Kristin Idaszak

Kristin Idaszak

Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg, and producer, and educator. She is the Artistic Director of Cloudgate Theatre. She has received two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships. Kristin was the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and was a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. She is a member of the inaugural Confluence Regional Writers Cohort at Shakespeare...
Kristin Idaszak is a Chicago-based playwright, dramaturg, and producer, and educator. She is the Artistic Director of Cloudgate Theatre. She has received two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships. Kristin was the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and was a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. She is a member of the inaugural Confluence Regional Writers Cohort at Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Kristin has received commissions from EST/the Sloan Foundation and Cleveland Play House. Her play SECOND SKIN received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, and her play ANOTHER JUNGLE was a Relentless Award Honorable Mention. She was the Kennedy Center Fellow at the Sundance Theatre Lab. Her work has been seen at or developed through the Goodman Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Festival, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Directing Studio, The Drama League, Pasadena Playhouse, Circle X, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Perishable Theatre. She has also received support from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Kristin is also a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and adjunct faculty at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: University of California, San Diego. kristinidaszak.com

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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. With help from Lipstick, an intrepid flapper and indefatigable reporter who mistakes his laboratory for a speakeasy, Gettler...
    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. With help from Lipstick, an intrepid flapper and indefatigable reporter who mistakes his laboratory for a speakeasy, Gettler must try to catch a murderer and convince the federal government to stop poisoning alcohol. Inspired by the real life work of Gettler and pioneering journalist Lois Long, THE SUREST POISON chronicles the dark side of the noble experiment.
  • Wildfire and the Bird Scouts
    The fledglings of Bird Scout Troop #7 are on their first ever annual migration when they get separated from their flock. They find themselves lost in a forest that's been ravaged by an out-of-control fire. On their quest to rejoin their flock, the scouts must overcome encounters with a desperate predator, an ancient oak tree, and Wildfire herself. Wildfire and the Bird Scouts is a story about the way we...
    The fledglings of Bird Scout Troop #7 are on their first ever annual migration when they get separated from their flock. They find themselves lost in a forest that's been ravaged by an out-of-control fire. On their quest to rejoin their flock, the scouts must overcome encounters with a desperate predator, an ancient oak tree, and Wildfire herself. Wildfire and the Bird Scouts is a story about the way we ask the next generation to solve the problems that we have created. It’s about ingenuity and resilience in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. And it’s about the way our environment is changing irrevocably.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.