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Chisa Hutchinson

CHISA HUTCHINSON  (1980 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Harden-Curtis Associates  

Chisa was born in Queens, New York to young, irresponsible parents on May 23rd 1980. She spent majority of her formative years under the care of a much more responsible, but chronically broke woman who was technically her godfather's mother, but who would later-in the fine, it-takes-a-village tradition of the broken family-simply become "MA." Chisa grew up in the company of what seemed like hundreds of unofficially adopted brothers and sisters in Newark, New Jersey, where she excelled in school and philosophized with cockroaches about the ultimate merits of poverty. Her favorite six-legged pest, who called himself Swifty on account of his uncanny ability to elude the bottom of any shoe, once told her with a wistful chuckle, "One day, you will be able to look back and romanticize all this shit." That day appeared on the horizon of Chisa's future when, at fourteen, she got a scholarship to what she thought was a boarding school. It turns out, however, that having more than one building-indeed, having a campus-does not make a boarding school (Chisa was naive and probably should've read the brochures more carefully). So she moved about ten miles and a whole galaxy away from Newark to Short Hills to live with a host family comprised of a quirky, Buddhist psychologist, her then husband, a nature-loving, piano-playing Jew, their three kids, and an ancient dog named Baboo. It was a rough transition. But one which has, nevertheless, shaped Chisa and her writing for the better. She thinks. Chisa blames her addiction to Theater on her high school Drama teacher, Bob Pridham, who introduced her to the plays of august Wilson, John Guare, Paula Vogel, David Mamet and Lorraine Hansberry, exposed her to the irrepressible style of Julie Taymor, explained the evolution of Greek tragedy in a way that made sense to her, and got her gears grinding over the simultaneous necessity and obsolescence of color-blind casting. (Bob, if you're reading this: it's all your fault.) By the time she got to Vassar, there was nothing left for her to do but major in Theater Arts. after college, Chisa taught high school Theater and English for five years. Meanwhile, she was trying-pretty unsuccessfully-to get noticed by Theaters. She'd had a few readings, had a one-act produced at Vital Theater, and come thiiiiiiiis close to winning some awards. . . all tempests in teapots. It wasn't until her friend Heidi hooked her up with the Lark Play Development Center that the really good stuff started happening. there, a reading of what she's come to think of as her breakthrough play, She Like Girls, led to a workshop production, another reading, another workshop, a full-blown production, two commissions, a great agent, and a foot in the door at many a reputable Theater. Not to mention a cozy spot under the enormous wings of some really cool writers like Melinda Lopez, Kia Corthron, and Tina Howe. (Ladies, if you're reading this: you rock.) Chisa is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU and works as a teaching artist at whatever organization deems her useful. She would like to thank you for reading her bio, but encourages you to get out more if this is really how you choose to spend your free time. Maybe see a play. Maybe one of Chisa's plays.

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below is a list of Chisa Hutchinson's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        9         7 Sins In 60 Minutes         Alondra Was Here         Ayesha Cook Is Dying From the Feet Up         Choosing Love         Dirt Rich         Good Mother, The         Grimm Reality, A         Kin         Sex On Sunday (Or How To Make A Man Stay, Beg, And Roll Over)         She Like Girls         Subject, The         This Is Not the Play         Tolerance



9

Synopsis:
about a bored, well-off white woman who decides to screw the system by screwing a black guy she meets on the subway

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Vital Theater Company    -

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One act

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7 Sins In 60 Minutes

Synopsis:
7 Sins. 7 Playwrights. 60 Minutes. 7 Sins in 60 Minutes is a high-octane ride through the Seven Deadly Sins, done 21st-century style. Developed by seven playwrights and one director, the piece boasts a playful and provocative mix of comedy, Drama, dance, spoken word, and original music. Over the course of one hour, four characters take a rollercoaster ride from sloth to pride. the playwrights are: Chisa Hutchinson, Cheryl L. Davis, Paula Cizmar, Olga de la Fuente, Natalia Naman, anne Phelan, and Melisa Tien.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
HERE Arts Center - Dorothy B. Williams theater
145 6th avenue, New York, NY 10013    11 Jul 2010

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Alondra Was Here

Synopsis:
Sisters Alondra and Anise have had enough. People in their town are disappearing; young women are being brutalized and the perpetrators are rewarded with political power. So the sisters decide they're going to do something about it--something dangerous and rebellious and probably very stupid, but something nonetheless. When their plan goes awry, and Alondra disappears, Anise is left to drift in a veritable ocean of guilt and indecision. Haunted by the ghost of her sister, she must figure out if she's capable of following through on the ultimate act of subversion alone.

