theflea, the claque, and MAKEHOUSE. He is a member of Youngblood and received an EST/Soan Grant and The Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. Will spent three years working in agricultural development in East Africa. MFA: UCSD.

Plays

  • Strange Men
    Haamid lives a modest life running a restaurant in a small market town in Uganda. A member of the minority Indian population, he is estranged from his family for reasons he prefers not to discuss. At night he cooks elaborate dinners that he eats alone. When an openly gay Peace Corps volunteer comes to town looking for more than a good meal, Haamid's comfortable routine is broken, and his life is put in...
    Haamid lives a modest life running a restaurant in a small market town in Uganda. A member of the minority Indian population, he is estranged from his family for reasons he prefers not to discuss. At night he cooks elaborate dinners that he eats alone. When an openly gay Peace Corps volunteer comes to town looking for more than a good meal, Haamid's comfortable routine is broken, and his life is put in danger. STRANGE MEN explores the limits of good intentions and the uneven stakes for Americans living abroad and the people whose lives they touch.
  • Death of a Driver
    An American engineer moves to Kenya to build a road and befriends her charismatic African driver. When a dispute over a local election lands him in jail, she questions the integrity of their alliance and wonders how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Death of a Driver is a bracing examination of “doing good” abroad, the limits of understanding another person, and what happens when personal and...
    An American engineer moves to Kenya to build a road and befriends her charismatic African driver. When a dispute over a local election lands him in jail, she questions the integrity of their alliance and wonders how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Death of a Driver is a bracing examination of “doing good” abroad, the limits of understanding another person, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide.
  • How to Use a Knife
    In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant kitchen, Chef George is trying to stay sober. In between yelling at a pair of trash-talking line cooks and a pot-smoking busboy, he befriends Steve, an East African immigrant who seems to be a humble yet dignified dishwasher. But Steve played a shocking role in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, and immigration authorities are on his trail. Set...
    In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a Wall Street restaurant kitchen, Chef George is trying to stay sober. In between yelling at a pair of trash-talking line cooks and a pot-smoking busboy, he befriends Steve, an East African immigrant who seems to be a humble yet dignified dishwasher. But Steve played a shocking role in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, and immigration authorities are on his trail. Set during busy dinner shifts and filled with a cast of unforgettable New York characters, HOW TO USE A KNIFE bursts with grinding suspense, energy, and surprise.

Recommended by Will Snider

  • Last Night and the Night Before
    23 Dec. 2015
    Saw this at the NNPN Showcase. There's so much to admire about this play - its humor and lyricism, an addiction narrative free of easy sentiment or sensationalism - but the thing that got me is the central and evolving relationship between Sam and Rachel. Moment to moment I was eager to see what would happen to them next. Highly recommend.
  • Against the Hillside
    14 Dec. 2015
    Saw this at Kennedy Center MFA Workshop and NNPN Showcase. Fascinating look at two families involved in drone warfare - one targeting, the other targeted. Final act is stunning. Highly recommend!