Callan Stout

Callan Stout

Callan Stout’s plays have had readings in New York, London and Los Angeles, they include LEG (Princess Grace Semifinalist, Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project Semifinalist, (everything but) 3 New Plays, Truffle Theatre Company), A Song for A Surfer (The Vagrancy and LA Female Playwrights Initiative, Savage Players, Truffle Theatre Company), Crap, Crap, Crap; Or Everything I Don’t Want to be at 40 (Cherry Lane...
Callan Stout’s plays have had readings in New York, London and Los Angeles, they include LEG (Princess Grace Semifinalist, Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project Semifinalist, (everything but) 3 New Plays, Truffle Theatre Company), A Song for A Surfer (The Vagrancy and LA Female Playwrights Initiative, Savage Players, Truffle Theatre Company), Crap, Crap, Crap; Or Everything I Don’t Want to be at 40 (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Pastry Queen (Writer’s Guild of Great Britain), More than Breakfast (NYU, eyeBLINK). Her monologue Apple Pie, from The Pastry Queen was recorded for NYCPlaywrights. Her children’s plays Brownies, Bicycles & Bigfoot and an adaption of The Jungle Book have been published by YouthPLAYS.com and The Jungle Book was recently performed in Cameroon. She is a founding member of Cockpit Writers Group, a member of Fresh Ground Pepper’s 2013 Playground Play Group and a member of the 2016 Pipeline Playlab. MFA: Columbia, Playwriting. BFA: NYU, Tisch Dramatic Writing. MLitt: University of Aberdeen, Folklore. Callan is a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Plays

  • you do not look
    Gerda is trying to sell encyclopedias in order to stay in America. But she keeps getting sidetracked as she tries to save a world of other women around her. As the play loops and unravels in repeating patterns of PTSD, Gerda cannot escape her own traumatic past. you do not look challenges the audience to see female trauma that is too often purposefully overlooked.
  • Girl Becomes Bone
    Girl Becomes Bone is about religion. In the future. In outer space. It’s a human play about the unknown. It’s also about trust, love and believing with every fiber of your existence. Set on a distant future planet where Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem’s Duino Elegies are the seminal religious text, a young woman – also named Rainer - commits to the ultimate expression of faith; to return to a dead Earth and audio...
    Girl Becomes Bone is about religion. In the future. In outer space. It’s a human play about the unknown. It’s also about trust, love and believing with every fiber of your existence. Set on a distant future planet where Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem’s Duino Elegies are the seminal religious text, a young woman – also named Rainer - commits to the ultimate expression of faith; to return to a dead Earth and audio record reflections on the Elegies while self-mummifying. Rainer’s mother’s own failed attempt twenty-six years prior left her feeling abandoned and betrayed. Will Rainer’s own faithless journey bring her peace or will she too disintegrate into Earth’s dust?
  • LEG
    Zetta Rubina has felt certain for a long time that her lower left leg shouldn’t be there. As she looks into the options for the treatment of Body Integrity Identity Disorder, she must grapple with the ethics of the medical community, the fear and disgust of her mother, and the confusion and hurt of her husband. It becomes clearer and clearer that Zetta Rubina has no choice but to amputate herself, which she...
    Zetta Rubina has felt certain for a long time that her lower left leg shouldn’t be there. As she looks into the options for the treatment of Body Integrity Identity Disorder, she must grapple with the ethics of the medical community, the fear and disgust of her mother, and the confusion and hurt of her husband. It becomes clearer and clearer that Zetta Rubina has no choice but to amputate herself, which she finally does with the help of her husband.
  • The Undiscovered Dimensions and Immutable Certainties of Worms
    Kirsten and Mark start making memories together as Kristen’s mother slowly loses hers. The Undiscovered Dimensions and Immutable Certainties of Worms, charts the early milestones of a blossoming relationship with scenes in reversal chronological order, so with each new joy we also experience the unsettling experience of not remember how we got to this point. A poignant play about how we keep living, while the...
    Kirsten and Mark start making memories together as Kristen’s mother slowly loses hers. The Undiscovered Dimensions and Immutable Certainties of Worms, charts the early milestones of a blossoming relationship with scenes in reversal chronological order, so with each new joy we also experience the unsettling experience of not remember how we got to this point. A poignant play about how we keep living, while the ones we love gradually stop remembering us.
  • A Song for a Surfer
    Nate and Devin are best friends and serious recreational surfers at Venice beach. Every year on the anniversary of Nate’s high school girlfriend, Katie’s drowning, he suffers from the same recurring dream: he can’t pull her out of the ocean. On the morning of the 10th anniversary of her death a mysterious young woman – Koa – appears on their door step as if she emerged from the waves and forces herself into...
    Nate and Devin are best friends and serious recreational surfers at Venice beach. Every year on the anniversary of Nate’s high school girlfriend, Katie’s drowning, he suffers from the same recurring dream: he can’t pull her out of the ocean. On the morning of the 10th anniversary of her death a mysterious young woman – Koa – appears on their door step as if she emerged from the waves and forces herself into their lives. She’s a free spirit who’s surfed the whole world, drifting from the soft curls of Hawaii where you surf with the sun to the frigid waters of Scotland where you surf with magical creatures. There’s something different about her and she seems more than reluctant to move on when Nate hangs her coat in the closet and she can’t find it. Nate is inexplicably drawn in by the very scent of her, but is too stubborn to let her in and Koa wins Devin’s heart easily. Koa talks them into a local surfing competition, something they haven’t done since Katie’s death. During the competition, a fist fight with Nate over a wave sends Devin into a coma. While Devin lies in the hospital, Koa dreams of failing to rescue Devin from the ocean, and is scared she would make it back from the waves if she were to try again. After Nate refuses to save Devin from the waves of Koa’s dreams, she forces him to forgive himself for his girlfriend’s death in order for him to help her save Devin, and disappears back into the waves.