Kathy Anderson

Kathy Anderson

Kathy Anderson is a playwright and fiction writer in Philadelphia, PA. Her plays have been produced and staged in the US and in Ireland. Her full-length play with co-writer Bill Felty, Next Door Gay-bors, was featured in Chicago's Rhinoceros Theater Festival and workshopped with Pride Films & Plays in Chicago. Philadelphia Theatre Workshop produced three full-length world premieres of her plays -...
Kathy Anderson is a playwright and fiction writer in Philadelphia, PA. Her plays have been produced and staged in the US and in Ireland. Her full-length play with co-writer Bill Felty, Next Door Gay-bors, was featured in Chicago's Rhinoceros Theater Festival and workshopped with Pride Films & Plays in Chicago. Philadelphia Theatre Workshop produced three full-length world premieres of her plays - Incoming; The Meatpackers Book Club; and Front Row Seat. Incoming won Bloody Unicorn Theater Company's Queer Women's Play Contest and was produced in Arizona. Incoming was also selected for the International Centre for Women Playwrights Chicago HER-RAH: A Festival of the World's Best Women Playwrights and Their New Plays and featured in TOSOS II Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwright Project in New York City. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her short story collection, Bull and Other Stories (Autumn House Press, 2016), won the 2015 Autumn House Press Fiction Contest and was longlisted for The Story Prize, 2016. She was also a finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the New Rivers Press Many Voices competition and other contests. www.kathyandersonwriter.com

Plays

  • Dim Sum
    Duscha pushes a cart loaded with implements to commit suicide with into Kissy's hospital room, daring Kissy to finish the job if she wants to die so much. Kissy fights back, citing her attempts to help herself after a brutal childhood as a foster child. Why did Duscha pick Kissy to visit with her death cart? Duscha thinks Kissy's beautiful hair is reason enough to stay alive. Kissy lets Dusha brush...
    Duscha pushes a cart loaded with implements to commit suicide with into Kissy's hospital room, daring Kissy to finish the job if she wants to die so much. Kissy fights back, citing her attempts to help herself after a brutal childhood as a foster child. Why did Duscha pick Kissy to visit with her death cart? Duscha thinks Kissy's beautiful hair is reason enough to stay alive. Kissy lets Dusha brush her hair. Finally Duscha tells Kissy about another girl, who killed herself because her parents wouldn't let her see her boyfriend anymore. That girl had beautiful hair too. But it didn't matter anymore.
  • Stay Where You Are
    It is Frank’s first day on a new job as a painter. His boss is a childhood friend, Hector. During their work shift, Hector sticks his hand down Frank’s pants in front of the other guys. In the locker room after work, Frank accuses Hector of sexual harassment and brings up their romantic past as 7th grade sweethearts. While Hector denies being gay, he confesses to loneliness and longing for Frank. Hoping to keep...
    It is Frank’s first day on a new job as a painter. His boss is a childhood friend, Hector. During their work shift, Hector sticks his hand down Frank’s pants in front of the other guys. In the locker room after work, Frank accuses Hector of sexual harassment and brings up their romantic past as 7th grade sweethearts. While Hector denies being gay, he confesses to loneliness and longing for Frank. Hoping to keep his job, openly gay Frank threatens to expose Hector and draws a line for Hector to stay behind forever.
  • Incoming
    Incoming is a full-length comedy about a lesbian couple who is having a baby in a most unusual way, involving an inverse gravity slant board, a game of Red Rover, and an ex-lover trapped under a hospital bed.
  • Front Row Seat
    It is 1963 and the Flannery family is on a trip, a rare outing from their little hometown. They are not experienced travelers and suffer multiple mishaps and calamities. Franny wrestles with a killer girdle. Inez crashes into a wayward cow. Billy fends off a knife-wielding Christian. The strangers they meet are getting stranger and stranger. But they are increasingly determined to realize their once-in-a-...
    It is 1963 and the Flannery family is on a trip, a rare outing from their little hometown. They are not experienced travelers and suffer multiple mishaps and calamities. Franny wrestles with a killer girdle. Inez crashes into a wayward cow. Billy fends off a knife-wielding Christian. The strangers they meet are getting stranger and stranger. But they are increasingly determined to realize their once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the President and First Lady in person. And they want to be right up front.
  • Next Door Gay-bors by Kathy Anderson & Bill Felty
    Buddy and Honey, a gay man and lesbian, share a common wall in an average-looking apartment building in an average American city. Lately, both Buddy and Honey have been spending a lot of time pretending to be beautiful straight women connecting (and disconnecting) to the outside world behind the veil of technology.