Charlie Johnson Reads All of Proust
An old man gets a lecture on Proust from his snooty daughter-in- law. Determined to prove he's no dummy, he decides to read it all, and discovers the epic of his own life.
A young psychiatrist negotiates her new practice and her wedding plans, as she wonders how to cope with an unsympathetic patient.
Reading: Ubiquitous Players, 2023
Playhouse on the Square, Memphis, 2023
One act (45 minutes) A nun searches for her missing twin brother as their conflicted history haunts her.
Wells and Welles
A rainy night in 1940, two years after the infamous "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. Orson Welles and HG Wells happen to be at the same motel in San Antonio. Orson has a favor to ask.
Five Views of David Hockney's "The Arrival of Spring in Normandy, 2020"
One act (45 minutes) A mother and son savor an art exhibit throughout their lives in an eternal now.
One-act (50 minutes) Three high school freshman girls try to get the experimental robot who has joined their class elected class president.
Judge Peter Hagan said, "It's very moving... it's sweet... I laughed out loud... Amy Crider is a real playwright."
Front Range Comm. College, 2023
Winner, Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Contest, 2021
Published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 2023
The Arlo File
A young detective must train her new robot partner, and learns the "perfect" computer brain has human flaws.
Reading: Ubiquitous Players, 2022
Finalist, Todd McNerney Award, 2022
The biggest Trump election-night party in 2016: the one at Vladimir Putin's house.
Reading: Jarvis Square Pottery, 2022
Semifinalist: B Street Comedies, 2023
A Ring in a Fish
Maybe we'd be happier in simpler times. A family finds out, when their computer assistant is able to manipulate time and space.
Semifinalist: B Street Comedies, 2020
The Death of Captain Hero
When the lead actor of a Saturday morning cartoon show dies a scandalous death, the head writer wants to give him a heroic send-off on the show. But it's against an actual FCC regulation for a character to die on a children's Saturday morning cartoon. O'Neill semifinalist 2013, Princess Grace Award semifinalist 2017. Ninth Place, 88th Annual Writers Digest Contest 2019.
Readings: 3 Brothers Theatre, Waukegan, 2016
Three Cat Productions, Chicago, 2015
Available Light Theatre, Columbus, 2015
Chameleon Theatre Circle, Minneapolis, 2013
Pamela's husband would like her to go on anxiety medication. Her niece becomes enlightened. Raccoons invade the house.
Reading: Chicago Dramatists Master Class, 2021
Two psychologists studying human behavior run experiments on social media, but when they're assigned to create a new political action group, things take a dark turn.
Clubbed Thumb said: "It's at once a rivetingly paranoid, gently Kafka-esque fable for the digital age, and a very grounded, lovingly-observed portrait of a fraying relationship."
Co- Produced with DavJasFran Entertainment, Chicago, 2021 (Video)
Neukom Award finalist, 2019
Garry Marshall New Works semifinalist, 2018
Screencraft Stage Play semifinalist, 2018
Reading: Three Cat Productions, 2018
The Gift of Prophecy
One-act (40 minutes) A down at his heels journalist is reduced to writing the weekly horoscope for the Pennysaver, and then cursed with the gift of prophecy.
The Last Sane Man
A shy college student meets a young man with a theory: insanity is caused by a virus that is spreading around the globe.
Readings: Piccolo Theatre, Evanston, 2017
Chicago Dramatists, 2016
Spartan Theatre Company, Chicago, 2016
A young woman is captured in the Peloponnesian War, made a slave in Athens, and is seduced by a soldier who tells her he's Zeus in disguise.
Self-Produced in Chicago, 2017
Reading: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 2015
The ancient legends of Irish hero Cuchulainn.
Produced by Trinity High School, 2019
A couple is driven to surreal madness by a sound coming through the walls of their new apartment.
Reading: Coffee and Whisky Productions, 2019
Seven Devils Conference semifinalist, 2017
Poet and Warrior
30 years in the relationship between Irish poet William Butler Yeats and revolutionary Maud Gonne.
The False Years
A half-hour monologue in which a man leaving a psych ward tries to work out when it all went wrong.
When a nurse is apparently murdered in a psych ward, the patients must hold themselves together to solve the mystery.
Produced by First Run Theatre, St. Louis, 2022
Readings: Three Cat Productions, Chicago, 2014
Creative Studio Space, 2009
Ten Minute Plays:
American Blues Theatre Ripped Festival 2020
A Day Full of Life
Children's Weird Wonderful Fest 2022
Third place winner, James Stevenson Prize 2019
The Artistic Home Cut to the Chase Festival 2019
The Terrible Secret
Stage Left Theatre Drek Fest 2019
20% Theatre Snapshots Festival 2016
Between Here and Our Destination
Three Cat Productions Holiday Stories 2014
Chameleon Theatre Circle 2014
Women's Theatre Alliance 2013
Chicago Dramatists Ten Minute Workshop 2011
Sell the House
Second City Level 5 Showcase 2008
Chicago One Minute Play Festival: 2016, 2017, 2018
Directors of my work include:
Keira Fromm, Pat Henderson, Jason Smith, T. Paul Lowry, Duck Washington, Sarah Holt, Charlie Marie McGrath, Natalie Sallee, Tabbi Kolber, Kyle McCloskey, Myesha-Tiara, Lexi Saunders, Patricia Tinsley, Jacob Janssen, Stephanie Stroud, Davette J. Franklin, Bec Willett, Kevin Christopher Fox
Teachers I have studied with:
Dana Lynn Formby, Alice Austen, Will Dunne, Philip Dawkins, Emilio Williams, Douglas Post, Calamity West, Marisela Treviño Orta, Mary Scruggs, Jay Steigmann, Winter Miller, Leigh Fondakowski