Brynne Frauenhoffer

Brynne Frauenhoffer

Brynne spent most of her childhood in Eureka, Missouri writing friend fiction, horse stories, and spec scripts for Pokemon. As an adult in Chicago, she has decided to basically keep doing things like that forever.

Brynne's production credits include VAPE NAYSH with First Floor Theater in 2020 and BURY ME with Dandelion Theatre in 2019. Past full-length play workshops and readings include THE...
Brynne spent most of her childhood in Eureka, Missouri writing friend fiction, horse stories, and spec scripts for Pokemon. As an adult in Chicago, she has decided to basically keep doing things like that forever.

Brynne's production credits include VAPE NAYSH with First Floor Theater in 2020 and BURY ME with Dandelion Theatre in 2019. Past full-length play workshops and readings include THE YOUNG ONES (First Floor Theater), SYNCHRONICITY (Salt Lake Acting Company; also chosen as a 2018 semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference), AGE PLAY (The New Colony), PIZZA HUT HEARTBREAKER (Commission Theatre Company), and SHITTY CHRISTIANS (OR, TURN TO ROMANS 3:23) at Prop Thtr's Church of the New Play.

Brynne's short plays have been produced by MadLab, American Blues Theater, Otherworld Theatre, Commission Theatre Company, 20% Theatre Company, and the Chicago One-Minute Play Festival. As a script supervisor and director's assistant, she has worked on world premieres at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and Chicago Dramatists. She has also profiled Chicago theatremakers for Perform.Ink.

Currently, she is looking forward to the world premiere of PRO-AM (Sideshow Theatre) directed by Regina Victor in May 2020, as well as a year of readings with her playwriting group The Wampus Cat Collective!

Plays

  • Bury Me
    Michelle and Josh didn't mean to get pregnant. Five months along, they return to Josh's rural hometown to visit his fiercely loving yet overworked mother, ailing stepfather, and outspoken teenage sibling. Upon their arrival in Pacific, Missouri, a fateful fender-bender brings new and old truths into the light and forces each of them to evaluate their beliefs about parenthood, in God, and in the plans...
    Michelle and Josh didn't mean to get pregnant. Five months along, they return to Josh's rural hometown to visit his fiercely loving yet overworked mother, ailing stepfather, and outspoken teenage sibling. Upon their arrival in Pacific, Missouri, a fateful fender-bender brings new and old truths into the light and forces each of them to evaluate their beliefs about parenthood, in God, and in the plans that they've made for their lives.
  • Sh*tty Christians (Or, Turn to Romans 3:23)
    Three onetime BFFs join together as twenty-somethings to redesign their childhood church's website. This unexpected youth group reunion starts with vision boards and SEO optimization, but quickly old wounds and new outlooks on God disrupt their creative flow as queerness and the modern non-denominational movement collide.

    Content warning: strong language, references to homophobia and slurs,...
    Three onetime BFFs join together as twenty-somethings to redesign their childhood church's website. This unexpected youth group reunion starts with vision boards and SEO optimization, but quickly old wounds and new outlooks on God disrupt their creative flow as queerness and the modern non-denominational movement collide.

    Content warning: strong language, references to homophobia and slurs, religious themes, sexual references
  • Synchronicity
    On a dangerous rural highway, two teenage girls wreck their cars exactly two years apart. Sarah was driving sober in broad daylight, Mal was driving drunk at 3 a.m.—but it’s only Mal who survives. When Mal encounters Sarah’s ghost at the crash site, she’s forced to consider why she’s still alive and looks for ways to help her new ghost friend. Meanwhile, Mal’s mom, feeling guilty at the injustice of her...
    On a dangerous rural highway, two teenage girls wreck their cars exactly two years apart. Sarah was driving sober in broad daylight, Mal was driving drunk at 3 a.m.—but it’s only Mal who survives. When Mal encounters Sarah’s ghost at the crash site, she’s forced to consider why she’s still alive and looks for ways to help her new ghost friend. Meanwhile, Mal’s mom, feeling guilty at the injustice of her daughter’s survival, befriends Sarah’s grieving mother. Through these unusual, fraught friendships, the four women search for purpose behind their unfair fates.
  • Pizza Hut Heartbreaker
    As a teenager, Pizza Hut was the only place that felt like home to Dakota. When the Hut hires Zoe, a straight-A suburban Christian virgin with Ivy League dreams, Dakota doesn’t think she'll like the bougie newbie much. But after a few shifts, Zoe proves her worth and endears herself to Dakota, who falls for her. Too bad her fellow cook Nick feels the same way.

    Amidst the romantic shenanigans...
    As a teenager, Pizza Hut was the only place that felt like home to Dakota. When the Hut hires Zoe, a straight-A suburban Christian virgin with Ivy League dreams, Dakota doesn’t think she'll like the bougie newbie much. But after a few shifts, Zoe proves her worth and endears herself to Dakota, who falls for her. Too bad her fellow cook Nick feels the same way.

    Amidst the romantic shenanigans, the crew wonders: will General Manager Liz ever leave the back office and, um, do her job? Is Assistant Manager Jaylynn ever going to acknowledge her obvious baby bump? Will driver Billy finally end his infinite engagement, marry his fiance, and move out of her parents’ garage?

    Pizza Hut Heartbreaker is the story of co-workers, who become friends, who function a lot like family, exploring along the way how we end up in the lives we may or may not have chosen--and who gets to decide how much those lives mean.
  • Upload
    Based on this article about a real start-up aiming to pave the way for mind-uploading:

    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610456/a-startup-is-pitching-a-mind-uploading-service-that-is-100-percent-fatal/
  • Tonight
    At a shitty little diner in rural Missouri, three female employees react--in their own ways--to the incoming results of the 2016 presidential election.
  • Polly and Cass
    In an interrogation room, in the near future, a scientist confronts her former test subject, who has since gone rogue. A slightly sci-fi retelling of a Greek myth.
  • PRO-AM
    Most careers don’t last longer than three months in Miami’s professional-amateur porn scene. But that’s about to change when rising star Chloe Kendall meets the driven trans performer Nastasia. The girls are doing it for themselves now, and for the first time, people won’t just be watching them – they’ll be paying attention.

    Pro-Am was commissioned and developed by Sideshow Theatre Company.