Whitney Rowland

Whitney Rowland

Whitney is a Minneapolis-based playwright and freelance screenwriter. She was a 2018 finalist for the Jerome Playwriting Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center, and her play WAYFINDING was a 2017 finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and is soon to be developed at the 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference and the PlayPenn Conference, where she was named a Haas Fellow. On the screen...
Whitney is a Minneapolis-based playwright and freelance screenwriter. She was a 2018 finalist for the Jerome Playwriting Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center, and her play WAYFINDING was a 2017 finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and is soon to be developed at the 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference and the PlayPenn Conference, where she was named a Haas Fellow. On the screen side of things, her kids’ sports screenplay THE BUZZBOTS was a winner in the 2017 CMU/Sloan Screenwriting Contest, earning her a $7,500 grant. Her family drama feature THE WAY UP was a 2016 finalist for the same award. Whitney holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. You can read more about her work at www.rowlandwriter.com.

Plays

  • Wayfinding
    Jane is an emotionally-numbed new widow. Harrison is an inattentive, self-sabotaging husband. In seeking escape, these two strangers collide – both literally and figuratively – tangling their life lines and setting them on a time-bending journey involving an intercontinental plane crash, a magical Japanese forest, and a choice that leads them both to an unexpected destination.
  • Your Princess is in Another Castle
    Skip Whitaker is on a f*cking quest. After his NYC Comic Con ticket is stolen, Skip, dressed as Mario (from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros), performs for donations. There, he meets Chuck, a foul-mouthed but enthusiastic Yoshi (Mario's in-game sidekick) and the two join forces to get Skip into the Convention and meet his prophesied true love. But, when a weapon-wielding Pikachu and an angry Boba Fett show...
    Skip Whitaker is on a f*cking quest. After his NYC Comic Con ticket is stolen, Skip, dressed as Mario (from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros), performs for donations. There, he meets Chuck, a foul-mouthed but enthusiastic Yoshi (Mario's in-game sidekick) and the two join forces to get Skip into the Convention and meet his prophesied true love. But, when a weapon-wielding Pikachu and an angry Boba Fett show up, will Skip's dreams of “Happily ever after” become “Game Over?”
  • Greyout
    Duct tape covers nearly every inch of Blythe's bedroom. She is haunted by the sound and scent and memory of him. So she works to block it out, burying it beneath layer after layer of grey tape. But when her best friend, Bartlett, tries to support her recovery, she pushes back and his desperation to “fix her” goes too far.
  • Umbrellas for Everyone
    In the not-too-distant future, a silver-tongued Salesperson peddles “Back to School” umbrellas to parents and children alike in the heart of a modern American shopping mall. But with colors like True Blue, Righteous Red, and White to Bear Arms, these are no ordinary umbrellas.
  • Broken
    Mitch has an elaborate plan to propose to his girlfriend, involving an expensive drone that he can barely fly. In order to make his dream proposal a reality, he enlists the help of his best friend, Ian, and his younger brother, Ez. But when tensions between the men boil over and the drone crashes, how will Mitch proceed? And what will be left of his plan, once he learns of Ian's secret?
  • #Backdoor
    In an alternate universe where Apple complies with an FBI request for access to their system, an anonymous hacker group creates an iPhone virus to show us just how vulnerable we are. The leaked result of their experiment goes viral, spiraling the country into chaos.