Amanda Jane Shank

Amanda Jane Shank

Amanda Jane Shank is an award-winning playwright whose work has been developed throughout the US and published internationally. Amanda has developed projects in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National New Play Network, Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, the Center for New Performance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Circle X Theatre...
Amanda Jane Shank is an award-winning playwright whose work has been developed throughout the US and published internationally. Amanda has developed projects in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National New Play Network, Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, the Center for New Performance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Circle X Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, The Industry, The Moving Art Collective, Prototype Festival, Hammer Museum and the Jim Henson Foundation. Selected scripts or bodies of work have been a recipient of the National New Play Network's Collaboration Fund (2016-17), finalist for the Sundance Theatre Lab in MENA (2016), the P73 Playwriting Fellowship (2015), a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference (2015), and have twice received an honorable mention for The Kilroys' THE LIST (2014, 2015). Education: Emerson, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Plays

  • The Glass Man
    One morning, Henry announces to his wife, Joyce, that he is leaving to go fight in the war, “to be a hero.” Henry secretly suspects they are the last two people alive, while Joyce is certain it’s just been a particularly long, rainy winter. Joyce refuses to be left behind in their tenuous, rotting home and what follows is a single morning that irrevocably ruptures their sense of safety, resilience and trust...
    One morning, Henry announces to his wife, Joyce, that he is leaving to go fight in the war, “to be a hero.” Henry secretly suspects they are the last two people alive, while Joyce is certain it’s just been a particularly long, rainy winter. Joyce refuses to be left behind in their tenuous, rotting home and what follows is a single morning that irrevocably ruptures their sense of safety, resilience and trust. The Glass Man is a play about middle-aged companionship, a fragile man, and a mythologized war that wants only old men for fighting. It is an exploration of an old love and a tired world simultaneously dismantling into their final breaths.
  • Handful
    When the ashes of their recently deceased mother suddenly disappear, stoic and grief-stricken David suspects that his younger brother Michael is up to no good.
  • The Fasting Girls
    "The weight of the soul, don’t you want to know?" A hundred years ago or more, sixteen-year-old Eva is engaged to a man nearly twice her age. As Eva struggles to come to terms with the reality of the fate that awaits her, she slips deeper and deeper into an unreal state—a ghostly, surreal place where she is able to survive on prayer alone. An exploration of the collision between religion and...
    "The weight of the soul, don’t you want to know?" A hundred years ago or more, sixteen-year-old Eva is engaged to a man nearly twice her age. As Eva struggles to come to terms with the reality of the fate that awaits her, she slips deeper and deeper into an unreal state—a ghostly, surreal place where she is able to survive on prayer alone. An exploration of the collision between religion and medicine, between the body and the soul, The Fasting Girls is a carnal and cinematic glimpse into one girl’s struggle against the inevitability of life.