Christopher G. Smith
Rochester,
Biography

Christopher G. Smith's plays include Checkout, Painted Desert, Packers, Thirst for Eden and The Violin Maker.  His play The Violin Maker was a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and The American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Playwriting Award.  It was also a finalist at the 2016 Dayton FutureFest and received a staged reading.  Painted Desert was a 2017 finalist and received a table reading at the Palm Beach Dramaworkshop. It was also a finalist for the Seven Devils Conference and Wordsmyth Theatre reading series.   Packers was named the winner of the Best Original Play competition at the Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK and was recently a finalist at Matchstick Theatre Company London, England.  Checkout was recently named a finalist for the B Street Theatre New Comedy Festival in Sacramento, CA. One Summer Night, a 10 minute play received a reading as part of the Midwest Dramatist Conference.

Christopher’s work has been produced at the Rochester Repertory Theater and received readings through the Midwest Theater Network.  His plays have been 1st runner up for the Shiras Institute/Mildred & Albert Panowski Playwriting Award competition and the SETC New Play Contest; Finalists at The Alleyway Theater, Mountain Playhouse, and semifinalist for the Marvin Taylor Playwriting contest, McLaren Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, Florida Studio Theater and Mill Mountain Theater. He is a member of the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis.

Plays

For 300 years the Mosel family has handcrafted violins of the highest quality. Now Karl Mosel, the last and only son, struggles after his father's death to decide whether to continue the family legacy or let it go. His elderly grandfather, Wilhelm, convinces Karl to work with him over the summer and attempt to make a violin as homage to his father. Karl is soon joined in the shop by Angela Brunelle, a surprise summer intern. As they repair violins and learn the craft under Wilhelm's guidance, they also find ways to mend their damage lives.go. 

Finalist Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2016 staged reading

2016 Semifinalist American Blues Theater Blue Ink Playwriting Award

2015 Semifinalist at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference

 

 

Cast:
2 M 1F
by Christopher G. Smith

On the great American Painted Desert a charming convict battles with a lost and wondering preacher over the fate of a young runaway.  As the play unravels the boy must choose between the real threat of violence or what appears to be the powerless appeal for goodness from the preacher. 

2017 Palm Beach Dramaworkshop finalist. Company table reading at Read-a-Thon.

2015 Finalists  - Wordsmyth Theater New Play Reading Series and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference

Little Lifeboats Tease -excerpt presented July 8th 2016

Cast:
4 M
by Christopher G. Smith

Comedy- It's the late 1980's.  A widow attempts to boost business with a "big idea" promotion to capitalize on recent Elvis sightings.   All is well until "the king" makes his final surprise appearance just moments before the event. It's a mad scramble with everyone trying to deal with an out of control situation. 

“ I had the opportunity to read/hear this play through Playwright Center's Member Open Play. It reads aloud so easily — Warm and inviting — With big action that snowballs hysterically. At the center are Marge and Mavis — two delightful lead roles for women of an older generation. So refreshing! Writer Smith makes dialogue look easy in this lilting comedy stocked with compelling, sympathetic characters. Fun, too, to see a nostalgic small-town period piece set in recent era — The 1980's. This would be a fun show for a regional or community theater. ”Rachel Carnes NPX

Finalist B Street Theatre New Comedy Festival.  Sacramento, CA

Finalist Theatre Victoria Playwriting Contest. Victoria, TX

Finalist Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition Alleyway Theatre. Buffalo, New York
Finalist Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest.

Cast:
3 F, 2(or 3) M
by Christopher G. Smith

A working class family is caught on both sides of prolonged strike.

Each year the Murphys gather to watch the football game and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.  But this year is anything but simple.  The company has issued an ultimatum. Workers must return or they will be permanently replaced. 

Winner Best Original Play Jewel Box Theatre.  Oklahoma City, OK

First Runner-up SETC New Play Contest. University of Alabama.

Finalist Matchstick Theatre Company.  London, England.

Finalist Annual Shiras Institute Mildred & Albert Panowski Playwriting Award. Northern Michigan University.

Semifinalist Dayton FutureFest. Staged Reading at the Festival.

 Midwest Theatre Network staged readings.

 

Cast:
5 M, 4 F
by Christopher G. Smith

At a final reunion between an aging writer and his son, both men are forced to deal with the nature of their relationship and the choices they made that shaped the direction their lives.

Produced at the Rochester Repertory Theatre

 

Cast:
4 M 1 F

Successes

Packers by Christopher G. Smith was a 2020 finalist at Matchstick Theatre Company, London, England.

Brigid Amos recommended "Painted Desert" by Christopher G. Smith
“ This taut and mystical morality tale kept me engaged to the final moments. ”

New Play Exchange

Christopher G. Smith's play Painted Desert  was a finalist and recieved a table reading at the Palm Beach Dramaworkshop.
 

Christopher G. Smith's play The Violin Maker is one of the six finalist for the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2016.  It will received a staged reading at the festival.

The Violin Maker was a semifinalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference

 

Christopher G. Smith's play Painted Desert will have an excerpt featured in Little Lifeboats TEASE, July 8th at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis.