Phillip Christian Smith

Phillip Christian Smith

Phillip Christian Smith is a 2020-2021 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow, Winter Playwrights Retreat, Blue Ink Playwriting Award Semi-Finalist, Finalist for The Dramatists Guild Fellowship and New Dramatists Finalist and and Semi-finalist PlayPenn, Two time Semi-finalist for The O’Neill (NPC), Semi-finalist Barrington Stage Burman Award, and runner- up in The Theatre of Risk Modern...
Phillip Christian Smith is a 2020-2021 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow, Winter Playwrights Retreat, Blue Ink Playwriting Award Semi-Finalist, Finalist for The Dramatists Guild Fellowship and New Dramatists Finalist and and Semi-finalist PlayPenn, Two time Semi-finalist for The O’Neill (NPC), Semi-finalist Barrington Stage Burman Award, and runner- up in The Theatre of Risk Modern Tragedy writing competition for his play The Chechens, which also won Theatre Conspiracy’s playwriting award, and will be produced in their 2021-2022 season. He has been a semi-finalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries (ASC), finalist for Trustus, playwright in residence of Exquisite Corpse and founding member of The Playwriting Collective. His work has been supported by Primary Stages (Cherry Lane) ESPA, Bennington College, Fresh Ground Pepper, the 53rd Street New York Public Library, and Forge. MFA Yale School of Drama, BFA University of New Mexico.

Plays

  • A Handbag is Not a Proper Mutha

    When Roger comes home from his shift at The Duane Reade, he finds that the children of his Harlem Ballroom house have created a production of The Importance of Being Earnest for his birthday, and he's to play the imperious lead, Mutha Bracknell.
  • We Can't Breathe

    WE CAN’T BREATHE: 5M 2W. In the wake of the 2014 murder of Eric Garner, two gay, black teenagers, living in Bushwick, wish to protest and have their voices heard. The boys are not only coming to terms with their own sexuality, but also their place as black men in America. They deal with fear, hostility, and ambivalence, not only from society, but also from their own families (PlayPenn Finalist, O’Neill...

    WE CAN’T BREATHE: 5M 2W. In the wake of the 2014 murder of Eric Garner, two gay, black teenagers, living in Bushwick, wish to protest and have their voices heard. The boys are not only coming to terms with their own sexuality, but also their place as black men in America. They deal with fear, hostility, and ambivalence, not only from society, but also from their own families (PlayPenn Finalist, O’Neill semifinalist). Playwrights Realm Reading.
  • The Chechens
    THE CHECHENS: 3 WOMEN 2 MEN In modern Chechnya rumors are going around that homosexuals are being held in camps. Can one family protect their little brother who may or may not be gay, will they turn him in, will they honor kill him. The Parlour, August 2018 directed by Tess Howsam, Exquisite Corpse. O’Neill semifinalist. 2nd production upcoming 2020-21 Season: Theatre Conspiracy, winner of their playwriting award.
  • Comedy, Errors, Vanity, and Stupidity
    COMEDY, ERRORS, VANITY, AND STUPIDITY: 12 CAST 4-6 W 6-8 M. A sequel to The Comedy of Errors. One year later Egeon’s secret that the Antipholus and Dromios are actually triplets comes into the light featuring a female triplet Dromia, much confusion ensues. This play is in verse and prose, and gender casting can be fluid. Semifinalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries at The American Shakespeare Center.
  • Minding Miss Mae Mae
    MINDING MISS MAE MAE: 2W 1M. Barbara mid 50’s is Miss Mae Mae’s (also mid 50’s) home health aide. When Barbara’s son Jordan, the star of a network procedural, comes home ravaged from Crystal Meth, the women form their own unconventional rehab to detox him, so he can be ready for a new season of the show. Barbara believes in tough love; Miss Mae Mae who is paraplegic, and a pot smoker, believes in The Lord. This...
    MINDING MISS MAE MAE: 2W 1M. Barbara mid 50’s is Miss Mae Mae’s (also mid 50’s) home health aide. When Barbara’s son Jordan, the star of a network procedural, comes home ravaged from Crystal Meth, the women form their own unconventional rehab to detox him, so he can be ready for a new season of the show. Barbara believes in tough love; Miss Mae Mae who is paraplegic, and a pot smoker, believes in The Lord. This is an all-black cast. Finalist Trustus. Semi-finalist PlayPenn.
  • The Last Temptation of Matthew Shepard
    In current Russia, a young man yearning for the touch of another man summons the spectre of Matthew Shepard who was famously left to die on a fence outside of Laramie Wyoming in 1998. The problem is an organization that poses as gay men on the Internet and then tortures and films their victims and posts the whole ordeal without fear of government reprisal. Can Matthew
    Shepard save this young man or will...
    In current Russia, a young man yearning for the touch of another man summons the spectre of Matthew Shepard who was famously left to die on a fence outside of Laramie Wyoming in 1998. The problem is an organization that poses as gay men on the Internet and then tortures and films their victims and posts the whole ordeal without fear of government reprisal. Can Matthew
    Shepard save this young man or will he fall into a trap similar to his hero.
  • The Weird Sisters
    THE WEIRD SISTERS
    Three young actresses recently graduated from a prestigious drama school make their way in New York. With a lack of paid artistic work they occasionally play act in their apartment, to keep their skills sharp and their hopes up, not knowing that one of them is fighting a serious battle with depression. The Male role plays multiple parts.