Maximillian Gill

Maximillian Gill

Maximillian Gill is a New York-based playwright who was born in India and received his master’s in creative writing in California. His work has been staged by a number of companies and festivals in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia. His plays include A Few Fun Facts about Greenland (Gloucester Stage Company reading), Stay Up and Keep Rolling (O'Neill NPC semi-finalist, Premiere Stages semi-finalist),...
Maximillian Gill is a New York-based playwright who was born in India and received his master’s in creative writing in California. His work has been staged by a number of companies and festivals in the U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia. His plays include A Few Fun Facts about Greenland (Gloucester Stage Company reading), Stay Up and Keep Rolling (O'Neill NPC semi-finalist, Premiere Stages semi-finalist), Machines Eat People (Seven Devils Playwrights Conference semi-finalist), Blank Slate (Bay Area Playwrights Festival semi-finalist), and American Divide (Kitchen Dog finalist, Creede Repertory finalist, Landing Theatre Company semi-finalist). A short film based on his monologue How Do You Fall out of Love With Country Music? recently showed at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.

Plays

  • A Few Fun Facts About Greenland
    Full-length: In a base on the Greenland ice cap, an astrophysicist leads a team searching for evidence of an extraterrestrial object, but her project is thrown into disarray upon the arrival of a glaciologist researching glacier melt and the tech bro who is financing the work. The scientific method conflicts with the human need to believe in something greater, and everyone has strong opinions on how to save the planet.
  • Your Undecaying Flames
    Amphibian Stage’s SparkFest Finalist, 2024

    Full-length: Two Indian-American siblings set off on a cross-country road trip to see their ailing mother, but the journey is complicated when one shows signs of possession by a demon from Hindu legend.
  • Machines Eat People
    Seven Devils Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, 2024

    Full-length: Two couples on a getaway to a cabin in New England face the specters of the past and present after an Indian brother and sister receive an unexpected phone call.
  • Stay Up and Keep Rolling
    Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, 2024
    Premiere Stages at Kean University Play Festival Semi-Finalist, 2023
    Normal Ave NAPSeries Semi-Finalist, 2023

    Full-length: Three truckers from very different backgrounds struggle in a time of high gas prices and supply chain breakdowns.
  • Blank Slate
    Bay Area Playwrights Festival Semi-Finalist, 2023

    Full-length: After a white nationalist uprising is suppressed, immigrants are hired to reform the perpetrators with the use of a mind-altering device that may do more harm than good.
  • Future War
    10 minutes: Emily has a special dating app that tells her more than anybody should know about a prospective match.
  • Spittles
    Full-length: A country singer faces her worst nightmare when the venue for her breakout performance becomes a heavy metal club overnight.
  • Civics
    10 minutes: A routine citizenship test turns deeply intrusive.
  • Hard Soil
    Full-length: The first BIPOC-woman-owned winery in the state is failing. When a conservative politician tries to shut it down for good, the owners call on Dionysus, the god of wine.
  • Things Stalin Never Said
    15 minutes: Parker suddenly feels a depletion of empathy and visits a specialist for help.
  • How Do You Fall Out Of Love With Country Music?
    10-minute monologue: Amy Singh just wants to sign country and western on stage, but it's not easy for an Indian-American in the deep south.
  • Flame White
    45 minutes: An Indian-American student returns from his father's funeral to find the women he is renting a room from in the middle of relationship troubles.
  • Stockholm Reunion
    Full-length: A year after a hostage crisis perpetrated by white nationalists, captors and captives meet for a reunion. It gets real.
  • Fresh Paint
    Short monologue: A young Indian-American woman tries to deal with her father's response to hate crimes in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
  • All the Rooms and Corners of a Quiet City
    30-minute Zoom serial: Marion and Dennis find their plans for a divorce derailed by Covid as they end up stuck together during the worst of the pandemic in New York.
  • Pirate Queen of the Hudson, a High Seas Adventure Yarn Set on a River of Medium Width
    Full-length: In a future ravaged by climate change, some flee the burning equatorial regions for more hospitable climes while others decide that piracy is a viable career path. Kali, a pirate queen with a fierce reputation, leads her fleet on raids along the Hudson River in New York, but she faces a formidable challenge when one of her rivals arrives to oppose her primacy on the river.
  • American Divide
    The Landing Theatre Company New American Voices Festival Semi-Finalist, 2021
    Creede Repertory Theatre Headwaters New Play Program Finalist, 2019
    Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival Finalist, 2019

