Bunker Cycle

A cycle of seven full-length plays about American survivalism and doomsday preppers. Bunker plays currently include: EVERYBODY’S DEAD: A COMEDY; GUNS IN TREES; THE END AND THE END AND THE END; READY. FOR. ANYTHING; and TOMORROW GAME.

Tomorrow Game (2F)

Bell and Roe live in a postapocalyptic wasteland that is so far gone they don’t even remember a time when there were grocery stores, safe drinking water, or 911. They each live in isolation, until they happen to meet. Bell shows Roe a game: take off your mask and see if you can breathe. Try this vegetable, and see if you wake up. Read a poem. Do more than just not-die. Bell may also have ulterior motives. Roe’s shelter is stocked with years worth of canned goods and other priceless resources. Is their friendship true–or just another game?

Awards: Princess Grace Finalist 2018. Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award 2019. Leah Ryan’s FEWW Emerging Playwright Prize Finalist 2019. Developed: Edward Albee Foundation 2017.

Everybody’s Dead: A Comedy (2F, 1M)

Annika is the unlikely multi-millionaire CEO of a doomsday prepper subscription box service. She is also trapped inside the massive custom bunker that she built to house herself…and her sex robot…and no one else! At all! After receiving a notification that nuclear apocalypse was imminent, Annika retreated to her bunker, bringing no one with her whatsoever. That was two years ago. Now, she’s suffering from cabin fever and skyrocketing guilt over the people–especially the cute guy–she left behind to die in a radioactive holocaust! What a riot! Time to get out of here!

City Theatre “In Their Own Voices” Online 2020. Developed: PTC Playlab at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Playwright’s Center Core Apprentice finalist 2019.

Guns in Trees (5M, 5F)

Minnesota beavers Reggie and Ronnie try to build a lodge before the frost sets in–and Ronnie tries to convince Reggie that it’s ok to be small, and it’s better to be safe than brave and dead. Meanwhile, Al goes home from the big city to find that her family are full-fledged doomsday preppers now–just like on TV! Al tries to connect with her family members, and get a little side action, but her siblings hate her and Hank the hot neighbor just wants to treat her right. A play about whiteness and also death.

Pittsburgh Dramatists Guild, “At Rise” An evening of First Scenes.

the end and the end and the end (4F, 3M)

It’s the end of the world as we know it and it’s the end of the world as we know it and it’s the end of the world as we know it and America is in ruins and everything is changing and no one is safe. Over. And over. And over. A meditation on epoch, “we,” and the meaning of “the end.”

Ready. For. Anything.: or, the Suburban Dad Prepper Play (2M, 2F)

Greg loves hanging out with his teenage daughter Annie. But Annie just wants to master a kickflip and finally get jiggy with a boy. Greg gets pulled deeper and deeper into the world of Wolf Ranger, TV survivalist, and soon he’s trying to protect Annie and himself from everything–after all, danger can be lurking anywhere, right? But what’s the real danger: menacing strangers and looming apocalypse? Or the creeping loneliness that comes with being a single man whose only child is about to leave the nest? And should Greg really be pondering this question while filling his basement with guns?

Other Plays

How to Live Forever (3F)

Once upon a time, three witches tell us a story. Or is it a prophecy? In it, Anne, a 1590s midwife, summons a pre-historical Priestess in a quest for power, history, and truth. What she gets instead is a psychic connection with Gwyneth, a modern actress/wellness guru who is searching for the same thing. Together they seek the strength to raise their daughters – but Anne may be running out of time to find the magic she longs for.

Thesis workshop production, Carnegie Mellon/City Theatre Pittsburgh 2019, dir. Nora Gair.

Krav Maga! (2M, 3F)

When Monica begins taking Israeli special forces fighting (AKA Krav Maga!) as a self-defense class (and also a form of therapy) she starts to believe in a version of herself that is confident, strong, empowered. Then she punches multiple people that she loves in the face, and has to deal with the consequences. Krav Maga! explores intimacy, love, and the rules of dating through a lens of exercise, violence, and food.

Reading: Mildred’s Umbrella’s Consenting Bodies Series 2019. Finalist: B Street Theatre New Comedies Festival 2019.

A Short Life of Trouble: A Play with Appalachian Folk Music (2M, 5F, 6+ fairies)

Susan’s mother has always believed that Susan is a changeling, but Susan’s sister Bernice has protected and befriended her all their lives. Now that Susan is about to get married, she is more and more restless–does she really belong here? could she belong somewhere else? She goes in search of faeries, and when she finds them, new questions arise: Can she ever belong anywhere? A play filled with traditional Appalachian folk music, Set in the isolated hills of 1890s Appalachia.

Production: Everyday Inferno Theatre, central park, summer 2019, dir. Katie Pedro. Developed: Edward Albee Foundation 2017.

What the Ladies Do (One Act, 3F)

Three proper 19th century ladies (cousins, in fact!) sit in interminable boredom, embroidering, reading the Bible in Latin, smoking cigarettes, and getting naked. Being a good girl and a lady is a full time job, but Elizabeth knows what God wants them to do. 

Productions: Blunt Objects Theatre, dir. Kendra Wells 2016; Collective 48, dir. Brandy N. Carie.