Kristin Idaszak

Kristin Idaszak

Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg, and performance maker, and the Artistic Director of Cloudgate Theatre. Her play SECOND SKIN received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play ANOTHER JUNGLE (Relentless Award Honorable Mention) received its world premiere with Cloudgate Theatre and The Syndicate in April 2018. Her work has...
Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg, and performance maker, and the Artistic Director of Cloudgate Theatre. Her play SECOND SKIN received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play ANOTHER JUNGLE (Relentless Award Honorable Mention) received its world premiere with Cloudgate Theatre and The Syndicate in April 2018. Her work has also been developed through residencies at the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Stage Left Theatre, and the Qualcomm Institute at Calit2 in San Diego. Kristin has co-created collaborative original work that has been seen at the WoW Festival at La Jolla Playhouse and the Blurred Borders Festival, an international showcase of contemporary dance theatre. She has been nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work and has received two honorable mentions on the Kilroys’ List. She was the 2015 Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. She has received two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships. Currently, Kristin is working on a commission for EST/the Sloan Foundation. She is the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre where she dramaturged THE WOLVES and is a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Kristin is also a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: University of California, San Diego. BFA: The Theatre School at DePaul University.

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Plays

  • Three Antarcticas
    Robert Falcon Scott's explorers perform a play to stave off polar madness during the four months of Antarctic night. A female glaciologist fights for her place in cutting-edge climate change research in 1979. A present-day couple travels to the ends of the earth to get married. THREE ANTARCTICAS explores the entire history of humans in Antarctica through the lens of gender, queerness, and climate change....
    Robert Falcon Scott's explorers perform a play to stave off polar madness during the four months of Antarctic night. A female glaciologist fights for her place in cutting-edge climate change research in 1979. A present-day couple travels to the ends of the earth to get married. THREE ANTARCTICAS explores the entire history of humans in Antarctica through the lens of gender, queerness, and climate change. Is it possible to go to the edge of the world and return unchanged?
  • Second Skin
    When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother’s secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean? Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one...
    When Quinn discovers her estranged mother is dying, she returns to a home she fled long ago. As she cares for her mother, Quinn wrestles with disturbing childhood memories. What is her mother’s secret? What do the bedtime stories of Selkies her mother once told her really mean? Told in three interconnected monologues, SECOND SKIN investigates the fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, and how one mistake can reverberate across generations.
  • Tar and Feather
    When Erin takes a #gaschamberselfie, it goes viral--and so does she. Her job offer gets rescinded, she's not allowed to go to class, and her family and friends abandon her. Everyone that is, except for Claudia, her best friend. Together they hatch a plan to confront Erin's anonymous online trolls. TAR AND FEATHER examines public shaming in the digital age. How close are any of us to a fall from grace...
    When Erin takes a #gaschamberselfie, it goes viral--and so does she. Her job offer gets rescinded, she's not allowed to go to class, and her family and friends abandon her. Everyone that is, except for Claudia, her best friend. Together they hatch a plan to confront Erin's anonymous online trolls. TAR AND FEATHER examines public shaming in the digital age. How close are any of us to a fall from grace? And how does a well-intended person transform into a troll?
  • The Surest Poison
    Prohibition is in full swing, but New York City is still celebrating New Year’s Eve in style—with a batch of poisoned hooch and an immigrant woman's murder by cyanide. Cue Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. As a blizzard envelops the city, Gettler must catch a murderer and convince the federal government to stop poisoning alcohol,...
    Prohibition is in full swing, but New York City is still celebrating New Year’s Eve in style—with a batch of poisoned hooch and an immigrant woman's murder by cyanide. Cue Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. As a blizzard envelops the city, Gettler must catch a murderer and convince the federal government to stop poisoning alcohol, with help from Lipstick, an intrepid flapper and reporter. Inspired by the real life work of Gettler and pioneering journalist Lois Long, THE SUREST POISON chronicles the dark side of the noble experiment.
  • Another Jungle
