Liz Appel

Liz Appel

Liz Appel is a playwright originally from Toronto now based in New York. She is a New Georges Affiliate Artist and has been a Finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Leah Ryan FEWW Emerging Playwright Prize, PlayPenn, BAPF, Ashland New Plays Festival and was a winner of the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women and an Honorable Mention for the Annual Parity Commission (Parity Productions). Her short...
Liz Appel is a playwright originally from Toronto now based in New York. She is a New Georges Affiliate Artist and has been a Finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Leah Ryan FEWW Emerging Playwright Prize, PlayPenn, BAPF, Ashland New Plays Festival and was a winner of the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women and an Honorable Mention for the Annual Parity Commission (Parity Productions). Her short play, SNOW, was produced at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London, and her play MOONSHINE, received a staged reading at the Cherry Lane Theater through Primary Stages, ESPA Drills. Her one-act play, REMEMBER, can be found in the Spring, 2017 issue of Blackbird. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College.

She has developed work at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive, Pataphysics Playwriting Workshops at the Flea Theater, and the Fishamble Theatre in Dublin. Liz holds a B.A. and MPhil from the University of Cambridge, an M.A. and MPhil in English from Yale University.

Plays

  • HARBOR
    In a farmhouse in fictitious Europe the orderly life of the Percy family is disrupted by the discovery of a girl hiding in their fields. She is alone, will not speak, and is of unclear provenance: is she a soldier or a civilian? The decision to take her in sets off a chain of events that has wide repercussions for the Percy family, and the world beyond. Boundaries between people, culture and language break...
    In a farmhouse in fictitious Europe the orderly life of the Percy family is disrupted by the discovery of a girl hiding in their fields. She is alone, will not speak, and is of unclear provenance: is she a soldier or a civilian? The decision to take her in sets off a chain of events that has wide repercussions for the Percy family, and the world beyond. Boundaries between people, culture and language break down as a new world dawns.
  • Moonshine
    Wolf and Rooster are on the run after a violent family event. They are alone, in the dark and desperate to start a fire to keep away the night. A single night turns into endless night as the brothers struggle to keep their dueling versions of the past alive.

    This play explores the sibling relationship and asks questions such as: Are there parts of ourselves we’ve stowed away in other people...
    Wolf and Rooster are on the run after a violent family event. They are alone, in the dark and desperate to start a fire to keep away the night. A single night turns into endless night as the brothers struggle to keep their dueling versions of the past alive.

    This play explores the sibling relationship and asks questions such as: Are there parts of ourselves we’ve stowed away in other people for safekeeping? Can we ever reclaim these parts, or are they lost to us forever? What happens when different versions of history collide? Can denying a memory be an act of love?

  • The Return
    After having disappeared nine years ago, Diana has suddenly returned to the home of her mother, Moira. As mother and daughter try to understand each other after nearly a decade of silence, the fate of a child hangs in the balance.