George Brant

George Brant

George Brant’s plays include GROUNDED, ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD, MARIE AND ROSETTA, INTO THE BREECHES!, THE MOURNERS’ BENCH, ANY OTHER NAME, SALVAGE, GRIZZLY MAMA, THREE VOYAGES OF THE LOBOTOMOBILE, GOOD ON PAPER, NIGHT OF THE MIME, ONE HAND CLAPPING and DARK ROOM. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwright’s Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by The Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company,...
George Brant’s plays include GROUNDED, ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD, MARIE AND ROSETTA, INTO THE BREECHES!, THE MOURNERS’ BENCH, ANY OTHER NAME, SALVAGE, GRIZZLY MAMA, THREE VOYAGES OF THE LOBOTOMOBILE, GOOD ON PAPER, NIGHT OF THE MIME, ONE HAND CLAPPING and DARK ROOM. An Affiliate Writer at the Playwright’s Center, his scripts have been produced internationally by The Public Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Cleveland Play House, Trinity Repertory Company, Milwaukee Repertory, the Studio Theatre, City Theatre, London’s Gate Theatre, Page 73, Melbourne’s Red Stitch Theatre and Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, among others. He has received a Lucille Lortel Award, an Edgerton New Play Award, a Kennedy Center National Playwriting Award, the Smith Prize, a Scotsman Fringe First Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Off-West End Theatre Award, an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, three OAC Individual Excellence Awards, and the Keene Prize for Literature. He has been awarded writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the McCarter Theatre Center, Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, and the Michener Center for Writers. He is a graduate of the Michener Center at UT-Austin and is published by Samuel French, Oberon Books and Smith & Kraus.

Plays

  • Grounded
    An F-16 fighter pilot is reassigned to the Air Force’s drone program, piloting a remote-controlled Reaper in the Middle East from an air-conditioned trailer outside of Las Vegas. Confronted with the challenge of fighting a war by day and being a wife and mother by night, she struggles to compartmentalize her existence as her two realities become increasingly permeable.
  • Elephant's Graveyard
    The true tale of the tragic collision between a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.
  • Marie and Rosetta
    Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time and a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in musical history.
  • Into the Breeches!
    1942: Oberon Play House’s director and leading men are off at war. Determined to press on, the director’s wife sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, assembling an increasingly unexpected team united in desire, if not actual theater experience. Together they deliver a delightful celebration of collaboration and persistence when the show must go on! A surprisingly modern and moving...
    1942: Oberon Play House’s director and leading men are off at war. Determined to press on, the director’s wife sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, assembling an increasingly unexpected team united in desire, if not actual theater experience. Together they deliver a delightful celebration of collaboration and persistence when the show must go on! A surprisingly modern and moving comedy about the singular way art and community reveal our boldest selves even in the darkest times.
  • Dark Room
    Inspired by the haunting photography and life of Francesca Woodman, Dark Room is an eleven-scene journey into the surreal world Woodman conjured and inhabited before she took her own life at the age of 22. A highly physical and lyrical investigation of creative impulses, the legacies of desire, and the fragmented nature of that which we leave behind.
  • The Mourners' Bench
    An emotional puzzle-play that skips back and forth in time as it tells the story of a living room and its three sets of inhabitants, all struggling to overcome the tragedy that took place within its walls.
  • Any Other Name
    A dark comedy (or light tragedy) about poetry, madness, and identity theft in Victorian England.
  • Grizzly Mama
    Deb is a divorced suburban mom who reimagines herself as a righteous liberal avenger following the death of her activist mother. Her daughter Hannah is a typical texting teenager - that is, until she discovers the real reason why mom moved them next door to a certain Alaskan presidential candidate. A dark comedy about motherhood, murder, and moose.
  • Salvage
    Danny’s sister and mother have just laid him to rest and now find themselves racing against time to rescue his prized possessions from the family basement before a flood hits. Enter Danny’s high-school sweetheart to lend a hand – but is she here to pay her last respects or to keep Danny alive forever?
  • Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile
    A play about the inventor of the American lobotomy, Dr. Walter J. Freeman, and his tireless, deluded, and ultimately tragic quest to spread the good news of his medical procedure across America. The play presents Freeman’s life in a triptych of scenes - home, work, and retirement – and explores the dark side of the American myth of the confident genius, the brilliant inventor who will stop at nothing to achieve his dream.