NICK ROBIDEAU PLAYWRIGHT
Inanimate has been published and licensed by Broadway Play Publishing. For more details, visit Broadway Play Publishing's website
My new play, Barbarians, is now available on the New Play Exchange.
I was recently a guest on the Sober Company Podcast. We talked about my play Against the Flesh - how I wrote it, the ways in which it is and isn't about my own experiences, and recovery in relationships in general. You can listen to the episode here.
The Brick Theater's workshop of Against The Flesh, originally scheduled for April 2020, has been indefinitely postponed due to COVID-19. New dates and other details to come here and on The Brick's web site as soon as they're available.
I'm currently seeking new representation. If you're an agent, or know one who may be interested, please visit the Contact section.
Against the Flesh has been named a finalist for the International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Competition at PlayMakers Rep.
Nick Robideau's work has been developed or performed with The Lark, Stillwrights, HB Studio, The Silent Barn, Title Point, The Brick Theater, Pipeline Theater Company, The Flea Theater, and at fringe festivals both in the U.S. and internationally. Awards include The Rita Goldberg Playwriting Prize, The A.R. Gurney Prize for Playwriting, and a Critic's Pick from the New York Times. Nick holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Hunter College, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
" Inanimate wins us over by contextualizing its exotic subject in the bedrock of the familiar. Subjectively, most of us went through what Erica is experiencing when we were teenagers, terrified by the insistent promptings of our libidos. And as the play progresses, and Erica confesses her once secret love, Mr. Robideau drolly insinuates that all tales of coming to terms with sexuality are 'coming out' stories."
-Ben Brantley, New York Times (Critic's Pick)
"Not only does this thoughtful, quirky drama examine following your own path even if it diverges sharply from everyone else, but it also has the distinction of being among the first plays to address objectum sexuality head-on."
-Gay City News
"Nick Robideau’s script admirably balances humor with compassion for his subjects. Erica’s passion for a Dairy Queen sign could be nothing but an easy joke, but Robideau paints such a clear picture of someone who desperately needs caring and empathy that it’s hard not to root for Erica and Dee...Inanimate is a wildly funny show, but never loses sight of its characters’ humanity, an impressive feat for a play focused on loving objects."
-The Reviews Hub (5/5 stars)
Erica has never quite felt like she fits in anywhere, least of all in her small Massachusetts town. Erica, you see, has a secret - something she's felt deeply for years and years and to which she's just started to give tentative voice, but has never admitted to a soul. Erica is in love - with the local Dairy Queen sign. And he (yes, he) loves her right back. Inanimate is a play about finding love, finding yourself, finding your place in the world.
Jasmine, her boyfriend Scott, and her best friend Marquise are 30somethings doing their best to navigate ambition, romance, and the brutal aftermath of an environmental disaster. Relationships get murky, society collapses, and oh yeah, Scott joins a local white militia group, which is somewhat controversial back at home since Jasmine and Marquise are Black. Fast-forward a year, and the trio finds themselves in separate interrogations, trying to explain how one of them came to commit a terrible act of violence. As the two timelines unfold, bounce off each other, and slowly start to converge, Jasmine, Scott, and Marquise are forced to truly look at themselves in the harsh light of the apocalypse.
Calvin has had a rough year. Recently separated from his alcoholic husband, he needs some sort of change, and his twin sister Shanna thinks she knows just the solution: a quiet weekend in the remote woods of Finland with her and her husband Aarni. Oh, and Aarni’s (single, gorgeous, gay) friend Pekka. What could possibly go wrong? For starters, Pekka speaks no English, and Cal speaks almost no Finnish - a situation which only fuels Cal's crushing anxiety and insecurity, not to mention his guilt over a mysterious past misdeed.
Just as the weekend starts to look up, Cal begins hearing strange, unnatural noises in the woods. All the while, something is watching him from the trees. Watching and waiting. When that something finally shows itself, Cal will embark on a dark night of the soul, the shape and outcome of which will determine his ability to overcome his past and build some kind of future.
The year is 1953. Long under the threat of eviction for the construction of Robert Moses' Cross-Bronx Expressway, the residents of East Tremont, Bronx can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Mayor-elect Wagner, a friend and ally of the neighborhood, has promised to make things right. One resident, though, is not breathing easy. 17-year-old Mike Goldstein has been having dreams about Joan of Arc. Vivid dreams. Dreams that, he thinks, are some kind of warning. As Mike's time with Joan starts to feel less like dreaming and more like something else, Wagner goes back on his word, setting off a series of events that will cause both Mike and Joan to question what they believe, and how far they're willing to go for those beliefs.
During the darkest days of World War 2, Mena Talvela and Erkki Korte, along with their friends and family, fight for survival as the nation of Finland fights for its very existence against Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, the gods have been awakened, and the supernatural forces of The Kalevala (the national epic poem of Finland) wage their own epic battles that intertwine and collide with the war on Earth. History meets myth in this last untold story of the Second World War.
Janice, angry and desperate after being committed to a maximum-security nursing home, escapes on the back of her rare white tiger with her boyfriend Robert reluctantly in tow, leading her equally desperate son Jake, and his maybe-boyfriend (neither are quite sure), undercover cop Will, on a madcap chase across New York City. Her joy ride soon stalls out and she finds herself trapped in her own personal hell, Queens, with Stacey, a young Yemeni-American musician, as her only solace. As all five New Yorkers (and one tiger) end up on a collision course with each other, they’re forced to confront their own personal truths about loneliness, regret, white privilege, and what it means to connect with another person.
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