Catherine Castellani

Catherine Castellani

CATHERINE CASTELLANI’s plays include In Search of Lost Time, Possession, 2Y20M, The Red Flags, The Mongoose and the Cobra, and The Bigsley Project. Catherine’s work has been developed by The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Dixon Place, Naked Angels Tuesdays@9, The Nora Salon, and Centenary Stage. Her 10-minute plays have been produced nationwide, including at Actors Theatre of Louisville, City Theatre (Miami...
CATHERINE CASTELLANI’s plays include In Search of Lost Time, Possession, 2Y20M, The Red Flags, The Mongoose and the Cobra, and The Bigsley Project. Catherine’s work has been developed by The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Dixon Place, Naked Angels Tuesdays@9, The Nora Salon, and Centenary Stage. Her 10-minute plays have been produced nationwide, including at Actors Theatre of Louisville, City Theatre (Miami), The ArtsCenter (Carrboro), and The Public Theater. For children: There Is No E in Ski, The Silent Ones, and The Permian Extinction. She writes occasionally for HowlRound, is published by Applause Books, and children’s work is licensed by YouthPLAYS. Catherine is a two-time Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, a one-time Ucross Foundation resident, and an alumni member of The Writers Room in New York. Associate Member of The Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Possession
    Ava Strand unexpectedly inherits a dilapidated townhouse on Albany, NY’s South End and gets sucked
    into a past she's trying to erase—an aunt she barely knew, a lover she abandoned without a word, a
    town she fled. A closet full of a 19th century dresses introduces her to a past she never had. What
    begins creatively--a woman devising a social life that omits smart phones and television...
    Ava Strand unexpectedly inherits a dilapidated townhouse on Albany, NY’s South End and gets sucked
    into a past she's trying to erase—an aunt she barely knew, a lover she abandoned without a word, a
    town she fled. A closet full of a 19th century dresses introduces her to a past she never had. What
    begins creatively--a woman devising a social life that omits smart phones and television in favor of
    conversation and the piano--veers into the viciously destructive as it attracts a white supremacist
    crowd who appreciate the throw-back for all the wrong reasons.
  • 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...
    (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.
  • 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.
  • The Silent Ones
    The Letter K has formed a secret society of silent consonants. It's supposed to be very exclusive. Alas...