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1st Produced:
Wild Project
195 east 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009    03 May 2013

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humRumbleROAR Productions

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Play/Drama

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Ayesha Cook Is Dying From the Feet Up

Synopsis:
a screenplay about a young woman trying to juggle a serious relationship, the demands of her high-Drama family, and a spanking new diagnosis of MS.

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Choosing Love

Synopsis:
a ten minute play in which a psychic encounters the man she knows is the love of her life

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Be Company    -

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Ten Min

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Dirt Rich

Synopsis:
a play about five kids from the projects who find a huge wad of cash and have to figure out what to do with it without killing each other.

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Commissioned by And premiering with City Parks Foundation (summer 2009)

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Good Mother, The

Synopsis:
a play about a white woman so desperate to have a child, she steals one from a black teen mother. . . and gets away with it for sixteen years.

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Developed by the Lark Play Development Center

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Grimm Reality, A

Synopsis:
a Grimm Reality consists of five modernized fairytales of the Brothers Grimm. Woven into a single narrative by five playwrights, a Grimm Reality celebrates the diversity, the excitement, and the "magic" of New York City and your favorite Grimm's tales. Taking place outdoors in Bryant Park and free to the public, this immersive, 3-dimensional experience happens all around the audience, in an exciting theatrical journey that will be enjoyable for both families and the discriminating theatergoer. Performances are free to the public and intended for adults and children 8 and up.
- nytheatre.com

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written by Bekah Brunsteter, Zack Friedman, Chisa Hutchinson, Cassandra Hume, Dan Kitrosser

1st Produced:
Bryant Park Reading Room, North Side of Bryant Park    24 Jul 2010

Company:
Theatre 4the PeOPLe

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Kin

Synopsis:
a very short piece in which, faced with the imminent death of her father, a young, black filmmaker confronts her unforgiving mother. . .off-screen.

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Sex On Sunday (Or How To Make A Man Stay, Beg, And Roll Over)

Synopsis:
everyone wants to know Laila Meeks's secret for success. Having just moved into a lavish apartment in an affluent neighborhood, Laila peaks the curiosity of her nosey and delightfully catty neighbors. the local ladies are desperate to find out just who Laila is and the juicy details of her mysterious professional life. Laila finds herself caught in a web of hilarious antics and lies as she tries to balance her two worlds while searching for happiness, love, and self-fulfillment. Sex on Sunday weaves together a hysterical and poignant play about a dominatrix seeking to reconcile her private and professional lives. Chisa Hutchinson challenges taboos of sex, race, relationships, and gender bias leaving everyone involved begging for more.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
The Theatre at 30th Street
259 West 30th Street, New York, NY 10001    19 Mar 2011

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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She Like Girls

Synopsis:
Inspired by true events, She Like Girls follows the story of Kia Clark, a black teen, as she struggles with brutal self-discovery in the face of a non-accepting, insular community where falling outside of the norm is difficult and dangerous. When Kia's relationship with Marisol Feliciano moves from friendship to something more, the absence of understanding and respect in their volatile urban environment create ripples of vehement hate. Chisa Hutchinson's She Like Girls is the story of two inner-city high school girls who fall in love and dare to challenge their world by choosing freedom over silence.
- nytheatre.com

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Premiering with Working Man's Clothes Productions (fall 2009)

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Playscripts, Inc (2010)   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  6            Other:  8-11 actors possible: 5-7 females, 3-4 males

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Subject, The

Synopsis:
the story of a documentarian who's having a crisis of conscience having built his success on the death of one of his subjects

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Commissioned by Atlantic theater Company

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This Is Not the Play

Synopsis:
This is Not the Play is. . . well, not really a play. It's an inside look at the controversial process by which one playwright constructs characters and ultimately a story. Problem is, the playwright has no idea who the characters really are. She isn't even sure she wants to tell their story. and it doesn't exactly help that the characters go on strike mid-brainstorm. Watch to see how she gets them to reveal themselves-and their deep, dirty issues-despite deep distrust and mutual prejudice. the bonus? You get a say in what the actual play will be.
- nytheatre.com

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1st Produced:
Theaterlab
357 West 36th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10018    22 Jun 2011

Company:
Mad Dog Theatre Company

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Genre:
piece

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Tolerance

Synopsis:
the short tale of one arab-American man's journey through airport security and beyond.

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