Greg Romero

Greg Romero

Greg Romero is originally from Louisiana. His plays, site-specific projects, and sound-art collaborations have been presented across the United States as well as in Switzerland, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Jamaica. Romero was selected as the first-ever ArtsEdge Resident and is one of three playwrights to inaugurate the Philadelphia Dramatists Center/Plays & Players Playwriting Residency. He is an...
Greg Romero is originally from Louisiana. His plays, site-specific projects, and sound-art collaborations have been presented across the United States as well as in Switzerland, Canada, The United Kingdom, and Jamaica. Romero was selected as the first-ever ArtsEdge Resident and is one of three playwrights to inaugurate the Philadelphia Dramatists Center/Plays & Players Playwriting Residency. He is an alum of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, The Last Frontier Theater Conference, and his works are published by Heinemann Press, YouthPLAYS, and Playscripts, Inc. He received an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas-Austin where he held the James A. Michener Fellowship.

Plays

  • The Most Beautiful Lullaby You've Ever Heard
    The Man and The Woman stand at the edge of the water. They take a blank piece of paper from their pocket. They imagine all of the things it could possibly be. They meet at a bar for the first time over and over and all at the same time. They fold the paper into a sailboat. They sit in their apartments and press their faces against the glass. They place the sailboat on the water and give it a gentle push...
    The Man and The Woman stand at the edge of the water. They take a blank piece of paper from their pocket. They imagine all of the things it could possibly be. They meet at a bar for the first time over and over and all at the same time. They fold the paper into a sailboat. They sit in their apartments and press their faces against the glass. They place the sailboat on the water and give it a gentle push. They journey through their broken pasts, broken futures, and broken skin, revealing everything to find the beautiful place together inside of the knives.
  • Door to Balloon
    A stand-up comedian might be dying of heart failure right in front of you. Is that a joke? Five female haz-mat workers measure radiation and expand the universe—losing a face, losing a stone, losing time— in the Nevada Proving Grounds of the Mojave Desert. And who keeps lowering the dumbwaiter to the teenagers locked in the basement? Knock knock. Annie hands you a plate full of cowboy cookies and you can’t...
    A stand-up comedian might be dying of heart failure right in front of you. Is that a joke? Five female haz-mat workers measure radiation and expand the universe—losing a face, losing a stone, losing time— in the Nevada Proving Grounds of the Mojave Desert. And who keeps lowering the dumbwaiter to the teenagers locked in the basement? Knock knock. Annie hands you a plate full of cowboy cookies and you can’t tell, later, if you’ve been poisoned. Where are all the songs coming from, who will win the staring contest, will the comedian last the night, what do we do with that giant knife, and what are the Siamang gibbons howling about?
  • The Milky Way Cabaret
    An alcoholic magician tries to win his family back through a disappearing act. Clown-costumed assassins grind cigarettes on each other’s faces while staked outside The Milky Way Cabaret. And the grown-up version of the magician’s daughter travels back in time, through black holes, to try to save her father’s life.

    Is humanity bigger than the universe? Is a heart bigger than a planet?
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    An alcoholic magician tries to win his family back through a disappearing act. Clown-costumed assassins grind cigarettes on each other’s faces while staked outside The Milky Way Cabaret. And the grown-up version of the magician’s daughter travels back in time, through black holes, to try to save her father’s life.

    Is humanity bigger than the universe? Is a heart bigger than a planet?

    Set in a South Philly nightclub, The Milky Way Cabaret is a theatrical event inspired by the magical, time-travelin’, heart-exploding, meatloaf-making, hula-hooping, elephant-piss drinking people of the city of Philadelphia.
  • Big Iron Fires
    Gwen goes off-script so she can listen to you. Nina and Treplev are lost. A volunteer comes onstage and is given a loaded gun. A Marty Robbins song, country line-dancing, can we get the lights down please?
  • Of Plastic Things and Butterfly Wings
    A plastic water bottle named Sam has lost her parents in The Gyres, a swirling ocean landfill twice the size of Texas. With help from a blue crab with a giant claw, a parrot who thinks she is a seagull, and The Oldest Sea Turtle That Ever Lived, Sam embarks on a family-friendly, music-filled, epic journey to save us all from the lonely, swirling vortex of thrown-away things and lost hope.
  • Foxing
    They start with a dance then exhaust themselves further. They are led by a human who is also a fox named Beatrice. Aaron and Charlie drink water, do burpees, transform into wild animals, and unfold pieces of paper the fox keeps handing them, confronting the most difficult moment they can't bury.
  • Delaware Mudtub and the Mighty Wampum
    Turtle carries the world on her back, leading us into the performance space, taken over by nature. The Red Fox stares back at us, her smile unveiling her sharp teeth. Silent, determined, the Great Blue Heron enters, searching. Otters Earle and Pearl raft together, joyfully drifting with the current of the Delaware River. The ground vibrates, the wolf’s howls grow closer, the moon’s reflection sings a lullaby,...
    Turtle carries the world on her back, leading us into the performance space, taken over by nature. The Red Fox stares back at us, her smile unveiling her sharp teeth. Silent, determined, the Great Blue Heron enters, searching. Otters Earle and Pearl raft together, joyfully drifting with the current of the Delaware River. The ground vibrates, the wolf’s howls grow closer, the moon’s reflection sings a lullaby, and the animals must survive the land and each other, weaving together the wampum belt of their lives.
  • The Babel Project
    Workers are building a Tower of Babel for the present moment. The Foreman makes them forget by stealing language. A weeping willow carves into the skin of a quarry man, an electrician hears the ocean, an office worker sings a whale song, and the Wing Man—an angel—falls in love with the Bartender. Speaking through work sounds, replacement words, animal noises, broken gestures, and hundreds of floors of the...
    Workers are building a Tower of Babel for the present moment. The Foreman makes them forget by stealing language. A weeping willow carves into the skin of a quarry man, an electrician hears the ocean, an office worker sings a whale song, and the Wing Man—an angel—falls in love with the Bartender. Speaking through work sounds, replacement words, animal noises, broken gestures, and hundreds of floors of the tower, Babel’s workers try to remember why they are standing on their heads, what the scars mean, what are those clowns doing, and why they must break everything.
  • Radio Ghosts
    William Tell insists that everything in the universe is one giant hologram. His son sends him holographic phone calls through the radio after he shot him in the face. His wife speaks to him through the Pacific Ocean.

    A ghost carrying a wedding band shatters the world. A scientist tries to re-organize it in an abandoned diner.

    A doctor lies for seven days in the Yuma desert,...
    William Tell insists that everything in the universe is one giant hologram. His son sends him holographic phone calls through the radio after he shot him in the face. His wife speaks to him through the Pacific Ocean.

    A ghost carrying a wedding band shatters the world. A scientist tries to re-organize it in an abandoned diner.

    A doctor lies for seven days in the Yuma desert, then, after the scorpions, falls in love.

    A painter creates from the broken pieces of her body, slowly and continuously falling apart from an inescapable tragedy happening, right now, in the future.

    Using Electronic Voice Phenomenon and The Holographic Universe as inspiration, Radio Ghosts is a multi-layered work that combines live performance and recorded sound, creating a performative conversation between what is live, what is real, and what is beyond our imagination.