Katherine Vondy

Katherine Vondy

Katherine Vondy is a Los Angeles-based writer and director working in theater, film, and literature. Kat received the Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for THE FERMI PARADOX, and has developed and produced plays with the Athena Project, Salt Lake Acting Company, Campfire Theatre Festival, The Blank, HBMG Foundation, Paper Wing Theatre Company, The Script Readers (UK), All Terrain Theater, CalArts TSA, and The...
Katherine Vondy is a Los Angeles-based writer and director working in theater, film, and literature. Kat received the Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for THE FERMI PARADOX, and has developed and produced plays with the Athena Project, Salt Lake Acting Company, Campfire Theatre Festival, The Blank, HBMG Foundation, Paper Wing Theatre Company, The Script Readers (UK), All Terrain Theater, CalArts TSA, and The Vagrancy (where she currently serves as Writers' Group Moderator). Her plays have been finalists for the B Street Theatre New Comedies Festival, Garry Marshall New Works Festival, and Relative Theatrics' Playwrights Voiced, and semi-finalists for the O'Neill NPC and The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. She has received dramatic writing residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Starry Night, Wildacres, and the Voice and Vision ENVISION Retreat.

As a director, Kat 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, 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. She has an MFA in Film and Television Production from USC, and received her BA from Amherst College.

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.
  • Slowly And Then All At Once
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    Naomi and Kiran have a nice life together. They work from home. They get their groceries delivered. They binge-watch streaming TV shows. But the earthquakes just won’t stop. And when Naomi’s destitute cousin unexpectedly appears on their doorstep, he brings the reality of the outside world--decimated by the effects of climate change--in with him, and their lives are shaken up...
    FULL-LENGTH PLAY.

    Naomi and Kiran have a nice life together. They work from home. They get their groceries delivered. They binge-watch streaming TV shows. But the earthquakes just won’t stop. And when Naomi’s destitute cousin unexpectedly appears on their doorstep, he brings the reality of the outside world--decimated by the effects of climate change--in with him, and their lives are shaken up even more. What are our obligations to family? How different are they from our obligations to strangers? Our obligations to our partners? Ourselves? SLOWLY AND THEN ALL AT ONCE examines the ways that our health, our safety, and our futures are inextricably intertwined with the well-being of our planet.
  • 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
    SHORT 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.
  • The Drums
    SHORT PLAY.

    Two app developers try to understand the difference between good and evil.