Lindsay Adams

Lindsay Adams

Lindsay Adams is an award-winning, nationally produced playwright. Her full-length plays "Rattler" and "River Like Sin" were both named Semi-Finalists for the 2018 and 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. "Her Own Devices" received two awards from the Kennedy Center and the 2016 Judith Barlow Prize, as well as being honored by the Austin Film Festival and Trustus Theatre....
Lindsay Adams is an award-winning, nationally produced playwright. Her full-length plays "Rattler" and "River Like Sin" were both named Semi-Finalists for the 2018 and 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. "Her Own Devices" received two awards from the Kennedy Center and the 2016 Judith Barlow Prize, as well as being honored by the Austin Film Festival and Trustus Theatre. Her plays have been produced and developed at Women's Project Theatre (NYC), Theatre Alliance (DC), The Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival (DC), Keegan Theatre (DC), CLIMB Theatre (MN), Interrobang Theatre (MD), This is Water Theatre (TX), The Hub Theatre (VA), KC Public Theatre (MO), Fishtank Theater (MO), Rising Tide Productions (MO), The Pearl KC (MO), Westport Center for the Arts (MO), Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (PA), and The One Minute Play Festival (DC), among many others. She has also been commissioned by CLIMB Theatre, Westridge Middle School, and Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center to write works for young audiences. In addition to her playwriting she works as a freelance dramaturg, director, and teaching artist. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America and is a resident playwright at the Midwest Dramatists Center and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the Terra Femina Collective.

Plays

  • Her Own Devices
    FULL-LENGTH: Madeleine has spent her entire life in a lab as a test subject. The scientists who watch her are no closer to finding a cure, and meanwhile every night the King of Germs visits her in her dreams and tries to touch her with his contaminating hand. She enlists the help of her imaginary friend the Robot to fight him off and soon must make a choice whether to leave the only home she's ever known.
  • River Like Sin
    FULL-LENGTH: A dancing river is the last thing keeping this struggling farming community alive. Everything changes when young Wren Walker crosses the river on a dare, and discovers the town ghost is an elderly woman whose tears keep the river flowing. As Wren continues to visit, the woman stops weeping and the land begins to dry up. When the crops wither and dust fills their lungs, the townspeople question...
    FULL-LENGTH: A dancing river is the last thing keeping this struggling farming community alive. Everything changes when young Wren Walker crosses the river on a dare, and discovers the town ghost is an elderly woman whose tears keep the river flowing. As Wren continues to visit, the woman stops weeping and the land begins to dry up. When the crops wither and dust fills their lungs, the townspeople question their faith and grow angry, looking for something, or someone, to blame.
  • Viper
    FULL-LENGTH: In Victorian England, newlywed Lilly moves into a small country estate with her near-stranger husband. After a chance encounter with a snake in her garden, the equilibrium of her life is shattered as she grapples with a pregnancy she didn’t want. Is she the only one that can see the monster that follows her, or is she truly losing her mind?

    An exploration into the origins of the...
    FULL-LENGTH: In Victorian England, newlywed Lilly moves into a small country estate with her near-stranger husband. After a chance encounter with a snake in her garden, the equilibrium of her life is shattered as she grapples with a pregnancy she didn’t want. Is she the only one that can see the monster that follows her, or is she truly losing her mind?

    An exploration into the origins of the shadowy mythological persona of Lillith, Viper is inspired by the folklore and apocrypha surrounding the Creation story.
  • Dead Zone
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: A catfish family faces the slow decline of their neighborhood into a Dead Zone due to pollution.

    Arthur Miller drama meets ecological absurdist comedy in this comically brutal ten-minute play.
  • Rattler
    FULL-LENGTH: After Jen's son Wyatt is accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend at a party, she is introduced to a support group for women whose relations have been accused of rape. With their encouragement, she decides she will stop at nothing to get to the truth of the matter and to get Wyatt's charges dropped.
  • Me and Mr. Tom
    A stranger-than-fiction pen pal relationship between Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot, leads to just one meeting between the two men and both of their much younger wives in 1964, the year before Eliot's death. Me and Mr. Tom dramatizes this real-life meeting, as these mismatched characters banter and fight their way through multiple courses, far too many drinks, and at least two cigars in a darkly comic...
    A stranger-than-fiction pen pal relationship between Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot, leads to just one meeting between the two men and both of their much younger wives in 1964, the year before Eliot's death. Me and Mr. Tom dramatizes this real-life meeting, as these mismatched characters banter and fight their way through multiple courses, far too many drinks, and at least two cigars in a darkly comic exploration of art, persona, and prejudice.
  • Cottonmouth
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: The story of a mother’s curse unfolds from the perspective of her daughter, in this atmospheric Southern Gothic play. Through monologue, music, and puppetry, a bloody secret comes to light.

