Victor Lesniewski

Victor Lesniewski

Victor Lesniewski's plays include Couriers and Contrabands (World Premiere at TBG Theatre in NYC, Critic Howard Miller's 2015 Best of Off & Off-Off Broadway List, Developmental Workshop at New York Theatre Workshop), Cloven Tongues (World Premiere at The Wild Project in NYC), Where Bison Run (Ars Nova Out Loud Reading Series, NY Times Profile), Amid Purpleheart (Geva Theatre Center Concert Reading...
Victor Lesniewski's plays include Couriers and Contrabands (World Premiere at TBG Theatre in NYC, Critic Howard Miller's 2015 Best of Off & Off-Off Broadway List, Developmental Workshop at New York Theatre Workshop), Cloven Tongues (World Premiere at The Wild Project in NYC), Where Bison Run (Ars Nova Out Loud Reading Series, NY Times Profile), Amid Purpleheart (Geva Theatre Center Concert Reading), Pipistrellus (The Dramatists Guild Fellowship), Khardal (Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor), and Tentative City (Roundabout's Space Jam at Wyoming Theater Festival). His short play Someone Who Knows was produced by Gowanus Art + Production in their inaugural Green Plays event in NYC, as well as by Ammunition Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He has been on the shortlist for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice, a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, a semi-finalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a semi-finalist for the New Dramatists Residency, a finalist for the Heideman Award, and a two-time finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Victor was the only American to be shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award which included six writers culled from over 1,600 applicants. He was a 2015-16 Uncharted Artist in Residence at Ars Nova. He is currently an Artistic Patriot at Merrimack Rep and a member of The Playwrights Union.

Plays

  • Cold Spring
    After a teenager accuses his baseball coach of sexual assault, four parents attempt to deal with the response of their close-knit community while the ramifications resound through their own relationships.
  • Khardal
    Khardal traces the intersection of two disparate souls amid the Syrian Civil War: Asim, a coordinator trying to build a network of opposition factions, and Rana, a journalist trying to rediscover her culture and spirituality. Asim and Rana find themselves drawn closer and closer together as Asim's team traverses the country and the conflict advances from peaceful protests to revolution to utter chaos.
  • Pipistrellus
    At the start of World War I, the Russian engineer Nikolai Lebedenko began work on the Tsar Tank, a machine that Tsar Nicholas II believed would end the conflict in a matter of months. Pipistrellus traces the story of this machine -- still the largest armored vehicle ever built -- and its engineer’s complex relationship with the Royal Family. A reflection on love in war, the power of invention, and the...
    At the start of World War I, the Russian engineer Nikolai Lebedenko began work on the Tsar Tank, a machine that Tsar Nicholas II believed would end the conflict in a matter of months. Pipistrellus traces the story of this machine -- still the largest armored vehicle ever built -- and its engineer’s complex relationship with the Royal Family. A reflection on love in war, the power of invention, and the psychology behind building machines of mass destruction.
  • Couriers and Contrabands
    1864. Petersburg, Virginia. As the Civil War rages on, Confederate operatives in control of a courier line work to gather information on the Union's efforts. Little do they know that they themselves are being watched by a contraband masquerading as a slave who acts in the interest of the North. Couriers and Contrabands is an intriguing spy thriller about the unsung heroes behind the scenes.
  • Amid Purpleheart
    Derrick reluctantly returns to his Minnesota hometown to check on his father, whose illustrious NFL career may have left him with degenerative brain disorder. But to evaluate his father’s memory, Derrick must confront the past he has been trying to forget. Amid Purpleheart is not only a play about concussions and neuroscience, but growing up biracial in white America.
  • Cloven Tongues
    When Lela, an immigrant with an unknown past, is arrested and held at the border, she is taken in by Jenny, a social worker, and Ronald, a priest, who find it takes nothing less than a miracle to unlock her deepest secrets. As Lela's brutal personal history is revealed, Jenny and Ronald struggle with how best to heal her and find that they must also come to terms with their reasons for trying to help her in the first place.
  • Where Bison Run
    Sparks fly when a young hockey star from Belarus comes to the United States for the first time to play in the NHL. As Vitaly comes of age in a strange new culture, his teammates and handlers are soon caught up in the tricky waters of American and Belarusian politics. A gripping story of sport and diplomacy, on and off the ice.