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’s lifelong dream to be the first astronaut on Mars is called into question when debt from their mother’s death a year before and doubts whether they will ever qualify for space travel make choosing where to go to college far harder than it ever should have been.
  • 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.
  • Clockwork
    Alex and Louie have combined their skills to create an extremely life-like robot (Clockwork) run by an Artificial Intelligence. What Alex thinks is a glitch in Clockwork’s programming turns out to be the AI’s step into true sentience, which begs the question: what does it mean to be alive?
  • Event Horizon
    Isabel (late twenties, starship pilot) and Maya (mid twenties, astrophysicist) are orbiting a black hole and a dying star when the ship’s computer detects an anomaly on the edge of the accretion disk.
  • 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.