Wayne Rawley

Wayne Rawley

Wayne Rawley’s plays include "Christmastown: A Holiday Noir" (Seattle Public Theater, 2015 Gregory Award Nominee), "Attack of the Killer Murder… Of Death!" (Seattle Public Theater, Theater Schmeater), "Beating Up Bachman" (BASH Theater), and a multi-media adaptation of Orwell’s 1984 (Empty Space Theater). His play "Live! From the Last Night of My Life" has been produced...
Wayne Rawley’s plays include "Christmastown: A Holiday Noir" (Seattle Public Theater, 2015 Gregory Award Nominee), "Attack of the Killer Murder… Of Death!" (Seattle Public Theater, Theater Schmeater), "Beating Up Bachman" (BASH Theater), and a multi-media adaptation of Orwell’s 1984 (Empty Space Theater). His play "Live! From the Last Night of My Life" has been produced by Theater 22, and Theater Schmeater in Seattle, Sacred Fools in LA, The OU School of Drama, and was the recipient of the 2012 Theater Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. His short plays "Controlling Interest" and "The Scary Question" are published by both Vintage Press and Playscripts Inc and have seen hundreds of performances around the world. www.playscripts.com He is the creator of Seattle’s late-night theater smash Money & Run, and wrote and directed 9 episodes of the TV parody series, produced in Seattle, LA and Berkeley. Wayne was the recipient of the 2010 Faith Broome Playwriting Residency at the University of Oklahoma. He is a teaching artist, working with young artists at ACT Theater, Seattle Public Theater and Cornish College of the Arts, his alma matter. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

Plays

  • Christmastown: A Holiday Noir
    "They say it's a feeling. In the air, they say. A big scene, a simple phrase, that's what they say. But to me, it's not a feeling, a scene or a phrase- to me it's just a place - a snow covered burg that glistens for sure, but then again, everything looks good covered with new fallen snow. And here, the snow is always new. And the fallen? We're here too. My name is Nick. Nick...
    "They say it's a feeling. In the air, they say. A big scene, a simple phrase, that's what they say. But to me, it's not a feeling, a scene or a phrase- to me it's just a place - a snow covered burg that glistens for sure, but then again, everything looks good covered with new fallen snow. And here, the snow is always new. And the fallen? We're here too. My name is Nick. Nick Holiday, and I'm no saint. But if you can pay me half up front, 11 days out of 12 I can probably find what you are looking for. Unless of course, what you're looking for is comfort. Or joy. Then you are on your own, because me? I work in Christmastown. Sure, around here every night is the night before, but underneath all those twinkling lights, at least two things are always stirring - stiff drinks and trouble…. I was hoping I might get this particular Christmas evening off, just me and my regrets, staring out my little second story window watching the shoppers rush home with their treasures… When, above all the bustle, I hear-"

    "Are you Nick Holiday?"

    "I turned around and there she was. A drop dead gorgeous elf."

    So begins the biggest case of Detective Nick Holiday's career - and the one that almost ends it, and him - and maybe even Christmas itself. Imagine if Christmas, and everything that goes with it, was a city - a bustling burg full of the rich and the poor, high hopes and deep desperation, bright lights… and a dark, dark secret. It's "Sam Spade" meets "Kris Kringle", literally, in a fun, fast-paced, heartfelt, and holly-jolly holiday mystery-thriller.

    Winner of the "Best New Holiday Romp" Footlight Award 2014 by Misha Berson of the Seattle Times, Christmastown: A Holiday Noir is an ensemble driven, action-packed, parody of film noir and the holiday season. It's a play for everyone who loves Christmas and for anyone who maybe doesn't quite so much.

    Christmastown: A Holiday Noir runs 80 minutes and is not suggested for children under 8 or who may not think frank discussions about the existence of Santa Claus are very funny.

    Christmastown was initially designed for an ensemble of 4 actors to play all the parts. Individual productions can expand this cast if they wish. These roles can be played by actors of any race or ethnicity. Productions that are able should always endeavor to cast an Actor of Color in the FEMALE 1 (HOLLY WONDERLAND) track.
  • Attack of the Killer Murder… Of Death!
    In a gothic mansion on an isolated island off the coast of Ventura, CA Sydney Candle and his cast and crew are making another "haunted house on a deserted island alien invasion atomic satellite radiation mutation monster picture." The year is 1959, and nothing is going to stop this B-Movie crew from getting their next drive-in hit in the can. But when the "special effects" get a little bit...
    In a gothic mansion on an isolated island off the coast of Ventura, CA Sydney Candle and his cast and crew are making another "haunted house on a deserted island alien invasion atomic satellite radiation mutation monster picture." The year is 1959, and nothing is going to stop this B-Movie crew from getting their next drive-in hit in the can. But when the "special effects" get a little bit too real, it's up to crack LA detective Benjamin Booke to solve the case before the murderer strikes again. Everyone is a suspect in this comedy murder mystery where everyone also just happens to have the perfect alibi. Each other.