Christopher Kehoe

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Book of Ishmael, The University of Texas at Austin. Photo by Jared LeClaire.
“...hits it completely out of the park.”

-Ed Huyck, City Pages

Playwright

Christopher Kehoe has authored original solo performances, plays devised in ensemble, and literary adaptations. His original tragedy I Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust played to sold-out audiences at Dell’Arte International, his meta-theatrical comedy Joe Dowling's William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgrew as Lady Capulet was named one of the best plays of 2012 by City Pages, and Minnesota Playlist hailed his solo performance Reykjavík as “genius.” Christopher has trained with The SITI Company, Brave New Institute, and Nautilus Music-Theater, and has an MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.

Book of Ishmael

Tragedy

On the vast sea, the lonely whaling ship Pequod hunts for riches. Nantucket pays a fortune for sperm whale oil, and many of the crew dream of money, some others of glory, and one odd stowaway is hungry for adventure. The captain, however, has something far more sinister on her mind, and is willing to test the limits of Nature to get it. Book of Ishmael is a bold, new adaptation of Herman Melville's epic Moby Dick; the story of a damned chain-of-command, forged and tested by the fires of Hell. Developed in collaboration with Jared LeClaire, Natalie Novacek, and Teena Sauvola.

I Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust

Tragedy | 8 characters (4 male, 4 female)

The brokenhearted socialite Beatrice Rhodes returns to estate of her bohemian childhood friends, and quickly becomes entangled in an incestuous love triangle, unraveling the horrible secrets behind the once-proud Hutton family. I Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust is an original tragedy, developed in ensemble at Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre from the research of Hannah Gaff, Alyssa Hughlett, Christopher Kehoe, Sarah McKinney, Moses Norton, Kaitlen Osburn, Drew Pannebecker, and Cooper Lee Smith.

Joe Dowling's William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgrew as Lady Capulet

Comedy | 17 characters (12 male, 5 female)

"Two space households–both alike in space dignity–in fair Verona, where we lay our space scene, from ancient space grudge break to new space mutiny where civil space blood makes civil space hands unclean." Joe Dowling’s William Shakespeare’s "Romeo & Juliet" on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgrew as Lady Capulet is meta-theatrical comedy about improbable theatre and the audiences who see it.

Reykjavík

Solo performance | 1 character

Brandon’s had some setbacks: his love life, his job, some family drama, and now his eyesight. Today, however, somewhere over the Atlantic, on a flight where the time is always 2:41pm, an unlikely hero will rise. Reykjavík is a solo performance about dreams, layovers, superheroes, and the Nordic language.

St. Christopher of Financial Aid

Solo performance | 1 male character

"At Zenith University, the nation's fourth-leading online campus, our students come first. That's why our Financial Aid Associates are available during normal business hours, five days a week. Call us anytime, and we'll hold your hand as you borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars from the United States government, while we patiently listen to your vindictive screaming about things over which we have absolutely no control. We're here for you." St. Christopher of Financial Aid is a solo performance about the unexpected connections found within the knots of corporate red tape.

To my son, born five years from today:

Solo performance | 1 male character

Questions of masculinity and fatherhood swarm as one man looks to the future and attempts to speak to his unborn son man-to-man. To my son, born five years from today: is a solo performance about all the necessary, impossible things fathers and sons can't say to one another.