On April 22 I had the first-ever private reading of my new musical written with David Hancock Turner, The World Will Not Contain Us. Evan Cabnet directed a brilliant cast: Alexandra Socha, Ben Moss, and Austin Hohnke. New Dramatists generously hosted me as an alumnus and the project was supported by The 24 Hour Plays and Evangeline Morphos. Very excited to take the next step!
My new play An Opening in Time will have its world premiere at Hartford Stage this fall! I’m so thrilled to premiere the play with the theatre I grew up at.
HowlRound interviewed me about the playwriting MFA at the New School for Drama.
Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago: Shinn displays much of the same fascination with the interplay of sexual desire and psychological identity as can be seen in later works like Dying City or Teddy Ferrara, and Nate Silver’s measured, handsomely staged production for Jackalope Theatre Company carefully captures the ambiguities of such fraught encounters, the equal mix of elation and uncertainty.
Kevin Greene, Chicago Stage Standard: Christopher Shinn’s Four, set in 1996, avoids decade fetishizing in the simplest way possible: by being an authentic document of the time. In 2015 his play functions as a time portal devised by a writer with a keen sense of what changes and what stays the same from decade to decade.
Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema: A slice of art delicately delivered in Jackalope’s less-is-more local premiere. Howard’s paternal mentor, Kurowski’s big-eyed listener, Collins’ spunky schoolgirl, and Martinez’ frustrated Lothario–they encapsulate the U.S. on the day we were born.