Nathan Christopher
Jersey City, NJ
Author of six plays and one musical (to date). Many accolades. Dramatists Guild member.
Biography

Nathan Christopher is the author of six plays: PICKING UP, TO REMAIN SILENT, A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR, SORRY (NOT SORRY), CLAIREVOYANT, and EVE: A PALINDROME PLAY.

PICKING UP was a winner in the “Script” category of the 86th annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in 2017. It was also one of three finalists in the 13th annual New Jersey Playwrights Contest in spring 2016 and a semi-finalist in The Road Theatre Company’s 7th Summer Playwrights Festival (Hollywood, CA) in summer 2016.

A musical version of PICKING UP, created with lauded singer-songwriter Gregory Douglass, made its off-off-Broadway workshop debut to a sold-out, 99-seat house as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s Fall 2019 New Work Series. It was also featured in Undiscovered Works at Dixon Place’s Monthly Storytelling Series (NYC) streamed online in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

TO REMAIN SILENT was named a Finalist in the “Stageplay” category of the 2017 Moondance International Film Festival and a semi-finalist in the 14th annual New Jersey Playwrights Contest.

A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR was featured in Tiny_Theatre’s critically acclaimed Facebook Live readings and Undiscovered Works at Dixon Place’s Monthly Storytelling Series (NYC) during the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. It was also included in the 26th annual "Jersey Voices" One-Act Festival for the 2020 season (Chatham, NJ). The play was a Finalist in The Theater Project’s 2020 "Think Fast" Short-Play Festival (Maplewood, NJ), the Hidden River Arts Hidden River Review Short Play Award competition (Philadelphia, PA), and the Phillips’ Mill Community Association’s Emerging Playwrights Festival (Bucks County, PA), and chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the second annual Stage It! Ten-Minute Play Festival (Bonita Springs, FL).

CLAIREVOYANT made its debut in April 2020 as part of Tiny_Theatre's critically acclaimed Facebook Live reading series. It was also included in Anacortes Community Theatre's Summer 2020 "Thank You, 10!" short-play festival in Washington state.

Christopher is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and has supported the Atlantic Theater Company, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, since 1999. He is also Script Mastery Certified through Ken Davenport's TheaterMakers Studio.

Follow Christopher on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and read his work on National New Play Exchange (NPX).

Plays

by Nathan Christopher (Book/Lyrics), Gregory Douglass (Music/Lyrics)

It’s the 90s – when everyone still relied on the landline telephone. That landline is a lifeline to four women who have been brought together and are anxiously awaiting a phone call. As the hours slip away, tensions run high, friendships are tested and secrets are exposed. PICKING UP is a story about relationships, family, and what happens when everything is on the line.

Cast:
MARGOT LOW: Grandmother/Mother. LEIGH TUCKER: Mom/Daughter. LUCY TUCKER: Daughter/Granddaughter, in law school. ELLA DENVER: Lucy Tucker’s childhood friend, never left town.
by Nathan Christopher

It’s the 90s – when everyone still relied on the landline telephone. That landline is a lifeline to four women who have been brought together and are anxiously awaiting a phone call. As the hours slip away, tensions run high, friendships are tested and secrets are exposed. PICKING UP is a story about relationships, family, and what happens when everything is on the line.

Cast:
MARGOT LOW: Grandmother/Mother. LEIGH TUCKER: Mom/Daughter. LUCY TUCKER: Daughter/Granddaughter, in law school. ELLA DENVER: Lucy Tucker’s childhood friend, never left town.
by Nathan Christopher

It’s late on a Wednesday evening in a nondescript bar. There are no customers; the bartender has nothing to do except kill time. She’s not supposed to be here anymore anyway, in this nothing-to-see-here town midway between two better places. Although the chicken sandwich is pretty damn good. And then a man walks in.

Cast:
HER: A bartender. HIM: In town for the night.
by Nathan Christopher

Two people trying to see their way through to the end.

Cast:
CLAIRE: Female, mid 30s to mid 40s. BRETT: Male, mid 30s to mid 40s.
by Nathan Christopher

Weekend brunch service is winding down as two restaurant workers – a seen-it-all cook and a first-day employee – head downstairs for supplies that need restocking before the dinner rush. While they are in the basement stockroom, the restaurant is invaded by armed assailants. The two men in the cellar have a choice to make: Is this their chance to become heroes, or do they remain silent and wait for help to arrive?

Cast:
HARRY: A line cook on the brunch shift. EDDIE: The new guy on his first day. FIRST PERP: The brains? SECOND PERP: The “yes man.” BAILEY: The executive chef. FIRST POLICEMAN SECOND POLICEMAN VOICES OF RESTAURANT PATRONS TWO ADDITIONAL POLICEMEN
by Nathan Christopher

Inspired by horrific events making headlines across the country, SORRY (NOT SORRY) examines the dynamics of power and punishment.

Cast:
HIM: Male, mid-40s. HER: Female, late teens or early 20s.
by Nathan Christopher

This short play in two scenes about the fall of humankind is palindromic, meaning that the spoken lines are the exact same in both scenes but reversed. That is, Scene Two begins with the lines with which Scene One ended and ends with the lines with which Scene One began (and vice versa). It is essential to the continuity of the play that no dialogue is altered in the performance of this piece.

Cast:
BUB: Short for Beelzebub. One of Hell’s Fallen Angels. Works for Satan. MAM: Short for Mammon. Another of Hell’s Fallen Angels who also works for Satan. EVE: The fallen female. ADAM: The man.

Successes

CLAIREVOYANT made its debut in April 2020 as part of Tiny_Theatre’s critically acclaimed Facebook Live reading series.

PICKING UP THE MUSICAL: Sold-out, off-off-Broadway workshop debut in Emerging Artists Theatre’s Fall 2019 New Work Series. Undiscovered Works at Dixon Place’s Monthly Storytelling Series (NYC) in April 2020.

PICKING UP the Play: Winner of the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Finalist in the NJ Playwrights Contest, semi-finalist in The Road Theatre’s Summer Playwrights Festival.