Anya Richkind

I write to illuminate and celebrate existential dread rather than ignore it.
To embrace the happysad, the unmakingsense, and the inscrutability of the everyday.
I write to hold people close, knowing it'll never be close enough.
The holding is the important thing, anyway.

Plays —

Here Lies Cappy
80-minute play

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
90-minute play

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

Ministers of Loneliness
80-minute play

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.

Winner, Himan Brown Award for Creative Writing, Brooklyn College, 2020 - 2021

Reading, Mary Rodgers Room at the Dramatists Guild, 2019

The End of Mermaids
80-minute play

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

Untitled Dad Play
70-minute play

Karina wrote a ten-minute play. Her 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.

The Secret of Asteraceae
70-minute YA play

"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

Short Plays —

A Compendium of Useless Information
10-minute monologue

Sylvia has cancer and is playing phone tag with her daughter.  

Performed by Marcia Gay Harden for 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, 2021 — check out the piece here.
Check out the New York Times mention here!

Mr. Davy's 2nd Period Advanced Theater Now on Zoom
10-minute monologue

A high school teacher attempts to bring the contact sport of theater to the virtual arena.

Performed by Sandra Bernhardt at Guild Hall, dir. Bob Balaban, 2021
Performed by Ty Dafoe for the 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, 2020
Featured in the published collection Viral Monologues from 24 Hour Plays
— buy the published collection here!

Hot Clown Cool Down
10-minute play

Haganini, an out-of-work clown, lives alone in Asheville, North Carolina, where everything's usually the same — until he starts hearing music throughout his apartment. A virtual piece devised with Ethan Holtzman and Geo Jones.

Production, Brooklyn College Virtual Black Box Festival, 2020

Big Happy Days
10-minute play

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
10-minute play

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
10-minute play

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
10-minute play

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.

Woman Discovers...
Comedic Article

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

Read it here!

About —

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photo by Jess Honovich

A Brooklyn-based playwright, Anya has been honored as a winner of Brooklyn College's 2020-2021 Creative Writing Award and Brooklyn College's Himan Brown Award for Creative Writing, 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 by Brooklyn College, Guild Hall, 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 currently pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College (expected May 2022), studying with Tina Satter, Anne Washburn, Haruna Lee, and Dennis Allen II, supported by the Capote Foundation scholarship. 

Contact —

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