Brenton Kniess

Brenton Kniess

BRENTON KNIESS is a playwright, award winning director, actor, and acting coach based in Wisconsin. Brenton graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, receiving a BA in Drama and Media Studies. Brenton's play Luck of the Draw was produced by the Bluebird Theatre Company in NYC through their Bluebird Broadcast.

If interested in performing any of Brenton's...
BRENTON KNIESS is a playwright, award winning director, actor, and acting coach based in Wisconsin. Brenton graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, receiving a BA in Drama and Media Studies. Brenton's play Luck of the Draw was produced by the Bluebird Theatre Company in NYC through their Bluebird Broadcast.

If interested in performing any of Brenton's work, please reach out through the NPX contact form.

Plays

  • Therese
    FULL LENGTH MURDER MYSTERY: Robert Davins, a troubled concert pianist, plans a dinner party for those closest to him in an attempt to put his life back on course. As an argument disrupts the evening, the guests mysteriously pass out, only to wake up to find Robert’s dead body collapsed on his piano and a bloody letter opener sitting in the middle of the room.

    Revision coming Summer 2024.
  • The Peculiar Puppets of Philip Platt
    TEN MINUTES: A puppeteer grieving from a loss receives an unexpected visit from old friends.
  • Melt
    TEN MINUTES: Stacey and her boyfriend, David own an ice cream truck that has been within Stacey's family for 60 years. David is looking towards the future of their relationship while Stacey just wants to keep her family business going. Will this relationship freeze up in this cold dark comedy?
  • Melt: A New Scoop
    ONE ACT: In this alternate version of the short play, Melt, Stacey and David's relationship is on thin ice when David insists on selling the ice cream truck that has been within Stacey's family for 60 years. While Stacey wants David to abandon the sale, the situation gets complicated when the buyer shows up ready to take the truck.

  • Clockwork
    TEN MINUTES: Nick, a quantum physicist is celebrating his 25th birthday with his brother, Jonah, Jonah's fiance, Tasha, and Nick's ex-girlfriend, Ava. After Jonah and Nick get into an argument regarding Nick's time management, Nick makes a shocking revelation.
  • Pillow Talk
    ONE-ACT: After what seemed to be a failed date, Olive contemplates what she needs to do to get into a long-term relationship. Ella, Olive's roommate wants to help her, but Ella believes that for Olive to get into a relationship she'll need to stop collecting pillows, which Ella knows to be a dangerous addiction. Will Olive give up this fluffy fascination for love?
  • The Five Stages: 5 Short Plays About Life, Death, and Love
    COLLECTION: Playwright Brenton Kniess takes audiences on five different journeys where characters face the trials and tribulations of life, death, and love. Ranging from comedy to drama, science fiction to horror, audiences can expect a night of emotions when they experience The Five Stages.

    Plays Included
    Slapjack Saturday
    Melt
    Clockwork
    Luck of the Draw
    The...
    COLLECTION: Playwright Brenton Kniess takes audiences on five different journeys where characters face the trials and tribulations of life, death, and love. Ranging from comedy to drama, science fiction to horror, audiences can expect a night of emotions when they experience The Five Stages.

    Plays Included
    Slapjack Saturday
    Melt
    Clockwork
    Luck of the Draw
    The Peculiar Puppets of Philip Platt
  • The Thatcher Theater Terror
    ONE-ACT: Three movie theater employees are stuck cleaning up the Thatcher Theater, a quaint small-town movie theater after a busy Halloween night. As they clean, one mistake leads to the trio unleashing a ghostly visitor.
  • The Peculiar Puppets of Penelope Platt
    TEN MINUTES: In the sequel to The Peculiar Puppets of Philip Platt, Penelope Platt receives an unexpected birthday gift from her recently deceased father.
  • Slapjack Saturday
    TEN MINUTES: Based VERY loosely on real events, a widowed woman brings a raccoon into a bar for her weekly game of slapjack.
  • Luck of the Draw
    TEN MINUTES: In the not-so-distant future, the U.S. government has made a law stating that the government will arrange all marriages. A young outspoken writer, Irelynn, meets with her assigned husband-to-be, Bennett, hours before their marriage becomes legal. While having their first conversation, they share stories of past love, societal changes, and how love connects everything in their lives.
  • The Bench
    MONOLOGUE: Within this monologue, a person reveals their connection with a past lover who is still a part of them.
  • Before You Submit
    An eager playwright has finished their submission form for an upcoming playwriting competition. Now they’re ready to submit their play…or so they think.
  • Cat Eat Dog
    FULL-LENGTH COMEDY: As they meet for their last rehearsal before their scene presentation, four performance majors in an acting cohort class divert their attention to each other, as they open the door to questions regarding what it means to be an actor, what types of roles are acceptable to perform, and what their future looks like with a BFA.

    COMING SUMMER 2024 TO NPX!

  • Meat Sweats
    Coming soon to NPX!

    It's July of 1986 in Marble Falls, Texas, as the camp counselors of Camp Tucknee, a weight loss camp, prepare for the incoming campers. As the counselors settle in, they realize that the camp has secrets of its own.