Plays written by Carson Kreitzer
BEHIND THE EYE
FLESH AND THE DESERT
LASSO OF TRUTH
Behind the Eye – (3M 2W) Vogue model. Surrealist muse. Combat Photographer. Lee Miller lived several distinct and extraordinary lives, each to the fullest. Man Ray’s lover and muse, her torso is familiar from some of his most arresting photos, and other pieces of her from other works (her lips floating above the skyline, her eye affixed to a pendulum…), but the story behind the enigmatic gaze is largely unknown. Behind the Eye is a portrait of this beautiful, brave, magnetic, impossible woman.
Enchantment – (2M 2W) Bruno Bettelheim was born in Vienna in 1903 and died in Chicago in 1990, barbituates in his bloodstream and a plastic bag over his face. In the time between, he studied Freudian psychiatry, spent time in Dachau and Buchenwald, put forth (and then disavowed) the theory that autism was caused by bad mothering, and wrote The Uses of Enchantment, a popular and somewhat scandalously Freudian book on fairy tales. Temple Grandin is a high-functioning autistic woman who designs more humane slaughterhouses. Widespread implementation of her designs has revolutionized the meat industry. Enchantment explores the reverberations between these two extraordinary lives.
Flesh in the Desert – (4M 4W) Flesh and the Desert is a kaleidoscopic portrait of Las Vegas. We follow the intertwined stories of three couples: one ghostly, one long-lasting, and one just starting tonight. Along the way we meet Elvis and Liberace, slot machines and Siberian white tigers, and of course, those glittering creatures, the Showgirls. The Eye in the Sky watches, the mirrorball spins. As long as you’re gambling, the drinks are free. Welcome, Conventioneers.
Lasso Of Truth – (2M 3W) Carson Kreitzer traces the origins of one of the earliest and most prominent female comic book character’s, Wonder Woman, by allowing us a glimpse into the private life of her eccentric creator, William Moulton Marston. This early 20th century psychologist and inventor of the polygraph machine lived with two women—the Wife and the Amazon, Marston’s former student— in a kinky, polyamorous relationship for many years. He merged characteristics of both women to shape the superhero that would become both a worldwide feminist icon and a chauvinist fantasy. This incisive, multimedia-embracing play centers on a modern young woman searching for the original copy of Wonder Woman’s first appearance in print in an attempt to reconcile her childhood worship of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman with the strange and complicated history of the character’s inception. The cast of five—The Inventor, the Wife and the Amazon in the 1940s and the Guy and Girl in the contemporary comic book store—show how this symbol of female strength and beauty was born and how she continues to inspire men and women today.
Slither – (2M 4W) A history of women and snakes, from Eve to a present-day Holiness Church snake handler.
Capital Crime – (4M 3W) Set in Gilded Age New York, this is a tale of lust, murder, greed, unfettered capitalism, and the consumption of young girls.
Carson Kreitzer’s The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer won the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize, the American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg New Play Citation, the Barrie Stavis Award, and is published in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004 and by Dramatic Publishing. Other work includes 1:23, The Slow Drag (New York and London), Valerie Shoots Andy, Heroin/e (Keep Us Quiet), Freakshow, Dead Wait, and Take My Breath Away, featured in BAM’s 1997 Next Wave Festival. Carson Kreitzer has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and the Jerome and McKnight foundations. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, an associated artist with Clubbed Thumb and New Georges, and a member of The Playwrights’ Center, the Dramatists Guild, The Fire Department, and the Workhaus Collective.