Erin Lerch

Erin Lerch

Boston-area playwright whose work focuses on exploration of gender and sexual identity, as well as bringing sci-fi and fantasy elements to the stage.

Plays

  • Crossing Flight: a tale of the post-apocalypse
    When the Legion came, we had already made a mess of things. When the Legion came, we refused to surrender. When the Legion came, they took our world by force. Maybe it was for the best. They didn’t give us a choice.

    Once a veteran fighter pilot, Mel now spends her days hiding from the constant threat of the alien Legion in the basement of an old ranger station, deep in the untouched wilderness...
    When the Legion came, we had already made a mess of things. When the Legion came, we refused to surrender. When the Legion came, they took our world by force. Maybe it was for the best. They didn’t give us a choice.

    Once a veteran fighter pilot, Mel now spends her days hiding from the constant threat of the alien Legion in the basement of an old ranger station, deep in the untouched wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. But when Laione, a winged Legion scout, is shot down right over her head, Mel seizes what could be her last chance to fulfill a lifelong dream. What starts out as an uneasy truce slowly morphs into something more as they race against the clock. The Legion is coming. Can they finish in time?
  • World Line
    Eddie has always dreamed of escaping suburban Wyoming to become the first astronaut on Mars. But with their family's debt piling up, and as the anniversary of their mother's death looms, Eddie struggles with the question of whether it's worth it to chase a dream that may never come true. 
  • Don't Look Back
    Monsters are much less frightening when you realize they have rules: bogeymen hide under beds, kelpies stick to fords and streams, and Black Dogs can only kill you if you look behind. But who made the rules? And when Abigail asks Riley to break them, will the monster be brave enough to do it?
  • Clockwork
    You know what they say: life, uh, finds a way. And when Alex and Louie's latest AI project, Clockwork, starts displaying signs of sentience, they have to decide: what does it mean to be alive? And do they have the right to destroy something when they never meant to create it in the first place?
  • Event Horizon
    Isabel and Maya are orbiting a black hole and a dying star when the ship’s computer detects an anomaly on the edge of the accretion disk. At first, they think it's a ship, trapped in the gravity well and calling for help. But as they get closer, they begin to realize that something is watching, out there in the dark.
  • Avalon
    For Avalon Stephens, hir small, stifling hometown has never felt at all like home. When a family emergency brings Avalon back to Adelaide and into contact with a young trans man struggling to find his footing, Avalon decides to confront hir fear and hir past and work to make the town safe for people of all genders. A play about identity and what happens when the present and the past collide.