Cory Hinkle

Plays written by Cory Hinkle



A Disappearance in Two Parts – (2M 1W) A writer receives a grant to work on a novel about the disappeared people of Oklahoma–the Native Americans who tried to create their own state in 1906, the Oklahoma socialist uprising in 1917, and Tulsa’s black community whose homes were razed after a riot in 1921. As his novel develops, the line between history and story blurs and the writer finds his way back to his absent father, his disappeared brother and his own buried, personal history.

The End of Beauty – (2M 1W) Michael and Margaret seem happily married and comfortable in their lives as tenured professors of the visual arts at a small quaint college in Wichita, Kansas. But when Margaret’s former student, a well-renowned painter, returns to Wichita, the darker side of their relationship rears its head. A play that spans twenty-five years, The End of Beauty examines the beauty of the things we love and how those things can change in a single night.

The Killing of Michael X – (3M 2W) Somewhere in Middle America, teenagers Celia and Randy careen down a dark highway in a stolen Lexus. Cut to: Big Pharma, a disappearing brother, a femur unearthed in a backyard dig. Celia has a slasher film playing in her head, and she won’t slow down ‘til the credits roll.

SadGrrl13 – (3M 2W) A tale of sensational news and vigilante violence in a play that bleeds between cyberspace and real life. In SadGrrl13, gender is mutable, sex becomes a game and reality can shift with a single keystroke.

Apocalypse Play- (2M 2W) It’s the end of the world in Los Angeles. Well, everywhere, but definitely in Los Angeles, where Jane is stuck in a cramped apartment turned shelter with her ex, Chip. They think they’re the last living souls on earth, until others start showing up at their doorstep. Chip believes they should band together and save the race, build a new civilization from the ashes of the past. But Jane isn’t so sure. The apocalypse isn’t so bad – she can finally hear herself think.


Cory Hinkle’s plays include A Disappearance in Two Parts, The Killing of Michael X, Little Eyes, SadGrrl13, Phosphorescence, and Cipher. He is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships, a MAP Fund Grant, a Jerome Travel and Study Grant and a PWC/NET Grant. He is a co-creator of Fissures (lost and found), which was co-commissioned by Actor’s Theater of Louisville and the Playwrights’ Center and premiered at the 2010 Humana Festival. His play Little Eyes was produced in a Workhaus Collective production at the Guthrie Theater and he has been commissioned twice to write a play for the Guthrie’s graduating class of BFA students. His writing has been produced or developed at Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Minneapolis’ Southern Theater (with Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp’s Moving Company), the Williamstown Theater Festival, SPF Summer Play Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Illusion Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Salvage Vanguard, P73 Productions, Hangar Theater, and Red Eye Collective, among others. He is a former MacDowell Colony fellow, resident at the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat and Tofte Lake Center. His work is published by Heinemann, Playscripts Inc. and Dramatic Publishing. He is a Core Member of the Playwrights’ Center, a member playwright of the Workhaus Collective and he earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University.

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