Dan Giles

Dan Giles

Dan Giles’s plays have been produced and developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Light Theatre Project, Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, Amanda + James, First Floor Theater (Chicago), Haven Theatre (Chicago), FaultLine Theater (San Francisco), the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha), the Kennedy Center (DC), and others. His most recent plays are Polar Bear in a Fish Tank in a Mall in China, Mike...
Dan Giles’s plays have been produced and developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Light Theatre Project, Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, Amanda + James, First Floor Theater (Chicago), Haven Theatre (Chicago), FaultLine Theater (San Francisco), the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha), the Kennedy Center (DC), and others. His most recent plays are Polar Bear in a Fish Tank in a Mall in China, Mike Pence Sex Dream, and Breeders (Time Out NY critic’s pick). Awards include the New Light New Voices Award, the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting, and an Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award. MFA Carnegie Mellon. Member of Youngblood, the collective of playwrights at Ensemble Studio Theatre. dangilesplaywright.com

Plays

  • Polar Bear in a Fish Tank in a Mall in China
    On the set of a reality TV show deep in the snowy mountains, seven gay men compete for the love of one bachelor. But as they begin to disappear one by one, the contestants start to realize that the game isn't what they thought it was. Stalked by an implacable terror, each must decide for himself: did he come here to make friends? Or to win?
  • Mike Pence Sex Dream
    In the aftermath of the 2016 election, newlyweds Gary and Ben find their marriage put to the test. Ben wants to fight the power. Gary wants to climb the corporate ladder to comfort and safety. When an unscrupulous client makes him an irresistible offer, Gary sets down a path of violent delights that will lead to violent ends. Mike Pence Sex Dream is a romantic travesty about bringing home the bacon and fucking a pig.
  • Breeders
    Two men, Dean and Mikey, prepared for ages to have a baby, but now Dean’s doubts gnaw at him. Two hamsters, Tyson and Jason, are abruptly pregnant with nine babies, and now Tyson’s fears nibble at her. Nobody was planning to eat anyone, but things got out of hand.
  • How You Kiss Me Is Not How I Like To Be Kissed
    Kiss her, poorly. Decide to take him home anyway. Define the relationship. Set sensible boundaries. Confess secrets. Meet her dad, blow it. Fall in love casually, strangely, effortlessly. Negotiate monogamy. Take him to IKEA, regret it, survive it. Fight about work. Fight about family. Fight about marriage. Make a life together. Fall out of love as easily as you fell in. Now what? How You Kiss Me...
    Kiss her, poorly. Decide to take him home anyway. Define the relationship. Set sensible boundaries. Confess secrets. Meet her dad, blow it. Fall in love casually, strangely, effortlessly. Negotiate monogamy. Take him to IKEA, regret it, survive it. Fight about work. Fight about family. Fight about marriage. Make a life together. Fall out of love as easily as you fell in. Now what? How You Kiss Me Is Not How I Like To Be Kissed explores the pursuit of romantic love in the lives of two people who want desperately to believe in it.