Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

Amy Gijsbers van Wijk is a queer, first-generation American playwright from Pasadena, Texas now based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the 2018/19 Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program award winner for her play, DIRTY DIRTY. She has been a recent finalist for PlayPenn, as well as a semi-finalist for both the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and O'Neill Conference. Her plays have been developed with...
Amy Gijsbers van Wijk is a queer, first-generation American playwright from Pasadena, Texas now based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the 2018/19 Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program award winner for her play, DIRTY DIRTY. She has been a recent finalist for PlayPenn, as well as a semi-finalist for both the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and O'Neill Conference. Her plays have been developed with The Flea, Fresh Ground Pepper, Pipeline Theatre Company, The Tank, Red Caravan, Stable Cable Lab Co, New Light Theatre Project, Upstream Artists Collective, and others. She is a New Georges affiliated artist and a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group 2018-19. She was a Pipeline Theatre Company PlayLab 2017-18, a Tank TV Group 2018 member, an inaugural Sequin Makers Retreat maker, and a Wide-Eyed Productions playwriting apprentice. She has previously made theatre with an Oculus Rift, written a play for a robot, and interned at Houston Public Radio. BA, Brooklyn College under Erin Courtney. MFA, Carnegie Mellon University under Rob Handel.

Plays

  • DIRTY DIRTY
    FULL LENGTH. In DIRTY DIRTY, well-known journalist Violet Miller, finds herself at HardBall, a porn studio where female viewership has sky-rocketed because of a certain young performer in a series of kink videos. When Violet encounters CJ, the adult star responsible for this newfound popularity, she finds herself caught between professional obligations and personal wants. DIRTY DIRTY begs us to consider our...
    FULL LENGTH. In DIRTY DIRTY, well-known journalist Violet Miller, finds herself at HardBall, a porn studio where female viewership has sky-rocketed because of a certain young performer in a series of kink videos. When Violet encounters CJ, the adult star responsible for this newfound popularity, she finds herself caught between professional obligations and personal wants. DIRTY DIRTY begs us to consider our most public selves, our most private desires, and the boundaries in between.
  • feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me]
    FULL LENGTH. Allure and Candy become goddesses. A man falls from the sky. Flowers + Mary Shelley fall in love. & cam girl Eurydice_19969 wants to make that ca$$$h. feminine octagon [or, aristotle can eat me] is one hour/one night/one hundred nights in the search for an unforgettable, life-changing party.

