Anya Richkind

I write to unravel my obsessions — to name the urge, explore the question, and  locate the edges of the answer. I always come back to young women, queerness, closely knit families, letters, loneliness, approaching articulation but falling short, and moms.

Plays —

Here Lies Cappy

Years ago, Mom found an unopened bag of letters from her mother Barbara — childhood penpal correspondences, love letters, and her suicide note. On opposite sides of the country, Mom and her daughter Twig read the letters.

Semi-Finalist, O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, 2020

Semi-Finalist, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, 2020

Finalist, Cutting Ball Theater's Variety Pack, 2019

Reading, The Tank, April 2019

Finalist, Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers, 2019

Semi-Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2019

Reading, Play by Play Lab, October 2018

tender of you too

Allegra and Tara are cast in their high school play as Frances Willard and Mary Bannister, two women from the 1800's. Through historical diary entries and sleepovers alike, Allegra and Tara explore and define their relationship.

Production, The Tank, 2018

Grant, The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, 2018

Semi-Finalist, O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, 2017

Finalist, O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, 2016

Production, Yale College, 2016

The End of Mermaids

Welcome to Mermaidland, Florida, the only place on earth where mermaids are real. Enjoy our afternoon special starring Mermaid Bee, Mermaid Vana, and our newest princess of the deep, Mermaid Marie. 

Production, Corkscrew Theater Festival, 2018

Reading, The Tank, 2018

Grant, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, 2018

The Secret of Asteraceae

"Weird" is just the beginning of the name-calling when eight middle-schoolers ditch cross-country practice one afternoon. A play for young actors and young audiences. 

Production, Katherine Delmar Burke School, 2013

Production, American Conservatory Theater Young Conservatory, 2012

Production, Marin Country Day School, 2011

Ministers of Loneliness

Emma knows that deep down she's an amazing guitarist. Joyce thought she'd be married or famous by now. Earnest loves seasonal decorations. A kaleidoscopic exploration of loneliness through fantasy, farce and the extremely mundane.

Reading, Mary Rodgers Room at the Dramatists Guild, 2019

Untitled Dad Play

Karina wrote a ten-minute play. Mom and Dad, playing characters named Katrina and Dad, attempt to read it over dinner. Katie, a traveling knife-saleswoman just out of college, attempts to sell them knives.

Short Plays —

Big Happy Days

The world has been over for thousands of years. Only Gloria and Maybel are left. Until one day, among the steaming mush and the old filing cabinets from advertising agencies gone by, Maybel finds a rarity  a man.

Workshop Production, Williamstown Theater Festival, 2019

The Colchester Thunder

Syd and Maisie return to their hometown with a goal: to coach their childhood all-girls T-Ball team. All they have to do is break the news to Adam and Mary, the old coach and manager. 

Production, 24 Hour Plays: Nationals at the New School for Drama, 2017

Sharon the Ghost Light

Sharon invited you here today because Sharon needs help. A play that takes place in your imagination and can be performed over Zoom.

Everyone is Gay

The data's been analyzed, the numbers have been crunched, and the results are here. Our country's finest scientists have just found, with 97% certainty, that everyone is gay. People react. 

Other —


It starts with mourning doves

an ongoing blog, a weekly exploration,

a practice in practice. where will we go?

Read it here.


"Gen Z"

Welcome to zombie suburbia! The year is 3046: humans are long gone, but high school still sucks. Teenage loner zombie Matilda is bored as hell until she discovers the very last human — and falls in love with her. While reconciling her sexuality, Matilda faces a much bigger problem — making sure her fellow zombies never find out that humans aren't extinct after all.

Featured Monologue:

24 Hour Plays

In Mr. Davy's 2nd Period Advanced Theater Now on Zoom, a high school teacher attempts to bring the contact sport of theater to the virtual arena.

Featured in the published collection Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays — buy the published collection here!



Woman Discovers the Key to Getting Out of Literally Any Situation: Imply You’re Menstruating.

Read it here!

About —

Me and my adorable little brother. 

A Brooklyn-based playwright, Anya has been honored as a finalist in the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, the Leah Ryan's Fund for Emerging Women Writers, and the Cutting Ball Theater's Variety Pack Series, and as a semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Seven Devils' Playwrights Conference. Anya's work has been produced with Corkscrew Theater Festival, The Barrow Group Theatre, Yale College, The New School for Drama, The American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory, Marin Country Day School and The Tank. Anya graduated with a BA from Yale University, where she studied playwriting, queer history and Eastern European culture. Anya's professors have included Sarah Ruhl, Donald Margulies, Deb Margolin, Liz Duffy Adams, Adam Gwon and Stefanie Zavadrec. Anya is pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College in Fall 2020, studying with Tina Satter and Anne Washburn, supported by the Capote Foundation scholarship.


Also, she has begun a blog called "It starts with mourning doves".

Contact —

If you'd like to read a sample or get to know each other, email me at anyajessie (at) gmail (dot) com !