Nicholas Pilapil

Nicholas Pilapil

Nicholas Pilapil is a Filipino American playwright. His plays include "The Bottoming Process" (upcoming world premiere with IAMA Theatre Company in 2023, Victory Gardens Ignition Festival of New Plays) and "if all that You take from this is courage, then I've no regrets" (winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival). His work has also been developed with Artists at Play,...
Nicholas Pilapil is a Filipino American playwright. His plays include "The Bottoming Process" (upcoming world premiere with IAMA Theatre Company in 2023, Victory Gardens Ignition Festival of New Plays) and "if all that You take from this is courage, then I've no regrets" (winner of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival). His work has also been developed with Artists at Play, Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Rhinoceros, The Fountain Theatre, and The Vagrancy, among others. Nicholas is a member of The Writers' Room at the Geffen Playhouse and Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA's Ignite Project Cohort, and is an alum of the IAMA Theatre Under 30 Playwrights Lab, The Vagrancy Playwrights Group, Playground-LA, and artEquity.

Plays

  • The Bottoming Process
    Two writers meet at WeWork and fall in love—or something like it. One is a famed novelist, and the other is a nobody who's mostly funny on Twitter. One is nearing middle age, and the other is flailing through their twenties. One is White, and the other is definitely Not. As they mate, date, and cohabitate, they'll grapple with issues of race, sex, power, and the model minority myth, all to find out...
    Two writers meet at WeWork and fall in love—or something like it. One is a famed novelist, and the other is a nobody who's mostly funny on Twitter. One is nearing middle age, and the other is flailing through their twenties. One is White, and the other is definitely Not. As they mate, date, and cohabitate, they'll grapple with issues of race, sex, power, and the model minority myth, all to find out who's really on top. (Upcoming World Premiere: IAMA Theatre Company, directed by Rodney To, starring George Salazar, May 14-June 12, 2023)
  • if all that You take from this is courage, then I've no regrets
    After a brush with danger, a strong-willed matriarch reminisces with her grandson on all the things their histories have taught them. This 10-minute play explores Filipino American identity, intergenerational disconnect, and weighing your wars to make sure you're not fighting for nothing.
  • Before and After
    Rose is the most popular girl at North Bay Hills High. She’s all that—and puts the mean girls to shame! Judy is the new girl at school—and she's clueless! She's never had a friend, and dreams of being just like everyone else. Judy's dreams become reality when Rose lures her into the glamorous world of being a badass bitch, and in true teen movie fashion, turns her from a basketcase to a princess...
    Rose is the most popular girl at North Bay Hills High. She’s all that—and puts the mean girls to shame! Judy is the new girl at school—and she's clueless! She's never had a friend, and dreams of being just like everyone else. Judy's dreams become reality when Rose lures her into the glamorous world of being a badass bitch, and in true teen movie fashion, turns her from a basketcase to a princess. But it’s not easy being popular and fabulous at North Bay Hills. And Judy's teen dream soon starts to unravel and she's forced to choose between her life...before and after.
  • Young Dumb Broke High School Kids
    Everything sucks for high school kids Bliss, Olivia, and Miles. Bliss is a dreamer but she's knocked up and knocked down, Olivia is a lover with no one to love her back, and Miles is an orphan who would kill to have a family. And together they sling back slushies, barf down chili cheese fries, and try to sort out their lives in the most dangerous ways. They're unloved and fucked up...and it's whatever.
  • Celebrity Trash
    A modern-day adaptation of "Miss Julie," August Strindberg’s iconic play about class and sex, "Celebrity Trash; or another Miss Julie play" adds explorations of race, white male privilege, and the machine of celebrity pop culture to the mix. After a sex tape scandal, Harlow, an 'It Girl' famous for her fame, tries to rehab her image, but when her father throws a lavish party in...
    A modern-day adaptation of "Miss Julie," August Strindberg’s iconic play about class and sex, "Celebrity Trash; or another Miss Julie play" adds explorations of race, white male privilege, and the machine of celebrity pop culture to the mix. After a sex tape scandal, Harlow, an 'It Girl' famous for her fame, tries to rehab her image, but when her father throws a lavish party in their mansion, she's tempted again by Hollywood's excess—and by one her father’s social-climbing employees. What follows is a dangerous game of seduction as the two battle each other in a struggle for power and an escape from their trapped existences.