Eric Fritzius

Eric Fritzius

Eric Fritzius writes things, edits them, and occasionally acts. Sometimes he teaches and/or directs others to do these things as well. His short plays have been produced for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s New Voices Play Festival, in Lewisburg, W.Va.; the Independent Theatre Collective’s StoFest Play Festival, in Wheeling, W.Va.; the Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg; the Opera House PlayFest in Marlinton, W.Va...
Eric Fritzius writes things, edits them, and occasionally acts. Sometimes he teaches and/or directs others to do these things as well. His short plays have been produced for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s New Voices Play Festival, in Lewisburg, W.Va.; the Independent Theatre Collective’s StoFest Play Festival, in Wheeling, W.Va.; the Lewis Theatre in Lewisburg; the Opera House PlayFest in Marlinton, W.Va.; the Lewisburg Literary Festival; and three of the plays were given staged readings for the inaugural West Virginia Playwright’s Festival in Clarksburg, W.Va. A frequent actor at Lewisburg’s Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Eric has appeared in productions since 2003. From 2005-2006 he starred in the outdoor drama RIDERS OF THE FLOOD, in Ronceverte, W.Va. In 2007 he co-directed the sequel to RIDERS… called BIG DREAMS, RESTLESS SPIRIT. He has also directed plays for GVT’s New Voices Play Festival, and, in May of 2016, directed all seven short plays for the Opera House PlayFest, at the historic Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton, W.Va. For the past eight years he has served as the script coordinator for the writers camp portion of Summer Scholars Onstage, an annual three week camp for gifted and talented junior high and high school students, at Mississippi State University. A former camper himself, Eric enjoys returning each year to help the campers craft a three-act musical comedy in the space of one week. It’s one of the more stressful and enjoyable weeks of his year, and has produced some of his favorite theatre experiences. A former president of West Virginia Writers, Inc., he currently serves as the organization’s secretary and webmaster and as the producer and host of the West Virginia Writers Podcast. In 2015, he published a collection of his short fiction, A CONSTERNATION OF MONSTERS, a number of stories from which he has adapted for the Consternation of Monsters Podcast. He lives in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Plays

  • Aye Do
    The decision to settle down can be a tough for some, but especially for a hardened Pirate Captain, who must choose between a rich, ya-harr-filled life of high-seas adventure and the destiny-altering effects of one magical moonlit walk on a beach with the girl he once lost. Wells Fargo executives and Johnny Depp, beware! A 10 minute sea-faring romantic comedy.
  • Flying Lessons Over Lunch with Saint Joseph Cooper Tina
    Every parent knows the mind of a child is a dangerous place full of unanswerable questions that can spring out at any moment. For a father who’s actually afraid his young son will try to fly off a roof, Superman-style, though, those questions (and answers) are going to tend toward the creative. (Includes role for a boy aged 8-12)
  • Playing Cards by Twilight's Shine
    Set in fictional Eldridge, West Virginia, a town so poor it uses a defunct savings & loan building as its sheriff's department, and where public defender is a part time job. Newcomer Howard Rainey has been serving in that capacity, on retainer from his 8-month-old law practice. When Rainey is called upon to defend Eldridge's most legendary moonshiner, he finds the old man has a couple of...
    Set in fictional Eldridge, West Virginia, a town so poor it uses a defunct savings & loan building as its sheriff's department, and where public defender is a part time job. Newcomer Howard Rainey has been serving in that capacity, on retainer from his 8-month-old law practice. When Rainey is called upon to defend Eldridge's most legendary moonshiner, he finds the old man has a couple of unlikely allies: the town's doctor, as well as the very sheriff who made the arrest. And if they're serious about one thing, it's that Old Man Hartsook must be set free.
  • Fargo 3D
    A 10 minute political horror comedy. Security is at an all time high in all walks of life, including at the movie theater, where sneaking in food to avoid inflated snack bar prices is a serious business requiring serious counter-measures. Enter Agent DeGrunt of the Movie Theatre Security Administration (MTSA), who will insure no one sneaks snacks to a showing of FARGO 3D.
  • A Game of Twenty...
    (An Ellipses Cycle play) Jack Vale is dead. What awaits him beyond is not at all what he expected. He's not even sure if he's upstairs or downstairs, if you catch the meaning. But he's allowed to ask questions about the secrets and conspiracies of the world he always wanted to know but could never learn the answers to in life. He'd better make them good, though, because he only has twenty of them.
  • Autonomic Systems
    Bureaucracy almost never starts from a place of evil. Often it grows from a seed of safety, flowering with regulations designed to protect, but with little regard to whether the regulatory blooms are necessary or even make sense. Oh, forget all the the flowery metaphors. Set in a blood plasma donation clinic, we see one man's attempt to throw himself against the walls of regulatory illogic, armed only with a digital recorder.
  • Honey Do
    The little perks in life can make the daily hassles and chores we must face worth it. Hank and Angie have an oral disagreement when it comes to the household “job” jar. Can they head off disaster or will the winds blow cold? An adult play for all audiences.
  • ...and Tigers and Bears
    (An Ellipses Cycle play) We have it pretty good, here in the good old U.S. of A. Besides peanut allergies, we don’t have to worry about much when it comes to our daily lives. Unless, of course, you happen to live in one of the West Virginia counties that experienced confirmed sightings of an African lion. That might slow you down on the way to work, especially when one is camped out on your front porch. In...
    (An Ellipses Cycle play) We have it pretty good, here in the good old U.S. of A. Besides peanut allergies, we don’t have to worry about much when it comes to our daily lives. Unless, of course, you happen to live in one of the West Virginia counties that experienced confirmed sightings of an African lion. That might slow you down on the way to work, especially when one is camped out on your front porch. In this play, the Ross family learns just what African lions are and are not capable of.
  • ...to a Flame
    (An Ellipses Cycle play) Virgil Hawks has a problem: he shot and killed West Virginia’s legendary Mothman. Now he has to figure out what to do with the body before the Men In Black catch wind of it. His solution: take it to his buddy Jeff’s house. Based on the author’s short story of the same title found in A Consternation of Monsters.