Steven Strafford

Steven Strafford

Steven's first play, his one-man show Methtacular! has earned rave reviews and played to sold-out houses across the country, including a JeffAward-nominated run in Chicago. Steven’s play, Small Jokes About Monsters, won the New American Voices Contest in Houston, Texas, was a semi-finalist at The O'Neill Center, and has had three productions across the country. His plays Mona Q: Age 38, and Safe are...
Steven's first play, his one-man show Methtacular! has earned rave reviews and played to sold-out houses across the country, including a JeffAward-nominated run in Chicago. Steven’s play, Small Jokes About Monsters, won the New American Voices Contest in Houston, Texas, was a semi-finalist at The O'Neill Center, and has had three productions across the country. His plays Mona Q: Age 38, and Safe are both in development.He is a Brooklyn-born, Jersey-raised actor and writer. He has been seen in Spamalot (Original Vegas Cast) as Prince Herbert and 4 other characters (He’s the guy who said, “I’m not dead yet,” amongst other things.) Steven has worked regionally all over the US. He has toured in shows through Europe and Asia.

Plays

  • Small Jokes About Monsters
    In Small Jokes About Monsters, we meet three brothers. Ryan, the middle brother, is explaining his theory about there being three different kinds of funny people: Godzillas, Mothras and Gameras. His older brother, John, and his younger brother, Derek, interject with jokes and conversational obstructions. The dialogue is fast and funny.

    Soon, we realize they have arrived in a rented beach house...
    In Small Jokes About Monsters, we meet three brothers. Ryan, the middle brother, is explaining his theory about there being three different kinds of funny people: Godzillas, Mothras and Gameras. His older brother, John, and his younger brother, Derek, interject with jokes and conversational obstructions. The dialogue is fast and funny.

    Soon, we realize they have arrived in a rented beach house after their estranged father’s funeral. Their father has left them an envelope to open after his death. They joke some more. They reminisce.

    Their mother arrives. Two of them are annoyed at the third brother for inviting her. What ensues is a series of conversations where truth is revealed and tempers flair. The show has a few reveals, and ultimately it’s about what we choose to do with trauma and how we use humor to cover it up.

    In the end, we have witnessed a family take a step, forward or back is up to the audience.
  • Greater Illinois
    Greater Illinois is the story of Donielle, a Black woman who lives with her husband. She and her
    husband keep being offered more and more money (and ultimately threats) to move from
    their apartment in the South Side of Chicago out to a new government-sponsored
    suburban community. When Donielle pushes back against The Greater Illinois Council, a tragedy is inflicted on her. Donielle seeks to...
    Greater Illinois is the story of Donielle, a Black woman who lives with her husband. She and her
    husband keep being offered more and more money (and ultimately threats) to move from
    their apartment in the South Side of Chicago out to a new government-sponsored
    suburban community. When Donielle pushes back against The Greater Illinois Council, a tragedy is inflicted on her. Donielle seeks to make right what has
    been wronged.
    Safe is also the story of Patrick, a White Gay man who is being moved into the same
    South Side apartment a year later. The move into this new space is contingent on him
    signing papers that dissolve his marriage and agreeing to never marry someone of the
    same sex again. Haunted By memories of his possibly dead husband and caught in a bit of
    romantic intrigue, Patrick’s world is turned even more upside down when a mysterious
    person arrives at his door.
    Safe is the story of the decisions we make to fight, flee, or freeze. It is the story of the

    ramifications of those decisions.
  • Methtacular!
    METHTACULAR! written and performed by Steven Strafford, directed by Adam Fitzgerald, is Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing account of his three year run as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. As Steven weaves together stories, songs and sitcom trivia, and a game show, audiences will laugh their way down into the depths of his drug addled, sex crazed life. Methtacular! is a roller coaster ride you won’t soon forget.
  • Mona Q: Age 38
    A former free-spirit who saddled herself in a bad relationship and a go-nowhere job goes on a road trip to take her name off a Holocaust-Trivia distribution list. Along the way, she learns to take up a bit more room without apologizing for it.
  • Penumbra, LLC
    Cindy makes a video call to Jane to discuss a problem Jane has with the rules.
  • Use Your Noodles
    Chris is trying to study, but Sam has other things on his mind.
  • The Breakup Play
    The author of the play tries to recount the moment in time where his relationship ended. The other characters fight for narrative control.
  • Falling Out With Each Other
    A middle aged gay man inspects his receding hair, and then we zoom in to see the last two hairs who've stayed in "the old neighborhood" of his right temple's original hairline. When one hair says she's leaving for greener pastures, they have a hard goodbye.
  • Choosing Herself, a Tiny Polemic
    Three women discuss how abortion was the right decision for them.