A Christmas Pickle


Um Incrocci



A college professor calls a troubled student to her office. Just what happened at last night’s drunken party, and how could it possibly involve… Santa Claus?




Uma Incrocci co-wrote the short play 28 Years Later, which was a Finalist at the Samuel French OOB Festival in 2016. She also co-wrote the Hallmark Channel movie “Nature of Love” and the rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (FringeNYC, and Winner, New Jersey Playwrights Contest). She’s a member of the Playground LA Writing Pool (where A Christmas Pickle was developed) and her short plays have been performed in Los Angeles, New York, and around the country. Her acting credits include appearances on “Modern Family,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Jane The Virgin,” “Bored to Death,” “Louie,” and “Lipstick Jungle.”



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


Both my father and grandfather were screenwriters, so I always was very interested in writing. But it took me a long time to work up the courage to do it. My first writing projects were part of a writing team, and I finally made the leap to solo work in 2014. I’m also an actress, and when I realized that watching something I wrote made me way more nervous than being in a show, I think I knew that this was something I needed to stick with.


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


I’m a member of PlayGround LA, an amazing writers group in Los Angeles. They announce a theme once a month and we have a few days to write a 10 minute play. The theme was “Christmas Miracle.” I’d been working on a bunch of holiday movies, so this was right up my alley. I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll leave it at that.


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


hopeful, joyful, heartfelt, whimsical, funny


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


My father and grandfather; smart witty rom coms; and I think I learned the most from being an actress – learning how some scenes really work, what makes a great dynamic role, how good dialogue just flies off the page (and is easy to memorize!) There is nothing like living in a play for months to really understand the craft and details of how it was put together well (or not so well.)


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


I think the Jackass movies are hilarious.


6. What are some of your favorite plays?


I’m terrible at lists. But here’s some off the top of my head instead of agonizing over this all day: Proof, Love Song, This Random World, Clybourne Park, The 39 Steps, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Flick, Our Country’s Good, Noises Off, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Angels In America


7. Any new projects you’re working on or shameless plugs?


Watch my movie “Nature of Love” on the Hallmark Channel! I also have two Christmas movies in the works that hopefully will be on this holiday season.