Chris Van Strander
Williamsburg: Present-day hipsters collide with Brooklyn residents from centuries past—including a Dutch widow, Russian squatter, and a notorious bootlegger; as they spin their stories, they recount the checkered history of this borough they all call home.
An amateur yachtsman pulls off the greatest hoax in maritime history when he fakes his way into winning a round-the-world race; obsessed with fame and racked with guilt, he struggles to keep hold of reality as he descends into madness.
Chris Van Strander is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and actor. He’s received a Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Grant, and been a Finalist/Semifinalist for The O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, The Playwrights’ Center’s PlayLabs, Page 73 Productions’ Playwriting Fellowship, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s One Act Marathon, and an EST/Sloan Project Commission, among many others.
Chris’s recent plays include: SALVATION (NY Madness); TRUTH CLOWN (Mottola Theatre Project); WITH YOU (EndTimes Productions/La Petite Morgue); TRUE NAILS (Washington DC's Source Festival); STONEWALL (Packawallop Productions); AFTERLIFE (co-written with Candy Simmons; Minneapolis' RedEye Theater, following a two-year tour across the US and Canada); and YOU ARE HERE, a site-specific performance/installation at a Manhattan dive bar. Chris's screenplay, 25, won the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Award.
Chris’s work has been produced and developed internationally at over two dozen theaters and festivals, including: Circle East Theater Company (formerly the Circle Repertory Lab), The NY International Fringe Festival, The Management, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Live Girls! Theater (Seattle), Theater Catalyst (Philadelphia), The Asylum Theatre (Las Vegas), The Rogue Valley Plays Festival (Ashland, OR), Emerging Artists Theatre, Collective:Unconscious, The 92nd Street Y, The Director’s Company, UP Theater Company, and The Neighborhood Playhouse. His play THE MOTHERING INSTINCT is published by the International Centre for Women Playwrights.
Chris is a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights’ Center, Circle East Theater Company, SunsetGun Productions (Minneapolis), ‘Wright On! Playwrights Group, and Packawallop Productions’ Pack. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Playwrights Horizons/Experimental Theater Wing), and studied with Maria Irene Fornes, Mac Wellman, and Jeffrey M. Jones in the Flea Theater’s ‘Pataphysics Workshops.
As an actor, Chris has appeared in film, TV, regionally, Off-Off-, and on Broadway. He’s originally from Allentown, PA, and lives in New York City. Every ten years he hikes across Spain.
Chris is especially interested in creating work for nontraditional spaces: site-specifically, his plays have been staged everywhere from boats to bars to the rooftop pool of a Holiday Inn. Visit him won’t you at chrisvanstrander.com.