Claire Kiechel’s plays include: Umma Lappa Soon (Naked Angels reading); Some Dark Places of the Earth (semi-finalist at the O’Neill National Playwriting Conference); St. Vitus’ Dance (finalist at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop); Wolf Play (winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Festival Short Play Festival); Norway (developed at the 2012 Orchard Project); Be Careful of Words (devised with Helikon Rep); Whale Song Or: Learning to Live with Mobyphobia (FringeNYC 2011); Luxembourg (Lunar Energy Productions & AntiMatter Collective); and her adaptation of the Odyssey, Lethe (New School for Drama). Readings and productions of her plays have been held at the Brick Theater, Theaterlab, LaMaMa, the Kraine, and the Beckett Theater. She has worked in various capacities with Ars Nova, New York Stage and Film, The Exchange, Clubbed Thumb, and Yarn Films. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA in playwriting from the New School for Drama.
Some Dark Places of the Earth Written by Claire Kiechel Directed by Brad Raimondo In an ex-pat community in Brussels, ten-year-old Bee imagines herself inside the nightly newscasts of her radio journalist father. When her mother begins an affair with the diplomat next door, Bee recruits the man’s son to help realize her fantasies. As their make-believe escalates, a new reality threatens the fragile world the two families have constructed. All shows take place at 151 Bank Street, NY NY. Tickets are FREE and can be reserved on Ticket Central (http://goo.gl/5AVwT).
My short play, Wolf Play, developed in Michael Weller’s class at the New School, is one of the six winners of the 37th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. It will be published and distributed by Samuel French vert soon. http://oob.samuelfrench.com/index.php/2012/10/this-years-winners-a-letter-from-the-oob-festival/
Samuel French’s interview about Wolf Play: http://oob.samuelfrench.com/index.php/wolf-play-by-claire-kiechel/ Zack Calhoon’s interview with me about Whale Song: http://zackcalhoon.blogspot.com/2011/08/people-you-should-know-claire-kiechel.html Julia Levy’s interview with me at Culture Craver: http://www.culturecraver.com/craveable/entry/422026
Please contact Claire at clairekiechel[at]gmail.com for any information. Or you know, just to chat.
Buy Whale Song Or: Learning to Live with Mobyphobia on indietheaternow.com http://www.indietheaternow.com/Play/PlayDetail/174 “A moving and artful look at the loss of a loved one…complex characters and a tone that is funny and sad all at once…extremely well-written” (NYTheatre.com) “Claire Kiechel has written a strange and genuinely moving piece about one woman’s loss and how her unconventional way of grieving opens her up to healing.” (bigvisionemptywallet.com)