Steve Moore (playwright)

Infobox Writer
name = Steve Moore

nationality = American
birthdate =
birthplace = Chicago, Illinois
deathdate =
deathplace =
occupation = Playwright
spouse =

Steve Moore is a playwright born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Chicago where he majored in Classics, and recently received an MFA in Playwrighting from the University of Texas at Austin. He has received wide critical acclaim for his vibrant, creative, and contemplative stage plays.

After graduating, he moved to Austin, Texas and, along with a few fellow theatre-savvy friends, created the "Physical Plant Theatre Company". Since its beginnings, Moore has written the majority of the company's plays, receiving vast praise from Austin theatre and arts critics.

In 2006, one of his arguably best plays, "Not Clown" enjoyed an Off-Broadway run to positive reviews from The New York Times.

Stage plays

* "Plant Number One" (1994) - An imagistic, highly choreographed comedy set in a Draconian office of the future. Inadvertently, one afternoon Employee #16 drops a staple that by morning has come to life and learned to type. The play tracks the staple's meteoric rise to power in the corporate world.

* "Digi-glo" (1994) - A single actor moves between three "spheres" onstage to recount a mysterious car trip to Seattle. In one sphere, a driver picks up a hitchhiker who is the incarnation of the driver's failed romantic relationship; in another, a lecturer postulates about that relationship's history and future; and in the third, a miniature clown version of the driver panics, rambles, and represents a variety of inner upheaval.

* "Tiller" (1995) - Two fates hang in swings above a doomed ship whose captain has steered it into a sea of dreams. The oarsmen pound out language like a heart pounding blood, as the navigator frets and sings. With this play we discoved a space between what is visible and invisible, possible and impossible, and the fates are seized and made to answer for the unearned ill-luck of the ship and her crew.

* "barber, tallman, Cora, clown" (1995) - In this joyfully obscure and bizarre mass-collaboration, the tallest man in the world goes for a haircut at a barber shop whose blue barbicide fluide serves as a portal to an invisible, unsteady circus world. An echo chamber of symbols and language as pure and complete as a dream.

* "(once.)" (1996) - Alfred's love of the playpus leads him toward and away from a gazebo (which is ever on fire), where he meets and falls in love with Agnes -- who gathers up the fallen pieces of the sky in her wheelbarrow. In an old Hyde Park toolshed for seven weeks, never for more than fourteen people each night, and always for free, we performed this strange, quiet, lyrical play.

* "The Kindermann Depiction" (2002) - From eight feet above the action, the audience observed characters who never spoke but sometimes sang, whose currencies were ice, blood, books, and grieving, and whose engine was the death of a nameless child.

* "Not Clown" (2004) - In a time when clowns are tortured and circuses banned, a renegade troupe enacts the story of a girl who longs for their outlawed life -- even as her father commits atrocities on the State's behalf. Limbs rebel against the body. The cram car bolts for the border. And a round, red nose is a dark souvenir.

* "Nightswim" (2004) - Tells the story of Roy Bedichek, J. Frank Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb -- the inspirations behind the Philosophers' Rock sculpture at Barton Springs. A naturalist, a storyteller and a historian, the trio once defined popular literature in Austin. Moore animates the friends at their beloved Barton Springs on the demise of Bedichek, who negotiates with a post-mortem gatekeeper ("X") to spend more time in the place he loved the most.

*"Kneeling Down At Noon" (2006) - Physical Plant teams up with St. Edward's University to present this original play about Islam -- or, more particularly, about the lives of a handful of Muslims struggling to find, share, and live their daily faith. From the devout wife of a Syrian atheist activist, to the doubting son struggling with prejudice in America, to the secret policeman twisting Islam to his own ends, each character is a lens onto this complex and much-maligned religion. But more than that, the play folds these characters into remarkable stories that undermine, amplify, and invigorate the ways they understand God -- and the will of God on earth.

* "Petite-Petite, or Bright Misgivings" (2008) - A puppet show in which Paris reaches accidental perfection while the world beyond unravels. God and Voltaire share a flat and fight about the dishes. Teams of identical Hemingways play water polo in the Seine. Joan of Arc is giving up smoking. Baudelaire runs an opium den. And a wide-eyed walrus arrives in the middle of the night.

External links

* [ Physical Plant Theatre Co. Website]
* [ New York Times Review of "Not Clown"]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Fortean Times — Infobox Magazine title = Fortean Times | image size = 200px | Fortean Times issue 200 editor = David Sutton previous editor = Bob Rickard (Founder) Paul Sieveking staff writer = Jen Ogilvie frequency = Monthly (Was bi monthly; quarterly) category …   Wikipedia

  • List of Harvard University people — The list of Harvard University people includes notable graduates, professors and administrators affiliated with Harvard University. For a list of notable non graduates of Harvard, see notable non graduate alumni of Harvard. For a list of Harvard… …   Wikipedia

  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute — The MSRI entrance, May 2011 The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), founded in 1982, is an independent nonprofit mathematical research institution whose funding sources include the National Science Foundation, foundations,… …   Wikipedia

  • performing arts — arts or skills that require public performance, as acting, singing, or dancing. [1945 50] * * * ▪ 2009 Introduction Music Classical.       The last vestiges of the Cold War seemed to thaw for a moment on Feb. 26, 2008, when the unfamiliar strains …   Universalium

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • List of people from Michigan — A list of notable people from the U.S. state of Michigan. Bolding indicates places in Michigan. People from Michigan are sometimes referred to as Michiganders, Michiganians, or more rarely as Michiganites. Actors, entertainers and… …   Wikipedia

  • List of California Institute of the Arts people — Lists of notable alumni, faculty, and visiting artist of the California Institute of the Arts.chool of ArtAlumni* Sean Adams (BFA 86, Graphic Design) * Angus Andrew * Edgar Arceneaux * Larissa Banks * Ashley Bickerton * Weston Bingham (MFA 96,… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Jewish American entertainers — This is a list of famous Jewish American entertainers. For other famous Jewish Americans, see List of Jewish Americans. ListActors*See also List of Jewish American actors in televisionOrganized by decade of birth1990s*Robin Arcuri (1991 )… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Northwestern alumni — The following is a list of notable alumni who attended Northwestern UniversityAcademia * Madeleine Wing Adler (B.A. 1962), President, West Chester University * Robert J. Alpern (B.A. 1972), Dean, Yale School of Medicine * Elijah Anderson (Ph.D.… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Irish people — This is a list of famous Irish people.It covers * People who were born on the island of Ireland and/or who have lived there for most of their lives. * People who, though not necessarily ever having been born or lived in Ireland, have been raised… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.