Britt A Willis

Britt A Willis

Britt A Willis is a DC-based theatre practitioner and writer transplanted from Texas, where they received their BA in Theatre. Britt has written plays produced in Chicago, DC, Massachusetts, Nashville, and Texas and published poems with Apropros Literary Journal and shufPoetry. Britt is a current member of Playwrights' Center and the artists' collective District Misfits, and runs the theatreWashington...
Britt A Willis is a DC-based theatre practitioner and writer transplanted from Texas, where they received their BA in Theatre. Britt has written plays produced in Chicago, DC, Massachusetts, Nashville, and Texas and published poems with Apropros Literary Journal and shufPoetry. Britt is a current member of Playwrights' Center and the artists' collective District Misfits, and runs the theatreWashington Mentoring Program. You can catch Britt tweeting about process and thunder thighs @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 links to inspirations (song lists, books, videos, memes, etc): britt.substack.com/welcome

Britt's work for FY19 is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities through the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program.

Plays

  • This Vessel Is A Fragile Thing
    (formerly The Body, in search of development opportunities)

    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...
    (formerly The Body, in search of development opportunities)

    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.
  • 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...
    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).

    This project was developed in part through support provided by CulturalDC’s Performing Arts initiative.
  • Son of Apollo
    A ten-minute play exploring a conflicting desire for and fear of "masculinity."

    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.
  • 23 Opinions No One Wanted
    for 3+ 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...
    for 3+ 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.
  • The People's Corporation of the District of Columbia Presents Data to Their Robot Overlords
    A ten-minute play on the measurement of individual workers’ and artists’ worth in a dystopian, oppressively capitalistic society. / The people of D.C. (now a corporation) must compete on a game show in which they present robot CEOs sufficient proof of their usefulness. Winners get to continue working, losers are dispatched dispassionately, and everyone loses.
  • ID
    Written by Charles Mee & Brittany Alyse Willis
    Adapted by Tashina Richardson

    As we interact with each other in this world, we constantly have to 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.