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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 the Creator, Resident Playwright and Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Amoralists Theatre Company in NYC. Mr. Ahonen is the author of the following full-length plays: The Cheater's Club (2013) The Bad and the Better (2012), Pink Knees on Pale Skin (2011), Happy in the Poorhouse (2010), The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side (2010), Amerissiah (2010), Pokin' the Bears in a Zoo (2008), Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter (2008), and While Chasing the Fantastic (2007). Mr. Ahonen is also a guest director at his alma mater, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, where he has directed the post-graduate company's productions of Happy In The Poorhouse (2012) No Exit (2011) and Escape From Happiness (2010). His work is regularly named to New York Theatre Top Ten lists, and he has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New Yorker, Backstage and Time Out New York, amongst others. He was named a 2012 Nytheatre.com Person of The Year. His plays are published by United Stages, Indie Theatre Now, and Playscripts Inc and have been translated into Spanish and Bulgarian.