Brian Walker

Brian Walker

Brian David Walker’s plays include Deer Island, American Coot (2018 O’Neil semi-finalist, 2018 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award), High Tide (2017 O’Neil semi-finalist, Orlando Shakespeare’s PlayFest semi-finalist and PlayPenn finalist), POST, dirty sexy derby play, Great American Sex Play, Shot Me Down and The Kings. Brian's plays have been seen in theatres across America and Australia. His play DOG...
Brian David Walker’s plays include Deer Island, American Coot (2018 O’Neil semi-finalist, 2018 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award), High Tide (2017 O’Neil semi-finalist, Orlando Shakespeare’s PlayFest semi-finalist and PlayPenn finalist), POST, dirty sexy derby play, Great American Sex Play, Shot Me Down and The Kings. Brian's plays have been seen in theatres across America and Australia. His play DOG was the winner of the 2013 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award and his play CPR on the Lost Continent was the winner of the 2015 award. His ten minute play Hero Worship was a finalist for the 2014 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, his play Gamers4Life was a finalist for the 2015 prize. Brian was a member of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2012-2013 Ingram New Works Lab residency with mentor Theresa Rebeck and his full length play The Friend Factory was part of their New Works Festival in May 2013. He has also had plays developed at Walking Shadow Reader’s Theatre (2020), Cincinnati Lab Theatre (2020), Actors Workshop Louisville (2016), Theatre [502] (2014/2015), UP Theatre Company (2014), Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution (2014), Last Frontier Theatre Festival (2012) and Great Plains Playwrights Conference (2009). He was awarded the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Emerging Artist Award for playwriting by the Kentucky Arts Council in July 2010. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and is the founder and co-director of Derby City Playwrights, a new play development lab for Louisville playwrights. He currently serves as the Kentucky Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Deer Island
    Six lives converge over the future of a stretch of highway that may have a unique and highly
    intelligent deer population living within its borders. It’s a dark play about friendships, identity
    and the encroachment of the little bit of land that our wildlife have left.
  • Dog
    2F/2M
    Bailey has lost her dog. She’s searched for it for over a year. One day, she’s walking in the park and sees her dog, and he’s being walked by someone else. DOG is a play about four people whose lives intersect over a dog. It’s about trying to get back what’s lost and examines how sometimes people can act like dogs and dogs can act like people.
  • On the Road with Bernice and Robin
    As ROBIN’S life begins to spiral out of control, she decides she needs to locate her winning coloring sheet from a contest hosted by the Louisville Zoo when she was ten years old. She embarks on an American odyssey with her mother, BERNICE, going from zoo to zoo from Louisville to San Diego to get it back to get her back.
  • American Coot
    American Coot is a play about a woman at the onset of dementia, who brings her four children together to decide who she is leaving her lakefront camp to when she dies. It examines a mother's struggles as she comes to terms with the final details of her life, while also dealing with the recent death of her eldest child and the vocal and offensive coots which inhabit and make their nests on the banks of the...
    American Coot is a play about a woman at the onset of dementia, who brings her four children together to decide who she is leaving her lakefront camp to when she dies. It examines a mother's struggles as she comes to terms with the final details of her life, while also dealing with the recent death of her eldest child and the vocal and offensive coots which inhabit and make their nests on the banks of the lake. Plus, there are aliens.
  • High Tide
    Bo, Triton and Hurley have never really gotten along that great. Competitiveness and divisiveness have always gone hand in hand with them being siblings, particularly as they became adults. When their mother dies, her last request is for them to finish the work she started as a marine-life vigilante and transport an octopus she’s stolen from poor conditions at a Florida aquarium to a friend in Maine who will...
    Bo, Triton and Hurley have never really gotten along that great. Competitiveness and divisiveness have always gone hand in hand with them being siblings, particularly as they became adults. When their mother dies, her last request is for them to finish the work she started as a marine-life vigilante and transport an octopus she’s stolen from poor conditions at a Florida aquarium to a friend in Maine who will release it back to the waters from which it came. Part road trip comedy, part family drama and part mystical pilgrimage; it’s a play that looks at the relationships of brothers and sisters, of man and animal and the benefits of not always being completely sober.
  • CPR on the Lost Continent
    In a suburban neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky Mary lives with her son Scotty next door to Rick and his husband Foster. Their backyards are separated by a chain link fence, Mary and Scotty have a pool and Rick and Foster do not. The play opens with Rick giving CPR to Scotty after Scotty’s had an accident and almost drowned in his pool. As Mary’s feelings about living next to a gay couple becomes...
    In a suburban neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky Mary lives with her son Scotty next door to Rick and his husband Foster. Their backyards are separated by a chain link fence, Mary and Scotty have a pool and Rick and Foster do not. The play opens with Rick giving CPR to Scotty after Scotty’s had an accident and almost drowned in his pool. As Mary’s feelings about living next to a gay couple becomes abundantly clear, Scotty and Rick form a friendship over water and artifacts. As the four individual’s lives explode, redemption is found in the most unlikely places.
  • Post (or fb: a ghost story)
    POST is a play about grief in the digital age, obsession and what we give power to by our attention to it. Ted has lost his wife six months prior to an accidental prescription drug overdose. He has become obsessed with her Facebook page and is unable to move on with his life as he witnesses his wife continue to live online. Becky’s memories begin to haunt Ted and his grip on reality becomes looser and looser...
    POST is a play about grief in the digital age, obsession and what we give power to by our attention to it. Ted has lost his wife six months prior to an accidental prescription drug overdose. He has become obsessed with her Facebook page and is unable to move on with his life as he witnesses his wife continue to live online. Becky’s memories begin to haunt Ted and his grip on reality becomes looser and looser as his obsession with her page becomes deeper and deeper.
  • The Friend Factory
    The Friend Factory is a dark comedy about friendship, finding yourself and what comes after Facebook. Jonas wants a boyfriend. Amy wants to hang out with Jonas. Jonas needs a break from Amy. He goes to a dream matcher called The Friend Factory to be set up with men in his dreams while he’s sleeping. Amy goes after him. What results is a bawdy and brutal cautionary tale about defining boundaries and...
    The Friend Factory is a dark comedy about friendship, finding yourself and what comes after Facebook. Jonas wants a boyfriend. Amy wants to hang out with Jonas. Jonas needs a break from Amy. He goes to a dream matcher called The Friend Factory to be set up with men in his dreams while he’s sleeping. Amy goes after him. What results is a bawdy and brutal cautionary tale about defining boundaries and keeping the ones you love in your life without killing them.