    The audience has arrived at the theatre to see a show about the Chicago slaughterhouses - only to find that the play has been canceled. Instead, the writer is there to give a slideshow presentation about the history of the stockyards. In trying to explore her family's Polish identity and the exploitation of stockyard workers, the writer unintentionally exposes a trauma from her own past. Inspired by Upton...
    The audience has arrived at the theatre to see a show about the Chicago slaughterhouses - only to find that the play has been canceled. Instead, the writer is there to give a slideshow presentation about the history of the stockyards. In trying to explore her family's Polish identity and the exploitation of stockyard workers, the writer unintentionally exposes a trauma from her own past. Inspired by Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, ANOTHER JUNGLE explores the misuse of power, the way narratives get co-opted, and the way identity accretes over the course of generations.
  • Strange Heart Beating
    Teeny and Lena grew up together in a rural midwestern town, dreaming of leaving for the big city. But now Teeny is the town sheriff and Lena is a newly-single mother. When the body of Lena’s daughter is found near the lake outside of town, their friendship is stretched to the breaking point. Have girls been going missing for years? Why are the loons acting so strange? What has the town's lake witnessed?...
    Teeny and Lena grew up together in a rural midwestern town, dreaming of leaving for the big city. But now Teeny is the town sheriff and Lena is a newly-single mother. When the body of Lena’s daughter is found near the lake outside of town, their friendship is stretched to the breaking point. Have girls been going missing for years? Why are the loons acting so strange? What has the town's lake witnessed? STRANGE HEART BEATING is a darkly fantastical look at the rural Midwest, the murky nature of justice, and the prejudices that lie just beneath the surface.
  • The Liar Paradox
    On New Year’s Eve, a catastrophic car accident leaves Mark’s twin sister in a coma and his girlfriend dead. When nude photographs of his sister surface on the internet, Mark goes in search of answers to what happened that night. In the process, more secrets from the twins’ past come to light. What is the truth? What are the consequences of an impetuous lie? An existential mystery, THE LIAR PARADOX explores the...
    On New Year’s Eve, a catastrophic car accident leaves Mark’s twin sister in a coma and his girlfriend dead. When nude photographs of his sister surface on the internet, Mark goes in search of answers to what happened that night. In the process, more secrets from the twins’ past come to light. What is the truth? What are the consequences of an impetuous lie? An existential mystery, THE LIAR PARADOX explores the nature of death in the age of Facebook and the timelessness of love, deception, and identity.
  • Fugue for Particle Accelerator
    Hope is career-focused physicist looking for parallel universes. Her boyfriend, Jonas, is an ambulance driver who just wants to get married and have a family. When a mysterious stranger careens into their world, the delicate balance of their life together is thrown into chaos. Guided by an alive-dead cat named Schrödinger, FUGUE FOR PARTICLE ACCELERATOR asks the questions: What would happen if we could travel...
    Hope is career-focused physicist looking for parallel universes. Her boyfriend, Jonas, is an ambulance driver who just wants to get married and have a family. When a mysterious stranger careens into their world, the delicate balance of their life together is thrown into chaos. Guided by an alive-dead cat named Schrödinger, FUGUE FOR PARTICLE ACCELERATOR asks the questions: What would happen if we could travel the road not taken? How do the choices we make effect the lives we might have lived? Is there a world where we know how to make all the right choices?
  • Radiance (a witch hunt)
    RADIANCE (A WITCH HUNT) reimagines Medea in post-WWII America. Maddie, the daughter of a German nuclear physicist, leaves a her fatherland and her career as a scientist to become that most subtle of prisoners: a suburban American housewife in the 1950s. But Maddie’s world is blown open when she discovers her husband has betrayed her. A trio of perfectly-coiffed housewives accompany, torment, and galvanize her...
    RADIANCE (A WITCH HUNT) reimagines Medea in post-WWII America. Maddie, the daughter of a German nuclear physicist, leaves a her fatherland and her career as a scientist to become that most subtle of prisoners: a suburban American housewife in the 1950s. But Maddie’s world is blown open when she discovers her husband has betrayed her. A trio of perfectly-coiffed housewives accompany, torment, and galvanize her as she strives to avenge herself.
  • The Fallen Woman's Guide to Packing Heat
    When Big Ben O’Brien, florist and gangster, gets rubbed in broad daylight, gang warfare threatens to decimate the entire city. Mona, a cub reporter and naif, gets sucked into the seedy underbelly of sex, violence, and gender politics. Seven women play 20 characters in this genderqueer, neo-noir deconstruction of Lysistrata, inspired by Chicago gang warfare in the 1920s and 30s and classic hardboiled detective fiction.