Chris Weikel

Chris Weikel, a 2008-09 Dramatist Guild Fellow, is the 2007 recipient of the Robert Chesley Award for emerging gay playwrights and his play PIG TALE was the 2008 recipient of the Irv Zarkower Award from Hunter College. His Penny Penniworth, which according to The New York Times “deserves to become a staple” was recently produced Off-Broadway by Emerging artists Theatre Company (EAT). Weikel is a founding member of TOSOS which recently presented his Pig Tale: An Urban Faerie Story in New York as well as at the Absolut Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival. TOSOS also produced an evening of one-acts called WeikelWorks, as well as Weikel’s Speaking Parts, Gareth and Lynette, and the original production of Penny Penniworth (“must see” show – 2003 FringeNYC Festival). EAT workshopped his The Way-Weary (Kennedy Center Finalist, Playwright’s First Semifinalist) and produced the premieres of his Lost Boys, Dansport, Gareth and Lynette, and Faithfully Presented. Weikel was commissioned by American Stage Company (St. Petersburg, FL) to write an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales for the company’s 2000 season. Chris is a judge-at-large for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards and a regular contributor to Drunken! Careening! Writers! at KGB. Penny Penniworth, Gareth and Lynette, and Dansport have been published by United Stages. Weikel was a member of the first class to graduate with an MFA  in playwriting from Hunter College, studying under Tina Howe and Mark Bly.   He was honored to have been selected to participate in the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival/ National New Play Network MFA Playwriting Workshop with his play Embrace, and his play Secret Identity were included in Playwright’s Week at The Lark in the Fall of 2012.  Penny Penniworth is available from Dramatic Publishing.

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