Plays written by Christina Anderson
THE ASHES UNDER GAIT CITY
MAN IN LOVE
Ashes Under Gait City – (2M 3W) A full-length play about ownership, identity, and the power of belief. Simone The Believer, a popular internet guru, launches a campaign to convince Black Americans to return to an Oregon city that was rebuilt without them after a devastating fire. She assembles a small group of converts, but real world conflict quickly confronts her real world quest. The locals threaten to chase her out, most of her digital followers are unwilling to uproot, and personal struggles shake her faith. Determined to create a flesh and bone community, Simone triggers a violent act with the hope that it will ignite a migration.
Blacktop Sky – (2M 1W Male voices 3 total) Klass, a homeless, young Black man, sets up residence in the courtyard of a housing project where Ida Peters lives. Triggered by a fatal confrontation between a local street vendor and the police, Klass and Ida quickly develop a precarious bond against the backdrop of a restless neighborhood. Inspired by the Greek myth “Leda and the Swan,” Blacktop Sky examines the intersection of love, violence, and seduction.
Good Goods – (4M 2W) A drama about possession in every imaginable way. When Patty returns to her old comedy partners shop for her and her twin brothers birthday she brings along a young runaway girl whose body will soon be inhabited by the spirit of a recently deceased factory worker.
Inked Baby – (2M 5W) A somber drama surrounding a married couple in an unnamed community. The wife, Gloria, is infertile, so she enlists her sister Lena as a surrogate mother. As family strife emerges, so does the presence of a terrible illness due to contaminated water and soil.
Man in Love – (3M 1W 1M/W (trans)) 1936. A metropolis divided by segregation and struck by economic turmoil. Rent parties rage above, while men hungry for work and love roam the streets. In this concrete jungle, a series of black female bodies turn up and a pattern emerges. Reactions vary across the city — hot-tempered ex-con Walker remains oblivious; Darlynn is anxious, but then again, she’s always anxious; and her neighbor Paul Pare Jr., a young, charming black man stays cool. Man in Love examines a world of quiet desperation in hard times, where a criminal and his victims can get lost in the crowd.
Pen/Man/Ship – (3M 1W) 1896: A father and son board a ship heading for Africa on a mysterious mission with an opinionated young woman. On the open sea, an unexpected detour resurrects family secrets and reveals true intentions, fundamentally changing the course of their journey and their lives forever.
Drip – (4W, 3M) Drip plunges us inside the fragmented mind of 74-year-old Mae as she lies dying in the aftermath of a stroke. Shards of real and idealized memory clash against each other and the simmering frustration of young grandson who lives with her, found her in a coma and is awaiting permission to go to the hospital.
Christina Anderson’s plays include: GOOD GOODS, MAN in LOVE, INKED BABY, BLACKTOP SKY, HOLLOW ROOTS, and DRIP. Her work has appeared at Steppenwolf, Penumbra, Yale Rep, A.C.T., Public Theater, Crowded Fire, and other theaters all over the country. Awards and honors include: Playwright-in-Residence at Magic Theater (National New Play Network), two PONY nominations, 2011 Wourzell Prize Finalist (University of Vienna), National Playwrights’ Conference residency at the O’Neill, Schwarzman Legacy Scholarship awarded by Paula Vogel, two Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, Lorraine Hansberry Award (American College Theater Festival), Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship (New Dramatists), Wasserstein Prize nomination (Dramatists Guild), Lucille Lortel Fellowship (Brown University). She’s a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. American Theatre Magazine selected Anderson as one of fifteen up-and-coming artists “whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come.” She obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. Anderson was born and raised in Kansas City, KS.