CALLEY ANDERSON is an up-and-coming playwright from Memphis, Tennessee. Her ten-minute plays have received five festival productions to date (Emerald Theatre Company, TN 2016; Pride Theater at Chandler, VT 2017; Stable Cable Lab Co., NY 2017; InVersion Theatre, NY 2018; Fade to Black Fest, TX 2018). Anderson is a graduate of Davidson College, where she received her BA in English with a Concentration in Film and Media Studies and currently attends The New School - School of Drama. Anderson is a current member of the Dramatists Guild and is one of thirteen Memphis Hub fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar's Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.
ONE ACT | ADAPTATION
Six actors and one narrator take us through a meta-theatrical journey that asks an essential question of August Strindberg's classic: who is Miss Julie? Set in multiple time periods and locations in the United States, The Julies is an attempt to push adaptation further and create more space for questions than interpretations or answers.
There's a cultural touchstone in Black America that, if you see another Black person running, you follow without question. But what happens after you've followed? Where do you run? What do you discover? Trick or Treat? gives comedic answers to those questions while highlighting the realities of what it means to be a Black man in America.
Five research study participants gather in a conference room. Their task appears simple and straight-forward: select 10 events from the year 1968 that they feel impacted the nation’s conscious and view of empathy. What transpires is a reflection of what is seen, heard, and missed when history, memory, and living bodies must merge in unflinching ways.
DEVISED | ONE ACT
Lillian is the newest resident to Pit-A-Hell, U.S.A. The residents attempt to show her that "Hell is normal," but she struggles to adjust after realizing that disenfranchisement and lynching are part of "normal". Plus, there's a Ring Leader who is keen on keeping everyone in line and under control. Hell is Normal journeys along with Lillian as she tests the limits of this strange world, making friends and enemies alike.
Does a spark always start a fire, or can it die out?
In this 10-minute play, two young men engage in a tête-à-tête about truth, self, and love at a lonely airport baggage claim.
The Julies received a staged reading during the New School for Drama's Summer Studio Series. It was performed on June 1, 2018 at Arnhold Hall in New York City, NY.
Trick or Treat? was selected as one of nine finalists for the Fade to Black Play Festival. It was performed at the MATCH Theatre in Houston, Texas June 21-23, 2018.
Carousel was selected as one of eight finalists for Emerald Theatre Company's "Out of the Closet" Festival. It will be performed at TheatreWorks in Memphis, TN September 9-11, 2016. Calley was the only local playwright to be chosen for the festival.