D.J. Sylvis

D.J. Sylvis

Where do D.J.’s ideas come from? D.J. is inspired by monkeys, robots, cats, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bigfoot, that theme song from The Greatest American Hero, Arthur Kopit, 80s-era Justice League comics, various dystopias from his childhood(including Bible School), Lego spacemen, Alfred Hitchcock Presents(just the hosting segments), potato chips, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, yellowed sci-fi...
Where do D.J.’s ideas come from? D.J. is inspired by monkeys, robots, cats, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Bigfoot, that theme song from The Greatest American Hero, Arthur Kopit, 80s-era Justice League comics, various dystopias from his childhood(including Bible School), Lego spacemen, Alfred Hitchcock Presents(just the hosting segments), potato chips, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, yellowed sci-fi paperbacks, friends, enemies, strangers in the night… and all things strange and wonderful in this world.

Plays

  • The Beast From Planet X
    You are at the office, starting another typical day. IT is in the middle of fixing your desktop. Your manager hovers behind you, annoying everyone. You are in a spaceship, passing by the mysterious Planet X. An android monitors the dynamic rockets. Your Captain is at the helm, confidently commanding. Suddenly, both worlds are shaken to their core, and you are jolted from your cubicle to the surface of an...
    You are at the office, starting another typical day. IT is in the middle of fixing your desktop. Your manager hovers behind you, annoying everyone. You are in a spaceship, passing by the mysterious Planet X. An android monitors the dynamic rockets. Your Captain is at the helm, confidently commanding. Suddenly, both worlds are shaken to their core, and you are jolted from your cubicle to the surface of an unknown world and back again. Is that the scratching of a Beast outside the door?
  • Chance
    Julam and Ver explore the far reaches of space in the distant future. The only crew of a small scout ship, they survey and catalogue planets among the remotest stars. Alone together, they reflect on the choices they’ve made and the lives they’ve left behind.
  • Godzilla on Sundays
    Dale and Kadin became best friends when they were two geeky little kids cheering for monster movies, working on school projects together, squabbling about girls. Now they’re adults and still best friends, still getting together for monster movies and Halloween parties, still squabbling about a girl. But this time, the girl is Dale’s wife and all the movie references in the world won’t help them find the key to...
    Dale and Kadin became best friends when they were two geeky little kids cheering for monster movies, working on school projects together, squabbling about girls. Now they’re adults and still best friends, still getting together for monster movies and Halloween parties, still squabbling about a girl. But this time, the girl is Dale’s wife and all the movie references in the world won’t help them find the key to making it work out right. Even Godzilla wouldn’t have dreamed of this team-up… (Also available as a two-woman version - email the author for details.)
  • Something About Smoke and the Way It Rises
    In her last semester of a Masters program in Ecology, everything in Alithea's life seems to have changed. She's lost interest in all her activities, she's made absolutely no plans for what happens from here, she's giving away everything she owns instead of packing. When her boyfriend Gary confronts her about it all, she shares with him an almost unbelievable secret - something that not only...
    In her last semester of a Masters program in Ecology, everything in Alithea's life seems to have changed. She's lost interest in all her activities, she's made absolutely no plans for what happens from here, she's giving away everything she owns instead of packing. When her boyfriend Gary confronts her about it all, she shares with him an almost unbelievable secret - something that not only seems scientifically impossible, but which is taking her places where she feels no one else can follow.
  • Super
    Monologue. An unknown figure stands on a street corner, wearing a very familiar red and blue costume. He is not Superman. He’ll be the first to tell you, he isn’t Superman. However, he is playing the part – and not just for the suggested donations.
  • Fortress of Solitude
    Force Girl is one of Earth’s mightiest heroes. She’s faced down Dr. Nefarious, Madcap, the entire Menace Menagerie without flinching; she’s saved whole alternate dimensions this world will never know. But now she faces a truly life-changing decision and the most unlikely of opponents – her husband.
  • Sandworms!
    Two people. One apocalypse. And did we mention the sandworms? SANDWORMS!
  • The Nefarious Bed & Breakfast
    You are invited to the grand opening of a diabolical accommodation experience! Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto, we provide the perfect blend of country style and calamitous intent to our very special guests. You’ll be greeted at the door by Dr. Notto Nefarious, reformed supervillain, and then whisked away to one of our themed suites, like the Laboratory or the Torture Room. You’ll enjoy a restful...
    You are invited to the grand opening of a diabolical accommodation experience! Nestled in the heart of downtown Toronto, we provide the perfect blend of country style and calamitous intent to our very special guests. You’ll be greeted at the door by Dr. Notto Nefarious, reformed supervillain, and then whisked away to one of our themed suites, like the Laboratory or the Torture Room. You’ll enjoy a restful getaway from the outside world, with our team of minions always on hand to fulfill your slightest request. Of course, we are a bit new to this, so there may be a few bobbles! Please fill out a comment card at the completion of your stay; you’ll find them on your bedside table beside the Geiger counter. (Remember – a little background radiation is perfectly normal!)
  • Stars
    Ten-minute play. Stars is a conversation between two nonbinary lovers who have never met, brought closer by the universe that surrounds them both.
  • Inked Heart
    How do we decide which passions we hold secret – and which we wear on our skin to be seen? At a small tattoo shop, Bette, Angela, Josie and Ed test the boundaries between artist and client, family and friend, discovering just where it is that their loyalties lie. Warnings for blood, ink, language, and intense emotion.