    Full-length: Ten years from now, the east and west coasts of the United States break off and form their own republics after a fascist, anti-immigrant government takes over the United...
    The Landing Theatre Company New American Voices Festival Semi-Finalist, 2021
    Creede Repertory Theatre Headwaters New Play Program Finalist, 2019
    Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival Finalist, 2019

    Full-length: Ten years from now, the east and west coasts of the United States break off and form their own republics after a fascist, anti-immigrant government takes over the United States. A California police officer, a Nevada border control officer, a smuggler, and a desperate refugee meet in a bar in Las Vegas near the border between the present U.S. and a new nation. They want money, justice, or escape, but mostly they just want to survive in a world falling apart around them.
  • The Mimosa War
    Full-length: Two Manhattan couples find their brunch plans derailed when martial law is declared and the national guard occupies the city. As the months pass, a resistance movement splinters into a civil war among rival factions. An absurdist dark comedy that explores the lengths people will go to just to hold onto a piece of Manhattan real estate.
  • Corrector
    20 minutes: A refugee desperate to find shelter in a new country meets a “corrector” who is able to help, but the cost of refuge may be too much to bear.
  • And Shahrazad Broke Off . . .
    10 minutes: A young woman trapped with her brother-in-law in a city under siege tries to distract both of them from reality with tales from the Thousand and One Nights.
  • Cold Dead Heart
    15 minutes: A vampire and a mortal in a long-term relationship discover that love between the living and the undead can be tough to manage.
  • Top Shelf Tolstoy
    10 minutes: A new arrival in a small town finds her quest to check out a copy of a Tolstoy novel thwarted when she discovers that the library has resorted to drastic means to raise funds.
  • Stick
    10 minutes: An employee tells his boss to take the stick out of his you-know-what, but he is woefully unprepared for the consequences.
  • Bottle Episode
    10 minutes: A bottle faces an existential crisis after being discarded by the side of the road.
  • The Trouble with Mustard Greens
    Monologue (based on full-length The Bitter and the Sweet): A young woman reconciles with her mother and her South Asian heritage through her connection with a family recipe.
  • Pale Revelry
    One-act: When a plague starts wiping out the population of New York City, three party people decide they’re going to dance until the end, but a visit from the Angel of Death spoils their plans.
  • Flirt with Fury
    Full-length: Fifteen years after Dana’s punk band dissolved, she puts together a reunion show to try for one last shot at fame, but a series of mishaps that could only befall a rock and roll band result in a disastrous set. When a former bandmate shows up, old rivalries flare up and force Dana to decide what music really means to her.
  • Stars and Crescent
    Full-length: In an alternative reality where Middle Eastern culture colonized Europe and dominates the world, two Muslim parents have to face their prejudices when their daughter brings home a Christian boyfriend.
  • The Bitter and the Sweet
    Full-length: A young Indian-American woman tries to cope with her family’s expectations while trying to find her own identity. A tale of uncomfortable family secrets and an immigrant’s struggles for assimilation suffused with a love of Indian cooking.
  • Road Movies and Why We Hate Them
    Full-length: A young scriptwriter is kidnapped by a commando team from a minor nation whose dictator she mocked in her movie. She and her captors are pursued by her boss and an intelligence agent on a rescue mission. Yet everyone soon realizes that geopolitical intrigue is nothing compared to the ruthlessness of the movie business.
  • Bollywood Ending with Minor Destruction
    45 minutes: A young Indian-American woman makes a meaningful change in her relationships with her family and her boyfriend with the inspiration of a totemic Hindu goddess.
  • Walima
    30 minutes: In the days before the complete collapse of Syria into a brutal civil war, two families have gathered together for a walima (wedding reception). One is connected to the Assad regime, the other attempting to benefit from the connection. As the bride's mother frets over the disappearance of her son due to dissident activities, the web of fragile loyalties unravels into betrayals and a harbinger...
    30 minutes: In the days before the complete collapse of Syria into a brutal civil war, two families have gathered together for a walima (wedding reception). One is connected to the Assad regime, the other attempting to benefit from the connection. As the bride's mother frets over the disappearance of her son due to dissident activities, the web of fragile loyalties unravels into betrayals and a harbinger of the madness that will soon tear the country apart.
  • Demon Eyes
    Full-length: One daughter is an orphaned demon, the other half-angel. Mom's a fallen angel, while dad's just a hapless mortal. But only when the demon daughter goes looking for her origin does this family get really dysfunctional. A riff on the Coriolanus story and a fable about trying to find out where you really belong. And yes, the title is a pun.
  • Glory Obscured
    15 Minutes: A fallen angel walks into a bar run by a demon. Originally written for the Quarantine Bake-Off series.