Sevan K. Greene

Sevan K. Greene

MFA Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Fellowships:

​2015 Inaugural Bush Theatre Emerging Writers group
Member of The Public Theater’s 2011 Emerging Writers Group
Rising Circle Theatre Collective’s 2010 InkTANK Writer’s Lab

Prizes:

2018 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist – You, The Fire and Me
2018 PlayPenn...
MFA Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Fellowships:

​2015 Inaugural Bush Theatre Emerging Writers group
Member of The Public Theater’s 2011 Emerging Writers Group
Rising Circle Theatre Collective’s 2010 InkTANK Writer’s Lab

Prizes:

2018 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist – You, The Fire and Me
2018 PlayPenn Festival – You, The Fire and Me
2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist – I Am Not Mine
2016 Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories – Forgotten Bread
2016 Arch and Bruce Foundation Playwriting Prize – The House of In Between
2016 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist – I Am Not Mine
2015 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist – Sam-21
2014 William Saroyan Prize Armenian Commendation Finalist – In the Name of Silence
2014 William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Prize Finalist – I Am Not Mine
2014 Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist – Forgotten Bread
2014 Papatango Playwriting Prize Short List – STUFF
2013 PlayPenn Conference Finalist – babel
2012 William Saroyan Playwriting Prize finalist – DOON
2012 PlayPenn Conference Finalist – In the Name of Silence
2011 Actors Theatre of Charlotte NuVoices Festival Winner – Narrow Daylight
2010 William Saroyan Playwriting Prize finalist – Forgotten Bread

Other:

NYTW 2011/2012 Teaching Artist at the Khalil Gibran Academy
Co-founder and performer in NYC’s only Middle Eastern Sketch Group: Sketchy Arabs

Sevan’s work has been seen at:

Theatre Royal Stratford East
The Sheen Centre
Theatre503
Rich Mix
Arcola Theatre
The Public Theatre’s SPOTLIGHT series
New York Theatre Workshop
The Lark
Ghost Dog Productions
Greenbelt Festival
Vertical Line Theatre
Birmingham Theatre Exchange
Noor Theatre’s HIGHLIGHT series
The Arab-American Comedy Festival
Access Theatre’s Access Works
aMios’ SHOTZ festival
Mixed Phoenix Theatre

