Maximillian Gill

Maximillian Gill

Maximillian Gill was born in India and received his master’s in creative writing in California. He has been based in New York for the past dozen years. His work has been staged by a number of companies and festivals including the New York Fringe Festival, the New York City Children's Theater, the InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in Liverpool, the Hollywood Fringe Festival,...
Maximillian Gill was born in India and received his master’s in creative writing in California. He has been based in New York for the past dozen years. His work has been staged by a number of companies and festivals including the New York Fringe Festival, the New York City Children's Theater, the InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in Liverpool, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Source Festival in Washington, DC, the Collective 10 in New York City, MadLab Theatre Roulette in Columbus, Ohio, and the Heartland Festival in Illinois.

Plays

  • 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
    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,...
    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.
  • Imaginary Partition Movies
    Full-length: A young woman from a Pakistani family tries to form a relationship with her father after he gets out of prison, but her attempts are complicated when she learns he is an informant for the FBI.
  • 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.
  • Solomon
    30 minutes: The course of human history changes through the relationship between a scientist and a security officer struggling to understand an inscrutable extra-terrestrial being.
  • Coriander Chai
    30 minutes (based on full-length Imaginary Partition Movies): A young woman tries to find out who her immigrant father really is after she learns that he is operating as an informer for the FBI.
  • For Helen's Sake
    60 minutes: In this comedy inspired by Homer and the absurdity of contemporary geopolitics, an American aid worker is recruited by an intelligence agent to imitate a modern-day Helen of Troy to stop a war between two tiny nations.
  • Debriefing
    Full-length: A young Pakistani-American double agent and the case officer who recruited her find their loyalties tested in a risky attempt to infiltrate a militant group in the Middle East.
  • 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.