Britt A Willis

Britt A Willis

Britt A Willis is a DC-based playwright, administrator, graphic designer, and game creator interested in trans and queer work and the intersection of theatre and games - including making meaningful, interactive experiences for audiences. They are currently a member of the Playwrights' Center and Freelancer’s Union. They also run a mentoring program for DC-area theatre practitioners and work with Young...
Britt A Willis is a DC-based playwright, administrator, graphic designer, and game creator interested in trans and queer work and the intersection of theatre and games - including making meaningful, interactive experiences for audiences. They are currently a member of the Playwrights' Center and Freelancer’s Union. They also run a mentoring program for DC-area theatre practitioners and work with Young Playwrights’ Theater.

As a former resident of the Orchard Project’s Liveness Lab, they discussed and cultivated new ways of presenting theatrical work in digital and distanced spaces. You can catch Britt tweeting about process @feelingfickle and find examples of their other work, including games and design, at brittawillis.com.

Newsletter, for in progress scenes from plays and games, musings on process, and unfettered dragging of terrible submission opportunities: britt.substack.com/welcome

Britt's work for FY21 is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities through the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program.

Plays

  • Boris Lermontov Would Like to Invite You To Dinner
    to be posted soon!
  • as also You are known (working title)
    A performance, a guidance, a reclaiming. A group of storytellers lead the audience through a series of Herculean labors, of journeys, of deep dives into their relationship with gender and the act of creating - here we are the maker and we are the work.

    Script sample available to download, in search of development opportunities
  • This Vessel Is A Fragile Thing
    Over three nights and three dreams a non-binary person explores their relationship with their body, their family, and their desire to escape from the internal and external conflicts surrounding them.

    The first night they dream of turning into a tornado and destroying their hometown.
    The second night they dream of fighting in a war with their grandfather.
    The third night they...
    Over three nights and three dreams a non-binary person explores their relationship with their body, their family, and their desire to escape from the internal and external conflicts surrounding them.

    The first night they dream of turning into a tornado and destroying their hometown.
    The second night they dream of fighting in a war with their grandfather.
    The third night they dream of a future where they can transition into any form they choose.
    As the third dream progresses, it shifts, trying to please and keep them in the dream, away from the real world problems they so desperately want to avoid.
  • Parts of You, Parts of Me
    A monologue, a reminiscing. A love letter to the people you didn't meet but deeply miss. A guide to building yourself from pieces of others.

    "I’m not sure what is gained and what is lost by borrowing, receiving, taking these small pieces but leaving the whole - knowing I may never meet their owners again, may never meet some of them at all.

    But I do know
    sometimes...
    A monologue, a reminiscing. A love letter to the people you didn't meet but deeply miss. A guide to building yourself from pieces of others.

    "I’m not sure what is gained and what is lost by borrowing, receiving, taking these small pieces but leaving the whole - knowing I may never meet their owners again, may never meet some of them at all.

    But I do know
    sometimes being me is like being bits of twenty people,
    or more -
    a hundred,
    a thousand -
    and these souvenirs are proof of that."
  • Use All Available Doors
    Use All Available Doors follows a soon-to-be-decommissioned WMATA train car, a grieving operator re-evaluating her life’s path, and a revolving door of passengers as they travel the length of the Red Line from Shady Grove to Glenmont. A vignette occurs between each stop, highlighting the varied nature of the Red Line’s path, including a parade, a sing-a-long, and unsolicited foot washing (that one's a true story).
  • Son of Apollo
    Phaethon desperately wants to prove he is not only Apollo's child, but Apollo's son. His mother Clymene fears Phaethon enlists harmful affectations to prove his identity to others.

    A ten-minute play exploring a conflicting desire for and fear of "masculinity."
  • 23 Opinions No One Wanted
    for 3+ nonbinary femmes and/or women

    A performance piece inspired in part by articles like HuffPost’s “23 Trends Men Hate (But Women Love)” and interactions between femme & women artists and cis men. 23 Opinions is bite-sized theatre, written so performers can present it quickly without much rehearsal at any available venue, from street corners to parties with boys who brought guitars. The...
    for 3+ nonbinary femmes and/or women

    A performance piece inspired in part by articles like HuffPost’s “23 Trends Men Hate (But Women Love)” and interactions between femme & women artists and cis men. 23 Opinions is bite-sized theatre, written so performers can present it quickly without much rehearsal at any available venue, from street corners to parties with boys who brought guitars. The lines are not delineated so each group of performers can choose the lines that best fit.
  • A New Day
    A child and their parent crashed on a mysterious planet with only the ship’s computer to assist them. Now an orphan, the child has built a life for themself in this place, content until encountering a strange new visitor intruding on their home.
  • Thea & Lily
    A ten-minute play with a punch. Thea & Lily are stranded at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, but that's alright... Lily has a plan.
  • ID
    Written by Charles Mee & Britt A Willis
    Adapted by Tashina Richardson

    As we interact with each other in this world, we constantly juggle and struggle with how we identify ourselves versus how others identify us. In "ID," identity, privilege, and more are explored at a dive bar through music, drinks, lively discussion and, hell why not, dancing.
  • paper backs
    A scholar and artist navigate their passion for their art and each other while stuck in a relationship that continuously cycles back to the beginning.

    Full script available upon request.