Catherine Castellani

Catherine Castellani

CATHERINE CASTELLANI Plays include 2Y20M (The Nora Salon 2017, Dixon Place The Lounge 2016), The Red Flags (Julia's Reading Room 2017), In Search of Lost Time, and The Bigsley Project (Centenary Stage Women Playwrights Series 2013, One Year Lease Theater Company The Subletters series 2012, PlayPenn semi-finalist 2012), The Mongoose and the Cobra (Going to Tahiti Productions Reading Series 2014). She is a...
CATHERINE CASTELLANI Plays include 2Y20M (The Nora Salon 2017, Dixon Place The Lounge 2016), The Red Flags (Julia's Reading Room 2017), In Search of Lost Time, and The Bigsley Project (Centenary Stage Women Playwrights Series 2013, One Year Lease Theater Company The Subletters series 2012, PlayPenn semi-finalist 2012), The Mongoose and the Cobra (Going to Tahiti Productions Reading Series 2014). She is a 2017 Finalist for the Marion International Fellowship for work-in-progress Possession. Her short plays WORK, Gestation, and Organization Man were finalists for the Heideman Award (2005, 2006, 2007), and WORK has had several productions, including Actors Theatre of Louisville The Tens 2006; City Theatre (Miami) Summer Shorts 2006; Obsessions and Compulsions Festival (Chicago) 2007, and 10 By 10 In the Triangle at The ArtsCenter (North Carolina); published by Smith & Kraus. For children: There Is No E in Ski, The Silent Ones (both plays Turtle Shell Productions 8-Minute Madness Festival 2011; The Silent Ones published by Applause Books), and The Permian Extinction (Applause Books). For audio, Marlboro Angel (MidWest Radio Theater Workshop Award), and Rain (WBGO Newark and NPR). Catherine has twice been a resident at the MacDowell Colony and is a one-time resident at the Ucross Foundation. She is a co-founder of The Geese, a co-working/co-mentoring group of women playwrights, and she is also a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • 2Y20M
    In 1991 a crew of eight was sealed into Biosphere 2 to conduct the largest closed-system experiment ever devised or attempted. Two years and twenty minutes later they emerged: skinny, triumphant, controversial, celebrated, and maligned. They had survived a near-catastrophic oxygen/carbon dioxide imbalance, perpetual hunger, caffeine withdrawal, and unrelenting interpersonal stress and strife to emerge with data...
    In 1991 a crew of eight was sealed into Biosphere 2 to conduct the largest closed-system experiment ever devised or attempted. Two years and twenty minutes later they emerged: skinny, triumphant, controversial, celebrated, and maligned. They had survived a near-catastrophic oxygen/carbon dioxide imbalance, perpetual hunger, caffeine withdrawal, and unrelenting interpersonal stress and strife to emerge with data, bragging rights, and their most important relationships cemented forever or irretrievably in ruins. This is one story of their before, during, and after and what it meant for conducting science on a grand scale.
  • The Bigsley Project
    Boutique firm Favorite Son will be closing its fancy doors unless the team can land the Bigsley contract. Alas, their leader, Joe, is holed up in his office weaving a paper-clip chain. Assistant Mary cracks the whip while second-banana Bob takes a shot at glory, alternately aided and sabotaged by third-banana Sue and hapless associates Karen and Tom. Together they wow Mr. Bigsley with a desperate pitch that is anything but PowerPoint.
  • In Search of Lost Time
    Seventeen years after abruptly throwing them out of his Masters level class in their final semester, the elusive Professor has reached out to Kimber, Scott, Hope, and Trina. The former students are ready but the teacher never appears. They are joined by Raul, another former student, who reveals that this last Gathering is the Professor’s idea of a fitting funeral. Each must find a way to cope—or refuse to cope—...
    Seventeen years after abruptly throwing them out of his Masters level class in their final semester, the elusive Professor has reached out to Kimber, Scott, Hope, and Trina. The former students are ready but the teacher never appears. They are joined by Raul, another former student, who reveals that this last Gathering is the Professor’s idea of a fitting funeral. Each must find a way to cope—or refuse to cope—with the fact that youth never returns.
  • The Red Flags
    (You know you shouldn’t.) Happily married Philip and Chloe want all their friends and family to be as well-coupled as they are, especially Phil’s psychotic little brother Ric and Chloe’s commitment-shy best friend Gabrielle. The match begins on a breezy note, but the darker reasons that Ric and Gabrielle have resisted coupledom won’t be going away. Despite Philip and Chloe’s belated horror that they started...
    (You know you shouldn’t.) Happily married Philip and Chloe want all their friends and family to be as well-coupled as they are, especially Phil’s psychotic little brother Ric and Chloe’s commitment-shy best friend Gabrielle. The match begins on a breezy note, but the darker reasons that Ric and Gabrielle have resisted coupledom won’t be going away. Despite Philip and Chloe’s belated horror that they started this at all, Ric and Gabrielle go down a road of mutual fascination, culminating in a proposal that courts all kinds of bad luck.
  • The Mongoose and the Cobra
    Maggie and Ram reunite. It won't work. And it won't end.
  • WORK
    Woe to The Temp. Assistant Mary is going to take an HR-mandated vacation, and it isn’t going to be pretty for anyone left behind at The World’s Busiest and Most Important Office. Especially since Mary isn’t planning to come back.
  • Mercurial
    Dare and Pete are running from Dare's fiance. Their chance get-away driver is Pete's ex-wife, Noe, a cool adventurer Pete refers to as "the oracle." Now the three of them are hiding behind a Wyoming highway billboard, and Pete can't decide which woman he'd rather marry when they hit Vegas.
  • The Silent Ones
    The Letter K has formed a secret society of silent consonants. It's supposed to be very exclusive. Alas...