    Developed with Pipeline Theatre Company
  • The Alternate Possibilities of Our Past and Future History in Particular Regard to the Identification of the Eastern Puma and the Corps of Discovery
    FULL LENGTH. In a desert world that has collapsed in the wreckage of climate change, Lewis is a topographer. Lewis secretly wants a museum more than anything in the world. Secretly hoards objects she finds buried in the dirt, and hides them from her eco-engineering girlfriend, Clark. At the site of pre-apocalypse ruins, two men find Lewis digging away in the desert, and they just won't stop asking her for...
    FULL LENGTH. In a desert world that has collapsed in the wreckage of climate change, Lewis is a topographer. Lewis secretly wants a museum more than anything in the world. Secretly hoards objects she finds buried in the dirt, and hides them from her eco-engineering girlfriend, Clark. At the site of pre-apocalypse ruins, two men find Lewis digging away in the desert, and they just won't stop asking her for directions and calling her "Sacajawea." Whatever that means.
  • cardinal song
    FULL LENGTH. Twelve-year-old Willow spends twenty-two hours at the bottom of the old well in the woods. Her parents aren’t sure where she is, are frantic, can't seem to remember, until Russell, a teenaged Eagle Scout, stumbles upon her. The worst should be over. But Willow has strange dreams, hears strange songs, sees a strange bird, and can't seem to return to life before. This unease finds its way...
    FULL LENGTH. Twelve-year-old Willow spends twenty-two hours at the bottom of the old well in the woods. Her parents aren’t sure where she is, are frantic, can't seem to remember, until Russell, a teenaged Eagle Scout, stumbles upon her. The worst should be over. But Willow has strange dreams, hears strange songs, sees a strange bird, and can't seem to return to life before. This unease finds its way into her parents' relationship, and Willow's new friendship with Russell. Then, suddenly, Willow is an adult. And everything is fine. . . isn't it? She can barely even remember that weird little bird. But then Russell calls her, dreaming of the same little red bird. cardinal song uncovers the deeper subconscious effects of trauma— clawing its way to the surface, even as decades pass.
  • radioactive decay
    TEN-MINUTE. In the distant future, Xan has a party to celebrate what might be the last thirty-six hours of her life as she knows it. . . or it might be no big deal. A play about gene editing, friendship, and that song you really liked in high school.
  • king's cup
    At a college party at a liberal arts school in Tennessee, it's Terra's 21st birthday. It's Nelson's chance to prove himself. And Soma's chance to get lucky. Until there's — well. Not a betrayal. A mistake. Not a horrible disaster. Wait. Is this a nightmare? No. It's fine. Nelson has a plan — okay, it's Soma's plan — to fix everything. Okay, so that plan was suggested...
    At a college party at a liberal arts school in Tennessee, it's Terra's 21st birthday. It's Nelson's chance to prove himself. And Soma's chance to get lucky. Until there's — well. Not a betrayal. A mistake. Not a horrible disaster. Wait. Is this a nightmare? No. It's fine. Nelson has a plan — okay, it's Soma's plan — to fix everything. Okay, so that plan was suggested while on molly. But it's not crazy. What? It's not. Whatever this is, it's not crazy.
  • Echo Chamber
    TEN-MINUTE. It starts with a love story — the world's. It ends with a funeral — a girl's. A meditation on loss, a sifting of images, a remembrance of what we can't help but try and forget.
  • ON APRIL 20, 2016, KELLY WILL NOT BE JOINING US
    ONE-ACT. Kelly's path to respected B-List stardom is interrupted when her daytime TV co-host departs suddenly, moving on to bigger and better things. Removed from any decision making, Kelly decides to take a day or two of her life into her own hands.
  • The Fallen Shack of the Patriarchy
    MONOLOGUE. In a slightly distant, or maybe just alternate, future Anais gives a tour of the remnants of (real historical place) Bachelortown, a historical site near Creede, Colorado in the United States.
  • CORY MONTEITH or, let me save you
    ONE-ACT MONODRAMA. Ben, a public speaker, gives an anti-drug talk at an alternative high school, only to reveal his deepest obsessions and darkest secrets.
  • MARNIE AND PENELOPE OF LOWER BLIGHTTOWNSHIP
    TEN-MINUTE. In this queer redefining of young love, Marnie and Penelope are best friends. Marnie is leaving. Penelope is a dying star. Marnie is leaving.
  • THERE
    TEN-MINUTE. Simone isn't feeling well. Garth wants to help. At the local coffee shop, quiet bizarritude abounds.
  • Starfish
    TEN-MINUTE. Two sisters gather at their mom's house to prepare for a scattering of ashes. . .for their old dog, Peanut.
  • Hold Together or, Bubblegum Pop
    TEN-MINUTE. When a teen popstar gets her first period right before shooting for her first big music video begins, it's between her momager and the film intern to try and get her to set before it all goes wrong.
  • AMERICA / THE BRAVE
    Mary doesn't know where she and Eve are. What border their patrolling. Can't really remember why they're patrolling. But it doesn't matter, does it? Because everywhere is America. And it's the Fourth of July.
  • Our #1 Best-Selling Blush
    TEN-MINUTE. Tammy's finally going to spend a girl's night with her sister-in-law, Stacy Ann. She's not sure how she feels about that, but Stacy Ann can barely hold back, she so badly wants to be close. She can just envision it. Plus, she brought activities for them! It's gonna be great! A short, comedic play about adult female friendships, vision boards, and the self we all want to be, but aren't.
  • TODAYIHATEYOU
    ONE-ACT. Antigone is having a really bad day. Her brother, Poly, is in prison, and she's convinced the dean of her boarding school, Dean Creon, is just setting up her family for their downfall. Her sister Ismene isn't any help, plus she just keeps talking about some psychic she went to. Antigone is taking her fate into her own hands. TODAYIHATEYOU is a punk-rock adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone...
    ONE-ACT. Antigone is having a really bad day. Her brother, Poly, is in prison, and she's convinced the dean of her boarding school, Dean Creon, is just setting up her family for their downfall. Her sister Ismene isn't any help, plus she just keeps talking about some psychic she went to. Antigone is taking her fate into her own hands. TODAYIHATEYOU is a punk-rock adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone about justice, family, and zines.
  • Weak Blood
    TEN-MINUTE. It's 2004, and Kyle and James have been best friends for a long time. Now, Kyle's about to head off for basic training, and their last adventure begins in the bed of a Chevy Silverado as they prepare for their last hunting trip.
  • Those Librarians
    TEN-MINUTE. What are those librarians up to? When two librarians make a bet to liven up their day-jobs, they get more than they bargained for with a tall, handsome stranger.
  • Rosloe
    FULL LENGTH. Rosloe is a seven-year-old girl who thinks she’s an alien. But at least she has Diana, her mom, Pony, a pony, Mr. Harrison, her new principal, and Lucky, an educational pirate, as she tries to make sense of the world. Whether or not Diana has a better understanding is up for debate, but she does know the truth about where Rosloe comes from… Moving through past and present, the play is a meditation...
    FULL LENGTH. Rosloe is a seven-year-old girl who thinks she’s an alien. But at least she has Diana, her mom, Pony, a pony, Mr. Harrison, her new principal, and Lucky, an educational pirate, as she tries to make sense of the world. Whether or not Diana has a better understanding is up for debate, but she does know the truth about where Rosloe comes from… Moving through past and present, the play is a meditation on how where you come from effects who you are.
  • Second Skin
    FULL LENGTH. Second Skin tells the story of a married couple: Marc, a plastic surgeon, and Clarissa, an artist, living in Los Angeles. When Clarissa is in a serious accident, Marc is the only surgeon available to perform reconstruction.