Derek Ahonen

AMERISSIAH

Amerissiah is a story of messiah complexes, American corruption, and open familial wounds.

BRING US THE HEAD OF YOUR DAUGHTER

A story of interracial lesbians, false flags, and angry America.

HAPPY IN THE POORHOUSE

A raucous, irreverent, action-packed comedy about chasing after dreams even when you’ve got a black eye and a broken spirit.

PINK KNEES ON PALE SKIN

A comedy about orgies gone wrong and a drama about marriage, regret, and family.

POKIN' THE BEARS IN A ZOO

A story of loss, revenge, and unconditional love amongst a Greek family of cops.

THE BAD AND THE BETTER

A detective noir that deals with contemporary issues.

THE CHEATERS CLUB

A horror story of both real and imaginary ghosts.

THE PIED PIPERS OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE

A celebration of love and the search for human grandness—and what happens when bohemian paradise begins to crumble.

THE QUALIFICATION OF DOUGLAS EVANS

A reinvention of the classic alcoholic tale.

WHILE CHASING THE FANTASTIC

A story of terrorism and the conclusions we jump to based upon fear.

Derek Ahonen is an internationally acclaimed playwright, director, and the founder of The Amoralists in New York, whose mission is to produce work of "no moral judgment" while representing an "honest expression of the American condition." Notable works include The Pied Pipers of The Lower East Side, Happy in the Poorhouse, The Bad and The Better, and The Qualification of Douglas Evans. His work has been lauded by The New York Times, The New Yorker and Variety amongst many others. The New York Times has said that "Mr. Ahonen, The Amoralists leader, has a showman's sensibility. He brings the populist instincts of a born entertainer." While The New York Post calls Ahonen's shows "Like no other. A distinctive mix of hyper realism, satire, brash violence, and unexpected tenderness." Time Out New York says that "Nobody else weds old-fashioned realist structure and working-class-hero lunacy quite this way." The Village Voice describes his work as "Scathing and frequently hilarious portraits of the American dream gone wrong." The New Yorker says "Ahonen is very funny, original and refreshing." And New York Press calls his work "Carefully stylized mayhem. A complex symphony that should be marveled at."