Anya Richkind



Here Lies Cappy

2 w/nb, 1 w, 1 m

85 minutes

​There is a bag of letters from Barbara that nobody has opened for many years. Mom has the bag. Somewhere in that bag is Barbara's suicide note. Letter by letter, Mom and Twig learn about Twig's grandmother Barbara, who left us when Mom was two years old. Meanwhile, Dad is building a deck and someone named Benny moves in next to Twig.

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

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

Semi-Finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2019

tender of you too

2 w

80 mins

High-schoolers Allegra and Tara meet when cast in the school play as Frances Willard and Mary Bannister - two historical leaders of the late-1800s Women's Christian Temperance Movement who shared a very close friendship. Through rehearsals, sleepovers and communions with Ouija boards, Allegra and Tara explore just how similar - and dissimilar - they are to Frances and Mary.

Production, The Tank, 2018

Production, Yale College, 2016

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

The End of Mermaids

4 w, 1 m

90 minutes

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. Reawaken your childhood fantasies. Revel in death-defying underwater dances. Soak in impossible beauty. And please disregard the alligators. There is nothing to worry about. 

Production, Corkscrew Theater Festival, 2018

Staged Reading, The Tank, 2018

Grant, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, 2018

The Secret of Asteraceae

4 w, 4 m

75 minutes

"Weird" is just the beginning of the name-calling when eight middle-schoolers ditch cross-country practice one afternoon. Left to their own devices, they are hilarious, mean, and vulnerable all at once. In this intriguing play, right and wrong blur with rumor and innuendo, as the secret unravels amid a struggle for friendship and individuality.

Production, Katherine Delmar Burke School, 2013

Production, American Conservatory Theater Young Conservatory, 2012

Production, Marin Country Day School, 2011

Big Happy Days

2 w, 1 m

10 minutes

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

Everyone is Gay

2 w, 2 m, 2 nb

10 minutes

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. 

The Colchester Thunder

3 w, 1 m

10 minutes

Syd and Maisie return to their hometown with a goal: to coach their childhood all-girls T-Ball team. Now 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




May 5, 2020

I'll begin pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College in Fall 2020 -- I'm so excited!


April 30, 2020

Here Lies Cappy was named a semi-finalist for the Seven Devils 2020 Playwrights



January 17, 2020

Here Lies Cappy was named a semi-finalist for the O'Neill

Theater Center's 2020

National Playwrights Conference.


December 14, 2019

Ministers of Loneliness received a reading at the Dramatists' Guild Mary Rodgers Room, in Friday

Night Footlights.



Our readers especially

appreciated the humor and sensitivity of language

in this work. 

Eugene O'Neill

Theater Center

With its appeals to queer

history, it becomes a call for

queer couples to appreciate the beauty of past love, but above all to forge their own independent paths forward, unconstrained by what has been done before.

Kate Cray 

Broad Recognition

I was immediately taken

by the subject matter, the unique and vivid characters, and the maturity of

the writing. This is an extraordinary young artist.

Craig Slaight 

Director of the A.C.T. Young Conservatory



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. 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 and Stefanie Zavadrec. Anya is very excited to begin pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College starting in Fall 2020.



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