Brian Watkins is a Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow and a New Dramatists resident playwright. His latest play Epiphanywill premiere in 2019 with the iconic Druid Theatre under the direction of Garry Hynes. Other plays include Wyoming (Druid, Lesser America), Into The Earth With You, Evergreens (Juilliard), A Scavenge (Williamstown), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea; NYTimes and TimeOut NY Critics' Pick), and High Plains(Underbelly Edinburgh). His work has been seen and developed at Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Druid Theatre, Labyrinth Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Flea Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Intar, and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, among others. Watkins is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Tofte Lake Emerging Artist Fellowship, a Stavis Playwriting Award nominee, a Sundance Lab finalist, an O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, a recipient of the John Osborne Award for the Performing Arts, and a Heideman Award finalist. He is under commission from the Denver Center Theatre Company. Watkins is the creator and executive producer of the TV series Outer Range, currently in development with Amazon Studios.
Plays Written At Juilliard
An uncanny evening. The snow falls softly. In an old city house, adrift in a modern world, a cheery host gathers a group of friends to try and reignite a forgotten tradition. But when the guest of honour goes missing, the participants find themselves unmoored, craving answers. And there just might not be enough wine, or goose, or time, to fend off the long-neglected anxieties that here haunt their souls.
Two single parents find themselves the recipients of a series of mysterious gifts on the eve of a holiday where the extraordinary seems to arrive as silent as the snow outside.
Anguished by their own inability to change, spurned lovers and dispirited lumberjacks level a dying tree in search of the forest's enchanted roots.
Untitled American Love Trilogy—Part One: THE WEST
1962. Fleeing a tragic act, a mysterious young married couple board a train and escape across the American west. But soon a few silver-tongued travelers uncover and exploit the couple's haunting secrets. Booze. Music. Opportunity. A hunt for love, redemption, and God, as the wild frontier coasts by outside.
Untitled American Love Trilogy—Part Two: THE EAST
1966. He set fire to the house. So she took the kids to the city. Now they’re miles apart. The two lovers must embark upon a journey towards reunion and atonement. But on one fateful evening, in the cold of the American northeast, the distance between the two might just spell their end.
Untitled American Love Trilogy—Part Three: CALIFORNIA
1970. The family must recover from an immense and sudden loss while dodging destitution. And on the other edge of America is a place called California. God's country. A fresh start. Orange juice. The elusive Home. But what familiar music is thrumming through these motel walls? Grapefruit and new religion and artichokes and free love and dreams.