Chisa Hutchinson

Resident Playwright

2013 -- 2020

Chisa Hutchinson (B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A NYU - Tisch School of the Arts) is a New York-based playwright and screenwriter. She is currently working mercenary-style on two film projects, one for A&E/Lifetime and another spearheaded by Simon Cowell for Sony. And while she’s flexing new muscles, she figured she may as well accept a commission from Audible to write radio play. Up to this point, Chisa’s happily presented her plays, which include Dirt Rich, She Like Girls,This Is Not The Play, Sex On Sunday, Tunde’s Trumpet, The Subject, Somebody’s Daughter, Alondra Was Here, Surely Goodness And Mercy, From The Author Of, Amerikin and Dead & Breathing at such venues as the Lark Theater, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Mad Dog Theater Company, Rattlestick Theater, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the National Black Theatre, Writers’ Theatre of New Jersey, Delaware REP, Second Stage Theater and Arch 468 in London. She has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at Second Stage Theater, a Humanitas Fellow, a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. Chisa has won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. Currently, in addition to being a Fellow at Primary Stages and a proud fifth-year member of New Dramatists, Chisa is gearing up for two NYC theater productions and settling down to write a play commissioned by South Coast Rep. To learn more, visit www.chisahutchinson.com .

ND Activity
  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions is a marathon evening of instant theatre, New Dramatists style. First, the opportunity to commission new plays by New Dramatists resident and alumni playwrights is auctioned to the highest bidder; second, the writer and their winning bidder meet for a lightning-fast commission; third, each writer has about 20 minutes to create a new short theatre piece, monologue, or song; fourth, the plays are rehearsed upstairs while the audience has dinner downstairs; and last, all the evening's commissioned pieces are presented by a first-rate company of actors and directors.

Read Sample

an excerpt from AMERIKIN

Here's an excerpt from my play about a guy named Jeff, who's trying to join a white-supremacist group in large part because he's got a son now that he's trying to wrangle some benefits for. But he's been having some major troubles with his wife, Michelle, who's suffering from violent postpartum. This scene takes place in Jeff's living room.

POOT
(a little too enthusiastic)
Hey! She’s up! How you doin’? You feelin’ okay? Still tired? Husband treatin’ you alright?

(He winks at Jeff with that last little bit. Jeff is
not amused.)

JEFF
That’s a lotta questions, man.

MICHELLE
It’s fine. I’m glad somebody’s askin’.

(A loaded beat.)

MICHELLE (cont.)
I feel a little better today. Took a shower.

POOT
That’s… (“Fuck, that’s what counts as a win these days?”)... that’s great. You look good.

JEFF
You do look… better.

MICHELLE
…Thanks.
(beat)
You know, I got some text messages from some people. People I didn’t even know still knew I existed… Amber Lynn Snead. Erica Dinwiddie. Even Kim Hoffenberger. Who you know don’t want nothin’ to do with me since… what happened with her brother.

JEFF
Okay…

MICHELLE
Yeah, they were all just writin’ to congratulate me and welcome me to the Knights family and find out if there was anything special I wanted for your party on Fry-dee.

JEFF

MICHELLE
So. You got in.

JEFF
…Yeah.

MICHELLE
I thought were just going to talk about it more before you just up and joined. And hell, Jeff, even if I didn’t take no issue with ninety percent of the people associated with that group, didn’t ya think that’s somethin’ your wife might like to know?

JEFF
(irritated)
You haven’t seemed to care about much o’ nothin’ lately, so… under the circumstances, no. I did not think that, Michelle.

MICHELLE
Well, maybe if anybody around here cared about me, I could care, too. Did anybody ask me how I was feelin’ after squeezin’ a damn bowlin’ ball out of my vagina?

POOT
(muttering)
I did…

MICHELLE
Did any of those bitches call after Hunter was born or send over a card? A onesie? A damn baby toy from the Dollar General? I didn’t even throw a baby shower ‘cause I knew none of ‘em woulda showed up.

JEFF
Maybe they woulda if you hadn’t fucked all their husbands at some point.

(A pause during which Michelle just stares at Jeff.)

POOT
Wellllll, I should probly /get goin’…

MICHELLE
Why’d you marry me?

