Gillian Beth Durkee

Gillian Beth Durkee

Gillian Beth Durkee is a playwright and sometimes actor/singer/musician hailing originally from Seattle, which is absolutely the best city. She has worked with Current Harbor, Sam French OOB Festival, Rhapsody Collective, PTP/NYC, In the Water Theatre Company, Tiny Rhino, and more. She has been a Sanguine Project Playwright finalist, a two-time O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, and a...
Gillian Beth Durkee is a playwright and sometimes actor/singer/musician hailing originally from Seattle, which is absolutely the best city. She has worked with Current Harbor, Sam French OOB Festival, Rhapsody Collective, PTP/NYC, In the Water Theatre Company, Tiny Rhino, and more. She has been a Sanguine Project Playwright finalist, a two-time O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, and a KCACTF Region I 6x10 winner. Residencies and conferences: Sewanee Writers Conference; In the Water Block Island guest artist. Current member of EST’s Youngblood.

Former staff writer for the award-winning web series “That Reminds Me...” and current writer for the forthcoming “Adulting with Jane.”

Gillian sings with the a cappella group Treble NYC, with whom she appeared in the New Line Cinemas film How to be Single. Gillian has also provided background vocals for recording artists A Great Big World and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

Education: BA: Middlebury College. MFA: Carnegie Mellon, Steven Bochco Fellowship.

Headshot: Louis B. Stein photography (https://lbsphoto.photoshelter.com/index)

Plays

  • All Creatures
    Holidays at the Grangemont Pet Hotel are always hectic and lonely, but this year's holiday season takes a turn for the wilder with the return of a former employee who last departed in muddled scandal. This feline phantasmagoria of mixed perceptions and shifting narratives takes place over the the eight days of Hanukkah, and is relayed to us by the cats of the world, who are trying very hard to better understand the humans.
  • Little Souvenirs
    An unlikely duo of ghost hunters spends three days in a haunted mansion, while a ghost named Greta grasps for any memory of her death and the life that preceded it. Worlds collide as the ghosts and humans discover they may be linked across the boundaries of time and mortality.
  • Banshees
    Sisters Ettie and Mariella have always been haunted -- Ettie by the difficulties that come with partial hearing loss, Mariella by the feeling of being an outsider in her own family. Mariella is pregnant and very close to her due date when their estranged, biological mother, Gina, is put into hospice care. The combined pressures of this news, Ettie’s new job, Mariella’s concerns about childbirth and motherhood,...
    Sisters Ettie and Mariella have always been haunted -- Ettie by the difficulties that come with partial hearing loss, Mariella by the feeling of being an outsider in her own family. Mariella is pregnant and very close to her due date when their estranged, biological mother, Gina, is put into hospice care. The combined pressures of this news, Ettie’s new job, Mariella’s concerns about childbirth and motherhood, and the occasional appearance (or hallucination?) of banshees send the sisters into a tightly coiled, pushed-down spiral of chaos — one where qualms remain unspoken, unaddressed until they absolutely must claw their way out. This is a story about our relationship to sound, about the intersection of disability and womanhood, about sisterhood and motherhood, about nightmares and fears, about perseverance. It’s about the murky line between taking up the space you deserve, and infringing upon the space that belongs to someone else. When does standing up for oneself become oppressive? Is it possible to stake your claim and maintain peace? What is the non-genetic legacy we leave to those who follow?
  • On Trash Monsters
    Horrified by a film on global warming she sees in school, Jessica Bilson decides to take control of her family's trash situation, only to discover there is a trash monster named O'Leary living in their basement garage. The Bilson family quickly find themselves caught up in a tornado of garbage, mononucleosis, Vivaldi busts, 3 a.m. secrets, doll houses, and — most importantly — the crushing guilt of feeling poisonous.