    Inspired by the story of Mary Ann Cotton and written for the 365 Women A Year Playwriting Project.
  • Skating
    TYA ONE ACT: Ten year old Ellie struggles to adapt to her new surroundings after her mother moves them up to Michigan. When the grandfather she hasn’t seen in a year offers to teach her to ice skate, it is the last thing she wants to do. But with some help from a magical being called Lady Winter and the unending warmth and goofy jokes of her grandfather, she begins to enjoy their skating sessions. Their...
    TYA ONE ACT: Ten year old Ellie struggles to adapt to her new surroundings after her mother moves them up to Michigan. When the grandfather she hasn’t seen in a year offers to teach her to ice skate, it is the last thing she wants to do. But with some help from a magical being called Lady Winter and the unending warmth and goofy jokes of her grandfather, she begins to enjoy their skating sessions. Their sessions are forced to end after a heartbreaking loss, and Ellie has to learn how to skate on her own. Skating is a story of love, loss, and the magic of playing on ice.
  • Spots
    TYA ONE-ACT: Dash works in a special factory that paints the patterns on animals. His job is to paint the spots onto dogs and his friend Myrna paints the stripes onto zebras. He loves his job, but he wants to try painting other shapes too. He talks his friend Myrna into switching jobs one day, but realizes that painting stripes isn't as easy as he thought it would be. Madness and mayhem ensue across the...
    TYA ONE-ACT: Dash works in a special factory that paints the patterns on animals. His job is to paint the spots onto dogs and his friend Myrna paints the stripes onto zebras. He loves his job, but he wants to try painting other shapes too. He talks his friend Myrna into switching jobs one day, but realizes that painting stripes isn't as easy as he thought it would be. Madness and mayhem ensue across the factory, and Dash learns an important lesson about taking responsibility for his actions. This play is intended for Pre-K to 2nd grade students.

    Script in Process: contact playwright for a draft.
  • Women Wear White
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Four white women prepare for a march in DC, but through their planning the holes in their intersectionality and their unconscious racism emerges.
  • I am...
    TYA ONE ACT: A diverse group of students struggle with defining themselves, fitting in, and finding people that understand them. Xiomara and Roger are immigrants from Honduras, Jake's father is in jail, Emily's dealing with her anxiety, and Shara is sick of Addy's racial microaggressions. They all have more than enough on their plate without also having to survive Middle School.

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    TYA ONE ACT: A diverse group of students struggle with defining themselves, fitting in, and finding people that understand them. Xiomara and Roger are immigrants from Honduras, Jake's father is in jail, Emily's dealing with her anxiety, and Shara is sick of Addy's racial microaggressions. They all have more than enough on their plate without also having to survive Middle School.

    Commissioned by Westridge Middle School and based on the writings of real middle schoolers.
  • Our Man Harry
    A new musical with music by Rebecca Nisco, book and lyrics by Lindsay Adams.

    Determined to find her husband who is serving as a union medic during the Civil War, Harriet disguises herself as a man and enlists. Her journey takes her into unfamiliar territory, teaching her about sacrifice, family, and how little she knows about her own country. This musical explores the untold stories and...
    A new musical with music by Rebecca Nisco, book and lyrics by Lindsay Adams.

    Determined to find her husband who is serving as a union medic during the Civil War, Harriet disguises herself as a man and enlists. Her journey takes her into unfamiliar territory, teaching her about sacrifice, family, and how little she knows about her own country. This musical explores the untold stories and sacrifices of the women of the Civil War.
  • Flesh
    A woman is killed and her husband and daughter grow further and further apart in their grief. An attempt to reach out to his daughter leads this father to a disturbing realization. A story of mistaken identity, loneliness, and lust, Flesh is a funny, twisted take on how we blur the lines and seek comfort on the Internet.

    Script in Process. Contact Author for more information.
  • In the Eyes of Men, a ten minute play
    A recently married couple reevaluate their relationship and decide on their future when one of them is forced to return to war.
  • For Beginners, or How Not to Kill a Plant
    After a devastating betrayal, a young married couple try to pick up the pieces and discover how difficult it is to start again or keep a potted plant alive for more than a month. Their first meeting, their marriage, and the times between are woven together in this non-linear play.

    Contact Author for Script.
  • What We Carry
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: A women is forced to relive a painful decision from her past when faced with an unexpected visitor.