JEFF
What?

MICHELLE
Why’d you pick me to settle down with? I mean I’m sure you knew all about me.

POOT
He loves you, Michelle. He’s just—

JEFF
No, I don’t.

POOT
You don’t mean that. (to Michelle) He don’t mean that.

JEFF
Naw, I do. And she knows I do.

MICHELLE
So why me, Jeff?

(All is still while Jeff considers this. Then:)

JEFF
I guess I married you ‘cause I knew you’d be grateful. And… I needed that after… after Alma. After she found out I was messin’ with you and… and aborted my baby… I needed someone to...(big breath)... I needed somebody to think I was worth settlin’ down with. I needed somebody to look at me and go, “Yeah, I wouldn’t mind havin’ his baby.” And there you were. Already standin’ there. Lyin’ there. Wide open. And nobody else would have ya, so I knew you needed me, too. We needed each other. More than we loved each other. We both had so much need. Still do. Thing is, ain’t neither of us been in a position to deal with the other one’s needs. We just reachin’ and reachin’ and ain’t nothin’ there to grab. But that stops today. From today on, we are gonna be there for each other, help each other. We are gonna look each other in the eye, we are gonna talk honest, and we are gonna listen real good. I’m gonna be a husband and a father. You’re gonna be a wife and a mother. And now that we got community we can count on, we are gonna make this shit work. We are gonna fuckin’ function. With dignity. You hear? We are gonna build something our son can be proud of. And then… maybe we can find our way to lovin’ each other.

(Michelle takes all that in. A moment.)

MICHELLE
Gimme the baby.

(Jeff balks big-time.)

MICHELLE (cont.)
I WANT TO HOLD MY SON.

(Jeff reluctantly, carefully hands Hunter to Michelle.
For a moment, they actually resemble a family.

Suddenly:)

POOT
Can I—?

JEFF
Go home, Poot.

(Poot beelines to the door.)

POOT
Thank you.

(End scene.)

Playwright Buzz

June 9, 2018

Chisa Hutchinson To Pen New Play For South Coast Rep

Chisa Hutchinson is currently working on a new play commissioned by South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa, CA.

Learn more here.

June 9, 2018

Chisa Hutchinson Among First 15 Audible-Commissioned Playwrights

Chisa has been selected as one of the first handful of playwrights to receive a commission from Audible. While all plays are ultimately to be recorded and distributed on their audio platform, some will be selected for live productions in New York City.

Find out more here.

April 15, 2016

Chisa Hutchinson Finally Gets Some NJ Love

It's taken a while and several NYC productions, but New Jersey writer, Chisa Hutchinson, is finally getting to play in her home-state. Read the Times piece here.

March 7, 2016

Chisa Hutchinson Returns to CATF

After a wildly successful world premiere of her play DEAD AND BREATHING in 2014, Chisa Hutchinson will be returning to the Contemporary American Theater Festival to debut her weird new work, THE WEDDING GIFT. Get more info here.

March 7, 2016

Second Stage Welcomes New Resident Playwright, Chisa Hutchinson

As this year's Tow Foundation Fellow, Chisa Hutchinson receives $75,000 and residency at Second Stage Theater in NYC, which culminates in a production in the spring of 2017. Read about all the Tow Fellows and their sponsoring theaters on Playbill.com.

January 10, 2015

Chisa Hutchinson To Be Honored At The Dramatist Guild Awards

The Dramatist Guild has just released its list of this year's honorees. Second-year New Dramatists member, Chisa Hutchinson, has been selected as the recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award. See the full press release here .

July 26, 2014

Chisa Hutchinson's DEAD & BREATHING on NPR

NPR's Elizabeth Blair put together a super sweet piece about the world premiere of DEAD & BREATHING at Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV. You can read/hear it here.

Contact Info

Theater Rep:
Di Glazer
​ICM Partners
65 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 556-6820

Film Reps:
Cullen Conly &
​Nikki Montazaran
​ICM Partners
10250 Contellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
​(310) 550-4000

Television Rep:
Melissa Orton
ICM Partners
10250 Contellation Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
​(310) 550-4256

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Chisa's Website

Chisa Hutchinson's Calendar

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