Asher de Forest

Asher de Forest

Asher de Forest is a Minneapolis-based early career playwright. He holds a BA in English (Creative Writing) and Theater and Dance from Macalester College. In 2021, he received honors in directing and the Ruth Easton Leadership Award from Macalester's Theater and Dance Department. His plays have been recognized by Global Playwright Series (2022 semi-finalist), Epiphanies New Works Festival (2024 shortlist...
Asher de Forest is a Minneapolis-based early career playwright. He holds a BA in English (Creative Writing) and Theater and Dance from Macalester College. In 2021, he received honors in directing and the Ruth Easton Leadership Award from Macalester's Theater and Dance Department. His plays have been recognized by Global Playwright Series (2022 semi-finalist), Epiphanies New Works Festival (2024 shortlist), and National Playwrights Conference (2024 semi-finalist). In August of 2023, Asher began a yearlong apprenticeship at the Playwrights’ Center. Asher's work has been fully produced at Macalester and Theatre Du Mississippi and performed in staged readings by Melancholics Anonymous and Live Arts, among others.

Plays

  • I'm Going to Go Back There Someday
    Garry, a young man mourning his father’s recent passing, embarks on a road trip to meet his sperm donor. Garry is accompanied by his younger sister Rachel, his girlfriend Joni, and his best friend and ex-boyfriend Mohammed, each navigating relationships, grief, and the road. Meanwhile, in Mohammed’s in-progress graphic novel, a puppet, a prophet, and a shipwrecked mariner kibitz inside the belly of a whale.
  • Nephesh
    After crash landing in the Pacific Ocean, Madison finds himself an eager extraterrestrial without a clear path home. Soon, he's keeping conflicting secrets from his new human crush—Elijah, a recent rabbinical school dropout—and his native planet’s flamboyant queen, who intends to conquer the Earth. NEPHESH is a queer fantasia on terrestrial themes full of monologues, movement, music, and soul.
  • Father Abraham
    [FIRST DRAFT]

    From 1990 to 1996, Abe donates sperm, Una meets Abe, Kurt Cobain dies, and Simon is born. In 2019, Simon comes to a liquor store looking for the mother he never met.
  • Slash
    In a parked car on a dark and stormy night, teens Freddy and Jason fool around and chat about slasher movies. When the boys hear some frightening noises nearby, they wonder if their night is about to take a horrific turn.
  • Lilith and Eve
    In the beginning, there is nothing. A week later, there's a woman, a man, a fallen angel, an archangel, a wild garden, and a new world. That new world starts to change when a second woman arrives. The first woman's place in it changes too.

    Originally written for Quarantine Bake-Off Round Three.
  • Flood Times
    These are The Flood Times! This is The Ark! These are the animals! And this is Chance Sr. and Noah, husband and wife. But where is their son, Chance Jr.?

    Originally written for Quarantine Bake-Off Round Two.
  • The Virgin Tony
    A year or so into a worldwide pandemic, Tony runs off with a mysterious infant.

    Originally written for Quarantine Bake-Off Round One.