Plays

  • You, the Fire, and Me
    Tommy, Jules, and Omer are tired of their worlds, their countries, their governments, and their families. They’re tired of being invisible. They’re tired of being disenfranchised. They’re tired of being no one. They’ve found a supportive family with one another and found the solution to their problems: Joining a terrorist organization. A coming-of-age story for a new generation, You, the Fire, and Me asks how...
    Tommy, Jules, and Omer are tired of their worlds, their countries, their governments, and their families. They’re tired of being invisible. They’re tired of being disenfranchised. They’re tired of being no one. They’ve found a supportive family with one another and found the solution to their problems: Joining a terrorist organization. A coming-of-age story for a new generation, You, the Fire, and Me asks how far you would go to have your voice heard and to finally be seen as someone rather than just anyone.
  • SAM-21
    A searingly brutal examination of sexual awakening in people with disabilities. A family’s fight against normalcy is brought into question when a cure for Down’s Syndrome is announced. To what lengths will a mother go through to ensure her son has a ‘normal’ life? Can a loving, but absent, father keep pretending his son is just like everyone else? And when an older brother ushers you into manhood in the most...
    A searingly brutal examination of sexual awakening in people with disabilities. A family’s fight against normalcy is brought into question when a cure for Down’s Syndrome is announced. To what lengths will a mother go through to ensure her son has a ‘normal’ life? Can a loving, but absent, father keep pretending his son is just like everyone else? And when an older brother ushers you into manhood in the most misguided way what will be the aftermath of your newfound knowledge? Sam has all the possibilities and all the odds stacked against him. It’s too bad no one has asked what he wants.
  • I Am Not Mine
    Do revolutions truly change anything? After 13 years, Abdul-Rahim is released from captivity. Driven by the memory of his wife, he must find his two children, Qila and Mar, now young adults struggling to survive in the bleakest of conditions. But the past cannot leave the present behind and screams for revenge: A blood oath must be paid by the parent or the child. Inspired by the Syrian Civil War and Greek...
    Do revolutions truly change anything? After 13 years, Abdul-Rahim is released from captivity. Driven by the memory of his wife, he must find his two children, Qila and Mar, now young adults struggling to survive in the bleakest of conditions. But the past cannot leave the present behind and screams for revenge: A blood oath must be paid by the parent or the child. Inspired by the Syrian Civil War and Greek Tragedies, this new play examines the unforeseen aftermath of the Arab Spring revolutions.
  • babel
    Luke and Issa have found a friendship in the middle of an occupation war. Along with Issa’s twin sister, Hayat, the three find comfort, security and a sense of family again. But as the insurgency grows, their triangle is tested to the limits. What is the price of friendship forged in wartime? And how far will they go to find their freedom?
  • STUFF
    Widowed Edith is a hoarder. She doesn’t think there’s a problem, but when the city of Boston sends her an order to clean-up or vacate, she is forced to come to terms with some harsh realizations. Unfortunately, that includes the well-intentioned, but meddling, Dr. Meredith who drags Edith’s estranged children into the situation: Beth, a volatile self-abuser, and David, a socially awkward germaphobe. She’s got a...
    Widowed Edith is a hoarder. She doesn’t think there’s a problem, but when the city of Boston sends her an order to clean-up or vacate, she is forced to come to terms with some harsh realizations. Unfortunately, that includes the well-intentioned, but meddling, Dr. Meredith who drags Edith’s estranged children into the situation: Beth, a volatile self-abuser, and David, a socially awkward germaphobe. She’s got a weekend and all the odds are against her.
  • Narrow Daylight
    Reeling from the death of her husband and the recent loss of her son in the Iraq war, Susan Davis is confronted with a surprise visitor at her doorstep – a young Iraqi girl named Lena who is more connected to her son than she could ever imagine. Not even her best friend, cookie-baking Jesus-loving Gloria and her wise ass daughter Anne-Marie, can avoid the tides of change as West meets East in sleepy Panama City, FL.
  • Nahda: five visions of an Arab awakening
    Who is the Arab today? Five visions explore modern Middle Eastern identities in the West: the confusion of second generation children of refugees; the struggle of British-Muslim soldiers killing their cultural siblings; the consumerist obsession with cultural food fetishism; and the politics of baby-naming in a post-911 world.
  • Fear in a Handful of Dust
    A visceral look at the violent reality of WW1 trenches as seen through the eyes of two unlikely soldiers: Simon, an ex-pat raised in India, and Buck, a nationalist Irishman. This new play unveils the hidden and forgotten troops of the war and their personal struggles in a time of great upheaval and change. How can you survive the war when you're not sure if you can survive your trenchmate?
  • This Time
    In the sultry heat of 1960s Cairo, a clandestine love affair blooms between a married Egyptian woman and a Canadian professor ten years her junior. In a wintry Toronto house in the 1990s, an aging mother’s memories encroach on her recently divorced daughter’s attempts to restart her life. The past closes in, threatening to overwhelm the present. But what is real and what is illusion? Inspired by the memoirs of...
    In the sultry heat of 1960s Cairo, a clandestine love affair blooms between a married Egyptian woman and a Canadian professor ten years her junior. In a wintry Toronto house in the 1990s, an aging mother’s memories encroach on her recently divorced daughter’s attempts to restart her life. The past closes in, threatening to overwhelm the present. But what is real and what is illusion? Inspired by the memoirs of a Muslim woman who fought for her independence at a turning point in Egypt’s modern history, This Time is a new play about regret, romance, and familial responsibility.
  • Forgotten Bread
    “History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past.” – Grace Lee Boggs. An ode to the Armenian Genocide, Forgotten Bread is the volatile, and sometimes humorous, journey of a Lost Son trying to uncover his family’s past and reclaim his cultural identity. Past and Present collide and melt into one another as he descends further down the rabbit hole of life, death, and survival pushed along by...
    “History is not the past. It is the stories we tell about the past.” – Grace Lee Boggs. An ode to the Armenian Genocide, Forgotten Bread is the volatile, and sometimes humorous, journey of a Lost Son trying to uncover his family’s past and reclaim his cultural identity. Past and Present collide and melt into one another as he descends further down the rabbit hole of life, death, and survival pushed along by family secrets and historical truths. How can you undo the forced memory loss of survivors guilt to find your place in a world that has forgotten your people?