Deborah Chava Singer is a poet and playwright originally from San Diego, California where she studied truth with the Mesa College Theatre Company and created, published and performed with the Queer Players. While going to school (in something else) in Toronto, Ontario she remembered what she really wanted most was to be a writer. She currently resides in Vancouver, Washington. Her plays include: The Red Rose (OG Productions' 5th Annual St. James Tavern Valentine's Day Theatre Shorts Festival, Columbus, OH 2016) Bonnie and Claudia’s Attempted Toaster Oven Heist (Buffalo United Artists’ Take 10, Buffalo, NY 2015; LSU’s Theatre Dept’s Outworks Festival, Baton Rouge, LA 2011; StageQ’s Queer Shorts 5, Madison, WI 2010), Naughty or Nice: A Santa Scandal Update (ARFTCo’s A Christmas Cocktail, Chicago IL 2014; ARFTCo’s Chicago Christmas Spectacular, 2009), Sweet Bitter (The Working Theatre Collective’s 20 Erotic Shorts: Trois, Portland, OR 2012), The First Good-bye (StageQ's Queer Shorts 4, Madison, WI 2009), He Sees You When You're Sleeping (ARFTCo’s Chicago Christmas Spectacular, Chicago, IL 2008), Reading the Numbers (play lab, Last Frontier Theatre Conference,Valdez, AK 2007), and Sweet Night, Last Morning (10-Minute Play Slam, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK 2007). Her writing has appeared in Chaffin, Cirque, Heart and Mind Zine, Snapdragon, Twisted Vine, Labletter, Off the Rocks, Rockhurst Review, Trajectory and Steam Ticket. She is the grateful recipient of a 2012 Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) grant from Artist Trust to work on her play Hidden Potential, or the Straight Gene.
In the future genetic profiling is cheaper, widely accessible, and trending. People look to their genes for guidance in exercise regimens, employment, romance, and even what hobbies to pursue. Siblings Charlie and Emma have their genetic profiles done on a coupon. Charlie, a gay man in a committed relationship, is told that according to his genes he's straight. Emma's hopes of learning cooking and hosting dinner parties for all the friends she's going to make are dashed and she's told she should learn a musical instrument. Charlie struggles to decide if his genes really are his destiny or if he should go against the science everyone around him wants to rely on and follow his own heart.
Hidden Potential, or The Straight Gene was written with the help of a Grants for Artists Projects (GAP) grant from Artist Trust.
My ten-minute play Chicken Burger with a Side of Awkward is going to be in NW10 at Oregon Contemporary Theatre in Eugene, OR, March 20-29, 2020. UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, this show has been postponed, hopefully, more info to come ...
My five-minute play Toledo is going to be in the 9th Annual St. James’ Valentine’s Day Theatre Shorts Festival from OG Productions at the St. James Tavern in Columbus, OH, on February 14, 7pm. This year's theme is: “A love like ours could never die...”
My one-act (In)security in Perpetuity is going to be in Gallery Players' 23rd Annual Black Box New Play Festival in Brooklyn, NY. The festival is January 9-26, my play is in week 2: January 16-19. https://galleryplayers.com/new-play-festival/
My one-act Someday Never is going to be in the WriteHer New Play Festival from Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The festival is December 13-15. Someday Never is in Block B: December 14, 8pm, and December 15, 2pm. https://www.celebrationtheatre.com/2019-writeher