How I Became a Playwright™
I wrote my first play as a second-semester senior with electives to kill at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. Within a year I was enrolled in the MFA Playwriting program at Washington DC’s Catholic University on the back of a full-ride scholarship.
Somewhere between these two events I became a bona fide Playwright™, though one who had a whole lot of catching up to do. Up to that point I had never performed on stage, never worked as a stagehand, never identified as a “theatre kid.” Suddenly I was thrust into an academic setting in which I was expected to master a subject of which I possessed, at best, a cursory understanding.
Yet I learned. I read most of my assigned reading, sifted through the Dukore, and discovered the transcendental feeling that comes with working on a production. I think I get it now, this whole theatre thing.
Eventually I composed a thesis, watched it produced in all its resplendence, and graduated with a piece of paper declaring me a Master.
Since then I’ve worked with quite a few groups in the D.C. area as both a playwright and dramaturg. These include Rorschach Theatre, The Inkwell, Thee Candidates (Capital Fringe), and Blind Pug Arts Collective, among others.
And below you’ll find some brief information about plays I’ve written and, in some cases, links to download full or partial scripts. Enjoy.
FULL LENGTH PLAYS
Fifi and Hunter Forever! – A young actor eager for a chance at stardom is conscripted into a faux tabloid relationship with a washed-up former child star. He soon learns just how much pressure there is — and how much of himself he’ll be asked to sacrifice — to stay relevant in a Hollywood where movie scripts fall from the sky, flash bulbs pop like champagne corks, and reaching the top means hitting bottom.
Workshopped at CUA, 2013-14
Produced by CUA Drama, Feb-Mar 2014
Periwinkle – Prodigal son Amos returns to a fractured family home after losing his cushy job at an east coast architecture firm. Ashamed to admit how he got sacked, Amos enlists his dada-crazed brother Kip in a fake business venture designed to save their feuding parents’ marriage.
Workshopped with Inkwell Theatre, October 2013
The Strangers in Our Skin (in progress) – Survivors of a cataclysmic event struggle to maintain hope as an unknown contagion ravages the world outside their bunker. Also: origami, because origami can make even the end of the world feel all that much better.
Adapted from a shorter play workshopped at CUA, 2012
Robert Montenegro is a DC-based playwright, writer, and dramaturg. His plays have been workshopped and/or produced by Rorschach Theatre, CUA Drama, Blind Pug Arts Collective, The Inkwell, and others. Robert is also an Ideafeed Editor at Big Think, where he’s been blogging about big ideas since 2014. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is currently the House Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC.
For more information about me as a playwright and my work, check the link below:
National New Play Network — New Play Exchange: Robert Montenegro