Cary Gitter

Cary Gitter

Cary Gitter is a New York-based writer and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s (EST's) Obie Award-winning Youngblood playwrights’ group. His play HOW MY GRANDPARENTS FELL IN LOVE was a NEW YORK TIMES Critic's Pick in EST's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays. His full-length plays include AFTER DAD, MENORAH (finalist, SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency; semifinalist, O'Neill Center...
Cary Gitter is a New York-based writer and a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s (EST's) Obie Award-winning Youngblood playwrights’ group. His play HOW MY GRANDPARENTS FELL IN LOVE was a NEW YORK TIMES Critic's Pick in EST's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays. His full-length plays include AFTER DAD, MENORAH (finalist, SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency; semifinalist, O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference; top-10 finalist, Jewish Playwriting Contest; reading, West of 10th), YOUTH GROUP (reading, EST), THE SMELLY GIRL (reading, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; winner, Chameleon Theatre Circle's New Play Contest; finalist, NYU Steinhardt’s New Plays for Young Audiences), I FOUGHT NEW JERSEY (NYU’s John Golden Playwriting Prize), and HERSCHEL IN HISTORY (semifinalist, O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference; honorable mention, Kennedy Center’s Rosa Parks Playwriting Award). His short plays include MOLLY FINN R.I.P. WE LOVE YOU (finalist, Samuel French Short Play Festival), and have been presented at the Big Funk Company (Paris, France), the Boston Center for the Arts, Caps Lock Theatre, EST, the Flea Theater, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, NYU, T. Schreiber Theatre, the Tank, and elsewhere. His dramatic work has been published in INTERjacTIONS: MONOLOGUES FROM THE HEART OF HUMAN NATURE, VOLUME III (JAC Publishing), and his fiction in Baphash Literary & Arts Quarterly, JewishFiction.net, NEWTOWN LITERARY, and the Jewish Literary Journal. He is a mentor in the PEN Prison Writing Program and has participated in Theater Reconstruction Ensemble's chemis|TRE workshop. He holds a BFA in dramatic writing and an MA in English and American literature from NYU.

Plays

  • How My Grandparents Fell in Love
    In 1933, Charlie, a Polish Jew who has immigrated to America, returns to the Old Country in search of a wife—and then he meets Chava in a hat shop.
  • After Dad
    Cammy's dad is dead, and she's heading home from NYC to Jersey for a week. And her mom, her childhood BFF, her high school crush, and the rabbi are all there waiting for her. Will she make it out alive? AFTER DAD is a raunchy comedy about grief, coming home, and deciding who you are.
  • Menorah
    The world’s in turmoil, Israel's at war with Palestine—and in tiny River Hill, New Jersey, super-Jewish Georgia is just trying to get a big Hanukkah menorah placed next to the town Christmas tree. But with her angry son in love with a Palestinian-American girl, and a seductive Christian mayor in office, Georgia has no idea all hell's about to break loose. MENORAH is a dark comedy about a clash of...
    The world’s in turmoil, Israel's at war with Palestine—and in tiny River Hill, New Jersey, super-Jewish Georgia is just trying to get a big Hanukkah menorah placed next to the town Christmas tree. But with her angry son in love with a Palestinian-American girl, and a seductive Christian mayor in office, Georgia has no idea all hell's about to break loose. MENORAH is a dark comedy about a clash of faiths and identities in a small American town.
  • Youth Group
    A Sunday night in January. A snowstorm has hit New Jersey. But the River Hill Youth Group, a forum for teenage "real talk," is still meeting at the local Presbyterian church. And only four high schoolers have shown up tonight: intense, romantic Cameron, who’s here to pursue Kate, the girl of his dreams; his shaggy, pot-smoking best friend, Joey; bubbly Broadway wannabe Marissa; and Kate herself, a...
    A Sunday night in January. A snowstorm has hit New Jersey. But the River Hill Youth Group, a forum for teenage "real talk," is still meeting at the local Presbyterian church. And only four high schoolers have shown up tonight: intense, romantic Cameron, who’s here to pursue Kate, the girl of his dreams; his shaggy, pot-smoking best friend, Joey; bubbly Broadway wannabe Marissa; and Kate herself, a smart, serious girl grappling with a family crisis. Together with Ed, their well-meaning but troubled adult advisor, they spend the evening clashing, oversharing, consoling each other—and growing up. YOUTH GROUP is a bittersweet comedy about four misfit teens and one oddball adult who gather on a snowy night to form an accidental community.
  • The Smelly Girl
    It's the start of freshman year for Will: the time when high school reputations get made. And there's an unconventional new girl named Sara in town, with thrift-store clothes, artistic talent, and a love of '60s music. But when Will befriends her, his popular pals Derek and Mackenzie aren't too happy—especially once Sara gets pegged as “the smelly girl.” Can Will stand by his outcast new...
    It's the start of freshman year for Will: the time when high school reputations get made. And there's an unconventional new girl named Sara in town, with thrift-store clothes, artistic talent, and a love of '60s music. But when Will befriends her, his popular pals Derek and Mackenzie aren't too happy—especially once Sara gets pegged as “the smelly girl.” Can Will stand by his outcast new friend, or will he ditch her for the mainstream social life he craves? THE SMELLY GIRL is about growing up, making choices, and figuring out the kind of person you want to be.