Emily Chadick Weiss

Emily Chadick Weiss

Emily Chadick Weiss is a writer for the PBS Kids TV Show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Her screenplay, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF, and her pilot, STUNT, were both finalists at The Austin Film Festival. Her independent pilot script, THE SHARE, www.TheShareSitcom.com won the WILDsound Film Festival. She is a four-time Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Science and Technology Grant recipient. Her plays have been...
Emily Chadick Weiss is a writer for the PBS Kids TV Show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Her screenplay, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF, and her pilot, STUNT, were both finalists at The Austin Film Festival. Her independent pilot script, THE SHARE, www.TheShareSitcom.com won the WILDsound Film Festival. She is a four-time Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Science and Technology Grant recipient. Her plays have been performed with The Big Funk Company in Paris, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Araca Group, The Lark, New Georges, Naked Angels, The 52nd St Project, Theatre Breaking Through Barriers, Three-Legged Dog, Caps Lock Theatre, and she is a winner of Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Contest. A graduate of Northwestern University, Emily is a member playwright at The Ensemble Studio Theatre and was a member of their playwriting group for emerging writers, Youngblood. Emily's play, THE FORK, appears in The Ensemble Studio Theatre's 2017 MARATHON. Her play, THE LAST PARTY, is published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. Her piece on Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, “Women, Where are We Going” is published in The Dramatist Magazine.

Plays

  • 2051
    First Public Reading: December 12, 7pm at The Ensemble Studio Theatre.
    In 2051, Zika is all over America. Families are given government subsidies to stay home and single people must live at work. But when two couples choose to live in luxury together to survive, sex, the next generation, or an old flame may mean their end.
  • The Drought Tank
    A commission from Youngblood/The Ensemble Studio Theatre. California is drying up and the clock is ticking. The Drought Tank is the story of a woman deciding between her marijuana habit and motherhood. Celebrating her Birthday in Jamaica may tip the scales.
  • SISTERS IN BLIZZARD
    It is New England’s biggest blizzard yet and two grown sisters are snowed in alone together. This is their chance to finally get closer or finally kill each other.
  • THE EXTRAORDINARY NEW BIBLE
    In present day Arizona, Father is turning sixty and demands extraordinary gifts from his grown daughters. Since he raised them on the dramatic stories, not the Jewish traditions of The Old Testament, Alison and Marissa both decide to write the best new bible for their father – one that is about the epic tale of their family. But when they learn they are competing for not only their father’s love, but the love...
    In present day Arizona, Father is turning sixty and demands extraordinary gifts from his grown daughters. Since he raised them on the dramatic stories, not the Jewish traditions of The Old Testament, Alison and Marissa both decide to write the best new bible for their father – one that is about the epic tale of their family. But when they learn they are competing for not only their father’s love, but the love of the rabbinic student Father found wandering in the desert, Alison and Marissa must decide if they will remain within the confines of their primitive upbringing, or venture out into secular America.
  • NODDING OFF
    Nodding Off is the story of soon to be father, Daniel, who can’t stop falling asleep whenever his wife, Ayaka, mentions their baby. But when the psychiatrist, Miriam, piques Daniel’s interest, he must decide if it is his wife or the idea of fatherhood that makes him want to sleep through life.
  • GOOD DANCER
    GOOD DANCER tells the story of a wealthy young man with Cerebral Palsy, his African American Republican girlfriend and the meeting of their parents before the couple sets off to Hong Kong for what could be the beginning of the rest of their lives (if their parents approve.)

    GOOD DANCER treats the disabled character of Rich just like any other romantic lead in any other play. The physically...
    GOOD DANCER tells the story of a wealthy young man with Cerebral Palsy, his African American Republican girlfriend and the meeting of their parents before the couple sets off to Hong Kong for what could be the beginning of the rest of their lives (if their parents approve.)

    GOOD DANCER treats the disabled character of Rich just like any other romantic lead in any other play. The physically disabled have largely been left out of theatre or are simply pitied or ignored outside of the theatre. It is time for them to be seen as leads, and to know their struggles and dreams beyond their physical condition. Though Rich is the disabled character, it is Erica, the African American female lead who has the greatest challenge in the play; the challenge of deciding how she wants to move forward with her precious life – to be with the man she loves despite her parents warnings about the difficulty she will face, or to make the even riskier choice of leaving the man she loves for the unknown. GOOD DANCER is a new perspective on the challenges of interracial relationships, disability within a romantic relationship, and the comedy and sadness of growing out your parents’ arms and into the arms of a life partner.