Christopher Shultz

Christopher Shultz

Christopher Shultz writes plays and fiction. His works have appeared at The Inkwell Theatre's Playwrights' Night, and in Pseudopod, Unnerving Magazine, and Apex Magazine, among other places. He has also contributed columns on books and film at LitReactor, The Cinematropolis, Ranker, Cultured Vultures and Tor.com. Christopher currently lives in Oklahoma City.

Plays

  • All Our Pretty Songs
    Sabrina's trying to "enjoy" some microwaved casserole when she receives two unexpected guests: a wave of violent sadness and Jeanine, the absolute last person Sabrina wants to see.
  • The Sounds They Make On Their Way Down
    Beth fires up her guitar, pedals, and amp, and goes live with her final video. She has news about the note, the nodule, and “them.”
  • To Venus And Back
    Sammie checks in to the Venus Hotel, a dating destination safe from infectious disease. Between her divorce several years ago, a chronic illness that limits her activity, and a pandemic still raging through the world, Sammie’s been out of the game for a while, but she’s ready for some no-strings fun. However, during her mandatory two week quarantine, she forms a deep connection with Hayley, and Sammie doesn’t...
    Sammie checks in to the Venus Hotel, a dating destination safe from infectious disease. Between her divorce several years ago, a chronic illness that limits her activity, and a pandemic still raging through the world, Sammie’s been out of the game for a while, but she’s ready for some no-strings fun. However, during her mandatory two week quarantine, she forms a deep connection with Hayley, and Sammie doesn’t think she’s ready for love again. Even bigger problem: Hayley works at the hotel and is thus technically unavailable. Not only that, Hayley has a secret that could really complicate things.

Recommended by Christopher Shultz

  • Tipping
    14 Nov. 2022
    A wonderful, relatively simple premise conveyed with a complexity of emotion and insight into human interaction. This play contains one of the best descriptions of depression I’ve ever come across (the “waves” metaphor expressed by the “Sadsack”). The flexibility of Blevins’s characters concerning race and gender is a welcome aspect of the script as well, allowing any actors to take on these terrific roles.
  • Down Cellar
    25 May. 2022
    There’s a story somewhere about the making of ‘Halloween’ (1978), how the plot is akin to someone slowly stretching a rubber band until it becomes so tense it pops. Jordan Elizabeth Henry achieved this same effect wonderfully with ‘Down Cellar.’ The suspense in this piece is sometimes too much to bear, but it culminates in a satisfying and macabre conclusion that, without giving too much away, would make the old horror masters smile.
  • Extravagant Toast
    29 Jan. 2022
    It feels cliché to call something heartfelt, but that is the best word to describe this work. The interplay between the two characters is delightful, and demonstrates how one person can truly be there for someone they love, even when they don’t fully understand why their loved one is upset (at least at first). Conflict arises not from hate or a fundamental division of beliefs, but rather from a simple misunderstanding. Resolution comes not from a permanent rift but from compassion and creativity. This is a beautiful play of coming together, of one person uplifting another. Highly recommended reading.