Inda Craig-Galván

Inda Craig-Galván

Inda Craig-Galván writes stuff – mostly plays and TV. Her work often explores conflicts and politics within the African-American community. Inda's plays are grounded in reality with a touch of magical realism that plays with time & memories.

Produced plays include Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles) and I Go Somewhere Else (Playwrights' Arena, Los Angeles)....
Inda Craig-Galván writes stuff – mostly plays and TV. Her work often explores conflicts and politics within the African-American community. Inda's plays are grounded in reality with a touch of magical realism that plays with time & memories.

Produced plays include Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles) and I Go Somewhere Else (Playwrights' Arena, Los Angeles). Inda is the recipient of the Kesselring Prize, Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award, Blue Ink Playwriting Prize, Jane Chambers Student Award for Feminist Playwriting, and Stage Raw Best Playwright Award. Inda's plays have been included on the Kilroys List and Steppenwolf Theatre’s The Mix. MFA in Theatre, University of Southern California.

Plays

  • The Great Jheri Curl Debate
    NEW! FULL-LENGTH Veralynn Jackson knows hair, she knows her neighborhood, and she also knows that the invention of the Jheri Curl marks the end of the world. When she takes a job in Mr. Kim’s Korean-owned Black beauty supply store and the posters start talking to her, Veralynn might finally come to know her true calling.
  • What We Do for Likes
    NEW! FULL-LENGTH A modern-day farce centering POC. Who does that? What We Pay For Likes transports the squabbling, reputation-obsessed aristocrats of Madrid from Juan Ruiz de Alarcón’s Los Empeños de un Engaño (translated by Diversifying the Classics as What We Owe Our Lies) to a Calabasas populated by social media influencers whose lives revolve around their brands, likes, and views. When a handsome stranger...
    NEW! FULL-LENGTH A modern-day farce centering POC. Who does that? What We Pay For Likes transports the squabbling, reputation-obsessed aristocrats of Madrid from Juan Ruiz de Alarcón’s Los Empeños de un Engaño (translated by Diversifying the Classics as What We Owe Our Lies) to a Calabasas populated by social media influencers whose lives revolve around their brands, likes, and views. When a handsome stranger comes to town, their relationships IRL turn out to be much more complicated than their polished and curated profiles suggest.
  • Welcome to Matteson!
    FULL-LENGTH: A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently (forcibly) relocated from Chicago's roughest housing project — and it's anything but welcoming. A dark intra-racial comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the "other" when the other looks just like us.
  • a hit dog will holler
    FULL-LENGTH: When racism and oppression manifest in a scary, physical form, a social media influencer and a boots-on-the-ground activist form a complex bond of friendship to help each other survive. The play, developed in workshop with the Humanitas Prize, explores the effects of a never-ending barrage of trauma on the women who are continually looked at to lead a movement of resistance and change. What happens...
    FULL-LENGTH: When racism and oppression manifest in a scary, physical form, a social media influencer and a boots-on-the-ground activist form a complex bond of friendship to help each other survive. The play, developed in workshop with the Humanitas Prize, explores the effects of a never-ending barrage of trauma on the women who are continually looked at to lead a movement of resistance and change. What happens when there's no more outside space for the growing monster that is American racism?
  • Black Super Hero Magic Mama
    FULL-LENGTH: Sabrina Jackson cannot cope with the death of her son by a White cop. Rather than herald the Black Lives Matter movement, Sabrina retreats inward, living out a comic book superhero fantasy. Will Sabrina stay in this dream world or return to reality and mourn her loss?
  • I Go Somewhere Else
    FULL-LENGTH: When 70s film prom queen Carrie is your role model, your adolescence must really suck. Will Lanny grow into a well-adjusted adult who can forgive her mother's many faults? Or will she burn the whole town to the ground with telekinetic powers? Well, a girl can dream, can't she? A play full of good music, bad memories, and the hope for a better Scott Baio.
  • Why Didn't Kalinda Just Kill Nick?
    5-MINUTE: The Rona has us all rethinking things: the importance of maintaining your norm v. indulging in breakfast cookies and day drinking.
  • Chalk
    10-MINUTE: A couple deals with the anniversary of the saddest moment of their lives, in the happiest place on earth.
  • Tinder... Sucka
    10-MINUTE: A woman and man fall in love, thanks to a Tinder match. Little do they know they just happen to be lifelong rival crime lords. "The Shop Around the Corner" meets 70s blaxploitation. Because.
  • Rules of the Debate
    ONE-ACT TYA: A troubled teen engages in one final high school debate, in which the winner gets to live.
  • The Boy Who Cried Dragon
    ONE-ACT TYA: Everyone has had it with Travis and his tall tales—his teachers, his schoolmates, even his mom. When Travis is given time off (aka school suspension), the park becomes his school-away-from-school. He has everything he needs: books, calculator, a dragon. Dragon?! How can this notorious fibber get anyone to believe him? Based on the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf, this story of a boy and his dragon is...
    ONE-ACT TYA: Everyone has had it with Travis and his tall tales—his teachers, his schoolmates, even his mom. When Travis is given time off (aka school suspension), the park becomes his school-away-from-school. He has everything he needs: books, calculator, a dragon. Dragon?! How can this notorious fibber get anyone to believe him? Based on the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf, this story of a boy and his dragon is told with humor… and with a much happier ending.