Chris Barlow

Chris Barlow

Chris Barlow is an emerging playwright and the internet’s foremost amateur wine expert. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with Annie Baker, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Oskar Eustis, and developed his plays “My Rich F*#&ing Cousins in the Next Town Over”, “Equity (or How Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Student Loans)”, and “Thank You For Sending...
Chris Barlow is an emerging playwright and the internet’s foremost amateur wine expert. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with Annie Baker, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Oskar Eustis, and developed his plays “My Rich F*#&ing Cousins in the Next Town Over”, “Equity (or How Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Student Loans)”, and “Thank You For Sending Me An Angel”. In a simpler time Chris received his BA in Theater Performance and Design from Fordham Lincoln Center, and he has workshopped his plays “The Heart is a Lonely Arsonist” and “Life of Leisure” with the Fordham Alumni Company. His play “Condolences from the Future!” had its world premier at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and his play “The Big Country” was the winner of the T. Schreiber New Works Project. Most recently his one-man comedy show “Chris Tries to Review Wine LIVE!” has been performed at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, and the PIT Loft. In addition to his wildly uninformed wine reviews in the web series “Chris Tries to Review Wine” Chris writes and performs the comedy news series “WYOY Weekly News” (online at wyoy.news). Chris is also the co-author of the weekly email newsletter “Friday After Lunch” (fridayafterlunch.com) and was a staff writer on the web series “A Second Shot” (NYU Graduate Film). Earlier accomplishments include a blog you never read called ABHEST, a podcast you never listened to called “Places Like This”, and a tyrannical stint as editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper. Chris is a founding member and resident designer at Morgan Gould & Friends, as well as the original sound designer of “Hand to God” (Ensemble Studio Theater), “Trevor” (Lesser America), “Year of the Rooster” (EST), “Billy Witch” (Studio 42), and a several other plays you might have seen. But he doesn’t do that anymore. More at www.thisischrisbarlow.com or on Twitter at @iamchrisbarlow.

Plays

  • Post-Apocalyptic La Ronde (Set in the McDonald's on 170th & Broadway)
    It's the end of the world and everyone who's anyone (from the girl who used to manage the Sprint store to the former Secretary of State) is going to make a pit stop in one place: The McDonald's on 170th Street and Broadway.
  • Equity (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Student Loans)
    Picture if you will: A not-too-distant future where student loan delinquents are paid a visit by the mysterious Man from the Bank, who repossesses whatever equity he can–– surgically if necessary. Then picture the abandoned housewife who hires one of these failed artists as her pool boy slash boy toy. Sure it sounds torrid, but Hoda and Kathie Lee say it’s all the rage! And besides, all she has to do is sign on...
    Picture if you will: A not-too-distant future where student loan delinquents are paid a visit by the mysterious Man from the Bank, who repossesses whatever equity he can–– surgically if necessary. Then picture the abandoned housewife who hires one of these failed artists as her pool boy slash boy toy. Sure it sounds torrid, but Hoda and Kathie Lee say it’s all the rage! And besides, all she has to do is sign on the dotted line... It's a brave new world where anything is possible–– a fact the perpetually-lonely Corinne learns first-hand when she tries to save beautiful-but-lobotomized Sam by borrowing some talent from the bank.
  • The Heart is a Lonely Arsonist
    A marriage proposal sets off a chain reaction that ends with a 20-year relationship going down in literal flames. Or an open relationship opens up a committed couple to catastrophe. Or a young man discovers the limitations of love in the real world. A lawyer and the city's most powerful gay man share a midtown interrogation room while they try to unravel which story is the real story–– and which one will...
    A marriage proposal sets off a chain reaction that ends with a 20-year relationship going down in literal flames. Or an open relationship opens up a committed couple to catastrophe. Or a young man discovers the limitations of love in the real world. A lawyer and the city's most powerful gay man share a midtown interrogation room while they try to unravel which story is the real story–– and which one will win with a grand jury–– in this anti-romance exploring the limits of love in an era of unlimited possibilities.
  • The Finale
    A pair of “friends with benefits” asks themselves if they’re more than just friends when the TV night that brought them together is about to come to an end.
  • A Visit From the Bank
    A mysterious man from "the bank" shows up unannounced to repossess a young artist's debt–– by any means necessary.
  • The Perils of Online Dating in the 21st Century
    Emily is 55, recently divorced, and struggling to make a real connection in the vast world of online dating. It was hard enough when she was in her 20s and had to deal with Tinder dates who looked nothing like their profile pictures, but nowadays she can find herself hitting it off with a teenager hiding behind a middle aged avatar in an online bar. Will she overcome disappointment once again or will these...
    Emily is 55, recently divorced, and struggling to make a real connection in the vast world of online dating. It was hard enough when she was in her 20s and had to deal with Tinder dates who looked nothing like their profile pictures, but nowadays she can find herself hitting it off with a teenager hiding behind a middle aged avatar in an online bar. Will she overcome disappointment once again or will these digital drinks with her best friend Olivia turn out to be her final round?
  • Sun Giant
    Walter and Margaret gain a new friend when their vacation on the world's first solar-powered cruise ship is interrupted by an unexpected hijacking.