by Peter Chansky

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A husband returns home from hunting, bearing a token of love for his wife. When she refuses his offering, his status as provider is threatened.




Peter Chansky is a Philadelphia-based playwright currently enrolled in the MFA Playwriting program at Temple University. He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College, where he self-designed his major, Philosophy of the Individual in Theater. His work explores the existential foundations of identity and performance through heightened realism bordering on the absurd. His short film We’re All Fine was awarded at the Couch Film Festival and NYLIFF, and his play The Baby Shower has been performed at 61 Local and Wild East Brewery.



1. When did you start writing plays? If you had a moment where you realized you wanted to write, what was it?


I started writing plays in my senior year of high school. I wrote my first play for the high school talent show, about a playwright with a case of writer’s block. I realized I wanted to be a playwright the night of the talent show, the first time my words made the audience laugh.


2. How did you come to write your OOB play? Was there a particular inspiration behind its creation? How has it developed?


I wrote Camouflage as an assignment for playwriting class at Temple University. The assignment was to write a 10-minute play based on a painting. I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was inspired by a painting titled ‘Mr. and Mrs. John Naylor with a Keeper and a Dead Stag’ by Richard Ansell.


3. What are 5 words that describe who you are as a playwright?


Satirical, Playful, Meticulous, Rhythmic, Cerebral


4. What/who are some of the major influences on your writing?


Edward Albee, Gertrude Stein, Richard Maxwell, Witold Gombrowicz, the comedy of human existence


5. What’s one fact someone would never guess about you?


I once had a t-shirt company named after me (Pete Clothing Inc.).


6. What are some of your favorite plays?


Seascape (Edward Albee), Medea (Euripedes), An Octoroon (Branden Jacobs-Jenkins), The Danube (Maria Irene Fornes), The Balcony (Jean Genet), The Visit (Friedrich Durrenmatt), Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2, and 3 (Suzan-Lori Parks)