Chris Harcum is an award-winning actor and playwright. He grew up in North Carolina and dedicated his life to the theater after interning at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival while still attending high school. After training as an actor, he began writing to satisfy deeper creative urges. Since moving to New York City in 2002, over 20 of his works have been seen on NYC stages. His full-length plays include G. Dot’s Revenge, Trading Lunches, Rabbit Island, Milk & Shelter, Instant Gratification and The Devil in Ms. Spelvin. Chris co-adapted and played the title role in a modern version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac. As a solo performer, he has created and performed Green, Some Kind of Pink Breakfast, Gotham Standards, Anhedonia Road, Mahamudra, The Monster and the City, Weight and Weightlessness and American Badass (0r 12 Characters in Search of a National Identity), which was published in the Plays and Playwrights 2009 anthology. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times and NYTHEATRE. As a teaching artist, he has worked with Neighborhood Playhouse Junior School, the Leadership Program, University of Virginia, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, CUNY Creative Arts Team, Queens Theatre in the Park, the Transport Group, and Best of Broadway. He is co-writing the screenplay for Meet the Hammernickys, a feature-length comedy, with the director Jason Cusato. Chris is a member of Actors’ Equity, Dramatists Guild and the League of Independent Theater.
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Plays by Chris Harcum on Indie Theater Now
Through a dozen monologue, the character that Bush Administration America struggles to present--both domestically and to the greater world--is examined.
A solo performance set at the intersection of Don Quixote, The Wizard of Oz, Huckleberry Finn, and The Twilight Zone. Joe Harper, an everyman at the end of his rope, goes on an uncommon adventure to capture a yellow balloon. But this ain’t no ordinary yellow balloon and it sends Joe crashing into a cast of colorful characters in an alternate-reality heartland where no GPS can help him. Are you on the right road?
In a series of eight monologues, Chris Harcum goes in the minds of several men and looks at life in relation to two icons, his grandmother and Batman.
An epic misadventure with crooked politicians, double agents, bickering robot lovers, supernova recording artists and the sweetest Scottish mercenary in the galaxy. Only a poet can straighten out this mess, but even if one of the last full-blooded humans in the universe can save the world, will there be a place for him in it?
Roy, an unmerciful theatre critic on a major power trip, must atone for his misdeeds in front of a live audience. When he turns his razor-sharp analysis on himself, he unlocks an imaginative world full of suspense and wonder.
What more will it take for this verbose Canadian mime to become a Real New Yorker? "When life sucks as bad as your mental health, go to Rabbit Island."
SOME KIND OF PINK BREAKFAST
Chris Harcum turns his life in high school into a John Hughes' movie, peppered with '80s references, in this bittersweet solo comedy.
WE HAVEN'T TOLD ANYONE ABOUT THIS
Nothing is as it seems in Lana and Eric's living room. When Paige arrives early for her catering job, she uncovers a Pandora's Box of deception, redemption and sexual deviance, with echoes of the Bernie Madoff scandal.
Latest News About Chris Harcum
INDIE THEATER WEEK IS JULY 20 TO 27
Lots of great events. I'll be announcing some of the nominees at the NYIT event on July 21 and hosting the League of Independent Theater's event on July 22. Hope to see you there.
Jul 18, 2014
SOME KIND OF PINK BREAKFAST HITS THE CLASSROOM.
Chris spoke last night in Lynda Crawford's class at Empire State College about doing autobiographical work, the craft of playwriting, using pop culture references, how to perform up to 30 characters without costume changes, and what to do when you're stuck.
Jul 16, 2014
BRECHT IN THE PARK THIS JULY
Elephant Run District is producing three rarely-produced short plays by Bertolt Brecht this summer. Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m. in July (no show July 13) off the Great Hill in Central Park. With a bonus performance at the Brecht Forum on July 23.
Jun 6, 2013
AMERICAN GUN SHOW AT 59 E 59
Elephant Run District is presenting my latest solo show in the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59 e 59. July 25 at 9pm, and July 26 and 27 at 7pm.
Jun 3, 2013