Cary Gitter

Cary Gitter

Cary Gitter is a playwright and a recent alumnus 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 as part of EST's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays and aired on the public radio show PLAYING ON AIR. He is the recipient of a 2017 New Play Commission from the EST/Sloan Project for...
Cary Gitter is a playwright and a recent alumnus 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 as part of EST's 36th Marathon of One-Act Plays and aired on the public radio show PLAYING ON AIR. He is the recipient of a 2017 New Play Commission from the EST/Sloan Project for his science-based play THE HOLIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD, and a commission from West of 10th theater company.

His full-length plays include OLD FUCKING FRIENDS (reading, EST), THE SHABBOS GOY (reading, New Jersey Repertory Company; reading, EST), AFTER DAD (workshop, Berkshire Playwrights Lab; workshop, West of 10th in conjunction with the Dramatists Guild Fund), 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, Wordsmyth Theater Company, Houston, TX; 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 many short plays include MOLLY FINN R.I.P. WE LOVE YOU (finalist, Samuel French Short Play Festival) and have been presented by the Big Funk Company (Paris, France), the Boston Center for the Arts, Caps Lock Theatre, Columbia University's Center for Palestine Studies, EST, the Flea Theater, the inspiraTO Festival (Toronto, Canada), the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, New Jersey Repertory Company, NYU, Roustabout Theatre Troupe, T. Schreiber Theatre, the Tank, and elsewhere.

His dramatic work has been published in THE BEST MEN'S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2018 and 2017 THEATRE BRUT FESTIVAL ANTHOLOGY (Smith and Kraus) and INTERjacTIONS: MONOLOGUES FROM THE HEART OF HUMAN NATURE, VOLUME III (JAC Publishing). His fiction has appeared in Baphash Literary & Arts Quarterly, JewishFiction.net, NEWTOWN LITERARY, and the Jewish Literary Journal. He has participated in Tofte Lake Center's Emerging Artists Program and 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

  • Social Studies
    Who gets to decide what our children learn? It’s the fall of 2018, and the Michigan Board of Education has released new social studies standards for the state’s public schools. But many topics are mysteriously missing from them: civil rights, gay rights, Roe v. Wade, climate change, and even the word “democratic.” When high school history teacher Sarah Miller catches wind of this, she embarks on a quest to find...
    Who gets to decide what our children learn? It’s the fall of 2018, and the Michigan Board of Education has released new social studies standards for the state’s public schools. But many topics are mysteriously missing from them: civil rights, gay rights, Roe v. Wade, climate change, and even the word “democratic.” When high school history teacher Sarah Miller catches wind of this, she embarks on a quest to find out what happened—and she uncovers an effort by local conservatives to undermine the curriculum. Based on true events, SOCIAL STUDIES is a timely, urgent play about education and politics in a divided America.
  • The Holiest Place in the World
    It’s spring 2018, and tensions in Israel are high. President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and is moving the U.S. Embassy there—to the dismay of the Palestinians, who see Jerusalem as their city too. Enter Hanna Levy, an ambitious young archaeologist who works for the Israeli government. Hanna is asked to come up with an ancient artifact that will prove the Jewish claim to Jerusalem once...
    It’s spring 2018, and tensions in Israel are high. President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and is moving the U.S. Embassy there—to the dismay of the Palestinians, who see Jerusalem as their city too. Enter Hanna Levy, an ambitious young archaeologist who works for the Israeli government. Hanna is asked to come up with an ancient artifact that will prove the Jewish claim to Jerusalem once and for all. But Hanna is deeply left-wing, and her boyfriend, Sayed, is a Palestinian writer and activist. Torn between science, politics, and her personal life, what will she do? THE HOLIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD is a timely play about archaeology, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the effect of the ancient past on the fraught present.
  • Old Fucking Friends
    Cam, Joe, and Nick are old friends. Best buds. Now they’re 30, and Nick’s getting married. So they’re back in the New Jersey basement where they (mis)spent their teen years for a final night of drinking, drugs, and remembering old times. But when Kate and Marissa, two women from their past, show up, a wild boys’ night turns into something more dangerous and painful. OLD FUCKING FRIENDS is a provocative dark...
    Cam, Joe, and Nick are old friends. Best buds. Now they’re 30, and Nick’s getting married. So they’re back in the New Jersey basement where they (mis)spent their teen years for a final night of drinking, drugs, and remembering old times. But when Kate and Marissa, two women from their past, show up, a wild boys’ night turns into something more dangerous and painful. OLD FUCKING FRIENDS is a provocative dark comedy about male friendship, male frailty, and the reckoning between men and women happening today.
  • After Dad
    What do you do when your dad suddenly dies? If you're Jewish, you go home for shiva—seven days of ritual mourning. So Cammy's back from New York City and living in Jersey for a week. And her mom, her childhood BFF, her high school crush, and the rabbi are all there waiting for her. Not to mention the sexy Jersey Bro invading her dreams. Will she make it out alive? AFTER DAD is a raw, raunchy comedy...
    What do you do when your dad suddenly dies? If you're Jewish, you go home for shiva—seven days of ritual mourning. So Cammy's back from New York City and living in Jersey for a week. And her mom, her childhood BFF, her high school crush, and the rabbi are all there waiting for her. Not to mention the sexy Jersey Bro invading her dreams. Will she make it out alive? AFTER DAD is a raw, raunchy comedy about grief, coming home, and figuring out how to live your life after you lose the person you loved most.
  • 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.
  • The Shabbos Goy
    Angie Mastrantoni has a lot going for her. A job at a hip Chelsea art gallery. A new one-bedroom on the Upper West Side. And, despite her concerned Nonna’s wishes, not much time or hope for relationships. But then her neighbor Seth knocks on her door. He’s a 32-year-old, divorced Orthodox Jew with a knish store on the Lower East Side. And he needs some help turning on his AC. He needs a "Shabbos goy,...
    Angie Mastrantoni has a lot going for her. A job at a hip Chelsea art gallery. A new one-bedroom on the Upper West Side. And, despite her concerned Nonna’s wishes, not much time or hope for relationships. But then her neighbor Seth knocks on her door. He’s a 32-year-old, divorced Orthodox Jew with a knish store on the Lower East Side. And he needs some help turning on his AC. He needs a "Shabbos goy," a non-Jew to help him with little tasks forbidden to Jews on the Sabbath. Could it be love? THE SHABBOS GOY is a contemporary romantic comedy with an old-fashioned heart—about the loneliness of big-city life, the surprise of encountering another culture, and the possibility of finding love next door.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Big Date
    It’s January 19, 2017: the night before Trump’s inauguration. Best friends Zoe and Ana are college freshmen getting ready to go out on a big double date. Zoe is super excited—but Ana is the Mexican-American daughter of undocumented immigrants, and she has other things on her mind.