Katherine Vondy

Katherine Vondy

Katherine Vondy is a Los Angeles-based writer and director whose credits span theater, film, and literature. Kat received the Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for her play The Fermi Paradox, and other plays have been finalists for the B Street Theatre New Comedies Festival, Garry Marshall New Works Festival, and Relative Theatrics' Playwrights Voiced. The recipient of dramatic writing residencies from the...
Katherine Vondy is a Los Angeles-based writer and director whose credits span theater, film, and literature. Kat received the Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for her play The Fermi Paradox, and other plays have been finalists for the B Street Theatre New Comedies Festival, Garry Marshall New Works Festival, and Relative Theatrics' Playwrights Voiced. The recipient of dramatic writing residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Starry Night, Wildacres, and the Voice and Vision ENVISION Retreat, Kat's plays have been developed with the Salt Lake Acting Company, Campfire Theatre Festival, HBMG Foundation, Paper Wing Theatre Company, and The Vagrancy (where she currently serves as playwriting group moderator).

As a director, Kat recently helmed Sharyn Rothstein's “Troublemaker” for The Pussy Grabber Plays LA Pop-up as well as The Complete Human Experience, a live show from noted musical comedy group Lost Moon Radio. She also directed the world premieres of All Terrain Theater's Suddenly Split and Swiping Over by Tracy Held Potter, and Jon Caren's Friends In Transient Places with Fresh Produce'd LA. Her award-winning short film, The Broken Heart of Gnocchi Bolognese, has played at festivals worldwide.

Find more information about all her creative adventures at katherinevondy.com.

Plays

  • The Fermi Paradox
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    Love. Betrayal. And a dance competition in outer space.

    When his co-pilot dies during a maintenance spacewalk, astronaut Joseph Morgan suddenly finds himself orbiting Earth alone. Faced with the joint stresses of a failing mission and utter solitude, Joseph is soon lost in memories of his friendship with the now-deceased Pilot Robert Charles, as well as...
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    Love. Betrayal. And a dance competition in outer space.

    When his co-pilot dies during a maintenance spacewalk, astronaut Joseph Morgan suddenly finds himself orbiting Earth alone. Faced with the joint stresses of a failing mission and utter solitude, Joseph is soon lost in memories of his friendship with the now-deceased Pilot Robert Charles, as well as reflections on his deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend, Adrienne. But Joseph’s ruminations take a turn for the absurd when his ship is boarded by an alien life form, accompanied by a troupe of four dancing scientists from the 1950s.

    Juxtaposing book clubs and reality television with the mysteries of the cosmos, The Fermi Paradox tells a universal--literally!--story about trying to understand the ways we hurt and are hurt by the people we love.
  • Who Put Bella In The Wych Elm?
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    While wandering Worcester, England in 1943 in search of bird eggs, a teenage boy happened upon the skeleton of an unidentified woman inside the trunk of a large tree. An investigation commenced to determine who the woman was and how she died, but it raised more questions than it answered. Was she a spy? Was she a prostitute? Had she been part of an occult ritual? Theories...
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    While wandering Worcester, England in 1943 in search of bird eggs, a teenage boy happened upon the skeleton of an unidentified woman inside the trunk of a large tree. An investigation commenced to determine who the woman was and how she died, but it raised more questions than it answered. Was she a spy? Was she a prostitute? Had she been part of an occult ritual? Theories abounded, but no definitive answers emerged. Then graffiti began to appear around town, asking a question that remains unanswered to this day...

    WHO PUT BELLA IN THE WYCH ELM? uses the historical mystery to explore the ways in which society imposes identities on women, and ultimately ask how much it's possible to truly know another person.
  • The Ocean Deep
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    After the devastating failure of her latest research project, marine biologist Doris is struggling to get her career back on track--until her best friend Marie shows up for an unexpected visit. To the surprise of all the sea creatures in the lab, Marie inspires Doris to embark upon a study of the lab's newest addition, a rare dragonfish. But with her attention focused on...
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    After the devastating failure of her latest research project, marine biologist Doris is struggling to get her career back on track--until her best friend Marie shows up for an unexpected visit. To the surprise of all the sea creatures in the lab, Marie inspires Doris to embark upon a study of the lab's newest addition, a rare dragonfish. But with her attention focused on uncovering the secrets of her unusual specimen, Doris fails to realize that Marie has a number of dark secrets of her own. And as these secrets float to the surface, the boundaries between who is doing the studying and who is being studied start to disappear.
  • The Snake God of Fiji (A Hedda Gabler Prequel)
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    In Ibsen’s play, Hedda Gabler burns the manuscript written by Eilert Lövborg, her former lover. The world never knew what was written in that book.

    Until now.

    Exploring the roles that memory and desire have in storytelling, The Snake God of Fiji (A Hedda Gabler Prequel) tells the peculiar tale of this mysterious book’s creation.
  • Meaner Creatures Kings
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    High up in a NY skyscraper, the employees of York Financial prepare to merge with Clarence Edwards Corp. But lunches keep disappearing from the office refrigerator. Coworkers are pissing each other off. And thanks to those pesky antitrust laws, the FTC's taking forever to finish their review of the merger. Is CEO Dick York doing whatever it takes to make the deal go...
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    High up in a NY skyscraper, the employees of York Financial prepare to merge with Clarence Edwards Corp. But lunches keep disappearing from the office refrigerator. Coworkers are pissing each other off. And thanks to those pesky antitrust laws, the FTC's taking forever to finish their review of the merger. Is CEO Dick York doing whatever it takes to make the deal go through? Or is he just doing whatever he wants?

    This dark office comedy inspired by Shakespeare's RICHARD III asks what crimes our contemporary society is truly interested in punishing.
  • Drift
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    During the summer of 2006, a college geology professor brings his wife and teenage children along on one of his student's research trips--a trip that begins the slow process of fracturing the entire family. A decade later, as the student attempts to come to terms with the past, the four members of the family each try to come to terms with their futures.
  • Road Trip
    10-MINUTE PLAY.

    When an innocuous-seeming road trip turns out to reveal moments from Sam and Riley's future, they are forced to make a decision about the direction of their relationship.